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EM News May 2003

May 12, 2003
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EM News April 29th - May 6th

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

Ableton

and PowerFX arebundling Ableton's Live 2 audio software with three PowerFX Sample CDs:New World Order 1, which offers loops and sounds from India, Africa,Cuba, the Caribbean, Japan, Ireland, Texas, and Brazil; Funk Master,featuring the stick work of James Brown's drummer, Jabo Starks; ExtremeRock Funk Rage, featuring contemporary drums, bass, and guitar riffs.The Live 2 bundle is available online from Ableton or from your localdealer.

AnalogueSolutions is now shipping the Red Square, a MIDI-controllable,semi-modular analog monosynth. The Red Square offers 1/4-inch patchpoints and can also act as an effects processor. The instrument iscompatible with control voltages from other analog synthesizers as wellas almost any audio signal. The Red Square is distributed in the US byBig CityMusic.

Eventide isnow shipping its Eventide Clockworks Legacy plug-ins, designed forDigidesign Pro Tools TDM systems. The plug-ins model Eventide's mostpopular analog hardware processors, including the H910 harmonizer, theOmnipressor, the Instant Phaser, the Instant Flanger, and the H949"deglitched" pitch changer. The plug-ins support parameter automationand MIDI control.

Japanese shareware author Hida, who was behind the popular KinkyBeepprogram, has introduced Sound Builder 3.0.1, a shareware sound effects toolfor Mac OS X. The new version fixes a bug in an earlier version andoffers enhancements for Japanese users.

Kid Nepro isoffering updates to its MPC Millennium Series Disks for Akai MPC2000,MPC2000-XL, and MPC4000 workstations. The Akai MPC Millennium Series3.0 Update comes on three CD-ROMS or Zip disks and contains a total of74 new programs, with multiple samples in each program. Among the manysounds in the collection are drum kits, basses, loops, and beats.

Magix announcedthat it is now shipping Music Studio 2004 Deluxe, a digital-audiosequencer that offers 64 tracks of hard-disk recording, MIDIsequencing, multiple stereo output capabilities, VSTi support, andreal-time effects (including a vocoder). The program offers 32-bitfloating-point support and the ability to export 24-bit audiofiles.

NativeInstruments, in cooperation with Stanton Magnetics, is now shippingits Final Scratch 1.1, a hardware interface that allowsturntablists to manipulate digital music files (CD audio, MP3, WAV, andAIFF) using standard turntables and special time-code-embedded vinylrecords. Native Instruments offers Traktor FS as the software interfacefor the system. Traktor FS runs on Mac OS X and Linux systems. FinalScratch 1.1 is distributed by Stanton Magnetics.

Pro-Rec hasreleased six new sound collections in its Producer Series for the KorgTriton, Triton LE, Triton Pro X, Triton Rack, and otherTriton-compatible instruments. The disks feature 128 programs and 64combinations. The new titles are Poly Synths, Buzz Fuzz, Chiffs &Bells, Synth Basses, Smooth Leads, and EPs & Keys. Informationabout each disk, as well as sound demos, are available online. You canread EM's Korg Triton master class online by clicking here, and read our review of the Triton Studio here.

Wizoo hasreleased a new book, Cubase SX/SL - Mixing & Mastering, whichcovers the arranging, mixing, and mastering features in Steinberg'sCubase SX and Cubase SL. The book includes a CD-ROM containing audioexamples and sample Cubase projects.

Calendar

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

The Spring 2003 leg of M-Audio's M-World tour will feature guest artistsdemonstrating Propellerhead Reason, Arkaos VJ, and Ableton Live 2. Inaddition, participants will have a chance to get their hands on all ofM-Audio's latest hardware products. The cities and dates includeWashington, 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, youwon't want to miss the All Access Retail Clinic Tour during the monthof June. Visit Cakewalk's Web site for more details.

The 2003 Rocky Mountain Electronic Music Conference (RMEMC) isslated to take over Denver, Colo., May 8-10. The conference offerspanels and workshops, including "Women in the DJ Business" and onepresented by Remixmagazine. For complete information, including registration options,click here.

The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) atStanford University is offering three workshops during the summer of2003. This year's workshops include:
July 14 through 25: Digital Signal Processing for Audio: Spectral andPhysical Models with Perry R. Cook and Xavier Serra
July 28 through August 8: Physical Interaction Design for Music, withBill Verplank, Michael Gurevich, and Scott Wilson
August 11 through 22: Perceptual Audio Coding, with Marina Bosi
Application materials and detailed information about the workshops canbe found here.

EM News May 7th - 13th

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

Big FishAudio has released Scott Rockenfield-Queensryche Drums (AcidizedWAV), a 2-CD-ROM collection of rock-based loops from the drummer ofQueensryche. For this collection, Rockenfield recreated the drum tracksfor many of his favorite Queensryche songs. He then split eachperformance into loops, variations, fills, and individual hits. Thesamples on disc one have the sound of the room microphones mixed in.Disc two contains dry samples, without the room mics. The tempo rangeof the collection is from 68 to 137 bpm.

Cakewalk has announced that its VST Adapter is nowavailable for download. The download is free to registered users ofFxpansion VST-DX Adapter.

EastWestis distributing Albino (Mac/Win), a VSTi created by Rob Papen andLinplug. Albino offers four oscillators per voice, is 32-notepolyphonic, and is Mac OS X compatible. The company says an RTAS and AUversion will be available shortly. In other EastWest news, the companyhas posted an online audio demo of the Quantum Leap SymphonicOrchestra library.

NativeInstruments is now shipping Reaktor 4 and ReaktorSession. Registered Reaktor 3 users can download the Reaktor 4installer for free at the Native Instruments Web site. Dynamo users canupgrade to Reaktor Session for a minimal charge.

PropellerheadSoftware is now shipping Reason 2.5. The new features include theRV7000 Advanced Reverb, the BV512 Digital Vocoder, the Scream 4 SoundDestruction Unit, the UN-16 Unison, and the Spider Audio and Spider CVutilities. Registered Reason 2.0 users can get the update for free fromthe Propellerhead's Web site.

Roland hasannounced the VariOS-8 and VariOS 303, two new firmware synthesizersets for its VariOS Open System Module. The VariOS-8 is ananalog-modeling soft synth with two oscillators, that offers severalanalog waveforms, a sub-oscillator, low-pass and high-pass filters, andan arpeggiator. The VariOS 303 is an analog-modeling bass synthreminiscent of Roland's TB-303 Bass Line. The VariOS 303 includesrecreations of its namesake's step sequencer and Slide parameter.VariOS-8 and VariOS 303 will be available to registered users fordownload by June 1, 2003.

Spectrasonics is releasing Mac OS X-compatibleversions of its line of virtual instruments, Stylus, Atmosphere, andTrilogy. The OS X upgrade for all three instruments is available as afreedownload to registered Spectrasonics customers. The company addsthat native support for MOTU's MAS platform for OS X will be releasedshortly.

TC Works is nowshipping Spark XL version 2.8. The new version includes support forApple Audio Units in Mac OS X, a new Loop Window for crossfade looping,new Loop Edit tools, a Set-tempo feature, key mapping information forsamplers, user assignable key commands, and support for long filenames. Spark XL 2.8 exclusively supports OS X: Mac OS 9 is no longersupported.

Calendar

Get a first-hand glimpse of MusicPad Pro by Free HandSystems, on May 28, 2003, between 5:00 and 7:30 PM at Cobi's Place(second floor of Sam Ash Music Store), 158 West 48th St, New York, NY.The entry is between Sam Ash Music and Manny's Music. Refreshments willbe provided.

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

The Spring 2003 leg of M-Audio's M-World tour will feature guest artistsdemonstrating Propellerhead Reason, Arkaos VJ, and Ableton Live 2. Inaddition, participants will have a chance to get their hands on all ofM-Audio's latest hardware products. The cities and dates includeWashington, 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, youwon't want to miss the All Access Retail Clinic Tour during the monthof June. Visit Cakewalk's Web site for more details.

Enter the Big Fish Audio and Electronic Musician Loop-A-PaloozaSample Library Giveaway. Three lucky winners will receive shoppingsprees at Big Fish Audio to select a personal sample library. FirstPrize: $10,000 spree. Second Prize: $4,000 spree, Third Prize: $2,000spree. No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to win.

The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) atStanford University is offering three workshops during the summer of2003. This year's workshops include:
July 14 through 25: Digital Signal Processing for Audio: Spectral andPhysical Models with Perry R. Cook and Xavier Serra
July 28 through August 8: Physical Interaction Design for Music, withBill Verplank, Michael Gurevich, and Scott Wilson
August 11 through 22: Perceptual Audio Coding, with Marina Bosi
Application materials and detailed information about the workshops canbe found here.

Error Log: The linkwas incorrect in last week's note about the shareware program SoundBuilder 3.0.1. Here's the correct link for this shareware tool for MacOS X: http://www.venus.dti.ne.jp/~khidaka/soundbuilder_en.html

EM News May 14th - 20th

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

Alesis is nowshipping Guitar FX, a guitar multi-effects pedal that offers over 40effects. Using the unit's nine modules, you can chain togetherdifferent combinations of distortion, pitch effects, cabinet models,filters, delays, and reverbs. The unit also includes a built-inchromatic tuner.

DashSynthesis.com offers FMF, an inexpensivevirtual-analog synthesizer ensemble for SynC Modular 2.21. FMF offersseveral filter options; effects like ring modulation, flanger, andreverb; 40 presets; and numerous envelope and modulation options.

Digidesignhas released Pro Tools LE 6.0.2, which allows the Digi 002 to workunder Mac OS X 10.2.5. In addition, the company has announced that theDigi 002 will now come bundled with IK Multimedia's AmpliTube andSampleTank SE plug-ins as well as the company's own D-FI and Maximplug-ins. Click here to read EM's review of the Digi 002.

IKMultimedia has released a Mac OS X version of its SampleTank plug-infor RTAS- and VST-compatible DAWs. To read EM's review of SampleTank1.1, click here. In addition, IK Multimedia announced AmpliTube Live, astand-alone virtual guitar amp and effects processor that uses Mac OSX's Core Audio features. AmpliTube Live is MIDI controllable and letsyou combine three amps, three cabinets, and four effects. It alsoincludes a chromatic tuner.

M-Audio isshipping the first 14 titles in its series of ProSessions sound andloop libraries (Mac/Win). Each CD includes over 400 MB of samples inmultiple formats: AIFF, WAV, REX2, and Acidized WAV. The genres andstyles include hip-hop dance, pop, Latin, R&B, rap, drum &bass, techno, and world beat. The titles include Discrete Drums: WorldRock and Percussion, Worldbeat Cafe, Latin Element, MechanicallySeparated, and Electro Crash.

MOTU announced the828mkII (Mac/Win), a single rack-space, FireWire audio interface. The828mkII, which replaces the 828 at the same price, offers 20simultaneous inputs; 22 simultaneous outputs; 24-bit, 96 kHz operation;8-bus monitor mixing; stand-alone operation; front-panelmic/guitar/instrument inputs with preamps and sends; SMPTE time codesync; and MIDI I/O. Click here for EM's review of the original MOTU 828.

Rolandannounced Mac OS X support for its M-1000 10-channel Digital LineMixer. The 1U rackmount mixer can mix four stereo S/PDIF signals andtwo analog inputs, at 24-bit, 96 kHz resolution with automatic samplingrate conversion. The M-1000 includes a USB connector and Word ClockI/O.

SonicFoundry has reached an agreement to sell its popular desktop musicproduction software titles to Sony Pictures Digital. Sony will acquiresuch popular titles as Acid, Sound Forge, and Vegas. The agreement issubject to approval by the Sonic Foundry shareholders.

Wave Arts hasannounced Mac OS X VST and MAS support for its line of plug-ins,MasterVerb, TrackPlug, WaveSurround Pro. A free 30-day demo of theplug-ins is available here.

Calendar

Get a first-hand glimpse of MusicPad Pro by Free HandSystems, on May 28, 2003, between 5:00 and 7:30 PM at Cobi's Place(second floor of Sam Ash Music Store), 158 West 48th St, New York, NY.The entry is between Sam Ash Music and Manny's Music. Refreshments willbe provided.

The Steinberg Virtual Band Tour (through June 4, 2003) will focus onCubase SL and SX; the company's latest virtual instruments; andintegration of the VSL2020 audio card, V-Stack software, and VST SystemLink into one system. Visit SteinbergUSA.net for information on the dates andlocations of the events, as well as news about special deals.

The Spring 2003 leg of M-Audio's M-World tour will feature guest artistsdemonstrating Propellerhead Reason, Arkaos VJ, and Ableton Live 2. Inaddition, participants will have a chance to get their hands on all ofM-Audio's latest hardware products. The cities and dates includeWashington, 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, youwon't want to miss the All Access Retail Clinic Tour during the monthof June. Visit Cakewalk's Web site for more details.

Enter the Big Fish Audio and Electronic Musician Loop-A-PaloozaSample Library Giveaway. Three lucky winners will receive shoppingsprees at Big Fish Audio to select a personal sample library. FirstPrize: $10,000 spree. Second Prize: $4,000 spree, Third Prize: $2,000spree. No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to win.

EM News May 21st - 27th

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

DashSynthesis.com is offering three new instruments for use in NativeInstruments Reaktor 4. Xantos is an 8-voice sequencer that playssemi-random sequences. It comes with eight sample maps and two built-ineffects (filtered delay and reverb). The B Organ is modeled after theHammond B3 and offers nine virtual drawbars, vibrato, tremolo,percussion, keyclick, and a Leslie-speaker effect. Also available isRetroA8, an analog synth model.

Digidesignhas announced the Digi 002 Rack (Mac/Win), a rackmountable version ofits Digi 002 FireWire interface. The Digi 002 Rack is nearly identicalin features to its namesake, but offers only one FireWire port anddoesn't include the control surface and standalone mixing capabilities.Windows compatibility will be added with the upcoming release of ProTools 6.1 software.

ElementalAudio Systems announced version 1.1 of Firium, Eqium, andInspector, which adds support for Windows VST applications as well asperformance upgrades. Inspector is a freeware audio-analysis tool, andthe updated version includes several new presets.

E-mu Systemsannounced version 2.00 software for its XL-7 and MP-7 Command Stationsand its Proteus 2500 Command Module. The new operating system offersnine new performance features and thirteen new sequencer features,including on-the-fly track swapping and new trigger-keys functionality.Version 2.00 software and the 22-page users-manual addendum isavailable as a free download. Read EM's review of the E-mu XL-7 andMP-7 Command Stations by clicking here.

Gallery UKannounced that it's now shipping LibraryLoader, which allows you to transfer yoursound-effects CDs to hard disk and create an on-line, networkablelibrary that can be accessed by the new DigiBase management systemwithin Digidesign Pro Tools 6. LibraryLoader reads track and indexsubcode directly from the CDs when ripping disks in a Mac OS Xenvironment. In addition, LibraryLoader creates files which are fullycompatible with a number of other systems, including Gallery's Mtools (whichincludes LibraryLoader), Waveframe 7, and any other application thatreads Broadcast WAV file descriptions. The file descriptions can alsobe viewed directly in Mac OS 9 and OS X Finder windows.

Korg has releasedOS version2.0 for the Triton Studio keyboard workstation. The new featuresinclude two tracks of high-definition audio recording on dedicatedtracks, MIDI System Exclusive-message recording, swing quantize, a ToneAdjust system for tweaking sounds from within a song, and one-touchsetup for recording Programs and Combinations complete with theireffect and arpeggiator settings. Click here to read EM's review of the Triton Studio.

Lynx StudioTechnology is offering a beta version of its Mac OS X driver forthe LynxTWO and L22 192 kHz PCI interface cards. The company says thenew driver allows you to install multiple Lynx cards in a Mac and usemore than one application simultaneously. The full release of the MacOS X driver is slated for this Summer.

Max Magic Microtuner 1.0 (Mac OS 9 and OS X) allowsCycling 74 Max/MSP and Pluggo users to generate alternate-tuningexternal objects by converting specially formatted text files intoMIDI-to-frequency externals. The text files contain intonation-tabledata and can be created and edited using Max Magic Microtuner or withany other text editor. The program will import data from plain textfiles and mttx-native files. Pluggo users will also want to check outthe Pluggo Tuning Selector (Mac OS 9). To read EM'sreview of Pluggo 3, click here.

Wizoo hasannounced the Claudius Bruese String Section Pack, available inSteinberg HALion, Emagic EXS24, and Tascam Giga formats. The library,available from wizoosound.com as a download or on a custom-madeiCD, features 24-bit recordings of symphonic-size string sections: 16violins, 12 violas, 10 cellos and 8 double basses. The Claudius BrueseString Section also features a natural room ambience and offers commonstring articulations, including legato, pizzicato, spiccato, tremolo,and whole and semitone trills.

Calendar

Get a first-hand glimpse of MusicPad Pro by Free HandSystems, on May 28, 2003, between 5:00 and 7:30 PM at Cobi's Place(second floor of Sam Ash Music Store), 158 West 48th St, New York, NY.The entry is between Sam Ash Music and Manny's Music. Refreshments willbe provided.

The Steinberg Virtual Band Tour (through June 4, 2003) will focus onCubase SL and SX; the company's latest virtual instruments; andintegration of the VSL2020 audio card, V-Stack software, and VST SystemLink into one system. Visit SteinbergUSA.net for information on the dates andlocations of the events, as well as news about special deals.

The Spring 2003 leg of M-Audio's M-World tour will feature guest artistsdemonstrating Propellerhead Reason, Arkaos VJ, and Ableton Live 2. Inaddition, participants will have a chance to get their hands on all ofM-Audio's latest hardware products. The cities and dates includeWashington, 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, youwon't want to miss the All Access Retail Clinic Tour during the monthof June. Visit Cakewalk's Web site for more details.

Enter the Big Fish Audio and Electronic Musician Loop-A-PaloozaSample Library Giveaway. Three lucky winners will receive shoppingsprees at Big Fish Audio to select a personal sample library. FirstPrize: $10,000 spree. Second Prize: $4,000 spree, Third Prize: $2,000spree. No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to win.

 


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