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Cakewalk has announced the release of Cakewalk Studio Instruments, an easy-to-use and affordable consumer software instrument collection for Mac OS X and Windows.

Cakewalk Studio Instruments is a dual platform Virtual Instrument collection providing a high quality Drum Kit, Bass Guitar, Electric Piano, and String Section that can be played stand alone or in your VST or Audio Unit plug-in supporting host application of choice.

With Studio Instruments, Cakewalk introduces a virtual instrument collection that is accessible to anyone, not just musicians, through its photo-realistic, animated, and interactive user interface. With point and click ease and professionally recorded patterns, Studio Instruments delivers a simple and fun way for all to make music. Cakewalk Studio Instruments is driven by Expression Engine, the same technology found in Cakewalk's professional line of instruments, including Dimension Pro.

Studio Instruments' feature animated, photo-realistic user interfaces, and each instrument present a true interactive music making experience: just click on a cymbal, and see and hear it crash. Each instrument accurately replicates the sound of its real-world counterpart and features simple control over the most essential functions of the instrument.

In addition, Studio Instruments includes a comprehensive collection of pre-recorded patterns and presets providing a creative jump-start to making music. These patterns can be placed on multiple pads that the user simply clicks to trigger sections of their songs. Cakewalk Studio Instruments also allow the user to play the individual sounds of each instrument from their computer keyboard - if you can type, you can now play drums, piano, bass, or electric piano. More advanced users can easily control Cakewalk Studio Instruments with a MIDI keyboard or other MIDI controller. Each Studio Instrument also features customized companion effects to enhance their sounds.

Highlights:

  • An entire band all in one package: Electric Piano, Bass, String Section, & Drum Kit.
  • Easy to use animated user interface with powerful controls (cymbals crash, bows bow, bass strings vibrate, etc.).
  • Play stand-alone or use it in your favorite recording software.
  • Universal host compatibility for Mac (Audio Units) and Windows XP and Vista (32- & 64-bit) PC (VSTi).
  • Professionally recorded patterns and instrument sounds.

Cakewalk Studio Instruments has an estimated street price of $49.99. Cakewalk Products are available at select consumer electronics and computer retailers and also direct from Cakewalk.com as a download.

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