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Intermorphic updates Noatikl to v2.5.22

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Intermorphic has released version 2.5.22 of the Noatikl generative music lab for Windows, Mac & iOS.

Intermorphic Noatikl

Love generative music? Explore & design your own fascinating soundscapes with Noatikl, the evolution of SSEYO Koan – now with SoundFont (SF2) support!* Noatikl’s got the power, features and breadth of control that you need.

Changes in Noatikl v2.5.22

  • Noatikl Desktop and Desktop Audio Plugins:
    • New: Added Soundfont SF2 support (mono only – stereo channel data is ignored for now), accessed/selected via Wavetable Sound Unit.
    • New: Includes 6 all new high quality SF2 files (Drums Acoustic, Piano Upright, Piano Electric, Guitar 12-String, Synths, E-Perc).
    • Added: “Send all CC events” checkbox in Preferences; uncheck to send only Bank Select, Micro Controllers and User Envelopes.
    • Added: Crash reporting, so we can be much more responsive for finding and fixing any crashes.
    • Fixed: Missing tempo envelope support.
    • Fixed: Crash on start if you had a mono audio input device selected as default in Audio MIDI Setup on Mac…
    • Fixed: Behaviour of “Auto Restart?” parameter.
    • Fixed: Listening voice behaviour.
    • Improved: Much easier to use wavetables in Noatikl via the Wavetable unit (the DLS and Samples dialogs are now deprecated).
    • Improved: Files are now saved and opened by default from Music/Intermorphic/… so they are much more easily shared with Mixtikl, and with Noatikl and Mixtikl for iOS.
    • Improved: Tempo changing; now much smoother.
    • Improved: “Getting started” information is now shown when you have no documents open.
    • Improved: Renamed “Use Patch?” voice parameter to “Send MIDI Bank/Patch?”.
    • Improved: Most pop-up panels (e.g. MIDI cooker) can now be resized.
    • Removed: Timer Accuracy (ms) from Noatikl preferences (deprecated).
  • Noatikl iOS:
    • Fixed Tempo envelope operation.
    • Improved tempo changing; now much smoother.
    • Bug fixes.

Noatikl desktop and audio plugins are available for purchase for $49.99 USD each. The iOS version is free to download from the iTunes App Store ($9.99 USD in-app purchase required to unlock some features).

More information: Intermorphic / Noatikl

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PG Music releases Band-in-a-Box 2014

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PG Music Band-in-a-Box 2014

PG Music has announced the release of Band-in-a-Box 2014, the latest version of the music software which comes with over 50 new features and enhancements and a new look.

Band-in-a-Box is so easy to use! Just type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7, or C13b9), choose the style you’d like, and Band-in-a-Box does the rest… Band-in-a-Box automatically generates a complete professional-quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar, and strings or horns.

RealTracks add the human element of great session musicians to your songs and version 2014 offers some of the most exciting new RealTracks yet! Plus, version 2014 has a great new look with a redesigned GUI, 54 MIDI SuperTracks, 36 Artist Performances and much more!

Band-in-a-Box for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $129 USD. Band-in-a-Box 2013 users can upgrade for $49 USD.

More information: PG Music

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Fabrizio Poce updates J74 Progressive to v2.0

Fabrizio Poce has released version 2.0 of J74 Progressive, a Max for Live tool set for chord progression making and harmonic editing.

J74 Progressive

The new version provides new functionality for chord progression editing, MIDI clip editing (humanize velocity and timing) and for detecting musical information in audio material (notes, chords, scales).

Changes in Progressive v2.0

  • Techniques for borrowed chords and accidentals.
  • Additional control for chord inversion.
  • Additional control to arpeggio settings (note can be omitted).
  • Swing, groove and velocity dynamics.
  • A new device, the “Audio Analyzer”, which processes audio input in real time visualizing notes and extracting chord and scale information.

Progressive is available for purchase for $12 USD.

More information: J74 / Progressive

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Waves releases SoundGrid Studio System, StudioRack & MultiRack v9.7

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Waves has launched SoundGrid Studio System, a real-time processing and networking platform designed to bring your studio up to light speed.

Waves SoundGrid Studio System

It allows your DAW to offload its plugin processing and enables your devices to communicate with one another and with the devices of the people you work with.

The SoundGrid Studio system integrates seamlessly with all DAWs and SoundGrid-compatible I/Os, providing endless possibilities for setups of every size—from a single DAW with one SoundGrid I/O, to an entire network of host computers, I/Os, and SoundGrid DSP servers.

SoundGrid Studio System features

  • Real-Time Processing – Run hundreds of plugins simultaneously.
  • Low-Latency Monitoring – Track and rehearse with full-on plugins in near-zero latency.
  • Networking – Connect everything and everyone through a centralized hub.
  • Seamless Integration – Connect multiple DAWs using the SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver.
  • Open Architecture – Compliant with SoundGrid-compatible Waves and third-party plugins.
  • Components
    • SoundGrid Studio Application – For managing the SoundGrid network on your host computer.
    • eMotion ST Mixer – Low-latency monitoring for tracking and rehearsing.
    • StudioRack – For running plugin chains, saving & loading their presets, and offloading their processing to a SoundGrid DSP server.
    • SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio Driver – Connects any DAW to the SoundGrid network as a software I/O.

StudioRack

StudioRack is an advanced software rack designed to save and run Waves plugin chains.

Waves StudioRack

It is compatible with most DAWs and allows you to save your own plugin chain presets, including the individual presets of each plugin within your chain. And no matter on which DAW you saved your presets, StudioRack will load them on any DAW.

StudioRack features

  • Compatible with most DAWs.
  • Presets for plugin chains can be saved to and loaded from any DAW.
  • Up to 8 plugins per rack.
  • Fully automatable.
  • Quick access to plugin parameters within your chain.
  • Intuitive MIDI control over all plugins.
  • Avid Control Surface support.

StudioRack Native is free for Waves plugin owners covered by the Waves Update Plan.

MultiRack v9.7

MultiRack SoundGrid and MultiRack Native v9.7 bring many new advances and improved stability and are compatible with the new SoundGrid Studio System.

Waves MultiRack Native

MultiRack 9.7 supports the new line of DiGiGrid I/O interfaces and continues to support Allen & Heath M-Waves, Yamaha WSG-Y16, and DiGiGrid MGB/MGO MADI interfaces.

As part of the groundbreaking release of the SoundGrid Studio System, all new 9.7 installer versions of Allen & Heath M-Waves, Yamaha WSG-Y16, and DiGiGrid MGB/MGO MADI interfaces include the new SoundGrid Studio Application with its SoundGrid ASIO/Core Audio driver, opening up a whole new world of possibilities.

MultiRack, SoundGrid Studio & StudioRack v9.7 downloads are now available from Waves.

More information: Waves

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Steinberg ships Nuendo 6.5

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Steinberg Nuendo 6.5

Steinberg has released Nuendo 6.5, the latest version of its post and audio production software which includes a significant amount of professional tools and functionality, such as enhanced loudness processing, bass frequency management and a vastly improved Automatic Dialog Replacement (ADR) taker system.

The optional Nuendo Expansion Pack (NEK) also receives a 6.5 update that complements Nuendo’s comprehensive tool set with many features earlier introduced to Cubase 7.5.

“If I had to single out one feature in this latest point update, I would choose our ADR taker system which has undergone refinements that add to its reliability and expand the possibilities for recording voice and foley,” commented Timo Wildenhain, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

Fredo Gevaert, owner of Temple of Tune, one of Belgium’s leading post-production studios, adds: “Here at Temple of Tune we’re madly in love with the ADR toolset improvements, which we’ve secretly been using for foley recording, too. The track destinations and event naming are massive time savers.”

Nuendo 6.5 features

  • Automated loudness processing to both industry standards such as EBU R128 and fully user-definable settings.
  • Professional bass management including several routing and filter options coming with the new Bass Manager plug-in.
  • ADR Taker 2.0 introduces a major update of Nuendo’s ADR taker system with enhancements for voice and foley recording such as new playback/recording modes, automated naming schemes and pre-record buffer.
  • Nuendo TrackVersions allows for creating, renaming and managing parallel versions of the same track plus many additional features far beyond conventional playlists.
  • Track visibility management speeds up handling especially of large projects by offering dynamic displaying of audio tracks and groups in the project window.
  • Improved AAF Filter now supports even better import/export to Pro Tools and Media Composer.
  • New monitoring and metering section for better source management and better overview on the most frequently used functions.
  • Experience a richer sound with REVelation reverb and Magneto 2, a warm and smooth tape saturation plug-in.
  • Track Quick Controls can now be saved as presets and loaded for immediate access.
  • Steinberg Hub with direct access to user-defined folders and news section for the latest Nuendo product updates.

Nuendo 6.5 is available for MSRP 1,699 EUR. The Nuendo Expansion Kit 6.5 is 249 EUR. Prices including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Nuendo

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PreSonus ships Notion 5

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PreSonus Notion 5

PreSonus has announced it is shipping Notion 5, a major upgrade to its popular notation software.

This new version makes it easier than ever to write your ideas quickly and includes a new video window, new effects from PreSonus Studio One®, an enhanced chord library, a custom rules editor, and many notation and publishing improvements. Notion is the only notation editor that supports Mac, Windows, and iPad and the only one that can run 64-bit on both Mac and Windows.

This is the first update since Notion joined the PreSonus family, and it shows. The user interface has been redesigned to more resemble Studio One and other PreSonus software, and Notion 5 comes with PreSonus’ Native Effects™ Limiter, Compressor, and Pro EQ plug-ins. The new version adds a variety of enhancements for film, TV, and video composers, including a video window with a new timecode view. Unlike competing notation programs, it can import a variety of modern video formats.

Notion 4 offered rules templates for orchestral VST libraries so you could load up an instrument and write dynamics, effects, and instrumental techniques into the score without using the VST interface or programming keyswitches. Notion 5 adds the ability to create custom rules for any VST library without editing XML files by selecting from drop-down menus.

Notation improvements make Notion even faster and easier to use, including an enharmonic spelling tool, cross-staff notation, layout and printing improvements, and new shortcut sets. You also get an enhanced chord library with more library chords, user-created chords, and recent-chord recall.

Version 5 also adds Mac Retina display support and Windows 8 touchscreen optimization.

While adding these new features and many more, Notion continues to deliver a fast and intuitive workflow, ability to work well with other studio technologies (including full ReWire support), and playback with high-quality sounds from world-class artists and studios, including the London Symphony Orchestra. Notion is the only notation software that can output 32 audio pairs to a mixing console or in a ReWire session.

Notion 5 is available at an expected MAP/street price of $149 USD. Academic pricing is available.

More information: PreSonus / Notion 5

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MuTools releases MuLab 6

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MuTools has released version 6 of its MuLab music production studio for Windows and Mac.

MuTools MuLab 6.0

MuLab 6.0 features an enhanced look and feel and a rich collection of new and improved features throughout the app that all together seriously increase the creativity, comfort and productivity of MuLab.

Changes in MuLab v6.0

  • Session
    • Docked part editors that auto-follow the focused track.
    • Direct buttons for showing/hiding the browser, mixing desk and session modular area.
    • New “Export Consolidated Session” function for making a complete session folder for export to another system.
    • New “Export Tracks As Audio Files” function which exports each main track as a separate audio file.
    • All rendering-to-audio functions can now be interrupted by pressing ESC.
  • Composer
    • Audio parts now give you full control over the fade-in and fade-out curves and show these curves on the audio data.
    • Audio parts: When changing the gain or stereo pan in the part property panel, this is applied to all selected audio parts.
    • Sequence parts: When changing the transpose or velocity in the part property panel, this is applied to all selected sequence parts.
    • New “Add New MuSampla Track” function.
    • New “Insert Time Slice” and “Delete Time Slice” functions.
    • New “Select Similar Sequence Parts” function.
    • New “Increase Tempo”, “Decrease Tempo”, “Half Tempo” and “Double Tempo” shortcut functions.
  • Part Editors
    • Sequence editor now has two tools: The standard arrow tool (cfr M5) and the pencil tool which makes it easier to quickly insert and delete notes with a single click.
    • Sequence editor now has an event property panel for quickly changing the (selected) event values in an alternative way. With optimized undo/redo support so to avoid redundant undo/redo steps!
    • New “Transpose -1″, “Transpose +1″, “Transpose -12″, “Transpose +12″ sequence shortcut functions.
    • Envelope editor now has an envelope point property panel, similar to the event property panel in the sequence editor.
    • Audio-, sequence- and automation editors now much more clearly indicate the active/inactive region.
    • Improved Event List Editor: Better layout + events that are outside the actual play region are grayed.
    • Event Graph Editor: Support for individual note keys, which is handy to select the velocities of a certain key.
  • MUX Modular
    • New MuSampla version 2.
    • Improved MuDrum:
      • Improved mix-racks.
      • MuDrum sampler plug-in slots now also have an explicit On/Off button.
      • MuDrum: Pad editor is switched also when playing the pads.
    • MultiSampla now has 4 stereo outputs so you can route specific zones to a separate output.
    • Modular Feedback Delay now has a “Invert Feedback” switch.
    • Rack slots and module buttons now include a process on/off switch.
    • Multi-sample editor: Zone editor now integrated as a docked sub-editor.
    • Added support for note key names e.g. for when a target module defines C3 as “Kick”, D3 as “Snare” etc.
    • All embedded sample displays (e.g. in MuSampla and in the multi-sample zones) are fully functional now.
    • New “Focus Previous Rack” and “Focus Next Rack” shortcut functions. These functions make it possible to also use MuLab as a stage rack with a bunch of preset racks that can be selected via MIDI.
  • Misc
    • Improved curve editing: Curve edit fields (e.g. in the Audio Balancers) now support direct editing i.e. (alt+) drag up/down to change the curve without having to open the curve editor. Opening the curve editor is done via double-click. Plus other detailed improvements wrt curve editing.
    • Improved and extended browser functionality.
    • Added support for saving/reloading the sample markers near the source sample file.
    • Optimized audio engine which should result in less drop-outs when high CPU load on certain systems.
    • Many more preferences so to tune MuLab to your flavor.
    • Improved look and feel.
    • Improved factory library.
    • Many more improvements which all together make a big difference.

MuLab 6 UL is available for purchase for 69 EUR. The upgrade from MuLab 5 UL is 17 EUR, and MuLab XT users can upgrade for 45 EUR until August 31st (regular 59 EUR). MuLab Free can be downloaded from the MuTools website.

More information: MuTools

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