Product News for January 30, 2007

Product News From Electronic Musician for January 30, 2007 features Blue Cat Audio FreqAnalyst, Cakewalk at NAMM, Peavey Microphone Simulated Direct Interface, Propellerhead Software Vista compatibility, reFuse Software synth plug-in and more

Fulfill your freebie fix with Blue Cat Audio's FreqAnalyst (Win), a freeware real-time spectrum analyzer. The DirectX or VST plug-in offers complete control of audio conversion, an interpolation algorithm, a zoomable display, absolute and relative threshold, full automation, and real-time MIDI support. FreqAnalyst is available as a single download or as part of Blue Cat's Freeware Pack bundle.

This year, Cakewalk's NAMM presence revolved around its flagship DAW, Sonar, as well as a bunch of related updates. MORE.

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Peavey has announced the new Microphone Simulated Direct Interface ($149.99), which, according to the manufacturer, imitates the sound of a miked guitar cabinet. Just connect the patch box between the amp head and the cab, and a balanced XLR out routes the simulated sound to the recording device or mixer. In addition to passive circuitry, the unit has a Tone switch with Reference, High Cut, and High Boost settings, as well as an Output Level control.

Propellerhead Software has stepped up to the Windows Vista plate and announced full compatibility with the new OS. MORE.

In Mac OS X news, reFuse Software has introduced a subharmonic synth plug-in called the Lowender (Mac; $39). Using Cycling '74's Pluggo standard for VST, RTAS, and AU hosts, the Lowender features analog modeling; three switchable frequency ranges; and gate, drive, and output-filter controls.

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EZplayer Free (Mactel/Win) is a new MIDI bridge and drum-sampler wrapper from Toontrack Music. MORE.

Required Reading—New in Mixbooks
Modern Recording and Mixing, formerly titled the Basics of Modern Recording and Mixing, is now available. This two-DVD set will show you how the best in the music industry set up a studio to make world-class records. Regardless of what gear you are using, the information you'll find here will allow you to take advantage of decades of expert knowledge. MORE.

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EM Cast!
The January 2007 issue of EM's monthly podcast offers a feature interview with New York-based producer/engineer Bob Power (Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Me'shell N'degeOcello, the Roots), as well as product news, a preview of the February 2007 issue of EM, and much more.

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