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Through Tuesday October 7, 2003
Sep 10 - 06:15 AM, by peterkirn Virtual Instrument > Native Instruments
Virtual Instrument : NI FM7 Adds OS X, RTAS Support - macmusicNative Instruments is now shipping the 1.1.1 update to FM7, its FM synthesis virtual instrument, with new Mac OS X support and cross-platform RTAS Pro Tools support on both Mac and PC. Like previous OS X releases from Native, full support for AudioUnits, RTAS, VST, and standalone operation with CoreMIDI and CoreAudio is included, so you can use FM7 on its own or in whatever host software you prefer. The update isn't free: Native is charging US$29 for the update as a download (US$59 bundled with FM7 Sounds Vol. 1), US$49 for a CD (US$79 with sounds bundle).
Sep 10 - 06:06 AM, by clouvel (translated by ptilou)Industry
Industry : Locked CDs - macmusicIn september, a french tribunal judged that a locked CD with a anti-copy system (against audio piracy which make it inaudible with certain equipments), is affected by a hidden defect and must be refund.
Sep 9 - 11:49 PM, by peterkirn Music Software > Steinberg
Music Software : Cubase SX 2.0 Shipping; What's New In Depth - macmusicSomeone must have been anxious to get Cubase SX 2.0, the latest upgrade to the only remaining cross-platform MIDI/audio workstation, because Steinberg's website was dead in the water yesterday. The site is back up today, and the news is official: Cubase SX 2.0 is shipping. Here's a look at what's new.

Virtual signal routing capabilities make up some of the most interesting improvements to Cubase. Under the hood, version 2.0 has "true multi-channel" surround capabilities throughout, so that the entire signal path can hold six channels, not only in audio tracks but sends and inserts, as well. "Full latency" compensation promises to finally resolve timing issues introduced by effects and instruments. FX return channels now provide full rturn channels for each send effect, automatically, wi ...
Sep 9 - 07:07 PM, by peterkirn Virtual Instrument > Steinberg
Virtual Instrument : Steinberg The Grand Released for OS X - macmusicA 1.05 updater for The Grand has been released, adding OS X support to Steinberg's concert grand VSTi (previously only available for OS 9 and Windows). The Grand is more than just a sampled piano instrument: there are lots of editable parameters, too, for sound and playing style. Watch this space for a review. Download 1.05 Updater
Sep 9 - 09:47 AM, by clouvel (translated by ptilou)Computer Hardware > Mackie
Computer Hardware : A Mbox... from Mackie ! - macmusicMackie should announce the production of an USB audio interface (24bits/96kHz). The name should be "XD-2". And this interface could be released before the end of 2003. The price should be close to 419 $.
AND a special pack (named "spike") should be bundled with the XD-2 including two bonus software : "Tracktion audio recording" and "Ableton Live Mackie".

Features expected :
- 2 micros preamps Mackie (preamp/micro/line/instrument)
- SPDIF I/O,
- MIDI I/O
- Monitor stereo output
- front jack input for earphone (with volume controller)

Is it a rumour ?...or Mackie really made a MBox....? ;-)
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