Defective Records Software (www.defectiverecords.com) is shipping VSTi Host version 3.01X for Mac OS X, in addition to version 3.11 for Mac OS 9. The program opens VST instruments without a sequencer program, and offers VSTi capabilities to DAWs that lack native support for VST 2.0 … TC Applied Technologies, a subsidiary of TC Electronic (www.tcelectronic.com), has introduced its Dice II chip set. According to TC, the Dice II handles all standard pro audio I/O formats, including as many as 96 FireWire audio channels at a 96 kHz sample rate, as well as ADAT reception and transmission with S/MUX support for 96 kHz audio … Wave Arts (www.wavearts.com) has added plug-in support for MOTU's MAS and VST platforms in OS X. Supported products include the company's latest plug-ins — WaveSurround Pro, MasterVerb, and TrackPlug (a channel-strip plug-in with a compressor, gate, and 64-bit 10-band EQ) … Scarbee (www.scarbee.com) has combined its J-Slap and J-Fingered electric bass collections in a four-CD set called J-Slap'n Fingered for Steinberg's HALion software sampler. According to Scarbee, the set takes full advantage of HALion's programming capabilities, including modulation-wheel switching between fingered and slapped samples. A version for NI Kontakt will soon follow … The entire professional line of products from TerraTec (www.terratec.net) is now marketed under the brand name TerraTec Producer. Additionally, its EWS line of products, including the Mic 2 preamp and audio interface, will now be marketed under the Phase brand name.