Steinberg has announced the release of Metronomic Cinema, the second expansion pack for the virtual drum workstation Groove Agent 4, and its condensed version Groove Agent SE 4, featuring acoustic, electronic and percussive drum kits specifically designed for movie scores.
Metronomic Cinema comprises thirty first-class kits and over 750 samples that are entirely new to the world of Groove Agent. Adding both recorded acoustic drums and the latest electronic sounds to one’s library provides a wealth of percussive and tonal elements covering ambient, heavy and epic styles.
Product marketing manager Matthias Quellmann commented: “This is a nod to the composers who use Groove Agent for big-picture scoring and enjoy unique percussive sounds to round out their instrumental palette.”
Metronomic Cinema features
- 30 production kits across dozens of presets, inspired by contemporary motion picture soundtracks.
- Hundreds of acoustic and electronic sounds covering ambient, heavy and epic styles.
- Exclusive, meticulously recorded acoustic samples including drum kits, percussion, FX and melodic sounds.
Metronomic Cinema for Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4 is available for purchase for 39.99 EUR, including German VAT.
More information: Steinberg / Metronomic Cinema
Steinberg has released version 6.5.35 of Nuendo, the audio post-production software.
Besides extensive product maintenance for the AAF import and export filter as well as new AAF functionality, this update provides full support for PROXIMITY, the upcoming game audio surround technology by IOSONO/Barco.
PROXIMITY game audio technology
IOSONO PROXIMITY is a new audio technology standard that “raises the gaming experience to the next level of realism”. PROXIMITY ensures a highly accurate localization of game sounds by bringing sound effects and dialog into the inner circle of a surround field. Sounds come closer with depth, extending into the room from the speakers all the way to the listener’s position. For sound designers, PROXIMITY is a powerful new tool in their content creation toolbox, realizing great effects with only little effort. Through the integration into Nuendo, PROXIMITY technology seamlessly slips into existing workflows for game sound design.
Fully integrated with Nuendo 6.5.35
Nuendo 6.5.35 provides full support for the PROXIMITY technology by updating the integrated surround panner Anymix Pro to the Anymix Pro PROXIMITY version. As soon as Anymix Pro is used with a PROXIMITY bus inside Nuendo, it turns into a command center for PROXIMITY game sound production by offering PROXIMITY effects and control parameters.
More information: Steinberg / PROXIMITY
M-Audio has announced it has upgrades to its M-Track series audio interfaces.
The M-Track and M-Track Plus now feature a rugged all-metal chassis and studio–quality audio performance, and an expanded software suite is included with the M-Track Eight interface.
These new products give songwriters the ability to participate in the world of computer-based recording with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that boasts 24-bit studio-quality audio performance, along with a new rugged all-metal chassis, greatly improved pre-amps, and class-leading audio performance on the inputs.
With these new products, M-Audio also announces a partnership with Waves Audio, Ltd.
“The new M-Tracks are designed to provide professional recording quality to musicians and producers, and we could think of nobody better to partner with for professional effects than Waves Audio,” said J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “For more than 20 years, their effects plug-ins have set the standard for digital signal processing, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer their world-class effects to M-Track customers.”
Included with the M-Tracks are AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb plugins, which add a professional touch to any production. These plugins, along with the included Ableton Live Lite, provide a solid foundation to start a home/portable recording studio.
M-Audio’s currently available M-Track Eight also benefits from the Waves plugin treatment. In addition to AudioTrack, Eddie Kramer Effect Channel, and TrueVerb, M-Track Eight adds the L1 Ultramaximizer and Manny Marroquin Delay as part of its included software suite.
“We’re very excited about the new M-Track family of interfaces. They are solidly built, and with the added Waves plugin bundle users can produce impressive results that far exceed what the price points suggest.” – J.C. Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager.
The upgraded M-Track and M-Track Plus will be available at the end of October, priced at $99 USD and $149 USD, respectively; the M-Track Eight is available now for $399 USD.
More information: M-Audio
Steinberg has announced upcoming music production workshops in the United Kingdom. Together with Yamaha and sE Electronics, Steinberg has scheduled tour dates from Poole in the South to Perth up in Scotland.
As a part of the ongoing Steinberg Training Center education program, these interactive education events feature critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Martyna Wren, session and touring drummer Emily Dolan Davies (Tricky, Becky Hill, Bryan Ferry, The Hours) and multi-instrumentalist, producer and Cubase expert Andy Schrav (Peter Andre, Delta Goodrem, Paper Aeroplanes). Over the next month the artists will visit South and City College in Birmingham, Derby University, Edinburgh College and Perth University and run a series of customized workshops for enrolled students.
In addition to supplying top-quality artists, the manufacturers will also provide a collection of the latest music production equipment for the workshops. The tour ends at the Music Production Expo in London where all manufacturers will have representatives available for one-on-one sessions and product related questions.
Richard Johnstone, UK Business Development Manager comments: “This is a superb opportunity to not only see and hear the very latest music production software and hardware in action, but to see artists and industry professionals showing how these products can help you in developing and enhancing your song-writing process, through to final production.”
Schools can find more information at www.steinberg.net/en/education/training.html and apply by emailing email@example.com.
There are also a number of events open to the general public. Registrations are required and the events are booking out quickly. Please check for dates and registration details here.
More information: Steinberg
Steinberg has announced the release of Prime Cuts, a new expansion pack for the previously released virtual drum software, Groove Agent 4, and Groove Agent SE 4 included in Cubase 7.5, comprising a premium hip hop sound library created by Beat Butcha, one of UK’s finest beat producers.
Armed with exceptional drum sounds and patterns, Prime Cuts boasts more than 700 samples that range from hard-hitting snares to bottom-end kicks that will stay fresh even after numerous beat productions. Laid out in 30 drum kits, Prime Cuts provides sounds and patterns for the Beat Agent available in Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4.
Producer of the Prime Cuts expansion set, Beat Butcha, commented: “With the new library I try to basically cater to the many sub-genres within hip hop as possible. A lot of preset patterns are often quantized and they don’t feel very human-like so I keep the swing up in there and try to do things that are a little bit different from the norm.”
Product marketing manager Matthias Quellmann said: “Prime Cuts is the perfect complement to the extraordinary sound library already available in Groove Agent 4. Adding hip-hop oriented samples and grooves to the Beat Agent offers a versatility that lets Groove Agent 4 play one music style in a million and one ways.”
Prime Cuts for Groove Agent 4 is for purchase for 39.99 EUR, including German VAT.
More information: Steinberg / Prime Cuts
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