Native Instruments have announced the Pro-52 v2.5 update will be released during August and it will be available as a free download for registered users.
The main new features are DXi, MAS, and DirectConnect versions have been added for integration into Cakewalk SONAR, MOTU Digital Performer, and Digidesign Pro Tools systems. In the MacOS standalone version, v2.5 will allow up to 8 instances to be used at the same time, each with its own MIDI channel, and v2.5 now supports variable sample rates.
We'll let you know as soon as the update is available!
Steinberg have released Cubasis 2.0r2 update for Windows, a minor update:
Fixed - maximum amount of audio channels were 32 instead of 48
Fixed - Japanese version did not install LM-9 correctly
Cephalonya/Dash Synthesis have released Mechanix-6 a drum machine for Reaktor 2.3 & 3.x. Apparently it's "ideal for both dance and acoustic drums. More than 180 high quality samples with decay, tune, pan, stereo width and FLAM controls, 6 enveloped and independent filters, 1 global filter, 1 compressor, and an assignable reverb, eq & more...." [Reaktor Ensemble]
Steinberg have released Cubase VST 5.0 r7 Public Beta 1 for Windows, grab your flavour from the ftp HERE
FXpansion's DR-008 has gone all Release Candidate on us, RC1 has been released. More bug fixes, enhancements and overall improvements! Looking good for a final release soon!
26th July 2001
Infinity 2.0 is a new "complete sound design and multimedia control studio" for Windows from Sound Quest. However, Infinity isn't just a self-contained sound creation studio, it also includes support for all major Windows audio and MIDI plug-in formats: DXi, VSTi, VST, DirectX 8.0 and MFX. This means you can use any of the included synths and effects, or indeed any that you or anyone else makes, in any compatible host, such as Cubase, Logic, SONAR, etc.
It looks incredible and the feature list is endless so the best thing to do would be to check out their extensive feature specifications here. It's due for release on 6th August and will cost $499!
Tobybear has updated Electric Cowboy to v0.1a adding note velocity support, new window handling and a debugging option. They've also updated Deconstructor Pro to v1.0b fixing various bugs. [Win VSTi]
PB7 won't be FXpansion's last Public Beta of DR-008 before release, almost immediately they've knocked out PB8 fixing automation and Ultra Sampler problems found in PB7! [Win VSTi]
Emagic have updated Logic Audio for MacOS to v4.7.3 [Mac VSTi Host]
25th July 2001
FXpansion have released what is expected to be the last public beta of DR-008 - PB7! Once again featuring loads of new features and bugfixes!
ArGuru has updated Aodix to v1.851 [Win VSTi Host]
DSound have released the demo version of RT Player Pro, the VSTi, and VST FX standalone host for Windows & MacOS. There has been a bit of a revision to the original specifications and it now supports up to a maximum of 4 VST instruments and 24 plug-ins in program - dependant on CPU power!
24th July 2001
Its patch day today, thanks to everyone who's sent them in recently and I apologize for the delay in posting them!
HaliProj is a (Shareware) Windows utility that will archive (copy) HALion
FXP Instrument/program "samples" in to a separate folder for co-location
working or archiving.
It lets you save the HALion samples used in a song, in the same project
folder, or somewhere else.
It's shareware and costs $2. You can download HaliProj HERE....
21st July 2001
Steinberg have released Cubase VST v5.0r6 Final for Windows, get it from the ftp HERE [Win VSTi Host]
Also from Steinberg, Cubasis VST is finally available for Mac users too! Read more here... [Mac VSTi Host]
20th July 2001
Dash Synthesis have released 3 new synths for Reaktor, all available to buy online:
Tobybear has updated the early Alpha version of Electric Cowboy 3000 to v0.1 featuring bug fixes, including allowing more than one instance [Win VSTi]
They've also released Deconstructor Pro as a VSTi, previously only available as a VST FX. The VSTi version allows you to load a WAV file and manipulate it using Deconstructor's powerful manipulation/mangling functions. Available for Windows only, you can download a demo and purchase the full version for $35 when you've been suitably impressed! [Win VSTi]
17th July 2001
Psycle, the freeware tracker, has been updated to v1.6b1, you can read the release notes HERE [Win VSTi Host]
DirectiXer VST to DX adapter was updated to v1.1 last week, read the release notes HERE [Win DX-VST Adapter]
16th July 2001
Tobybear has released a new version of Electric Cowboy 3000 for alpha testing, including a new GUI [Win VSTi]
FXpansion's DR-008 has now reached Public Beta 6 with the usual array of new features and bug fixes [Win VSTi]
Improved looks and usability
Velo Sampler can now be set to trigger polyphonically (8 notes poly, or 32 with DDLayer)
Automation, including Automation Mapper for Logic
Each pad can be individually set to play in One-Shot or Gated mode
Many small bugfixes.
12th July 2001
Issue 36 of Computer Music is out today featuring the free VSTi CM-101 on its CD Coverdisc - go get it ;)
TraXmusic have interviewed Wolfgang Schneider from neXoft, creators of LoopAZoid and Native Instruments' Battery. Read more...
Tobybear has released a very early Alpha version of his first VST Instrument - Electric Cowboy 3000. "This plugin implements a physical modelling algorithm for plucked strings that emulates, to a more or less successful extent, the sound of classic nylon guitars, but is further able by parameter tweaking to sound really spacey and create some "new" plucked string sounds."
The SampleTank competition is now over and the winners have been selected. The standard of entries was very high and IK Multimedia were so impressed with what could be achieved with only the demo that they have awarded 2 first prizes of SampleTank XL along with 4 runners up prizes of SampleTank DJ or L. Check out IK's winners page here...
LinPlug are also offering a deal on RM 2, their Drum Sample Player. You can get the RM 2 together with the Zip-O-Drumz Collection of more than 1000 drum, percussion and bass samples for just 49 US$ (as download, 65 Mb) or 59 US$ (CD version, including handling and shipping world-wide). This offer is available from 10th July until 31st July. More Info...
8th July 2001
Ruction Sample Sequencer beta has been updated to v0.8 adding Auto loop tuning to BPM, filters and per step settings, and parallel pattern play [Win VSTi]
IK Multimedia have released a free taster version of SampleTank for both MacOS and Windows. SampleTank FreePiano is a 7 MB instrument (14 MB of samples compressed using SampleTank proprietary technology) sampled from a Steinway Grand Concert piano. The instrument is fully working with full notes range, full polyphony (up to 128 notes), and full effects (4 selectable among 20 high-quality DSP effects).
NOTE: SampleTank FreePiano can't be used simultaneously with SampleTank Demo.
On the same subject there are only 2 days left to enter our SampleTank competition, entries so far have been extremely impressive, can you do better?
5th July 2001
Jørgen Aase AudioSynth v0.07 (Sample Player) has been released, it's no longer free though, it's now $20 shareware [Win VSTi]
Import programs from sound banks on file
Alphabetical directory lists
Fixed bug occurring when using AudioSynth in Emagic's Logic sequencer
AudioSynth is now shareware - $20 for save license + 12 months of upgrades
Maz has compiled an interesting hardware MIDI controllers comparison at the VSampler site, including 13 popular controller boxes (faders / rotary knobs) ranging from $125 to $650. Check it out here...
4th July 2001
Sonic Syndicate have updated Orion Pro to v2.5 featuring the usual raft of new features and improvements, and Scorpion to v1.4 enabling automation under Cubase. More Info...