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Steinberg updates Cubasis to v1.7, VST 3.6 SDK gets iOS support + free Nanologue synthesizer for iPad

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Steinberg has announced three iOS-related releases, comprising an update to its Cubasis multitouch sequencer for the iPad, iOS support for the VST 3.6 SDK, and the free Nanologue synthesizer for iPad.

Cubasis 1.7 is a free update now adding Inter-App Audio capability for routing and controlling audio between iOS apps in a single project. The newly available Software Development Kit (SDK) for version 3.6 of Steinberg’s Virtual Studio Technology (VST) allows deployment of iOS apps with Inter-App Audio and introduces many new enhancements. Nanologue is Steinberg’s latest iOS app for the iPad: a virtual-analog synthesizer for monophonic leads and basses.

Steinberg Nanalogue

Carlos Mendoza Rohde, product marketing manager at Steinberg, comments: “With Inter-App Audio introduced to iOS 7, we’ve been keen to implement this feature into Cubasis. While using the momentum, we added iOS support to our VST SDK and are providing an iPad synthesizer based on this technology for free!”

Adding full Inter-App Audio implementation to Cubasis 1.7 allows iOS apps with Inter-App Audio capability to be used as instruments on both audio and MIDI tracks. It is also possible to use compatible apps as insert or send effects within the Cubasis iOS digital audio workstation for the iPad.

Alongside the VST 2.4, VST 3 and Audio Unit formats, the new SDK for VST 3.6 now allows developers to compile the code for iOS compatibility with Inter-App Audio support, turning the VST development kit into a platform capable of outputting four acclaimed formats conveniently from one technology source. Other new features to the latest SDK release include enhancements to the VST 2 and Audio Unit wrappers, iOS support for the new 4.2 version of VSTGUI, Steinberg’s cross-platform C++ library for developing UI-based plug-ins, and a new validation tool for VST 3 host applications.

Based on this new SDK release, Nanologue is a virtual-analog monophonic synthesizer that can be used on the iPad as stand-alone app or together with a iOS host application via Inter-App Audio functionality, such as with the latest 1.7 update to Cubasis. Including 50 factory presets, Nanologue boasts a cross-modulation oscillator with two waveforms, glide, a VCF envelope, LFO, delay and a filter section with cutoff, resonance and distortion. User presets can be exported to the Retrologue VST instrument, included in Cubase 7, Cubase Artist 7, Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5.

Cubasis 1.7 is a free update available through the App Store on iTunes. The SDK for VST 3.6 is freely available from the Steinberg website. Nanologue is available as free App Store download on iTunes.

More information: Steinberg

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Steinberg launches VST Connect Pro – Remote multitrack recording

Steinberg VST Connect Pro

Steinberg has announced the release of VST Connect Pro, a fully featured remote recording solution for remote multitrack recording of audio and MIDI in premium sound quality.

“With VST Connect Pro, we’re convinced to be revolutionizing the way producers and musicians work together. In fact, the technology behind VST Connect delivers completely new approaches to producing music, triggering and recording instruments remotely, and cooperating with musicians and clients at a distance,” remarked Frank Simmerlein, marketing director at Steinberg.

VST Connect Pro offers encrypted transfer of real-time recordings through the internet and local area networks. While delivering immediate stereo recordings, up to 16 audio tracks are recorded in the background in uncompressed, high resolution.

Compatible with Cubase 7, VST Connect Pro establishes a peer-to-peer connection with the free client-side application, VST Connect Performer. During remote recording sessions, users of both software applications can adjust the cue mix and talkback levels, as well as communicate via video link.

With the release of VST Connect Pro, Steinberg also introduces Studio Pass, the free iOS app for VST Connect that lets users dial into the recording session with an iPhone or iPad.

VST Connect Pro features

  • Collaborate with other musicians and producers around the world.
  • Peer-to-peer solution with sample accurate sync.
  • MIDI support for sending and receiving MIDI data to your recording counterpart.
  • Encrypted transfer for secure exchange of important audio material.
  • Multi-channel support for remote recording of up to 16 channels.
  • Up to 192 kHz audio support with downstream transfer of large-scale uncompressed audio files.
  • Cue mix section for optimal recording environment.
  • LAN support for connections in your local network.
  • VST 3 support for recording VST instruments via peer-to-peer connection.
  • Free download client-side application with full remote control of session settings by the session administrator.

VST Connect Pro is available to purchase for MSRP 199 EUR, including German VAT. Studio Pass for VST Connect Pro is soon available as free App Store download on iTunes.

More information: Steinberg / VST Connect Pro

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iConnectivity releases iConnectMIDI2+ multi-host interface

iConnectivity iConnectMIDI2+

iConnectivity has announced the availability of iConnectMIDI2+, an interface which enables users to use their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with their Mac/PC like a plugin, controller, and much more.

iConnectMIDI2+ is a multi-host interface that features iConnectivity’s unique multi-hosting and audio passThru technology.

iConnectMIDI2+’s multi-hosting capability allows for more than up to 2 computing devices to share the same interface as well as access and share MIDI resources over its 2 pairs of MIDI DINs and its 8 additional user configurable ports. This enables workflow such as, sending midi from a controller or synthesizer to DAW and an iOS device simultaneously, setting up redundancy in a live MIDI environment, sending MIDI from multiple computing devices to one another, and more.

As a part of its multi-hosting capabilities iConnectMIDI2+ also features audio passThru. This technology enables 2 computing devices (PC, MAC, iOS) to not only pass MIDI data but also act as an audio interface between them, seamlessly bridging each computing device into each other’s audio and MIDI environments. Now a synth running on a user’s iPad. iPod touch, or iPhone could behave as if it were a touch-controlled plug-in running inside a host DAW, Adventurous users can even use their Mac or PC as a slave to their iOS device. The iConnectMIDI2+ offers seamless integration in all directions.

In addition to its expanded connectivity iConnectMIDI2+ includes iConnectivity’s iConfig MIDI manager software for iOS, MAC and PC allowing the user complete control over how MIDI is routed, remapped and filtered to and from all devices connected to it.

iConnectMIDI2+ features

  • Multi-Host Capability – Connect 2 Computing Devices Simultaneously.
  • Audio passThru™ Between Connected Computing Devices.
  • Supports MAC, PC, and iOS Computing Devices.
  • 2 In & 2 Out Pairs of MIDI DIN Connectivity.
  • Integrated MIDI Manager With Snapshot Preset Storage – For MIDI Thru, MIDI Merge, Filtering, and Advanced Routing Control.
  • USB MIDI Class Compliant.
  • USB Bus Powered.
  • Supports 10 Ports of 16 Channels of MIDI I/O Per Port.
  • Plug and Play – No Drivers Needed.

The features of iConnectMIDI2+ are patent pending.

iConnectMIDI2+ is now available to purchase for MSRP $99.99 USD, with an estimated street price of $89.99 USD.

More information: iConnectivity / iConnectMIDI2+

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Celemony Melodyne seamlessly integrates into Sonar X3

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Celemony has announced that its Melodyne essential is included in the new Sonar X3 music production software by Cakewalk.

Celemony Melodyne essential in Sonar X3

Cakewalk’s new Sonar X3 offers, thanks to Celemony’s ARA technology, a particularly user-friendly Melodyne integration, so it’s only fitting that Melodyne essential is included in the bundle.

Through the application of ARA Audio Random Access technology, the Grammy-Award-winning audio tool Melodyne is integrated so seamlessly into Sonar X3 that it seems to be a part of the DAW. This makes using Melodyne much easier. The correction and optimization of recordings proceeds faster and is more fun.

Sonar X3 Producer and Sonar X3 Studio are supplied in a bundle with Melodyne essential, which permits basic Melodyne editing of pitch and timing with monophonic audio material such as lead vocal, bass or flute tracks. But the latest version of Melodyne editor can also, thanks to ARA, be operated elegantly in Sonar X3 and offers, in addition to extended tools, the patented DNA Direct Note Access for polyphonic audio material – ideal for editing individual notes in piano or guitar recordings or for polyphonic audio-to-MIDI.

“We are pleased and proud that, with Cakewalk, another important manufacturer is now supporting ARA,” says Anselm Rößler, Managing Director of Celemony. “Users of ARA to date have given us very positive feedback and we are convinced that also Sonar users will be enthused by the Melodyne integration.”

ARA technology was developed by Celemony in cooperation with Presonus and is open to use by manufacturers of both DAWs and plug-ins. ARA opens an additional channel of communication so that DAW and plug-in can exchange information about the audio file, tempo, pitch and rhythm among many other things, and thereby work much more closely together.

More information: Celemony

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Avid intros S6 Control Surface

Avid has announced the S6 Control Surface, a major new addition to its industry leading family of control surfaces for sound recording, mixing and editing.

Avid S6

Avid S6 is designed for audio professionals in the most demanding production environments, delivering the performance needed to complete projects faster while producing the best sounding mixes. In addition, S6 provides mixing professionals with a state-of-the-art solution that easily scales to meet their current and future challenges.

“Working in ever more complex environments with fast project turnarounds, mixers need intuitive, tactile control of editing and mixing, and the ability to easily work with other artists, engineers, and facilities,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of products and services at Avid. “Drawing on more than 20 years of leading edge innovation, the S6 delivers the game-changing modularity, superior ergonomics, and streamlined collaboration to meet mixers’ changing business requirements.”

Built on the same proven technology that is core to the industry-leading ICON and System 5 product families, the Avid S6 enables mixers to quickly turn around complex projects while swiftly handling last-minute changes. With its unparalleled ability to simultaneously control multiple Pro Tools® and other EUCON™-enabled DAWs over simple Ethernet, S6 also speeds workflows and enables network collaboration on a single integrated platform.

Avid S6 modular design

S6 features

  • Revolutionary modular design — Adapting to every stage of a user’s business, the S6 control surface can be customized with the addition of the modules needed to match current workflow. It can be horizontally and vertically scaled as the client base grows. Pre-configured S6 M10 or S6 M40 surfaces may be purchased with the required faders, knobs, etc. already provided or, with S6 M40, further personalized with different channel control combinations.
  • Superior ergonomics — A traditional, familiar console layout allows easy transition from previous systems. The multipoint touchscreen quickly and easily accesses plug-ins, large track counts, surround panning and more, while top-lit status knobs and high resolution OLEDs add operational efficiency. Additional 12.1” displays on S6 M40 systems further enhance instant project overview by providing deep visual feedback on key items such as channel names, audio meters, routing, clip names, and scrolling waveforms. Ultimate recall enables quick location for last-minute mix changes.
  • Intelligent studio control — Compatible with Pro Tools and other popular EUCON-enabled DAWs, S6 enables detailed work on up to eight audio workstations simultaneously, as well as the ability to switch sessions in seconds from a single control surface across the facility. High-speed Ethernet connectivity makes it easy to reconfigure operations as business requirements dictate.

The S6 control surface will be available worldwide in Q4 2013. As a modular system, S6 is available at a variety of prices, with M10 configurations starting at $21,995 USD and M40 configurations starting at $43,480 USD.

More information: Avid / S6 Control Surface

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Dirac Research updates Dirac Live Room Correction Suite

Dirac Live Room Correction Suite

Dirac Research has announced a new version of Dirac Live Room Correction Suite, its acclaimed room correction software product.

The new Stereo Version is based on the same state-of-art technology as the original Full Version, with the main difference that it supports only two-channel playback. It features full mixed-phase impulse- and frequency response optimization, born from more than a decade of research and development.

“Many users of the multichannel version have discovered the benefits of using the Dirac Live technology with two-channel systems,” said Christoffer Ahlén, Director, Consumer Division and Marketing at Dirac.

“As the Full Version of Dirac Live is evolving into a more advanced multichannel product, a need for a more straightforward two-channel version has been identified. We can now offer such a product, at a lower price Point,“ Ahlén concluded.

With the Dirac Live Room Correction suite and a microphone (available from Dirac’s online store or authorized resellers), the user performs a simple multipoint measurement of the listening room. Dirac Live then automatically corrects the deficiencies in the sound from the audio system and room, providing the purest possible music reproduction.

The suite has been tailored for consumers who use their computer as an audio source, and leverages the computer’s built-in processing power. It has been designed with simplicity in mind without compromise in terms of sound quality and/or flexibility for the advanced user. A point of emphasis is that the software optimizes all sound from the computer regardless of the media player used.

Dirac Live Room Correction Suite is available to purchase for MSRP 389 EUR (Stereo Version) / 650 EUR (Full Version).

More information: Dirac / Dirac Live Room Correction Suite

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New Audio Technology releases Spatial Sound Card

Spatial Sound Card

New Audio Technology has announced the release of Spatial Sound Card (SSC), a set of virtual speakers for stereo and surround monitoring for the computer with standard headphones.

The Spatial Sound Card is a virtual sound card that is inserted between software, operating system and audio hardware and enables monitoring of stereo and surround up to 7.1 with a standard headphone on the computer. The room visualizations originate from a constantly growing number of high end studios and dub stages like the ARRI Stage One, MSM Munich and others. The technology used in the SSC was used on major Blu-Ray releases (e.g. The Expendables I and II).

To optimize the virtualization the SSC provides parameters to customize the frequency curve of the used headphones. Presets for well-known headphone models are included.

The Spatial Sound Card works with all applications that support multichannel audio output. These include media players like VLC and FLAC-Player as well as video and audio workstations. The SSC is recommended for media professionals from the audio, video or games area as well as for agencies and companies with workstations that need high quality audio monitoring.

The Spatial Sound Card is available to purchase for the introductory price of 98 EUR until August 15th, 2013 (regular 169 EUR). For now the Spatial Sound Card runs on MacOS 10.6.x and above, a version for Windows will come within Q3, 2013.

More information: New Audio Technology / Spatial Sound Card

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