Steinberg releases HALion 3.5

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Steinberg HALion

Steinberg has released version 3.5 of HALion, a virtual sampler instrument for Windows and Mac.

The update adds native support for 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, as well as a new Factory Content sound bank consisting of 128 new electronic instruments and drum kits.

Adding compatibility to 64-bit Vista, HALion 3.5 can now address vast amounts of memory, allowing many more additional instruments to be loaded simultaneously.

Changes in HALion v3.5

  • HALion 3.5 is available as a native 64-bit plug-in and should work in any VST 2.4 compatible native 64-bit sequencer, like Cubase 5 or Cubase Studio 5. The dramatically enhanced memory address space gives new possibilities for really large setups and very detailed sampled instruments.
  • New HALion 3 Factory 5 Content bank with 128 brand new sounds available.
  • New entry available in the file menu: “Save as default Bank” allowing to save the current bank as default bank.
  • New “Choose External Audio Editor” option in the global context menu to choose an external audio editor (like Wavelab or Sound Forge).
  • Improved resampling algorithm quality.
  • Preload time settable as global default by clicking on the apply button with Ctrl (Windows) or Cmd (OS X) pressed.
  • Changes in the disk-streaming engine: under specific circumstances HALion 3.5 features more reliable play back of disk streamed voices.

The update is now available for download for all HALion 3 customers.

Visit Steinberg for more information.


Roland releases 64-bit drivers for Windows Vista

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Roland V-Synth GT

Roland has announced the availability of 64-bit drivers for Windows Vista for the Fantom-G Series workstations, V-Synth GT elastic audio synthesizer, and SonicCell synthesizer module.

“The evolution of 64-bit processing technology empowers musicians with faster PC audio processing than ever before,” says Vince LaDuca, Product Marketing Manager. “The professional audio and MIDI interfaces in our line of products are now a powerhouse combination with any cutting-edge PC on the market.”

64-bit drivers for Windows Vista

More information: Roland


Steinberg announces HALion v3.5

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Steinberg HALion

Steinberg has announced version 3.5 of HALion, a new update to its award-winning HALion 3 virtual sampler VST instrument, now featuring support for 64-bit editions of Windows Vista.

“Because it adds compatibility to 64-bit Vista, HALion 3.5 can address vast amounts of memory, allowing many more additional instruments to be loaded simultaneously,” comments Helge Vogt, Steinberg’s Product Marketing Manager for Cubase and HALion. “This frees up even more creative potential because it puts even more instruments and articulations at the artist’s fingertips. And when used with Cubase 5 as the host application, and the 64-bit-ready MR816 CSX/X FireWire audio hardware, HALion 3.5 is a key part of our complete 64-bit production solution,” Vogt adds.

HALion version 3.5 will be available in Q2 2009 as a download for registered HALion 3 customers.

Visit Steinberg for more information.


Short links for July 3rd, 2008

Some interesting things I found on July 3rd, 2008:

# SuNSyNtH – DIY synth based on voice changer chip.

Flame+Sun+DoD(MoD) 32 switches, 12 knobs, 16 LED’s, and 2 joysticks

From the website:

This small box can produce thousands variations of bleeps, noises, feedbacks, ring-mod sounds and drons. It can also process external signal – than it works like ring modulator, digitalizer or pitch shifter. It has 2 body contacts, pitch shifting knob, voltage knob and few switchers. In some mode it can be controlled as thermin, just by moving the hand behind. Also it has expression pedal input, audio in and audio out.

More images, a video, and sound clips here.

# scratchcontroller [] – The aim of this project is to build a MIDI controller that can be used by scratch DJs. This can be broken down into two main requirements: A very high-resolution, accurate jog wheel and a smooth, reliable, high quality crossfader with curve control.

# – The best free white noise generator on the Internet. – Slide the orb, Find comfort zone, Enjoy auditory zen!

# Adieu, XP; How Vista SP1 is Doing, and Why This OS Generation Has Been So Tough – Peter Kirn takes a good look at the current state of Vista for making music.

# Matrixsynth: FLAME “ECHOMETER” and FLAME “SIX-IN-A-ROW” – A Midi loop sequencer and a Grid-Sequencer & Midi-Controller.

# Heartcode – Free music download from net label iimusic featuring tracks by Temp Sound Solutions, Alex Mauer, Disasterpeace, Animal Style, Phlogiston, Shnabubula, Xoc, and Norrin Radd.

# genoQs Machines – Nemo (now available) – Nemo is a high-end MIDI step sequencer, adding portability to the highly acclaimed functionality and user friendliness of Octopus. It is in many ways an Octopus in disguise, and one that feels equally well in a backpack or on your lap!

# Rovert Moog interview – May 1985 – TECHtalk interview with Robert Moog.


Digidesign announces Pro Tools 7.4

Digidesign has announced version 7.4 of Pro Tools.

Pro Tools 7.4 introduces the time-manipulating power of Elastic Time, and adds increased support for Avid® video and shared storage solutions.

Digidesign Pro Tools 7.4
Digidesign Pro Tools 7.4

Elastic Time makes it easy to change tempo or time on the fly. Change the tempo and timing of loops, music, dialog, and other sound files without cutting up audio. Easily create loops from any audio file — even entire compositions — with the help of powerful tempo and transient analysis. And when you import audio files and loops, they automatically conform to match your session’s tempo. You can even use REX and Acid loops right in Pro Tools.

Pro Tools 7.4 software opens up new avenues for working with video editors, bringing Pro Tools|HD® and Pro Tools LE® users into the Avid® workflow to streamline post-production processes.

Other new features include:

  • Support for Windows Vista Ultimate/Business (32-bit only)
  • Improved ReWire support – Pro Tools 7.4 software now accepts MIDI input (both controller and note data) directly from ReWire applications (such as Reason) for recording to a Pro Tools MIDI or Instrument track.
  • Support for language characters in Unicode. That means you can work in any language supported by Unicode (such as Japanese, French, Greek, Russian, and Hebrew) anywhere in the Pro Tools application for labeling and editing text.

Pro Tools 7.4 software will be available soon for all Pro Tools platforms.

Visit Digidesign for more information.


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