Image-Line has announced the release of a 64-bit version of its FL Studio music production software.
FL Studio 64 Bit is a free option for existing customers while new customers get FL Studio 32 and 64 Bit with no change to current FL Studio pricing.
FL Studio 64 is available in a single unified FL Studio 32/64 Bit installer or as a 64 Bit update installer for any version of FL Studio 11.
FL Studio 64 Bit features
- Access up to 512 GB memory, depending on your Windows version.
- 32 Bit bridged and 64 Bit native VST plugin support.
- Project compatibility between 32 and 64 Bit versions.
- FL Studio available as a 64 Bit VST plugin for use in 64 Bit VST hosts.
- Limitations: The following features & plugins rely on 3rd party code that is not available in 64 Bit at this time – Buzz Adapter, Edison ‘Clean Audio’ function*, FL Slayer, Fruity Soundfont Player*, Synthmaker/Flowstone*, Wasp/Wasp XT (*Planned for a future 64 Bit update).
Find more details on the 64-bit update at this news post.
FL Studio is available for purchase in various editions, starting at $99 USD. New Image-Line customers can save 10% off a purchase here.
More information: Image-Line / FL Studio
Feelyoursound has announced that its Sundog Scale Studio is now available for Mac OS X.
The standalone software connects to other DAWs and hardware instruments via MIDI and sends note commands to trigger chords and melodies.
The main focus of Sundog lies on writing harmonic EDM songs from scratch without having to worry about music theory.
Sundog Scale Studio features
- Over 300 scales included.
- Create harmonic melodies and arpeggios easily.
- MIDI file export via drag and drop.
- Find all fitting chords for a given scale.
- Convert MIDI note input (white keys) to scale notes.
- Cure writer’s block by experimenting with new harmonies.
- Output: Standard MIDI note data.
- Input: MIDI notes, computer keys, mouse.
- Buy once, get updates forever – for all supported platforms.
Sundog for Windows and Mac costs $39 USD / 29 EUR.
To celebrate the release of Sundog for Mac, Feelyoursound is offering a 15% discount until Sunday July 13th, 2014.
More information: Feelyoursound / Sundog Scale Studio
Paracosm has launched Polymer, a MIDI utility which translates MIDI streams from input devices to output devices.
Polymer lets you play your monophonic synths together, like they’re all part of some giant mutant polysynth. And it operates via plain old MIDI, so it’s compatible with almost anything — modulars, samplers, even virtual instruments.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg: alternate notes between different synths in monophonic sequences, layer pads and leads to create songs without leaving the keyboard, or experiment with the outer limits of modular paraphony.
- Control up to 32 MIDI channels simultaneously, for 32-voice polyphony.
- MIDI Merge between unlimited MIDI input channels.
- Velocity, Pitch Bend, and Mod Wheel data are transmitted automatically.
- Two Algorithms for voice allocation — Static starts at the same voice each time, while Cycle alternates in round-robin fashion.
- Forward, Backward, and Random Direction options for choosing the next voice.
- Supports Voice Stealing, allowing for continuous play regardless of available voices.
- Currently limited to one voice per MIDI channel, even for polyphonic synths.
The app is available for purchase for $19.99 USD. Requires 64-bit Mac with OSX 10.7 or greater.
More information: Polymer
Positive Grid has released version 1.5 of BIAS, a custom app modeler app for iPad.
Insane is one of the new expansion packs for Positive Grid’s BIAS app.
Positive Grid expands the popular custom amp modeler with three new dedicated expansion packs: Glassy, Crunch, and Insane. Guitarists and bassists will now be able to add further customization to their BIAS preamp, power amp, and cabinet modules by tone styles: from glassy clean tone, to classic british crunch, to insanely saturated distortion.
BIAS includes 36 of the most sought-after vintage and modern amps in rock ‘n’ roll history as a starting point for user customization. Now, along with the new Glassy, Crunch, and Insane packs, BIAS also includes a new easy-to-use 8-band EQ with the purchase of any pack, as well as a new BIAS store and better JamUp integration –another Positive Grid app consisting of several multi effect stompboxes-. As always, user can share it with other musicians on Positive Grid’s proprietary social network, ToneCloud.
BIAS for iPad is available for purchase for $19.99 USD. The new in-app expansion packs are $9.99 USD each.
More information: Positive Grid / BIAS
Akai Professional has released iMPC Pro, a music production app for iPad.
iMPC Pro is a 64-track music production powerhouse for your iPad. With built-in sampling functionality, a massive sound library, effects, and over 30 performance-driven features, iMPC Pro brings the functionality of Akai Professional’s coveted Music Production Center to your iPad.
Developed in partnership with Retronyms, the developers of the original iMPC app, iMPC Pro comes with pro-grade tools for intuitive beat creation whenever inspiration strikes.
It combines multiple sampling methods, producer-tested MPC features, a custom sample library from Richard Devine, and an intuitive gestural editor for the most powerful, creative and fun iPad music production experience yet.
iMPC Pro features
- A platform for creating sample-based music on your iPad with renowned MPC functionality.
- Sample audio from the iPad microphone, your own tracks using resampling, other apps using InterApp Audio, or your music library using the multi-touch turntable interface.
- 64 tracks for flexible multi-track music production including gain fader, 3-band EQ, mute, solo, panning and FX sends on each track.
- All-new chop-shop provides intuitive multi-touch editing, trimming, auditioning, splicing, splicing and processing of sample.
- All-new Timeline View opens a multi-touch gestural editor for sequencing, recording, and editing.
- All-new Flux mode lets you warp and glitch your beats in real-time or with automation.
- All-new Precision Knobs and Faders expand on command for precisely dialing in parameters.
- Drag n’ Drop your samples for simplified program/kit assembly.
- All-new 3D-performance mode lets your perform with your iPad’s accelerometer.
- All-new Turbo Duck effect fattens up your tracks with sidechain compression.
- Exclusive sound library featuring 1,400+ samples from sound designer Richard Devine with hundreds of Akai Pro exclusive samples.
- Improved sampling workflow with re-sampling and sample library organization.
- 16 Levels mode with attack, velocity, length, and tuning settings for quickly creating variations of your sounds.
- Note Variation slider lets you adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play.
- Onboard effects include delay, bit crusher, and master compressor/limiter.
- Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback.
- Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing.
- MPC Note Repeat featuring 1/8 note – 1/32T timing with latch.
- Supports Inter-App Audio in iOS7 for sampling from your other music apps.
- AudioCopy and AudioPaste for copying/pasting beats and sequences from compatible apps.
- Seamless integration with Retronym’s Tabletop app for iPad, a modular audio environment.
- Works with MPC Element via the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately).
- Community sharing built-in: directly upload to SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer.
- iOS support for simple drag-and-drop, plucking, and multi-touch music gestures.
- Interactive gesture control for automation, mixing, and effects.
- Automation lets you record pad and track mute changes to your sequence.
- Tabletop ready – use iMPC Pro inside the acclaimed Tabletop App to combine it with dozens of synths, sequencers, FX and more.
- Samples may be set to 1-shot or “hold” mode.
- Tuning, Panning, Level, Lo-Pass and Hi-Pass available for each sound.
- Easy cloning of sequences via multitouch capabilities.
- Classic “Next-Sequence” lets you juggle your sequences to experiment with different compositions or for dynamic live performance.
- Mute and poly pad groups for authentic percussion performances.
- Mixer effects include tempo-sync’d delay, reverb, chorus, flanger.
- Add third-party effects with InterApp Audio Effect.
- Pad effects include custom-designed envelope filters, 4-mode distortion and ring mod.
- Supports InterApp Audio mode. Record the outputs directly into other apps like GarageBand and Cubasis.
- Over 20 demo projects to manipulate, shape and learn with.
- Extensive Undo History lets you roll back your project to any state.
- Export your tracks as an audio file.
iMPC Pro is available for purchase for the introductory price of $12.99 USD for a limited time (regular $19.99 USD).
More information: Akai Pro / iMPC Pro
Ableton has released version 9.1.3 of the Live 9 music production software for Windows and Mac.
Create, produce and perform. Create ideas, make changes without stopping, and capture everything as you work.
Changes in Live v9.3.1 features
- Improvements and feature changes:
- Added control surface support for AKAI MPK225, MPK249, MPK261.
- Bug fixes:
- Fixed an issue which caused CPU spikes when moving a MIDI note in a track containing certain Ableton devices with automated parameters while the transport is not playing.
- Fixed CPU overloads and audio artifacts which might occur when moving MIDI notes in the MIDI editor, if the track contained certain third-party VST plug-ins.
- Fixed a bug that caused the active Control Scripts to be loaded again when activating an additional Control Surface.
- Enabling multiple tracks for recording and then triggering the Session Record button from the APC40 MKII would only record into the currently selected track instead of all armed tracks.
- Fixed a bug which prevented Max for Live devices from grabbing the APC40 Clip Matrix.
- Manual mappings for the APC40′s Device Bank buttons would not work any more after pressing the device’s Shift button.
- Fixed an issue on the Mackie Control Pro where the display would not show the parameter’s values correctly, after previously enabling the level meters.
- Fixed a graphical glitch which could occur when changing an Arrangement track’s vertical zoom level via the Mackie Control or a Max for Live device. Under certain conditions, this could also lead to a crash.
- Importing a Session View clip containing automation for a Max for Live device into another Live Set would create automation breakpoints in the Arrangement View.
- When loop is activated in the Arrangement View, MIDI sustain messages and other CC# messages would not be recorded reliably after the first loop iteration.
- Live would allocate an unusually high amount of RAM when rendering video with the 64-bit version on OS X.
- When configuring plug-in parameters, some sliders in Live’s plug-in panel would not match the position of the respective parameter in the plug-in GUI.
- After installing a newly purchased Pack, Live would show an error message and the Pack couldn’t be used until Live was authorized manually again.
- Text in deactivated clips was not readable with certain skins.
- Fixed a crash that occurred when closing the plug-in window of a UAD Audio Unit by pressing the [ESC] key.
- Fixed a crash which might occur when renaming a Drum Rack pad while triggering another pad.
- Live could crash under certain conditions when running as a ReWire slave and creating a new Live Set without saving the previous Set.
- Under certain circumstances, Live would delete send automation or modulation envelopes from clips when exporting clips or tracks to the browser. Additionally, Live could crash when using the undo feature after such an export operation.
- Changes for Push:
- Certain Max for Live devices which accessed the Push Touch Strip would not work properly.
The update is now available to download.
More information: Ableton
Steinberg has released version 8.5.10 of WaveLab, adding several improvements in areas such as plug-ins, user interface and audio montage.
This maintenance update introduces the following improvements:
- The performance of the Loop Tweaker function has been improved.
- The performance when editing large clip lists has been improved.
- The 64-bit version of WaveLab now supports the Renovator plug-in from Algorithmix.
- The local ruler of a clip now benefits from an improved color scheme that enhances the visibility of numeric values and markers.
A full list of changes can be found on the download page.
The update is free for users of WaveLab 8.5 and can be downloaded from the Steinberg website.
More information: Steinberg / WaveLab
Avid has announced version 7.5.1 of its Sibelius notation software for Windows and Mac.
In today’s competitive industry, composers need cutting-edge creative tools that enable them to unleash their creativity and deliver professional scores more efficiently.
Today, we are pleased to announce an important update to the music notation tools in the Artist Suite—Sibelius 7.5.1. This milestone update allows you to turn your creative ideas into fully realized scores more quickly and easily with important fixes and improved performance and stability.
Changes in Sibelius v7.5.1
- Sibelius 7.5 Reference and What’s New Guide have been fully translated into all 9 languages.
- Audio and video export now occurs faster than real-time.
- It’s now possible to have both Sibelius 7 and Sibelius 7.5 activated on the same computer (within the terms of the license).
- Better support for high resolution displays on Windows; specifically, the QuickStart now displays properly.
- An old problem going back several versions of Sibelius has been fixed where Sibelius would crash after the computer was woken from sleep.
- A problem where the breath mark “comma” produces staccato playback has been fixed.
- Sibelius and the Sibelius License Server will now run correctly once more on Mac OS 10.6 and 10.7.
- Resolved a crash that could happen if a score has more than 128 instruments.
- We’ve fixed a problem where some Rhythmic feels may have been missing from the Performance dialog.
- Sibelius 7.5 no longer crashes if using a ‘Jump to’ and ‘Marker’ repeat structure.
- Mordents and Inverted Mordents now play back correctly.
- Ties now play back correctly again when using Repeat Bars.
- Preferences stored by plugins are now correctly saved.
- Video export and sharing to Facebook and YouTube have been improved.
- Playback line is no longer a beat behind (this accuracy varies depending on your playback device).
- Problems posting to Facebook have been resolved.
- The tempo in the score is correctly reflected in the video.
- Further fixes to make the connection with Sibelius and Pro Tools more reliable when using ReWire.
- It’s possible, once again, to install Sibelius silently on Windows.
- Long instrument names are now clipped to show more of the Timeline.
- Focus on Staves is now reflected in the Timeline.
- More musical symbols are displayed in the lanes (Repeats and Metric Modulations, for example).
- Text and symbols are displayed on more appropriate lanes.
- It’s now possible to click+drag around the Timeline to navigate the score, similar to how the Navigator works.
- Hidden objects are now reflected in the Timeline and honor the option in View > Invisibles > Hidden Objects.
- F# Minor now shows as F# Minor on the Key Signatures lane.
- Comments are now shown in the Timeline with the same color they appear in the score.
- Various performance optimizations.
- Improved the way objects, menus and dialogs in Sibelius are read by screen readers, specifically when using NVDA on Windows.
- Some brand new plug-ins for Sibelius 7.5.1 that aid navigation of staff and system objects in the score. These plug-ins and supporting documentation for the improvements will be published soon.
The latest version of Sibelius 7.5 is now available to download.
More information: Sibelius