DAVE SMITH INSTRUMENTS MOPHO
PROPHET ON A BUDGET
If you're looking to get the rich analog sound of the Prophet '08 but without emptying your bank account, Dave Smith Instruments -(davesmithinstruments.com) delivers. Mopho ($399) is a compact desktop module featuring one Prophet '08 voice and a few special treats: suboctave generators for the oscillators, external audio input, and prefilter feedback. A few essential parameters have dedicated knobs, and everything else is accessed with four assignable rotaries. A cross-platform software editor is also included. The company says the Mopho really excels at basses and big, fat lead sounds.
M-AUDIO PROFIRE 610
MORE FIREWIRE POWER
M-Audio (m-audio.com) expands its line of compact FireWire audio interfaces with the ProFire 610 (Mac/Win, $399). The half-rackspace, bus-powered, 24-bit, 192 kHz unit offers onboard DSP mixing, eight balanced ¼-inch TRS outputs to facilitate 7.1 surround mixing, two balanced ¼-inch TRS inputs for line-level signals, and two XLR/TS combo jacks with Octane mic preamps and phantom power for mic- and instrument-level input. Stereo S/PDIF I/O, two headphone outputs with independent volume, and a 1-in/1-out MIDI interface round out the configuration.
LINE 6 M13 STOMPBOX MODELER
FOUR ON THE FLOOR
Line 6 (line6.com) has released the latest in its Stompbox Modeler series. The M13 ($499) is a virtual pedalboard that houses more than 85 of the best-selling Line 6 pedals and stompboxes. You can have up to four active effects and arrange them in any order. You also get a 28-second looper with dedicated switches for each of its functions. A 12-scene memory lets you instantly recall complete setups onstage. The rugged metal-chassis unit has ¼-inch mono/stereo input and output jacks, effects send and return jacks, two ¼-inch expression pedal jacks, and MIDI I/O.
ANTARES AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES AUTO-TUNE EVO
A NEW PITCH
With the release of Auto-Tune Evo (Mac/Win; native $319, TDM $519), Antares Audio Technologies (antarestech.com) has increased the power and ease of use of its flagship pitch-correction software, Auto-Tune. You still get Automatic and Graphical modes, and Graphical mode is enhanced to let you expand the editing window, manipulate the new note objects for pitch correction and shifting, and assign individual Retune speeds. Antares has updated Auto-Tune's voice-processing technology to take full advantage of more-powerful computers and to incorporate advanced formant correction and throat modeling. Auto-Tune Evo is available in TDM, RTAS, VST, and AU formats, and upgrade pricing is available.
Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882 2d Expanded
RING OF FIRE
Metric Halo (mhlabs.com) takes its Mobile I/O line of multichannel-processor FireWire audio interfaces to the next level with the Mobile I/O 2882 2d Expanded ($1,895 [MSRP]). The 24-bit, 96 kHz unit incorporates the new 2d Card, offering a roughly sixfold increase in DSP power. You get eight mic/line/instrument analog inputs with mic preamps and switchable phantom power, eight balanced outputs, eight channels of ADAT I/O switchable to Toslink, and AES and S/PDIF digital I/O with selectable SRC. Included MIO Console software gives you direct access to the 2882's processing architecture.
SCORE THE MAX
Want to create a score from your favorite Cycling '74 Max/MSP note-generator patch? Algomusic (algomusic.com) has you covered with its MaxScore music-notation object (Mac/Win, free). More than a notation tool, MaxScore is an interactive performance object that's able to drive your Max/MSP sound generators from a score and create a score in real time. You can load and save scores as well as export them in MusicXML for use in MakeMusic Finale, Avid Sibelius, and other notation software. MaxScore requires Java Music Specification Language (Mac/Win; $120 standard, $55 student); a free 30-day trial of JMSL is available from the Algomusic site.
CAKEWALK SONAR 8 PRODUCER
Cakewalk (cakewalk.com) offers work-flow enhancements, new features, and performance optimization with Sonar 8 Producer (Win, $499), the most recent upgrade to its flagship DAW. The updated Loop Explorer 2.0 lets you quickly browse, preview, and drag-and-drop audio and MIDI loops. The Dedicated Instrument Track makes it easier to work with virtual instrument plug-ins. You get a bevy of new instruments and effects, such as the Beatscape loop-performance instrument, Hollywood Edge effects library, Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE, TS-64 Transient Shaper, and TL-64 Tube Leveler. Other improvements include audio-engine optimization, enhanced transport and control-surface handling, and QuickTime 7 import and export.
TANAGER AUDIOWORKS SONGFRAME
SongFrame (Win, $179.99 [MSRP]) from Tanager AudioWorks (tanageraudioworks.com) is positioned as a pre-DAW songwriting environment. It's designed for quickly working up a song using drag-and-drop icons for song-structure elements such as chords, audio clips, melodies, and lyrics. You can record song elements and play back songs using SongFrame's audio engine, which supports VST plug-ins and includes EZ-Drummer Lite and 4Force Piano. Once you've worked up your song ideas in SongFrame, export audio and MIDI data to your DAW for developing the final project.
RMV (Win, $179), the latest version of LinPlug Virtual Instruments' (linplug.com) VSTi drum and groove plug-in, sports plenty of new features. It's a drum synth, sampler, and librarian coupled with six loop players offering built-in slicing. You can configure each slice and each of the 48 drum pads independently and play them with 32-voice polyphony. Each slice and pad has three insert effects, 4-band EQ, and two effects sends. RMV comes with 2.5 GB of content, including 1,500 loops, 2,600 MIDI grooves, and 10,000 drum sounds. Delivery is by download or DVD, and a Mac version is expected soon.