Product News for June 8, 2006

Arturia Brass free download, new universal DVD loop collections, Cakewalk beat and electronic music software, Steinberg orchestral library and player, Universal Audio software for UAD-1 DSP Card & Powered Plug-Ins

Arturia has announced that Brass is now compatible with Intel Macs. Version 1.2 is available as a free download at Arturia's Web site. has unveiled two new universal DVD loop collections. The MPC Lockbox ($59.95) features five Sonic Single loop libraries plus a sixth previously unreleased collection. Inspiration Hip-Hop RnB ($59.95) includes 15 song kits produced in a range of modern Hip-Hop and R&B styles. Supported loop formats include Apple Loop, Acidized WAV, Rex2 and ReFill.

Cakewalk has announced Kinetic 2 ($79.99) beat and electronic music software. Kinetic 2 features Grid Build & Edit patterns, DropZone drag and drop sampler, over a thousand instrument patches including Roland sounds and the PSYN II analog synthesizer, hundreds of professional music patterns and Acid-format loops, and expanded effects.

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Steinberg has shipped Halion Symphonic Orchestra (Mac OSX/Win; $499.99), an orchestral library and player that features over 1,250 orchestral string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instrument patches, including many articulations and playing styles. Halion String Edition 1 or 2 customers can upgrade to Halion Symphonic Orchestra for $199 or $99 respectively, and owners of many competing orchestral sample products can crossgrade to HSO for $299.

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Universal Audio has released Version 4.3 software for the UAD-1 DSP Card & Powered Plug-Ins system. Version 4.3 includes a 14-day fully functional demo of the Neve 1073 and 1073SE. Full authorizations of the Neve 1073/SE plug-ins are available to registered UAD-1 customers for $249 (including both plug-ins) from