PEFF has released Directre, an audio routing utility designed to work as a hub for a live performance using Propellerhead Reason.
Directre Audio Router is a utility device with synchronized audio switching capabilities designed to be a control center for real-time performance applications.
Directre’s audio switching synchronizes to the tempo of a song. With a press of a button, a channel switch is cued to open or close at the beginning of a measure, beat, or 1/8th note.
DIRECTRE can function as either a 1×8 splitter device or as an 8×1 summing bus. In addition to the quantized switch capabilities, the switch can be adjusted to fade in and fade out with a touch of a button.
Eight Channel Summing.
Eight Channel Audio Split/Distribution.
Level Controls with +6dB gain.
Synchronized Audio Muting on Bar, Beat, or 1/8th Note.
Selectable Crossfade Times
Adjustable Fade Time from 0ms to 6 seconds.
Switch CV Outputs that also synchronize to tempo.
MIDI Playability from a Keyboard or Control Surface.
Control Voltage Source that Syncs to Tempo.
Localization support for English, French, German, and Japanese.
Directre is available for the introductory price of $15 USD / 12 EUR for the first 1000 licensees or until May 1st, 2013 (regular $29 USD / 25 EUR).
Cescato Musiktechnologie has re-launched with the release of VST-MIDI Monitor version 3.0, a free MIDI data monitor utility plug-in for Windows.
from Sound On Sound magazine:
…extremely useful, is Wally Cescato’s MIDI Data Monitor, which loads as a VSTi and displays incoming MIDI note, aftertouch, pitch-bend and controller data on four ‘LEDs’, as well as providing a scrolling data display in text form.
This is ideal when you’re trying to sort out why there’s no sound coming from your VSTis in Cubase, for instance, or for examining incoming MIDI controller data to see why it’s not altering the synth parameter you expected.
Changes in VST-MIDI Monitor 3.0
Added Program Change, Polyphonic Key Pressure and System LED Indicators.
Added monitor data selection switches.
Added switchable MIDI Thru port.
A ‘Thru Viewed’ option allows to be used as a MIDI data filter device.
Fresh compiled code.
The VST-MIDI Monitor plug-in for Windows (VST) is available to download at no cost. Donations are appreciated.
DNR Collaborative has announced Wave Designer, a VST instrument plug-in which is aimed at reducing the time required to make single-cycle waveforms.
Wave Designer is an ongoing project which is still in the early stages of development, which is a very unique and useful tool concept that allows users to create waveforms and export them to a number of synthesizer formats in order to be used as oscillators for the particular synthesizer.
The software will be shipped as a plug-in instrument, allowing users to create waveforms visually and then preview the sounds in real-time with their MIDI keyboard.
Wave Designer is available to pre-order for $29 USD until June 30th, 2012. The final price for all others will be $79 USD upon release.
Pre-order customers will receive a receipt for their purchase, an account on the DNR website and access to each beta version upon completion and notifications of when they are available. The first beta version will be available in approximately 10 days (6/21).
Fsynthz has released Prognum a MIDI utility instrument plugin for Windows.
Single button MIDI program browsing with Fsynthz Prognum.
A MIDI processing VSTi, suited for two purposes:
indicating current MIDI program IN BIG NUMBERS (both the 1-128 value and grouped by 8)
browsing MIDI programs of a subsequent synth up and down with one single button, assignable to any MIDI controller (examples are: sustain pedal #64, portamento switch #65). Short hit on the button is one program up, long hit (>1 sec) – one down.
Two synths (two channels) may me managed with one instance of Prognum.
The second processing tract features responsibility to the program-changing button on all channels – while sending the resulting MIDI prog.change message to the chosen (destination) channel only. So you don’t have to switch your MIDI keyboard to the 2nd MIDI channel to send a prog.change to the 2nd synth (e.g. a groovebox).
Prognum is available to download as a freeware VST plug-in for Windows.