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Through Friday November 14, 2003
Oct 31 - 01:54 PM, by peterkirn Virtual Instrument > Ultimate Sound Bank
Virtual Instrument : Plugsound OS X Beta - macmusicUSB Virtual Instruments' Plugsound plug-ins, including Plugsound Free, are now in beta on OS X at version 1.87, the first OS X release of this previously OS 9 and Windows-only sample playback synth. MAS, VST, RTAS, and AU are supported on OS X. The software is a Keyboard Key Buy recipient so quite welcome on OS X (and the only software I've seen to advertise the Keyboard award in the interface!).
Oct 31 - 01:49 PM, by peterkirn Virtual Instrument > IK Multimedia
Virtual Instrument : SampleTank 2 Shipping - macmusicIK Multimedia says it has started shipping pre-orders for SampleTank 2 this week, its highly anticipated sample playback workstation for RTAS, VST (OS 9, X), MAS (OS 9) and AU (OS X) as well as Windows RTAS, VST, DXi. Upgrades are available for SampleTank 1 users starting at USD/EUR 249. With 8 CDs, SampleTank is shipping with some 4.5GB of samples and the technology was even featured in the Matrix Videogame score by Chris Vrenna. Now the wait for version 2 is finally over, it appears.
Oct 31 - 01:47 PM, by peterkirn Music Software > Emagic
Music Software : Logic Platinium 6.3.1 - macmusicThe latest update to Emagic Logic features Digidesign HD Accel compatibility on OS X, smart snap option, a fix to hanging MIDI notes and TDM errors, and a demo of Space Designer.
Oct 31 - 01:37 PM, by peterkirn Misc
Misc : Jam On Your Mobile Phone - macmusicThe good folks at EM411 have run across a Java applet for mobile phones that lets different users "jam" and create their own tunes with other users on the mobile network. Daisyphone is designed for creating looping music with samples of instruments with modifiable pitches, all represented by a literal daisy with flower petals. The creators were impressed by non-musicians' instant ability to create experimentally. Check out the discussion on EM411 for more interesting issues this raises -- and if you're handy in Java, perhaps create your own "pro" app. I have learned from a contact at Steinberg that the German development team has ported a specific version of Cubase to limited Siemens mobile phones, so music is likely to make more of a splash on your mobile in the near future. Have you found a way to turn your phone into an instrument for sampling, jamming, or collaboration? Hit the comment link and let us know.
Oct 31 - 01:23 PM, by peterkirn Misc
Misc : Audio Over Bluetooth: Prototype - macmusicExtreme Tech has an extensive article on a prototype technology called RangeScan from circuitry manufacturer Infinite Range, which could be implemented in numerous consumer devices once licensed. XtremeMac, the author writes, is already planning on releasing an iPod enhancement that will stream the iPod's audio (or anything else with a minijack out) to portable speakers, headphones, a home stereo, or car speakers. The best news: it works. It's not hard to imagine even pro laptop musicians finding a way to employ this in performance -- which could justify the anticipated $180 cost for use with our iPods.
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