LET’S GET SOFT
The upgrade to Apple Logic 7.1 is $19.95. Yes, the decimal point is in the right place. You get plug-in delay compensation for all signal paths, an updated version of Waveburner, more plug-ins, a lot of optimizations — and a Follow Tempo option so Logic can shift pitch and/or time when you change the song’s key or tempo. Cool or what?
Pro Tools M-Powered software (for Mac/Windows, $349) is a version of Digidesign’s Pro Tools that works with selected M-Audio hardware peripherals. And, sessions created with Pro Tools M-Powered software will open on Digidesign Pro Tools TDM and LE systems.
BIAS Peak Pro 5 ($599) for Mac adds upgrades for mastering and pro CD prep. Furthermore, an optional DDP file export extension offers a non-hardware dependent DDP authoring solution. Peak Pro XT 5 ($1,199) incorporates new BIAS plug-ins (including SoundSoap Pro) and many significant enhancements.
Cakewalk’s Sonar LE will be bundled in Europe/US with several Edirol audio and MIDI products. Also, Cakewalk announced a retail version of rgc:audio’s Z3TA+ software synthesizer, and a Spanish language version of Sonar 4.
Native Instruments introduced Guitar Combos — three different virtual amps for different musical styles — for $79 each, or $199 for all three. Meanwhile, Reaktor fanatics flipped over Reaktor 5, the popular synth construction kit.
Arturia and IRCAM announced Brass (Mac/Windows), a physically modeled software recreation of trumpet, sax, and trombone. Brass allows playing these instruments with control and expressiveness. www.arturia.com
An update to Wavelab allows integrating Algorithmix’s reNOVAtor noise reduction plug-in — eliminate unwanted noises like chair squeaks, coughs, even the ringing of mobile phones while preserving the original audio material. www.algorithmix.com
IK Multimedia’s CSR-1 Classik Studio Reverb ($399) is a suite of reverb algorithms (hall/room, ambience, plate, and inverse) that model the sound of classic hardware reverbs. www.ikmultimedia.com
The Komplexer ($199) VST plug-in from Terratec Producer provides both virtual analog synthesis and wavetable synthesis. It can import Waldorf microQ sounds, making Komplexer the plug-in equivalent of this famed synthesizer. There’s also an integrated vocoder. www.terratec.net
LET’S GET HARD
Dynaudio Acoustics’ BM 5P ($580/pr) is a 2-way passive version of the BM 5A nearfield monitor. Its small footprint makes it well-suited for smaller suites.
G-System ($1,395) from TC Electronic is a floor-based unit with guitar effects and loop/routing facilities for external pedals and preamps.
Trigger Finger ($249.95) is a mobile/desktop device for easily triggering and programming drum sounds. It connects to a computer via USB, and includes 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, 8 assignable knobs, and 4 assignable faders.
RØDE’s D-PowerPlug is an in-line, phantom-powered cable mounted amplifier that converts a dynamic mic to high-level, balanced operation. Clever.
Korg kaptivator Dynamic Video Station can sample, mix, process and play back hundreds of video clips — including live video — in real time, without any additional equipment. You can then use 16 clip pads to access and play individual clips. Two LCD screens monitor the live video in and out, as well as saved clips. A DV connection can accept or send digital video format (DV) signals to or from a DV camera.
The recipe: Take two really great plug-ins from Creamware’s Scope platform, Minimax and Profit-5. Fold in six voices, 128 factory/128 user presets, and place in physical box. Garnish with remote software for Windows, then add a MIDI keyboard. Serve classic sounds with modern packaging. Minimax ASB ($899), Profit-5 ASB ($999).
The PowerCore PCI mkII ($1,140) from TC Electronic includes the same 14 processing plug-ins included with PowerCore FireWire; it’s compatible with VST, AU or RTAS audio systems.
You want analog summing. You don’t have a zillion dollars. MixDream XP is a 16 x 2 summing box without MixDream’s inserts and processing stages, so it’s smaller and costs less. Entirely discrete signal paths run on 60V rails in Class A mode.
Korg’s D3200 is a 32-track digital recording studio that includes a Session Drums feature to create realistic drum tracks. Other features: automated mixing, 100 scene memories, and MIDI-controllable mixer parameters. USB 2.0 connectivity transfers data with computer-based DAWs.
We’re not sure what the Resonator Neuronium is, or how it works. We got lost somewhere around the second paragraph: “The Resonator Neuronium has 6 analog resonant neurons. We have 6 neurons with 6x6 = 36 net connections for one parameter. In order that summation and FM is connected, we have 2x36 = 72 net connections with individual pots for each node.” Hey, whatever — it’s a way cool-sounding tone generator.
RME Multiface II, the latest PCI-card based member of the Multiface family, has improved the analog input stages and headphone amp, lowered the THD on the analog outs, and more. www.rme-audio.com
Digital Musician Net offers tools to find and work with potential collaborators via the net. The accompanying Digital Musician Link, a plug-in for PC/Mac music software, establishes an internet audio and MIDI connection between two VST 2.0 compatible hosts. It allows recording a music performance remotely via a standard DSL internet link, and includes a built-in video conferencing system. www.digital musician.net
Edirol’s UA-101 ($695) is a half-rack USB 2.0 Windows audio interface, providing 10-in/10-out, 24-bit/96kHz full duplex audio (or up to 6 channels at 24-bit/192kHz), and WDM/ASIO 2.0 drivers.
Terratec Producer’s PHASE X24 FW is a FireWire studio interface with two analog ins, four outs, digital I/O, MIDI I/O, insert jacks and gain knobs. Furthermore, the original PHASE 24 FW is now mLAN-compatible.
The ESI MaXiO 032 ($599.99) is a24-bit/192kHz PCI Audio/MIDI interface with four ADAT I/O ports. The basic MaXiO 032 system consists of a breakout box and a PCI interface, but can be expanded to a full MaXiO XD system by adding one or several EX8000 units.
Steinberg’s ASIO 2.1 now supports the DSD (Direct Stream Digital) format, and allows transporting DSD format audio between audio applications and hardware that support the standard. Download the SDK from
LET’S MAKE SOUND(WARE)
Vienna Symphonic Library’s Opus 2 – Orchestra ($495) is a Horizon Series library that expands the potential of Opus 1 and the First Edition with new articulations, more instruments, and comprises basic articulations of instruments taken from other Horizon Series titles. Available in EXS24, GigaStudio, HALion and Kontakt formats.
The Grand 2 ($299) from Steinberg features an additional grand piano model, four-channel surround implementation, RAMSave to automatically unload unneeded samples from memory, and supports VST, DXi, AU and stand-alone. ReWire support provides Pro Tools integration.
Spectrasonics’ Burning Grooves ($99), with live drum grooves laid down by Abe Laboriel Jr., is a Groove Control activated S.A.G.E. Xpander library for the Stylus RMX virtual groove instrument.