Cycling '74 has announced the first volume in the Cycles series of audio source libraries: Sustained Encounters. The collection, created by sound-designer Ron MacLeod, offers a variety of evolving textures that have a deep, cinematic feel.
Ron MacLeod, creator of the Poke in the Ear sound libraries, expanded upon his previous work using Cycling '74's Max/MSP, Pluggo, and Radial to create these long-form ambient environments. Sustained Encounters includes 24-bit, 48 kHz WAV files, as well as 16-bit, 44.1 kHz CD-audio versions for easy auditioning. Also included are a few of 5.1 multi-channel pieces.
Cycling '74 has also announced M version 2.6, which adds compatibility with Mac OS X. The program, originally released by Intelligent Music in the 1980s, is an interactive application that takes user-specified notes and chords and manipulates them to create musical compositions.
M 2.6 is compatible with OS X CoreMIDI, allowing it to work with software synths. M can also be controlled by other sequencers using the Input Control System, which maps MIDI notes to performance gestures so you can mute voices, change presets, and assign variables. For more information, visit Cycling '74's Web site. (www.cycling74.com).