Music Software News
of the latest music software news, regarding innovation and practical
progress in music production with computers.
March 2006 - Music Software News
end 2006 - announcement
I have been talking to Steinberg staff at the Musikmesse Frankfurt. They
said that the release of SX4 and VST3.0 is planned at the end of 2006. It will
include the support of side-chaining in effect plug-ins and drag and drop of
effects settings across tracks.
Instruments - release
They did it again! After producing probably the best orchestra library, the
"Vienna symphonic library" , they also cranked out the best software sampler
we've seen so far just to be able to play that library in all it's variations.
It seems like this will set a new standard, not only in sound but also in
playability of virtual orchestras.
Logic Pro as "Universal" - release
Apple works hard to make their audio software a "Universal" which means
compatible to the new Intel Macs. At the Musikmesse Frankfurt I have seen Logic
running on one of the new Intel power books and boy, that was fast. A full blown
mix with lots of plug-ins and instruments playing while the CPU load was still
reads chords from Audio files - release
A very useful software has been presented at Frankfurter Musikmesse that
analyses audio files (wav or mp3) and gives you the chords or guitar tabs. You
can then add the lyrics and save it as a file. While it doesn't work completely
flawless it is still good enough to be very helpful.
200Gb Laptop drives - announcement
Fujitsu is developing 200GB 2.5-inch
hard drives. The shipping date should be the third quarter of 2006. They will
use a SATA connection, fast enough for multimedia applications. Currently, the
largest laptop drives contain 160GB.
Reason 3.0.5 - Beta test
Reason 3.0.5 works as "Universal". But if you know the Propellerheads, you
also know that they never release a software without making it as bug-free as
possible. So you can apply
here as a Beta tester.
Novation ReMOTE SL for Ableton Live - release
Novation has released a new driver for their beautiful and very handy
hardware controller ReMOTE SL. Now it fully supports Ableton Live and is
a great tool for Live performances.
Digidesign Music Production Toolkit - release
Enhancement for Pro Tools LE and M-powered systems. Includes a new
synthesizer, convolution reverb, professional compressor/limiter, Sound
Replacer, noise reduction, 48 stereo tracks up to 96 kHz, multitrack
version of Beat Detective and the ability to export mixes as mp3 files.
supports Intel Macs - announcement
One of the best sound editors on the Mac platform Bias Peak supports the
new Intel Macs. BIAS will be demonstrating its Universal applications on
the newly available Intel-based iMac computer in its Frankfurt
Musikmesse booth located in Hall 5.1 at Booth 63. The updates should be
available in second quarter 2006.
Digital Performer 5 - announcement
The new version should be released at first quarter 2006 and include six
instruments including three subtractive synthesis synths, one FM synth,
a sampler and a twelve part drum module. It will support track folders
for audio and MIDI, new editing tools, a better audio editor and many
improvements for film and video scoring.
February 2006 - Music Software News
6 - announcement
At the Namm Show 2006 in Anaheim USA Sony presented version 6 of this
innovative way to make music. A completely overhauled and more efficient Audio
engine, multiple files per track (finally!!!), instrument automation per rubber
band curves, multiple Audio- and Midi-track recording, inline MIDI editing with
Piano and Drum editor, hardware controller support and a lot more improvements
let Acid grow to a serious DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
Logic Pro 7.2 - upgrade
A paid upgrade that makes Logic run on Power PC Macs and the new Macs
with Intel processors. 32 audio instrument channel support, AAC
playback, three new GarageBand 3 plug-ins, better ReWire and hardware
controller support, new sound effects library, software support for the
new Apogee Ensemble audio interface, support for the Serato Time& Pitch
Native instruments announces a total solution for virtual instruments. A
sophisticated hardware controller combined with a software that is host
for virtual instruments and effects of all kind and a plug-in for
sequencers, a universal sound library for all plug-ins. That means you
can control all your instruments and effects with the same controller
and one big sound library. Great idea! More at the Frankfurter
Musikmesse end of march.
January 2006 - Music Software News
VST 2.4 standard - release
Steinberg releases the software development kit for a new version of its
Virtual Studio Technology interface standard. It offers full support for 64-bit
audio, double precision floating point capability and complete compatibility
with the newest Intel-based Apple Macintosh computers. It has also got a general
overhaul, making it clearer and simpler to use.
Wavelab 6.0 - release
Wavelab now also offers spectral editing,
a new sample rate
converter, an advanced time stretching and pitch-shifting algorithm (Dirac),
hardware controller support, new metering
and monitoring tools including support for
renowned mastering engineer Bob Katz K-System as well as the new
loudness distribution window.
Gigastudio as Plug-In - announcement
The new GVI (Giga Virtual Instrument) will be Gigasampler as a 16 part
multi-timbral plug-in for VSTi and RTAS formats. Announced Release date
will be spring 2006.
Fruity Loops FL Studio 6 - release (review)
The revamped version of FL Studio comes with a new, resizable
mixer, where you can route any track to any number of other tracks,
multiple MIDI-in support, a bunch of new Plug-ins and an updated
browser. See also my comparison chart
or detailed review of FL studio 6.
Steinberg's Virtual Guitarist 2.0 - release
Almost 7 GB of high-quality library consisting of
meticulously recorded performances by top studio
guitarists. Nearly 1100 different parts across 88 styles. All parts are
fully editable. This is the only really realistic way to record guitar
without a guitar player.
Melodyne 3.0 - release
A long expected feature became reality now. You can work with polyphonic
sound the same way as you could with monophonic. You won't be able
however to edit or alter the individual notes of a chord. See also the
hard facts of Melodyne 3.0 in my
Adobe Audition 2.0 - release (review)
Audition on it's way to a fully fledged multitrack audio recording
program. Multi I/O Asio Support, low latency mixing engine, totally
revamped user interface, frequency space editing, real-time mixer
automation recording. Still poor MIDI and virtual instrument support.
See also my comparison chart or a
detailed review of Adobe Audition 2.0.