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Bremmers Audio Design releases MultitrackStudio 6

Bremmers Audio Design MultitrackStudio 6

Bremmers Audio Design has announced the release of MultitrackStudio 6, an audio/MIDI multitrack recording software for Windows.

It combines a multitrack recorder, a mixer, lots of effects and a MIDI sequencer in one package: everything that’s needed to turn your computer into a digital multitrack music recording studio.

New in MultitrackStudio 6

  • Touchscreen Support — MultitrackStudio 6 features a touchscreen mode which makes the program easy to use with touchscreens. Touchscreen support has been designed to turn the computer in a recording and mixing device, while allowing some editing as well. Multi-touch is supported in Windows 7.
  • Onscreen MIDI Keyboard — The onscreen keyboard can be used to play MIDI instruments, it works just like a MIDI In Device. Not only does it offer a keyboard layout, but a drum layout and various string layouts as well.
  • Manual audio input channel assignment — The AsioSnd and VistaSound driversets now optionally let you assign inputs to tracks manually.
  • Automation / MIDI Controller editor improvements
    • Automation editors can now add 4 dots in one go, to quickly attenuate or amplify a part. Similarly, MIDI controller editors can add 2 dots.
    • The editors show the value of the dot under the mouse pointer.
    • Automation editors now show the actual parameter values rather than 0..100. Most VST plugins still show 0..100. (Pro Plus edition only).
    • If a single dot is selected the Edit button lets you type a new value.
    • If multiple dots are selected the Edit button lets you ‘amplify’ them, changing the vertical distance between the dots. This can be useful for automated Pan knobs, or MIDI pitch controllers.
  • Half-speed recording — VariSpeed (Pro Plus edition only) now not only can be set to -200..+200 cents, but to -1400..-1000 cents as well. At -1200 cents the transport runs at half speed. Audio tracks and software instruments sound one octave lower at half speed, External MIDI Instruments do not.
  • Other
    • VistaSound driverset can optionally work in “pull mode”. This works better when CPU usage is high. Not all drivers will support this correctly.
    • Guitar Amp effect is more CPU efficient when used “live”, to make it more usable on slower machines. Less oversampling is used. (Pro Plus edition only)
    • Notation Settings window has 8va/Normal/8va bassa switch.
    • All text fields support Unicode, so all international characters can be used in track names etc. Song files are still compatible with older versions.
    • Track faders and controller/automation editors are larger at high DPI settings (these were the only things not scaling yet).
    • Editors support Ctrl key + mouse wheel to zoom in/out. The left hand part of pianoroll and audio editors zooms vertically.
    • Tooltips appear while dragging mixer sections to make it more clear where the section will go.
    • Resizing track editors: screen is updated on-the-fly now
    • Other improvements and somes fixes.

MultitrackStudio 6 for Windows PC is available for purchase as a download for $69 USD (Professional) / $119 USD (Pro Plus). A CD version is available for +$20 USD.

MultitrackStudio 6 is available free of charge for users who purchased the program after September 1, 2008. Older versions can be upgraded for $23 USD (Professional) / $39 USD (Pro Plus).

More information: MultitrackStudio

TASCAM announces HS-P82


TASCAM has announced the HS-P82, a high-quality 8-track field recorder for music, television and film production.

Eight high-quality microphone preamps use standard XLR inputs to record up to 96kHz/24-bit audio with timecode. Dual Compact Flash slots provide recording with backup and no moving parts for rugged reliability. A stereo mix can be recorded in addition to the eight individual channels, for a total of 10-channel capture. The recorder is housed in an aluminum chassis with a TFT color touchscreen.

HS-P82 features

  • Recording Features:
    • Dual Compact Flash recording media supports backup, mirroring and seamless A/B recording (Seamless Record, Mirroring & Cascade modes coming in version 1.10)
    • Long battery life through low power usage
    • Easy to read and operate using pivoting TFT Color Touch Panel interface
    • All-aluminum chassis is rugged yet lightweight
    • 8 -track recording plus stereo mix for a total of 10-track recording
    • 8-track recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit
    • 4-track recording at 192kHz/24-bit
    • Broadcast WAV (BWF) support with iXML metadata
    • Various power options include AA batteries (x10), NP type, AC adaptor, external DC input and optional V-mount adaptor for ENDURA batteries
    • Up to 5-second prerecord buffer
    • Internal microphone for slate recording
    • Limiter and low cut filter per track
    • Auto or manual cue points
    • Alert signal to headphone output
    • Retake function
    • Panel lockout function to prevent accidental transport switching
  • Inputs/Outputs:
    • 8 high-quality microphone preamps and A/D converters with independent +48V phantom power for each (standard XLR connectors)
    • 8 AES/EBU inputs and outputs (DB-25 connector)
    • Sampling rate converter on each AES/EBU input
    • 2 balanced analog outputs (XLR connector)
    • Stereo digital output (BNC connector)
    • SMPTE Timecode In and Out (BNC connector)
    • Video/Word Clock/Cascade* I/O (BNC connector)
    • Headphone out (1/4″ stereo jack)
    • PS/2 keyboard input for track naming
    • USB 2.0 high-speed data transfer to PC

TASCAM’s new HS-P82 will be available from pro audio resellers in December 2009 with an estimated street price of $4,999 USD.

More information: TASCAM / HS-P82

Short links for April 22nd, 2009


Some interesting things I found recently:

# One Person Band

Vivace is a nice looking multitouch portable music studio concept, designed by Young-Shin Lee & Hae-Jin Jung.

A Music aficionados rejoice. The idea of having only 1 device that combines multiple instruments, track recording, equalizer, sound editing, internet connectivity, and a touchscreen interface all into one compact package is drool worthy. The Vivace makes it all possible. Information is scarce on how the interface works but I have no doubt up-and-coming artists like FrankMusik and Bjork could do a lot with such a device.

# FabFilter Twin 2 preset contest

FabFilter’s quest for vintage-sounding Rhodes piano presets is over and the winner has been announced.

The FabFilter Twin 2 Rhodes Preset Contest is closed. Of course, all of you did great, and it was extremely hard to pick a winner… but in the end, only one can be the best. And that is: Thomas Koot!

Thomas has put a lot of effort in modelling a Fender Rhodes Mark I. His preset really has the characteristic raw low-end, a great attack and release feel, a nice subtle bell sound, and a superb velocity response.

You can download some of the entries, including the patches by Thomas, on this page.

# Khene Creative Commons Sample Pack – Sebastian Tomczak of little-scale posts another free sample pack.

Inspired Acoustics releases PAB Professional Edition

Inspired Acoustics

Inspired Acoustics has released Palace of Arts Budapest (PAB) Pipe Organ Samples Professional Edition, a fully playable, freely configurable, intuitively manageable and MIDI-controllable virtual pipe organ, delivering the authentic sound of the 92-stop Pécsi-Mühleisen pipe organ of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall of the Palace of Arts, Budapest, Hungary, to your computer.

Designed for operation within Hauptwerk™ Software, on both PC and Macintosh computers, Palace of Arts Budapest Pipe Organ Samples sets a new standard in virtual pipe organs used by leading organists, professional musicians, professors and tutors, educational, worship and culture institutions, recording professionals and enthusiasts.

Despite its immense size and capabilities, it is a pipe organ you can play and take with you wherever you go, offering unprecedented flexibility and sound quality never heard before in a virtual instrument.

Stage console of the Pécsi-Mühleisen organ
Stage console of the Pécsi-Mühleisen organ

PAB Professional Edition features

  • The organ
    • the 2006 Pécsi-Mühleisen pipe organ of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Palace of Arts – Budapest, Hungary; entirely virtualized
    • 92 stops, 5 manuals (with 61 keys) and pedal (with 32 keys)
    • 2 sweller pedals, 2 tremulants (tremolos), 61-stage programmable crescendo with different independent program slots
    • 2 consoles (electrical Stage and mechanical Upper)
    • Equal tuning at concert pitch (a=442 Hz)
    • a symphonic organ to perform any piece of the entire pipe organ and symphonic literature without any compromise
  • The recording
    • High Definition Sampling (HDS) — all stops were sampled chromatically at 192 kHz / 24-bit
    • Advanced Pipe Organ Measurements (APM)
    • Synchronized Sampling Technology (SST)
  • The sample set
    • 48 kHz / 24-bit format, 2-channel stereo samples
    • Natural sound image — the samples contain all spatial information as they are heard
    • 12-second notes sampled, multiple loops per sample
    • 2 independent swellboxes
    • 2 tremulants
    • Optional organ engine sounds and noises
    • ‘Semi-dry’ sample set with multiple release samples for providing natural concert hall reverberation and tracker action sound
    • Programmable crescendo wheel with enable/disable option
    • Ability to disable reeds, mixtures or couplers from all Crescendo wheel programs
    • Touchscreen-optimized for 4:3 displays of 1280×1024 native resolution
  • The User Manual
    • contains a detailed guide to pipe organs, its mechanism and sound
    • provides you insight to the 2006 Pécsi-Mühleisen pipe organ
    • guides you to the Palace of Arts – Budapest and the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
    • gives explanations of all stops of the organ
    • provides information on more than 80 different historical tunings
    • contains a Guide to Room Acoustics focusing on pipe organs written exclusively for PAB Pipe Organ Samples
    • and more
  • Shipping
    • PAB ships on Inspired Acoustics USB thumb drives (pen drives) for a faster and convenient installation

PAB Pipe Organ Samples is published in five different editions: the Small, Essential and Medium Edition, featuring a selection of stops and features, the Professional Edition with all stops, and the exclusive Extended Edition with unique features yet to be unveiled. The Professional Edition is available now, all other editions will be released in 2009. Professional Edition users have the benefit of optional upgrade to the limited-number Extended Edition.

Check the shop for details on pricing. A group buy is currently active for the Professional Edition.

Visit Inspired Acoustics for more information and audio demos.

Short links for June 27th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 27th, 2008:

# MACHINECOLLECTIVE.ORG – Machinecollective is specialized in design and production of custom control surfaces and kits for physical computing.

Machinecollective custom control surfaces
Machinecollective custom control surfaces

From the website:

In spite of all the smart, multifunctional and state-of-the-art controllers that are commercially available today, there has always been demand for custom physical interfaces and specialized controllers. That’s why we have developed a modular prototyping platform. The prototyping modules are aimed at researchers, artists, musicians, circuitbenders and performers who want to use high quality controls without spending too much time on manufacturing or trying to find a suitable enclosure.

Machinecollective is currently developing modules with components such as potentiometers, slide potentiometers, buttongrids, toggle switches, lcd’s, FSR/LDR’s, velocity sensitive pads, touchscreens, etc. You can sign up to get notified when the full website is up.

# Ohm Force antidote for cell phone popcorn!!!

Have you seen those videos on YouTube where cell phone radiation turns corn into popcorn? Ohm Force to the rescue!

Little Sound Dj

# Little Sound Dj – Transform a plain Game Boy/Game Boy Color into a full-fledged music workstation.

Little Sound Dj features

  • Sequencer – designed to leave all the musical possibilities of the Gameboy in the hands of the user.
  • Sound – custom waveforms can be created by free-hand drawing, or by using a subtractive synthesizer with resonant filters. For extra versatility, Little Sound Dj also contains a quite powerful arpeggiator, which possibilities go far beyond the classic C64-style chords.
  • Samples – a set of 59 phonems for programmable speech. Besides that, it also features drum kits sampled from machines TR-606, TR-707, TR-727, TR-808, TR-909, CR-78, CR-8000, KR-55, DR-55, DR-110, DMX, Drumulator, RhythmAce, TOM and LinnDrum.
  • Synchronization – use a link cable to sync two Game Boys; great for party fun or for added polyphony. You can sync LSDJ with Nanoloop, and MIDI sync is possible too (build your own LSDj Midi Interface).

Also on this website: Game Boy Color Prosound Mod, adding a new sound output that takes its sound directly from the volume potentiometer, bypassing some sound-garbling electronics close to the headphone output.

# MAKE: Blog: The WP-20 mini-synth – The "WP-20 Mini-Synth Sound Effects Synthesizer" is probably the best project out there for getting started in Synth-DIY proper. It packs all the basic elements of modular synth design including a control voltage input into a relatively compact circuit.

Aldo Calpini releases Theresa v0.6.1

Aldo Calpini Theresa (default skin)

Aldo Calpini has released version 0.6.1 of Theresa, a client/server application that turns a Pocket PC PDA into a MIDI controller surface.

Aldo writes:

basically you start the server on the desktop PC (the server sits quietly in the system tray), then start the client on the (ActiveSync-connected) Pocket PC et voila, you can use your finger on the PDA touchscreen to move faders and push buttons.

Theresa features customizable layouts & skinnable GUI (via XML files), and you can save/load presets. Theresa’s faders and buttons can be freely assigned to MIDI CC.

Aldo’s TODO list has some interesting things on it as well: XY pad, multiple pages and rotary encoders to name a few.

Theresa is released as (open source) freeware. The download includes binaries and source code.

Visit the Theresa page for more information and a link to download the latest version.

JazzMutant Dexter now available in Europe

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JazzMutant‘s touchscreen controller Dexter is now available in Europe.

Dexter is a multi-touch control surface which lets your ten fingers perform simultaneous actions on-screen with great responsiveness.

JazzMutant Dexter

Key features

  • Multitouch sensing with visual feedback
  • Built-in computing resources
  • Robust design
  • Fast ethernet connectivity
  • Fully upgradable firmware

Details from JazzMutant’s news page:

MusikMesse 2007 saw the world premiere of JazzMutant’s Dexter, the latest addition to its range of Multitouch enabled controllers. While the Lemur’s modular concept aimed at maximum versatility and adaptability, Dexter is devoted to one unique master plan : bringing the power of Digital Audio Workstations to your fingertips, in a creative and user-friendly manner. For the first time, controlling DAWs feels natural instead of adding an intermediate level of complexity. In a word, Dexter amounts to what DAW users have been longing for years : a Controller. At last.

Great ergonomics
Hasn’t every musician or producer fantasized of controlling their favourite Digital Audio Workstation by touching the actual user interface directly on the screen ? JazzMutant has partnered with leading software companies to make this dream a reality.
Dexter redefines the very interaction between Digital Audio Workstations and the users. This laptop-sized control surface has been designed with only one purpose in mind : making user experience more pleasant, playful and efficient.
At the foundation of this design lies JazzMutant’s patented Multitouch display technology. At last, a control surface combines the two features that any serious controller should offer : great ergonomics for your hands and thorough visual feedback for your eyes.

Intuitive workspace
One glimpse suffices to get acquainted with Dexter’s workspace. Its design is crystal clear and immediately understandable. Dexter is fully self-documented : all functions are available through explicit icons.
The main interface on Dexter accurately mimics the mixer of your DAW.
For greater visual comfort, each individual track is drawn with a specific color that represents its current state : shades of blue differentiate active tracks from muted ones, while red or yellow backgrounds make record enabled or soloed tracks stand out from the rest.
For smarter navigation a unique set of buttons allow you to rearrange Dexter’s mixer on the fly. These allow instant sorting of your channels based on your needs. For example, press the View Solo button to display only the soloed tracks on the screen. With Dexter, channels you don’t need never get in your way.

JazzMutant Dexter

Unique surround control
With its unique palette of tools dedicated to sound spatialization, Dexter is a dream come true for multichannel work. Its breakthrough surround panner provides live monitoring of up to eight channel positions in the surround space at one time. Sound sources can naturally be moved around using the tips of your fingers in the most intuitive manner.
Dexter also introduces novel ways of reshaping the whole surround soundscape through simple finger gestures. Rotation of all your sources can be achieved by manipulating the panner just like a spinning vinyl ! Drag two fingers apart to spray all sources away from the center.

Instant navigation
Dexter has been designed to offer the most immediate access to any features of your Digital Audio Workstation. The era of dreadful navigation buttons to configure tracks and devices is foregone.
Dexter introduces a novel way of browsing through your project. The Track Edit mode offers a clear overview on all the parameters of an individual channel, including graphical EQ display, effects editing, bus sends, and surround panning.
Dexter includes an arsenal of fancy widgets meant to make operation even more efficient and pleasant. The smart Overview widget displays a miniaturized picture of the whole mixer. Dragging a finger across it discloses the content and state of each bank of tracks.

Superb plugin interface
The way common control surfaces has dealt so far with plugins is just dreadful. Dexter is the first controller ever to address this frustrating limitation. For that purpose, Dexter supplies just the right tools to master all your EQs, dynamics and effects.
Dexter’s beautiful EQ controller will amaze you straight away. Exactly mirroring the filter curve of your sequencer’s EQ, this appealing interface particularly benefits from Multitouch technology in order to bring spontaneity and precision to the uppermost level.
Forget about those unnatural key sequences to access a particular parameter of an insert on a track. Dexter lets you jump from the touch of a finger to a unified interface that shows every effect and parameter in a clear way.
For the first time, DAW controlling actually looks and feels natural.

Unprecedented precision
JazzMutant introduces a whole new concept with Dexter : that of zoomable controllers. You can now tweak in real time the resolution you want to acheive from one controller. Zoom in on your faders when you need that extra bit of precision in a mix. Zoom out when you’re looking for the widest range achievable. Dexter brings matchless precision to your mix that top-of-the-range physical faders just can’t compete with.

At 2349 EUR it’s not extremely cheap, but it looks killer. Visit JazzMutant for more information.