Product News for July 20, 2006

Ableton Live 6, AKG Acoustics Perception 400 mic, Alesis Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Controller, Cakewalk free downloads and more...

Ableton has announced Live 6 ($599 for boxed version; $499 for download version). Its many features include Quicktime video support, a professional multisample library, customizable instrument and effect racks, and multicore and multiprocessor support.

AKG Acoustics has introduced the Perception 400 multi-pattern, large diaphragm condenser microphone ($599.95). The Perception 400 has selectable cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8 pickup patterns, switchable 10 dB pad, switchable bass cut filter, shock mount, and metal case.

Alesis has announced the Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Controller. The Control Pad has eight velocity-sensitive pads that can be assigned individual MIDI channels and note numbers, as well as inputs for connecting additional pads, pedal controllers, and an up/down footswitch.

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Cakewalk has released Rapture Expansion Pack 1 and Dimension Pro Expansion Pack 1 as free downloads for registered Rapture and Dimension Pro customers. Each pack includes 350 new programs and hundreds of new samples and wavetables. Download them from Cakewalk's Web site.

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Camel Audio has announced CamelSpace v. 1.3 and CamelPhat v. 3.3 as AU (in Universal Binary format) and VST plug-ins. The updates are free for registered users of CamelSpace and CamelPhat.

The latest Electronic Musician Special Report, sponsored by Earthworks, introduces the High Definition Microphone. Read about it here.