Bitwig updates Bitwig Studio to v1.1.1

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Bitwig Studio

Bitwig has updated its Bitwig Studio cross-platform music production software to version 1.1.1.

Bitwig Studio is a dynamic software solution for music creation and performance to realize all of your musical ideas in every stage of production.

Changes in Bitwig Studio v1.1

  • Improved: Dragging in a device does not always make it selected after the drop.
  • Improved: Controller API: distinguish between mixer and editor selection in channel interface (added selectInMixer, addIsSelectedInMixerObserver).
  • Improved: Controller API: add access to deactivated state to channel interface.
  • Improved: Controller API: add access to open state of plugin windows.
  • Fixed: Controller API: device layer selection does not work correctly.
  • Fixed: Tempo field in audio event inspector does not get updated when undoing tempo edits.
  • Fixed: Controller API: CursorDevice.addCanSelectNext (Previous) Observer is not updated correctly after script reload.
  • Fixed: Controller API: canScroll observers are not called for device layer bank and drum pad bank.
  • Fixed: Controller API: Scene.exists ().addValueObserver () is never called.
  • Fixed: Channel Aftertouch and Program Change messages didn’t work on MIDI in for Linux.
  • Fixed: Clip launcher clips we’re slowly drifting apart due to accumulating rounding error.
  • Fixed: When dragging an unnamed arranger clip to the browser the default name to save the clip under has “Scene x” appended to the name.
  • Fixed: Helper windows such as DSP graph or Scripting Console should not become full-screen with their parent window on OS X.
  • Fixed: PDC does not work correctly for chains of Multi-Out VST plug-ins.
  • Fixed: Timeline controlled launching in clips does not work correctly.
  • Fixed: Dragging note start might result in incorrect order of notes, which causes playback errors.
  • Fixed: Engine crashed when playing audio files with audio I/O running at 192 kHz.
  • Fixed: Creating beat markers via double-click always prefers onset snapping, even if the preview shows differently and object snapping is disabled.

Bitwig Studio is available for purchase for $299.99 USD/259 EUR until January 15th, 2015.

More information: Bitwig


Native Instruments releases MASCHINE 2.2 Software Update

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Native Instruments has released version 2.2 of Maschine, a major update of the acclaimed integrated hardware/software groove production system.

Native Instruments Maschine
New features include Smart Play™, adding new melodic capabilities, unified sound browsing, full KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard integration, Light Guide™ synchronization, and more to the MASCHINE workflow.

The MASCHINE 2.2 update adds a powerful new melodic dimension to the MASCHINE workflow. The Smart Play™ features include a new scale and chord engine, as well as a fully-functional arpeggiator. Producers can select from a range of popular musical scales and chords, and perform them into their productions directly on MASCHINE’s 16 high-sensitivity pads. The arpeggiator allows precise control of direction, octave span, and subdivision – its output is also recorded directly into MASCHINE’s Pattern Editor, providing easy post-performance editing of the note sequences. The update also unlocks MASCHINE STUDIO’s touch-sensitive knobs for an even faster, touch-and-see workflow.

MASCHINE 2.2 also brings full KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series integration to MASCHINE. Producers can browse instruments and effects in the MASCHINE software directly from an S-Series keyboard. Once an instrument or effect is loaded key parameters automatically map to the display knobs on both pieces of hardware. The luxurious Fatar keybeds add a new level of fluid expression. Light Guide™ also synchronizes perfectly with MASCHINE’s pads, giving producers the same level of feedback on both pieces of hardware when switching from beats to melodic playing.

The update is free for all current Maschine 2 owners. Maschine users who have not yet updated to the Maschine 2 software can purchase the upgrade for $49.50 USD/49.50 EUR/£44.50 GBP until December 12th, 2014.

More information: Native Instruments / Maschine


Five12 releases Numerology 4 for Mac

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Five12 has announced the release of Numerology 4, a major release of the modular step-sequencing environment for Mac OS X.

Five12 Numerology 4

In addition to numerous modernization and usability improvements, Numerology 4.0 adds several new features that expand it’s capabilities in two areas central to its workflow: hardware control & modulation.

In version 4.0, Numerology extends it’s highly-capable grid mapping for the Novation Launchpad to include support for the Ableton Push and Livid OHM RBG grid controllers. Users can easily setup Numerology 4 to use several grid controllers at once, opening up new options when working with longer sequences, or for simultaneously manipulating sequence patterns and sequence ‘control’ settings (rate, direction, key, offset, etc.). Numerology’s grid mapping has also been updated to support accidentals, per-step probability settings, and a mapping for Numerology’s virtual keyboard module.

Numerology 4’s expanded support for hardware controllers also includes new options for transport and mixing oriented controllers, and improved OSC support in Numerology Pro. With these additions, users can easily configure a hardware controller setup that allows them to spend as much time away from the computer as they want.

Extending Numerology’s already generous selection of options for modulating sequences is a new feature called Realtime Automation (RTA), which allow users to record and play looped automation moves up to 64 beats long. This feature is can be accessed by mapping a MIDI (or OSC in N4 Pro) controller to trigger RTA recording. Once triggered, RTA recording captures all parameter edits made by a hardware controller to internal automation buffers. RTA recording auto-stops after a set number of beats, then immediately plays back all automation moves.

Among other general workflow improvements, Numerology now includes a comprehensive multi-panel browser for managing module presets, exported stacks (which are a collection of connected modules), audio and MIDI files. Users can easily setup custom module and stack libraries of their own via drag-and-drop to the browser. The audio section of the browser includes a preview panel and an ‘auto play’ mode for very fast auditioning of audio samples.

Numerology 4 includes a much-improved built-in sampler. Based on Numerology’s previous DrumKit and SamplePlayer modules, the new SampleKit has an updated UI with a zoomable waveform display, a convenient outline-based layout, and proper support for multi-part patches. Also included with Numerology4 is an all-new set of demo projects, stacks, sound patches and samples. Though not large by modern standards, this new library is specifically designed to show off Numerology’s compositional flexibility, including pop and funk tunes, dance music, classic synthesizer tracks, and several excursions into the exploratory world of experimental and generative musics.

Numerology 4 can run either 32 or 64 bit as a standalone app, 64-bit in ReWire mode with a 64-bit ReWire host, or as any of three plugin types (VST, AU and AU MIDI Effect) with 32 and 64 bit hosts.

Numerology 4 also adds support for Apple’s latest Audio Unit variant, the AU MIDI Effect, which allows Numerology to run as a MIDI insert within an instrument channel in LogicX (Mac OS X 10.8.5 and later). Running in this mode provides trouble-free routing and sample accurate MIDI transmission within LogicX’s instrument tracks.

Other changes in Numerology 4

  • A new welcome dialog with an unlimited listing of ‘recent projects’.
  • Per-stack MIDI loop recorders with drag-n-drop export.
  • New quantization options for presets.
  • Auto-mapping for MIDI control over preset changes.
  • Preset-arrangement recording in the timeline.
  • Better zooming and transport locate behavior in the timeline.
  • Auto-Best-Fit chord selection in the Chord Sequencer.
  • Per-step probability control in all note-based sequencers.
  • Separate Key vs. Semitone Offset settings for pitched sequencers.
  • The DrumSeq module can support up to 16 tracks. (As always, users can add as many DrumSeqs as wanted)
  • Background auto-saving of projects.
  • Automatic checking for updates online.
  • Additions specific to Numerology 4 Pro include:
    • Unlimited Undo/Redo with a full history dialog.
    • Automatic plugin delay compensation.
    • User-configurable track delays for managing latency with external instruments.
    • Expanded options for OSC control.
    • Bonjour support for easy OSC setup.
    • OSC Support in Numerology’s AU & VST plugins.
    • A dedicated MIDI/OSC mappings dialog.

Numerology is available for purchase for $129 US (Standard Edition) / $199 USD (Pro). Upgrades from Numerology 3 are $39 USD until December 27th, $49 USD thereafter.

More information: Five12 / Numerology


Karma-Lab updates KARMA Motif software to v3.2

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Karma-Lab has announced the release of version 3.2 of KARMA Motif, a major update that adds support for the Yamaha S70 XS and S90 XS.

Karma-Lab KARMA Motif

KARMA Motif brings developer Stephen Kay’s award-winning and patented KARMA algorithmic music technology to a number of Yamaha synthesizers in a Mac/PC software package, giving them extensive new interactive groove generation, arpeggiation and arranger-like capabilities.

The software includes the ability to use the keyboard’s DAW Remote Mode to control all of KARMA’s functions directly from the keyboard, while KARMA sends parameter information and values directly to the keyboard’s display (on supported models). This allows you to control KARMA from the keyboard without looking at the computer, and makes it feel like the KARMA software is built-in to the keyboard.

Changes in KARMA Motif Software v3.2

  • Supports 6 Yamaha instruments: adds support for the S70/S90 XS to the already supported Motif XF, Motif XS, MOXF, MOX and Rack-XS.
  • Supports Mac OSX 10.4.11 through 10.10 Yosemite, Universal.
  • Supports Windows XP through Windows 8.1, 32 and 64-bit.
  • New “Auto-Fill” feature – automatically trigger a fill with each scene change.
  • New keyboard shortcuts for Scene Advance (Next, Previous, Startup).
  • New menu command and keyboard shortcut for Clear Solos.
  • Updated and revised Tutorials and Help File.
  • Other new features, enhancements, and improvements.

KARMA Motif is available for purchase for $199 USD. The update is free for any current owners.

More information: Karma-Lab / KARMA Motif


Steinberg updates Cubasis for iOS to v1.8.3

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Steinberg Cubasis

Steinberg has released version 1.8.3 of Cubasis, a sequencer app for iOS.

Cubasis is Steinberg’s streamlined, multitouch sequencer for the iPad. Specially designed for quick and easy operation, Cubasis makes recording, editing and mixing a breeze. You can also open your Cubasis projects in Cubase under Windows and OS X! Cubasis places touch-intuitive production tools in your hands, opening up a new world of possibilities for your creativity.

Changes in Cubasis v1.8.3

  • Implements latest Audiobus SDK (v2.1.5).
  • MediaBay folders remember their state.
  • Loading times of projects (subsequent loads) and undo/redo times have been greatly improved.
  • Inserting Cubasis as input and output in Audiobus now works as expected again.
  • Fixes a problem where triggering Cubasis with specific hardware controllers could lead to hanging and missing notes.
  • Fixes an issue where the use of sustain led to hanging notes.
  • Deleted audio events will now be restored correctly when performing Undo or project renaming tasks.
  • Solves a critical issue where performing Undo on an edited audio file could result in data loss.
  • Fixes a problem where trimmed audio events could not be restored to their original state.
  • Cycle playback in audio editor now works as expected.
  • Changing the locator position in the audio editor no longer results in start of playback.
  • Fixes a rare issue where the playback in the audio editor could be started twice simultaneously.
  • Playhead located in audio editor remains in its current position once playback has been stopped.
  • Fixes a graphical issue that appeared at maximum magnification in the audio editor.
  • The audio editor’s rewind button no longer triggers a playhead preview sound.
  • Fixes a problem where selecting no instrument on an audio track renders Cubasis unreliable.
  • Dropping files from the MediaBay onto frozen tracks is no longer possible.
  • Fixes a problem where file renaming with special characters (such as emoticons) could lead to missing audio files.
  • Undo steps remain available once a project has been renamed.
  • Fixes a rare problem where no audio event is created after audio has been recorded.
  • Glueing MIDI parts no longer restores hidden events.
  • Switching from bars to seconds and performing zoom and scroll gestures no longer leads to fade out of the audio editor ruler labels.
  • Several In-App help iOS 8 improvements.
  • Scrolling the In-App help content on devices with iOS 8 now works as expected.
  • Fixes an intermittent issue on devices with iOS 8 where the home button of the In-App help became non-functional.
  • Fixes a rare problem where the Audiobus panel remained empty (app icons and controls were missing).
  • AudioCopy rendered Cubasis unreliable.
  • Use of Undo/redo lead in some cases to loss of audio file data.
  • A problem with the positioning of automation events has been solved.
  • Help typo correction.

The app is available for purchase for $49.99 USD.

More information: Steinberg / Cubasis


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