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EM News April 2003

April 16, 2003
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EM News - April 1st to 8th

Product Update
New products, software updates, and more. . .

Ableton is including a free PowerFX Sample CD with purchases of Live 2.0.

Analogue Solutions has released the Red Square, a rackmount semi-modular analog synth with a MIDI-CV converter. The Red Square's patch points use 1/4-inch jacks, so it can easily interface with other analog synthesizers or be used as an effects processor. Red Square is available in the US from Big City Music.

Digidesign is offering Pro Tools 6.0.1 as a free update to owners of Pro Tools 6.0. The update is available as a Web download or from local dealers. Also available from Digidesign is the Core Audio Driver for Mac OS X (Pro Tools 6.0.1 is required) and a MIDI I/O driver update.

Digidesign has also announced the MDW Hi-Resolution Parametric EQ (Mac) plug-in for Pro Tools|HD, created by George Massenburg of Massenburg DesignWorks. The plug-in lets you select frequencies from 10 Hz to 41 kHz and emulates the constant-shape reciprocal filter curves of Massenburg's GML 8200. The plug-in requires an iLok Smart Key for authorization.

FXpansion is offering a VST-to-Audio Unit plug-in adapter for Mac OS X users. The company notes that, once installed, the adapter is invisible to the user: the VST plug-ins load and behave exactly like native Audio Units plug-ins.

Iced Audio has announced AudioFinder (Mac OS X), a shareware utility for browsing and auditioning audio files using an interface like the Mac OS X Finder. AudioFinder can be controlled exclusively from a keyboard or with a mouse.

Native Instruments has announced that its new products will support the Digidesign RTAS plug-in format. The company also says that RTAS support will be added to existing products in future updates.

Propellerhead Software has released Reload (Mac/Win), which allows Reason and ReCycle users to load Akai S1000 and S3000 samples.

StudioSystem 4.1 (Mac/Win) is an administration application for studios and musicians, which features archive, contact, invoicing, and inventory databases; a studio calendar; and a track-sheet printer; among other goodies. All of the forms can be customized, and it includes templates in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian. A demo version is available online. On an unrelated note, the company also offers an application called Virtual WineCellar for wine collectors.

Vintaudio announced its Ultimate Yamaha C7 Grand Piano Collection for Tascam GigaSampler and Steinberg Halion. The library is 8 GB in size and includes 3000 samples divided into three sections: close miked, ambient, and player perspective.

The Zoom MRS-802CD is a personal digital studio that offers eight mono tracks, a stereo master track, a stereo drum track, a built-in drum machine, effects processing, and a CD-R/RW drive. It features 1/4-inch (balanced and unbalanced) and XLR inputs with 48V phantom power, and MIDI I/O. The device is also available without a CD drive.

Calendar

The Spring 2003 leg of M-Audio's M-World tour will feature guest artists demonstrating Propellerhead Reason, Arkaos VJ, and Ableton Live 2. In addition, participants will have a chance to get their hands on all of M-Audio's latest hardware products. The cities and dates include Atlanta, April 2-3; New York City, May 14-15; Washington, D.C., May 28-29; Chicago, June 4-5; Montreal, June 18-19; and Toronto, June 23-24. Register at M-Audio.com.

The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University is offering three workshops during the summer of 2003. This year's workshops include:
July 14 through 25: Digital Signal Processing for Audio: Spectral and Physical Models with Perry R. Cook and Xavier Serra
July 28 through August 8: Physical Interaction Design for Music, with Bill Verplank, Michael Gurevich, and Scott Wilson
August 11 through 22: Perceptual Audio Coding, with Marina Bosi
Application materials and detailed information about the workshops can be found here.

EM News - April 8th to 15th

Product Update
New products, software updates, and more. . .

Apogee has announced the Rosetta 800, an 8-channel, 24-bit A/D/A converter available in versions that support 96 kHz and 192 kHz sampling rates. The Rosetta 800 also offers eight channels of AES/EBU digital output, eight channels of ADAT Lightpipe output, as well as Apogee's SoftLimit, UV22HR, and Intelliclock technologies. An optional FireWire card is available for compatibility with OS X and Windows XP.

Dash Synthesis is offering daAlfa2k, a 16-voice VSTi wavetable synth. Each of its three oscillators can load a waveform: pick something from the 12 MB library that's included or load your own 16-bit, 44.1 kHz WAV files. The synth also comes with a 24 dB (4-pole) resonant filter with Automatic Gain Reduction; a 6 dB (1-pole) highpass filter; two ADSR envelope generators; two LFOs; a noise generator; and delay and chorus effects.

Digital Music Doctor has released Sonar: Swift & Deep, a CD-ROM tutorial for Cakewalk Sonar users. The CD-ROM includes 70 minutes of videos and sample projects that cover all aspects of recording, editing, and mixing.

EastWest is distributing a number of new and interesting items in the US. SwarPlug (Mac/Win) is a VSTi offering 21 virtual Indian instruments and over 500 MIDI loops based on Indian classical and folkloric music. The SAM Trombones (GigaSampler format) is a sample library of an orchestral trombone section that offers a variety of articulations, including marcato, staccato, and swells. Also distributed by EastWest are the Post Musical Instruments (PMI) Grandioso Bosendorfer 290 in the Kontakt format and Downtown Strings 2, a collection of string-quartet samples in 24-bit WAV format.

Propagamma has released a public beta version (0.8b) of its Mac OS X USB audio driver. The driver connects external soundcards with audio applications via Core Audio. The company says it will add ASIO support soon.

RealTraps has introduced MiniTraps, acoustic treatment that absorbs midrange and high frequencies. The company says that MiniTraps are made with rigid fiberglass and metal instead of foam and are fire resistant. Product details, performance data, and a page entitled Acoustics: Fact & Fiction can be found on the RealTraps Web site.

Syntrillium Software has introduced Cool Edit Pro version 2.1, which adds 5.1 surround features, WMA 9 support, improved noise reduction, and support for Mackie and Tascam hardware controllers. Users can preview the surround mix on any sound card that has a DirectSound multichannel driver and export the mix as an interleaved 6-channel WAV file or six mono WAV files.

Tascam has introduced the FW-1884, a FireWire DAW control surface and audio and MIDI interface. The FW-1884 offers eight analog XLR mic/line inputs (with phantom power and inserts on every channel); 24-bit, 96 kHz A/D/A converters; eight 100 mm motorized touch-sensitive faders; a master fader; a weighted jog wheel; and controls for pan, solo, and mute. Digital I/O includes 8-channel ADAT Lightpipe and stereo S/PDIF, and the controller has four MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs.

The Starr Labs Ztar Z6SX is a guitar-like MIDI controller that includes a thumb-operated joystick, six programmable trigger pads, as well as ribbon and breath controllers. You can edit the Velocity response curves for the fingerboard, triggers, and sensors so they match your style of playing.

Calendar

The Spring 2003 leg of M-Audio's M-World tour will feature guest artists demonstrating Propellerhead Reason, Arkaos VJ, and Ableton Live 2. In addition, participants will have a chance to get their hands on all of M-Audio's latest hardware products. The cities and dates include Washington, D.C., May 28-29; Chicago, June 4-5; Montreal, June 18-19; and Toronto, June 23-24. Register at M-Audio.com.

If you're interested in Cakewalk's Project5 Synth Workstation, you won't want to miss the All Access Retail Clinic Tour during the month of June. Visit Cakewalk's Web site for more details.

Expo for the Artist & Musician is an annual event that creates a space for education, networking, sharing resources, and cultivating the arts from the grassroots up. The event is set for May 4 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) at Cellspace, 2050 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA 94110. A benefit and reception in support of the Expo is scheduled for April 17 at 111 Minna Gallery, featuring Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, Tomas, Ms. E, Corey Black, and Jonah Sharp. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., San Francisco, CA 94105. For Expo details, click here.

The 2003 Rocky Mountain Electronic Music Conference (RMEMC) is slated to take over Denver, Colo., May 8-10. The conference offers panels and workshops, including "Women in the DJ Business" and one presented by Remix magazine. For complete information, including registration options, click here.

The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University is offering three workshops during the summer of 2003. This year's workshops include:
July 14 through 25: Digital Signal Processing for Audio: Spectral and Physical Models with Perry R. Cook and Xavier Serra
July 28 through August 8: Physical Interaction Design for Music, with Bill Verplank, Michael Gurevich, and Scott Wilson
August 11 through 22: Perceptual Audio Coding, with Marina Bosi
Application materials and detailed information about the workshops can be found here.


April 15th - 22nd

Product Update
New products, software updates, and more. . .

Big Fish Audio has released Platinum Essentials (Audio/Acidized WAV ), a collection of urban sounds created by Keith Clark (aka Clizark) and Luke Most. Clark is known for his work with Snoop Dogg, B-Legit, Mack 10, Kurupt, Eastsidaz, and TRU. The collection includes a wide range of percussion, bass, and synth samples, as well as construction kits, with tempos ranging from 93 to 103 bpm.

Berklee Press, in partnership with Digidesign, has published the second edition of Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools by David Franz. The new edition covers the latest features in Pro Tools 6 as well as the Digi 001, the Digi 002, and the Mbox. A chapter on digital-audio editing has been added to the book, in addition to new hands-on projects in every chapter. Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools is being jointly distributed by Digidesign and Hal Leonard Corporation, but is also available directly from Berklee Press.

Celemony announced Melodyne 1.5.2 (Mac/Win), which runs on Mac OS 9; Mac OS X; and Windows 98, ME, 2000, and XP. The latest version supports a wide range of audio hardware, including Hammerfall and MOTU devices. A 30-day demo of the program is available online.

Cycling '74 has released Mac OS X versions of Max 4 and MSP 2. Both programs take advantage of OS X's Core Audio and Core MIDI, which makes the use of multiple I/O audio interfaces straightforward and renders OMS and ASIO unnecessary. The update is free to registered owners of Max 4 and MSP 2

Digidesign has announced that it is the worldwide distributor of TC Works Master X TDM plug-in and the TC Tools bundle of TDM plug-ins. Master X and the TC Tools version 3.6 updates compliment Pro Tools|HD by providing support for Mac OS X, with sampling rates up to 96 kHz. Digidesign has also announced an online contest, for prizes such as coffee mugs and t-shirts. Contestants must learn about Digidesign-distributed Blue Microphones and Focusrite ISA-series products and then visit the contest site and answer questions about the products correctly. Fifty prizes will be awarded each month, between April 1 and June 30, 2003.

Great River Electronics has introduced the ME-1NV preamp, a single-channel version of its MP-2NV Mercenary Edition model. The ME-1NV combines modern circuitry and a design based on the Neve 1073 preamp. Gain is adjustable from 5 dB to 60 dB, in 5 dB steps. The front panel has a 1/4-inch high-impedance input, and the rear panel offers balanced XLR analog I/O and a -10 dBV output (on a 1/4-inch jack) for no-latency monitoring.

Kenton is now shipping the Spin Doctor, a compact, entry level MIDI controller with 16 programmable rotary encoders. The controller can be programmed using software editors (Mac/Win) or Kenton's Control Freak. Spin Doctor can load Control Freak profiles, including those containing SysEx data. The profiles, available from the company's Web site, allow Spin Doctor to control hardware modules as well as software applications. Spin Doctor is available in the US through Big City Music.

MOTU is shipping Digital Performer 4.0 (DP4) for Mac OS X. DP4's Freeze Tracks feature allows users to temporarily print audio and virtual-instrument tracks to disk to free up computer processing resources. The program supports CoreMIDI, CoreAudio, Audio MIDI Setup, and MIDI Time Stamping, as well as Propellerhead's ReWire 2.0. MOTU also plans to support OS X Audio Units and Digidesign Pro Tools|HD TDM in a future, free update

Roland is now shipping the VR-760 Performance Keyboard. The instrument includes Virtual ToneWheel organs, FP- and RD-series pianos, and COSM amp modeling. The VR-760 has a 76-note keyboard, a DBeam controller, support for Roland's V-Link video system, and two SR expansion slots for adding sounds.

Calendar



The Spring 2003 leg of M-Audio's M-World tour will feature guest artists demonstrating Propellerhead Reason, Arkaos VJ, and Ableton Live 2. In addition, participants will have a chance to get their hands on all of M-Audio's latest hardware products. The cities and dates include Washington, D.C., May 28-29; Chicago, June 4-5; Montreal, June 18-19; and Toronto, June 23-24. Register at M-Audio.com.

If you're interested in Cakewalk's Project5 Synth Workstation, you won't want to miss the All Access Retail Clinic Tour during the month of June. Visit Cakewalk's Web site for more details.

Expo for the Artist & Musician is an annual event that creates a space for education, networking, sharing resources, and cultivating the arts from the grassroots up. The event is set for May 4 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) at Cellspace, 2050 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA 94110. A benefit and reception in support of the Expo is scheduled for April 17 at 111 Minna Gallery, featuring Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, Tomas, Ms. E, Corey Black, and Jonah Sharp. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., San Francisco, CA 94105. For Expo details, click here.

The 2003 Rocky Mountain Electronic Music Conference (RMEMC) is slated to take over Denver, Colo., May 8-10. The conference offers panels and workshops, including "Women in the DJ Business" and one presented by Remix magazine. For complete information, including registration options, click here.

The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University is offering three workshops during the summer of 2003. This year's workshops include:
July 14 through 25: Digital Signal Processing for Audio: Spectral and Physical Models with Perry R. Cook and Xavier Serra
July 28 through August 8: Physical Interaction Design for Music, with Bill Verplank, Michael Gurevich, and Scott Wilson
August 11 through 22: Perceptual Audio Coding, with Marina Bosi
Application materials and detailed information about the workshops can be found here.


April 22nd - 29th

 Product Update
New products, software updates, and more. . .

With the introduction of the iTunes Music Store, Apple has gotten into the content delivery business. The iTunes Music Store lets customers download individual songs or entire albums (including cover art) from the catalogs of the five major labels (BMG, EMI, Sony Music, Universal, and Warner). Apple has over 200,000 songs currently available, and the database of titles can be searched in a variety of useful ways. Songs are priced at $0.99 each, but album prices vary and there is no subscription fee. Each song is encoded in Dolby's AAC audio format at 128 kbps. To support the content, Apple has introduced a new version of the iPod, which is available in 10 GB, 15 GB, and 30 GB models. The new iPod, which allows you to edit your playlists on the device itself, offers FireWire and USB 2.0 connectivity and is Mac/Win compatible. (Owners of older iPods will need a software upgrade in order to download music from the iTunes Music Store.) To tie it all together, Apple has introduced iTunes 4, which supports Rendezvous and allows users to stream music between computers.

Applied Acoustics has an online demo of its popular physical-modeling synthesis program, Tassman 3 (Mac/Win).

Carvin has announced a new line a keyboard amps. The portable KB100 offers four inputs and delivers 100W RMS into a 15-inch woofer and horn. The KB1010 (with two 10-inch speakers and a horn) and KB1015 (with a 3-way 15-inch speaker, a dual 8-inch speaker, and a horn) offer seven stereo (or 14 mono) inputs and deliver 1,000W RMS. Other features include a DI input, a built-in cross-over for bi-amping, a DI ground lift, a headphone jack, and a master 4-Band EQ.

The Clone Ensemble is offering a collection of inexpensive VST and DX effects plug-ins. The list includes Bass Chorus (freeware); Clone Ensemble; the Alien Solo synthesizer; and Water Glass, an FFT-based noise-reduction processor.

Cycling '74 announced the release of Jitter for Mac OS X. Jitter is a set of video, matrix, and 3D graphics objects for Max/MSP. The program can be used with video and still images, text, spreadsheet data, particle systems, or audio. Registered users of earlier versions of Jitter can update to the OS X version for free.

Mackie has announced that Syntrillium Software now supports the Mackie Control hardware control surface in version 2.1 of Cool Edit Pro. Mackie is offering a Cool Edit Pro-specific overlay for the Mackie Control's master section, which indicates the main functions of each button. The Cool Edit Pro overlay is available to current Mackie Control owners at the Mackie Web site.

MusicLab has announced SmartFlute 1.0, a DXi plug-in that is the first in the company's series of Smart Virtual Instruments (SVI). A time-limited trial version of the plug-in is available for download.

PowerFX and DigiFreq are sponsoring the Dyad DXi giveaway contest. Three winners will each receive a copy of the new Dyad DXi software sample player. The contest runs until May 22, 2003, and the list of winners will be announced in the June issue of the DigiFreq newsletter. Sign-up at the DigiFreq Web site.

Recordare has released a beta version of Dolet for Sibelius (Mac/Win), a Sibelius 2.1 plug-in for exporting files to the MusicXML format. The plug-in allows Sibelius users to share their music with people using Makemusic! Finale, Noteheads Igor Engraver, or other programs that can read MusicXML files. The plug-in supports MusicXML 0.7, the latest release of the MusicXML standard for digital sheet music. Click here to read reviews of Igor Engraver and Finale.

The Vienna Symphonic Library Orchestral Cube is now available in the Emagic EXS24 mk II format. The library includes a diverse set of samples ready for use in Emagic's Logic 5.5 and Logic 6. The company is also preparing a plug-in version of the library (for Windows, Mac OS 9, and Mac OS X), that is scheduled for release in late May.

Calendar



The Steinberg Virtual Band Tour (April 28 to June 4, 2003) will focus on Cubase SL and SX; the company's latest virtual instruments; and integration of the VSL2020 audio card, V-Stack software, and VST System Link into one system. Visit SteinbergUSA.net for information on the dates and locations of the events, as well as news about special deals.

The Spring 2003 leg of M-Audio's M-World tour will feature guest artists demonstrating Propellerhead Reason, Arkaos VJ, and Ableton Live 2. In addition, participants will have a chance to get their hands on all of M-Audio's latest hardware products. The cities and dates include Washington, D.C., May 28-29; Chicago, June 4-5; Montreal, June 18-19; and Toronto, June 23-24. Register at M-Audio.com.

If you're interested in Cakewalk's Project5 Synth Workstation, you won't want to miss the All Access Retail Clinic Tour during the month of June. Visit Cakewalk's Web site for more details.

The 2003 Rocky Mountain Electronic Music Conference (RMEMC) is slated to take over Denver, Colo., May 8-10. The conference offers panels and workshops, including "Women in the DJ Business" and one presented by Remix magazine. For complete information, including registration options, click here.

The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University is offering three workshops during the summer of 2003. This year's workshops include:
July 14 through 25: Digital Signal Processing for Audio: Spectral and Physical Models with Perry R. Cook and Xavier Serra
July 28 through August 8: Physical Interaction Design for Music, with Bill Verplank, Michael Gurevich, and Scott Wilson
August 11 through 22: Perceptual Audio Coding, with Marina Bosi
Application materials and detailed information about the workshops can be found here.

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