Product Update - April 14
For a sneak preview of more hot new products for 2004, visit EM's Frankfurt MusikMesse Pro Light+Sound 2004 Show
Report by Senior Editor Gino Robair.
BIAS is now offering Peak 4.1 (Mac) at a substantial discount to
users of TC Electronic's Spark and Spark XL audio software. Peak 4.1
includes Roxio Jam 6, for Redbook-standard CD mastering, and SFX
Machine LT, a multi-effects sound-design plug-in. For more information
about the Spark-to-Peak crossgrade, visit bias-inc.com. To
read a review of Peak 3, click here.
DG Software has announced MagicScore Maestro 3.7 (Win), a music
notation application with editing capabilities and an internal
spell-checker. You can enter notes with the virtual keyboard, an
external MIDI device, or by hand using an extended set of musical
Image Line Software has announced FL Studio version 4.5.2 (Win),
which fixes a few bugs and adds some features. Included is the Sytrus
(VST/DX) synthesizer, which has six customizable operators for FM, RM,
and plucked-string synthesis. Image Line has also announced that it
will distribute ZeroX's BeatCreator Pro, which now supports multitrack
quantizing. For more information, visit flstudio.com. To
read the EM review of Image-Line Software FruityLoops 3.5, click here.
Kid Nepro has released Motif Sound Series Volume 4: Soundtrack/Film
Mix, which offers 128 Programs created for film and TV production. The
sounds include pads, effects, alternate tunings, and "spacey rhythms"
that use the Motif arpeggiator. Soundtrack/Film Mix is compatible with
all Motif-series instruments. Information, sound lists, and MP3 demos
can be found at kidnepro.com.
Korg has released the ES-1mkII, an updated version of
its Electribe-S Rhythm Production Sampler. The updated version includes
an enhanced sound set, an all-new Modulation Delay effect, and a rugged
metal case. MORE.
Native Instruments has announced FM7 Sounds Volume 2, a collection
of new sounds for the company's FM7 software synthesizer. The sound
library offers 256 presets, including leads, basses, organ, e-piano,
pads, effects, percussion, bells, as well as sounds that the company
says defy categorization. The library also makes use of the FM7's
modulation and tempo sync capabilities. For more information, visit ni-soundline.com.
PreSonus Audio Electronics is now shipping the Central
Station, which features five stereo inputs and outputs (two digital and
three analog). The main audio path is completely passive, with no
amplifier stages such as op amps, active ICs, or chips. MORE.
has announced the daHornet Collection, a bundle of five sound sets for
Dashsignatures daHornet. Each volume has 128 patches in the FXB format,
and the collection includes basses, leads, pads, and effects.
Sonorous Code has announced Atmogen, a standalone software additive
synthesizer that generates sounds based on images. The results can be
saved as audio files. MORE.
SoundToys has released a new plug-in bundle for Pro
Tools called UltraFX (Mac), which includes FilterFreak, PhaseMistress,
and two new plug-ins, Crystallizer and Tremolator. MORE.
Ultimate Sound Bank is now shipping X-Treme FX (Mac/Win), a virtual
instrument that lets you create and trigger sound effects. The
instrument includes a 3 GB library of effects to get you started. MORE.
Product Update - April 7
Big Fish Audio has announced Tool Shed Percussion
(audio/REX/WAV/Acid), a 4-CD set that combines one-of-a-kind, "found"
sounds with more traditional instruments. MORE.
Cakewalk has released Guitar Tracks Pro 3 (Win); which offers 32
audio tracks real-time monitoring of effects and inputs, an updated
GUI, ASIO hardware support, VST support, Acid/WAV file support, and
support for 24-bit, 96 kHz recording. The software also includes the
GT:FX multi-effects suite, IK Multimedia's Amplitube LE amp and cabinet
modeler, and a Smart Loops Acid loop library. For more information,
visit cakewalk.com. To read a review of Cakewalk Guitar
Studio 2.0 (Win), click here.
Clavia has announced the Nord Modular G2X. The 5-octave
G2X offers the same functionality as the 3-octave G2 but adds a
gooseneck microphone, two additional modulation wheels, and the G2
Voice Expansion board, which doubles polyphony. Each modulation wheel
includes an LED for viewing the amount of modulation, and the
microphone plugs into the XLR mic input on the front panel. For more
information, visit clavia.se
Digidesign has announced Pro Tools 6.4 (Mac/Win) for Pro Tools|HD
and LE systems. The update adds features such as Automatic Delay
Compensation, on-the-fly track arming and punching, track-by-track
input switching, 23.976 fps support for HD video, +12 dB fader support,
and an input-mute mode. For more information, visit digidesign.com.
The EM review of Pro Tools 6.1, which covers a majority of the latest
features in the program, can be viewed here.
Native Instruments announced several new products at
this year's Frankfurt Musikmesse. Among them is Guitar Rig (Mac/Win), a
software/hardware package offering amp, cabinet, and mic modeling that
can be controlled with an included pedalboard. MORE.
Steinberg has announced V-Stack 1.2 (Mac/Win), a 32-bit VST
instrument rack offering 16 simultaneous virtual instruments, 8 send
effects, 5 insert effects, 4 bands of EQ, 4 subgroups, and 32-bit
internal processing. In addition, V-Stack can receive ReWire audio
channels from a compatible application. For more information, visit steinberg.net.
Universal Audio has announced the UAD-1 Project Pak (Mac/Win), which
combines a PCI DSP card with the v3.5 powered plug-in bundle. MORE.
VirSyn has announced Cantor (Mac/Win), an 8-part vocal
synthesizer. The user enters the words in English and then plays them
from a MIDI keyboard in real-time. MORE.
Wave Arts has introduced FinalPlug (Mac/Win), a peak limiter and
volume maximizer plug-in featuring bit-depth truncation (from 4 to 24
bits) and a variety of dithering options. MORE.
Check out Len Sasso's article on speech synthesis, Voices from the
Machine, by clicking here.