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Through Thursday December 11, 2003
Dec 2 - 02:21 PM, by clouvel Virtual Instrument > VirSyn
Virtual Instrument : VirSyn Tera 2.0 Released - macmusicMacMusic announced on november 13th the future availability of Terra 2.0 by VirSyn, it's now done. TERA 2.0 is a modular software synthesizer based on different synthesis modules. This new version includes : Analog synthesis, Spectrum Synthesis, Formant, FM synthesis, Physical modeling, custom waveforms for all oscillators, and 16 modular synths (with up to  64 voices).

Tera 2 is compatible with Mac OS 9/OS X standalone / VST / AudioUnit and now ReWire 2 and RTAS. The price for TERA 2.0 is 299 EUR .Note that all registered users with the original TERA CD 1.1 and 1.2 can download this upgrade for free.
Dec 1 - 09:58 AM, by betamonkeymusic Misc > Beta Monkey Music
Misc : Classic Backbeats Plus: 2 CD set of Acoustic Drum Loops - macmusicBeta Monkey Music releases Classic Backbeats Plus, a two-CD collection of over 1,200 original drum loops with a decidedly classic and retro sound for today's rock and pop music. With grooves, groove variations, fills, one shots, and single hit samples, this collection of acoustic grooves is designed for any production looking to add the pure and unadulterated tones of an acoustic drum kit that sounds right out of your favorite small to medium-sized club.

The loops are suitable for all variants of the rock and pop genres, but are particularly for use in recording situations where only live, vibrant, acoustic drums will do. The drum loops are organized by BPM and style, ranging from 55 BPM half-time ballad grooves to up-tempo rock and pop grooves at 150+ BPM. All drums are sonically-matched (being from the same recording session) and are free of excessive processing.
Nov 30 - 07:58 AM, by clouvel Plug-ins > Five12
Plug-ins : A new version of Numerology - macmusicFive 12 announce the future availability of Numerology. This next version of Numerology 1.3 will offer several new features, including a new clock module for live groove quantizing, a Matrix Sequencer / Arpeggiator suitable for both drum and polyphonic melody programming (wich was a highly requested item by Numerology users) , MIDI input and more.

Numerology 1.3 is currently in beta testing,. The final release is due on or around December 15th, and all registered users are allowed access to the beta. There will be no charge for the upgrade from 1.2, so if you buy now, you get the upgrade for free.
Nov 28 - 11:19 PM, by clouvel Virtual Instrument > IK Multimedia
Virtual Instrument : SampleTank updated: again !! - macmusicWas SampleTank released too early ? Is IK Multimedia without beta-testers ?
It's a good question : SampleTank 2 was available on november 3d, the first update came on november 18th and at last the very new update "2.0.2.R2 " is available now, november 28th !!

This new version has no new functionnality but fixes bugs : improved SampleCell convertion, fixed Reverb fx 96KHz bug, fixed multiple instances on multi processor systems and fixed crash on some child preset load.
Nov 27 - 05:58 PM, by Francois Déchery Music Software > The Wild Bits
Music Software : AskTheDJ 1.5 lets you dance - macmusicThe Wild Bits just released a new version of Ask The DJ, a $29 shareware which analyses beats to perform truly seamless transitions between tracks.

This new version improves the tracks browser by adding iTunes-like appearance. Columns can now be moved and the layout is saved accross sessions.

Like a real DJ, AskTheDJ matches beats and adapts tempos whenever needed so the music always flows, even when cross-fading between tracks with different bpms. Ask The DJ also cuts unrhythmical intros and outros, and levels volume. Better yet, all this is done automatically. You just need to click Play and dance. You can also export Ask The DJ's mix art to audio files, suitable for burning audio CDs. Ask The DJ requires MacOS X and plays files in MP3, AAC or AIFF format.
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