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Cakewalk Project5 to be unveiled @ NAMM

Cakewalk, developer of the leading music and sound software for Windows, will announc the Project5 soft synth workstation @ Winter NAMM 2003, offering a complete suite of synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, audio and MIDI effects, and audio looping tools in an integrated studio environment. Project5 also allows musicians to customize and expand their software studio with support for additional soft synths, audio and MIDI effects, sample formats, and any Windows-compatible audio hardware. Project5 has a $429 MSRP U.S. and is scheduled for release in March 2003.

Key features for Project5

  • Studio quality instruments and effects.
  • Pattern based sequencers and processors.
  • ACID compatible audio looping tools.
  • Real time, seamless performance engine.
  • Open studio environment (DX, DXi, MFX, VST, VSTi, ReWire client, WDM, ASIO).

Project5 instruments and effects

  • PSYN - VA Synthesizer
    PSYN ("sine") models a full-featured subtractive synthesizer. Includes multiple filters, oscillators, envelope generators, and LFOs. Features a modulation matrix for tempo sync; ring modulation and FM synthesis; 64-note polyphony; parameter automation; more.

  • DS-864 - Digital Sampler
    A flexible, easy-to-use, multi-format digital sampler with ample manipulation capabilities and pristine audio fidelity. Features 8 layer / 64 voice polyphony; sample editing with effects; multiple resonant filters and envelope generators; 8 audio outputs for effects processing; parameter automation; key mapping; velocity zones; support for Akai S5000/6000, Kurzweil, Sound Fonts 2, WAV, AIF, and proprietary sample formats.

  • nPulse - Analog Modular Drum Synthesizer
    Provides tone characteristics of classic TR-series drum machines, combined with the extended properties modern day soft synths. nPulse provides a convenient way to trigger and synthesize vintage-style electronic drum voices. A 12-voice multi-timbral synthesizer with per-voice oscillators; 5 assignable outputs; multiple presets; sync effects; key-mapping; parameter automation; more.

  • Velocity - Drum Sampler (LM4, WAV, AIF)
    The multi-timbral drum sampler provides 18 polyphonic voices with up to 32 velocity-layered samples. Offers precise sample editing with effects; 5 stereo outputs; and full parameter automation. Supports WAV, AIF, LM4, and proprietary format sample formats.

  • Cyclone - Groove Sampler
    A 16-part, ACID compatible groove sampler, composition tool, and loop editor. Trigger loops in real-time following the tempo and pitch changes of a project. Edit individual slices of individual loops, and even combine parts of multiple loops.
    Automatable effects
    Envelope/LFO Filter
    Stereo Delay/Echo with tempo sync
    High Frequency Exciter
    Classic Phaser with feedback
    Studio Reverb
    Stereo Chorus/Flanger with feedback
    Stereo 7-band Graphic EQ
    Stereo 2-band Parametric EQ

Pattern & loop-based creation tools:

  • P-SEQ - Pattern Sequencer
    A flexible pattern sequencer with "piano roll" style editing that superimposes track automation with note data. Offers step and real-time recording, pattern preview, auto-looping, and easy-to-use editing tools.

  • Synchron32 - Step Sequencer
    Accurately models and expands upon analog hardware step-sequencing. Quickly generate patterns and trigger synths, and trigger patterns in real-time from MIDI devices. Provides control over pitch; rhythmic duration with shuffle; tempo sync; per-step flam, legato, bends; polyphonic mode; multiple-banks for pattern presets; more.

  • ACID compatible loop integration
    Click and drag to roll out tracks using ACID format loops that match your project tempo and pitch changes. Features automatic beat matching, flexible time stretching/pitch shifting, and support for multiple loops per track.

  • Advanced synth layering and keyboard mapping
    Perform and record using multiple MIDI controllers routed to multiple instruments; or use multiple, layered instruments or split synths from one MIDI controller.

  • Live-performance audio engine
    Project5’s seamless audio engine provides a continuous musical workflow. Allows changes to be made on the fly and never compromises playback — perfect for live performance.
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