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EM News for June 2004

July 12, 2004
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Product Update - June 29
New products, software updates, and more. . .

BIAS has released Windows versions of SoundSoap and SoundSoap Pro, in VST and DirectX plug-in formats. To read the EM review of SoundSoap 1.1, click here.

BIAS has also announced special upgrade pricing to Peak 4.1, as well as deals on SoundSoap, SoundSoap Pro, and Deck 3.5.3. Peak 4.1 is now multi-threaded and multi-processor optimized and comes with Roxio Jam 6 and SFX Machine LT. The upgrade offer expires June 30, 2004.

Camel Audio has released version 1.302 of its Cameleon 5000 additive synthesizer. The new features include CPU optimization, over 130 new presets, and bug fixes of the initial 1.3 release. To enter a contest to win a copy of Cameleon 5000, download the demo and name your three favorite presets. Contest details can be found here.

Clavia has announced that it plans to ship the Nord Modular G2X ($3,500), a 5-octave version of the Nord Modular G2, in August. The G2X features a semi-weighted keyboard, three modulation wheels with built in LEDs, an XLR microphone input mounted on the top panel, and voice expansion that gives the G2X twice the processing power as the G2. In addition, Clavia announced G2 OS version 1.20, available July 5, which will include Mac OS X support, as well as new modules.

Drums On Demand has announced Upbeat & Aggressive ($79.95), a 2-CD set featuring 1,700 royalty free loops, Loop Layers, and matching single hits in 25 Song Sets. MORE.

Fatar has released four new keyboard MIDI controllers in its Studiologic line. MORE.

MOTU has released MachFive 1.2, a maintenance update which brings feature parity and the same version number to both Mac and Windows platforms. The update, free to all registered MachFive users, can be found in the Features Link section at motu.com. To read the EM review of MachFive 1.07, click here.

Peavey has introduced the Dual DeltaFex digital effects processor, which can be configured for series, parallel, dual-mono, and sum-mono operation. MORE.

TerraTec Producer has introduced the MIDI Hubble ($79), which combines a USB MIDI interface and a three-way USB 1.1 hub.

Check out EM's Special Report on Adobe Audition 1.5. In it, you will find 10 Quick Adobe Audition Tips as well as interesting information about the product.


Product Update - June 22
New products, software updates, and more. . .

Aardvark has released eight interchangeable skins for its Mac OS X controller of the Direct Pro Q10 interface. To read EM's review of the Q10, click here.

Mackie has announced that support for the Mackie Control Universal Extender is part of version 2.2 of Cubase SX, SL, and Nuendo.

PMI Audio Group is now shipping the Joemeek threeQ ($299.99), a channel strip that includes mic and line inputs, a photo-optical compressor, a 3-band "meekqualizer," an insert jack, and separate preamp and output gain controls.

Scarbee has made the Imperial Drums collection available in the Kontakt (version 1.53) format. It's a free update for registered HALion 2 users. MORE.

Steinberg has announced that its Nuendo DTS Encoder plug-in (Mac/Win) is now available. The plug-in can export DTS WAV files, which allows you to burn encoded files to CD for playing a DTS stream through the digital output of a CD player. In addition, the Nuendo DTS Encoder can create discreet WAV files of the exported audio and automatically place them on newly created tracks in a Nuendo project.

WilliamK and Wusik.com have unveiled Wusikstation VSTi (Win, $99.95; preorder $70.95), a hybrid vector synth with a wavesequencer sampler. According to the company, users can convert any WAV file to the WusikSND format for use in the synth. The final release will come with a library of 512 presets and 400 MB of sample data.

Check out EM's Special Report on Adobe Audition 1.5. In it, you will find 10 Quick Adobe Audition Tips as well as interesting information about the product.

Get your June EM Today! This month we feature an Audio Editing Master Class with advanced techniques for splicing, dicing, and time correcting. In addition, three industry pros offer tips and tricks on recording bass. If you're looking for new ways to make money with your studio, we offer a look at creating Karaoke CD+Gs. The June issue also includes articles on mixing drums and dealing with clients, as well as a host of reviews, including Emagic Logic Pro 6, Antares Filter, and the Eventide Clockwork Legacy bundle. And there's a lot more, so get your copy today! Inside Electronic Musician.



Product Update - June 15
New products, software updates, and more. . .

Arturia is now shipping Storm 3.0 (Mac/Win; $149). The update includes a new sound module, a piano roll, and a more expandable rack section. Storm's virtual instruments are playable using a MIDI controller, and the program supports ReWire, slave and master MIDI sync, 96 kHz audio, and the ability to import or export MIDI files.

Cakewalk has announced an alliance with UmixIt Technology that lets music buyers make their own mixes of songs by their favorite artists. UmixIt delivers music in a patented format that provides discrete, 8-channel multitrack music so consumers can create their own mix. MORE.

Digigram has resized its PCX924v2, PCX22v2, and VX222v2 stereo sound cards to the compact, short-length PCI format (6.875 inches). The shorter sound cards are fully compatible with existing drivers.

GarageBand.com has announced that it will offer the Creative Commons Music Sharing License as an optional tag for all songs uploaded to its Web site. The license, provided by the non-profit group Creative Commons, permits fans not only to download music files, but also to copy and share them, as long as they don't make commercial uses or alter the work. For more information on the license, visit creativecommons.org.

MPCsounds.com has announced Orchestral Percussion, a new sound library for the Akai MPC1000, 2000, XL, 3000, LE, and 4000 drum machines. MORE.

M-Audio has introduced the Studiophile DX4 amplified monitors ($199.95), featuring a 4-inch low-frequency driver, a 1-inch Mylar tweeter, and an 18W amplifier. The shielded monitors include 1/4-inch and RCA inputs and a 1/8-inch headphone jack.

M-Audio has also announced the Keystation 61es (Mac/Win; $199.95), a 5-octave semi-weighted, Velocity-sensitive keyboard controller with USB support. Performance controls include a pitch bend wheel, modulation wheel, sliders, and an assignable foot pedal connection.

Native Instruments has announced that it is now shipping Xpress Keyboards (Mac/Win).

Planet Waves has introduced the Classic Series, an entry-level cable line consisting of instrument, speaker, and microphone cables. According to the manufacturer, the Classic Series comes in the same packaging as the gold-plated Custom Series cable line, but the design is toned down to a two-color look to invoke a classic, utilitarian feel.

Sabine has introduced two new tuners, the NexTune 6z Guitar & Bass Tuner ($24.95) and the NexTune 12z Chromatic Tuner ($34.95). MORE.

Get your June EM Today! This month we feature an Audio Editing Master Class with advanced techniques for splicing, dicing, and time correcting. In addition, three industry pros offer tips and tricks on recording bass. If you're looking for new ways to make money with your studio, we offer a look at creating Karaoke CD+Gs. The June issue also includes articles on mixing drums and dealing with clients, as well as a host of reviews, including Emagic Logic Pro 6, Antares Filter, and the Eventide Clockwork Legacy bundle. And there's a lot more, so get your copy today! Inside Electronic Musician.

Product Update - June 9
New products, software updates, and more. . .

Ableton has announced Live 4 (Mac/Win, $499), which adds MIDI tracks, effects, and instruments to this popular digital audio sequencer. The new features extend Live's real-time capabilities to encompass a wider range of music production techniques. MORE.

AKG has introduced the K 206 afc stereo wireless headphone system ($130), which transmits its signal to the headphone receiver using UHF (916 MHz) radio frequencies and can cover distances up to 330 ft. MORE.

Big Fish has announced three new Refills for Reason users: Hip Hop, RNB, and Dance. MORE.

Digidesign has announced the 64-bit Expansion Chassis for Pro Tools TDM-based systems. MORE.

Digidesign has also announced a special upgrade offer to new and existing Reason Adapted owners (Reason Adapted is bundled with all Pro Tools systems). Now through August 31, 2004, Reason Adapted owners can upgrade to the full version of Reason 2.5 for $299, which is a savings of $100 off retail price. Upgrade packages can be purchased from Reason dealers or the Propellerhead Web site.

Digital Audio Labs has announced the CDX-D8 (Win), a single 3/4-length PCI card and BREAKout cable which provide eight discreet channels of AES/EBU audio on four XLR stereo pairs. Also included are word clock I/O on RCA connectors and two analog outputs on balanced 1/4-inch TRS connectors. The CDX-D8 supports sample rates from 32 kHz to 96 kHz, 16- and 24-bit resolution, Dolby Digital AC-3, and MME and ASIO drivers.

FlexiMusic is offering Wave Editor (Win), an inexpensive audio editor.

Native Instruments has released FM7 Sounds Vol. 2, a collection of 256 new sounds for the FM7 software synthesizer. For more information, visit ni-soundline.com.

Next Generation Software has released NGWave 2.3 (Win; $39.95), which offers basic editing features, an array of processing functions, and support for 24-bit, 192 kHz audio. A free trial is available.

Zero G had released Sounds of Polynesia (Mac/Win; $219.95), a virtual instrument covering the sounds of the South Pacific, with Papua New Guinea getting the most attention. MORE.

Get your June EM Today! This month we feature an Audio Editing Master Class with advanced techniques for splicing, dicing, and time correcting. In addition, three industry pros offer tips and tricks on recording bass. If you're looking for new ways to make money with your studio, we offer a look at creating Karaoke CD+Gs. The June issue also includes articles on mixing drums and dealing with clients, as well as a host of reviews, including Emagic Logic Pro 6, Antares Filter, and the Eventide Clockwork Legacy bundle. And there's a lot more, so get your copy today! Inside Electronic Musician.

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