Image-Line updates FL Studio Groove to v1.1

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Image-Line has released version 1.1 of the FL Studio Groove touch-based music production & performance application for Windows 8.

We are pleased to announce the Fl Studio Groove version 1.1 update is available free to existing FL Studio Groove customers.

FL Studio Groove is a Windows 8 music production & performance application available from the Windows App store. Compose, arrange, edit, mix and perform professional quality music.

New features included with FL Studio Groove 1.1 include a Master Effects section with Limiter and 8 band Graphic Equalizer.

FL Studio Groove is available to purchase for $4.99 USD.

More information: Image-Line / FL Studio Groove

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John Shield releases WDM ASIO Link Driver v1.2

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John Shield WDM ASIO Link Driver

John Shield has released version 1.2 of WDM ASIO Link Driver, which now offers multichannel sound support.

Utilising a virtual WDM sound card, this driver allows you to listen or record windows audio from your ASIO driver or host program. You can make the windows audio appear as an input into the host application, or monitor windows audio as an ASIO output bypassing the host application.

Run your DAW in ASIO mode and still listen to windows audio. It’s also possible using the Link driver, to grab your total ASIO output and feed it back into the ASIOVAD stereo mix making it recordable by live windows streaming applications (i.e. live broadcast, voice chat programs).

Changes in WDM ASIO Link Driver v1.2

  • Can now route all 8 channels into host ASIO inputs (was previously limited by the number of real ASIO device inputs).
  • Substantial improvements to timing code making sound more robust under heavy CPU or when running on slower machines.
  • GUI improvements and more info displayed.
  • Auto check for updates (free updates too).

The WDM ASIO Link Driver for Windows is available to purchase for $14.95 USD.

More information: WDM ASIO Link Driver

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Roland releases new Windows 8 USB Drivers

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Roland Windows 8

Roland has announced that new Windows 8 USB drivers are available for a whole range of Roland products including audio interfaces, MIDI interfaces, MIDI keyboard controllers and more.

Drivers for Roland’s extensive range of gear are released in concert with operating system updates. This gives musicians the immediate access they need to keep their creative visions flowing through Roland’s leading electronic musical products.

Roland understands the importance of keeping pace with technology, and by forging strong links with Microsoft and Apple, engineering teams are able to build and test new drivers alongside beta OS releases. Starting with the original MPU-40 in 1984, Roland has nearly thirty years of experience creating interfaces for computer music applications and continues to elevate the musical possibilities for musicians all over the world.

More information: Roland / Windows 8 USB drivers

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Avid introduces Artist Series support for Windows 7

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Avid has announced Windows 7 support for its Artist Series products.

Offering audio customers more options to create flexible, open workflows powered by Avid’s EUCON™ open Ethernet control protocol, Avid® today announced that Avid MC Control v2, MC Mix and MC Transport controllers support the Windows 7 operating system (OS). Now, professionals using Windows-based audio applications that support EUCON, including Pro Tools®, Steinberg Cubase, Cakewalk SONAR, Merging Pyramix, MAGIX Sequoia, and others, can work faster and more intuitively using Artist Series solutions—which offer highly responsive control over software functions, and a tightly connected experience in which the control surface acts and feels like a physical extension of their software.

EUCON is an open, high-speed Ethernet control protocol that allows Avid Artist and Pro Series controllers and consoles to connect to a variety of third party creative audio and video software solutions, making it possible for users to easily switch between multiple applications and workstations, resulting in a more efficient and cost-effective content creation process. Many of the world’s leading software companies have adopted EUCON as a standard for developing and tailoring open implementations that best suit the workflow needs of their customers. Today’s announcement further supports Avid’s commitment to driving openness across the industry.

Windows support will be available to all customers via free download on the Avid website in late January.

More information: Avid

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LMMS v0.4.4 released

LMMS (Linux MultiMedia Studio)

Version 0.4.4 of LMMS (Linux MultiMedia Studio) has been released.

LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio®, which allow you to produce music with your computer. This includes the creation of melodies and beats, the synthesis and mixing of sounds, and arranging of samples. You can have fun with your MIDI-keyboard and much more; all in a user-friendly and modern interface.

LMMS features

  • Song-Editor for composing songs.
  • A Beat+Bassline-Editor for creating beats and basslines.
  • An easy-to-use Piano-Roll for editing patterns and melodies.
  • An FX mixer with 64 FX channels and arbitrary number of effects allow unlimited mixing possibilities.
  • Many powerful instrument and effect-plugins out of the box.
  • Full user-defined track-based automation and computer-controlled automation sources.
  • Compatible with many standards such as SoundFont2, VST(i), LADSPA, GUS Patches, and full MIDI support.
  • Import of MIDI and FLP (Fruityloops® Project) files.

LMMS binaries are available for Windows and Linux.

Visit LMMS for more information.

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