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Through Wednesday December 24, 2003
Nov 21 - 10:06 AM, by Music Software > Digidesign
Music Software : Pro Tools 6.2.2 now available for download - macmusicFrom the DigiDesign Web site: "The Pro Tools 6.2.2 software update for TDM and LE systems provides support for Apple Power Mac G5 and Mac OS X 10.3.1 with Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, and Mbox, and adds support for Mac OS X v10.3.1 ("Panther") with certain Pro Tools|HD, HD Accel, and LE system configurations. This release represents the second phase of Digidesign's multiphase release plan for Power Mac G5 and OS X 10.3.1 compatibility support. Pro Tools 6.2.2 is a free download for all registered Pro Tools 6.0 and higher owners."
Nov 20 - 10:18 PM, by peterkirn Music Software > MakeMusic
Music Software : Notation Giants Battle Over Mac Users - macmusicRival notation software developers MakeMusic (formerly Coda, makers of Finale) and Sibelius are at again. Finale 2004 for Mac, originally scheduled for October, before that scheduled for summer, has pushed its ship date -- and long-awaited OS X compatibility -- back to December 15, as we've reported here. Sibelius has responded by trying to woo OS X customers to a competitive upgrade. (Banner: You've waited long enough.) Sibelius has been on OS X for quite some time, while Finale users continue to be stuck with Classic mode. Sibelius claims 20,000 users have switched to Finale "and haven't looked back."

The folks at MakeMusic apparently took notice of Sibelius' web campaign, as they've responded with "Our Commitment to Mac Users". Most interesting in this: the bugs of the Finale 2004 Windows release should be fixed on Finale for Mac thanks to the delayed release. (Sibelius 2.1 and 1.1, both of which shipped later on the Mac than the PC, had similar benefits for Mac users' patience, in contrast to buggy PC releases.) It's unclear why MakeMusic is pushing "Core MIDI" support which is present in virtually every Mac music app. Also, Finale users apparently took "plug-in support" to mean support for audio plug-ins -- it's not; they're referring to Finale plug-ins. Neither program supports much audio interoperability, though the new Sibelius does ship with a soft synth from Native Instruments.
Nov 20 - 10:11 PM, by peterkirn Music Software > Emagic
Music Software : Logic Platinum 6.3.2 for OS X: Fixes, Improved Panther Compatibility - macmusicEmagic released a new update to its flagship Logic audio software today. According to the release notes (English), the new release fixes an issue with the EXS24 on dual G5s (you lucky bastards), improves hardware compatibility in its drivery latency compensation, improves Panther compatibility (including an issue identified by our readers here), adds recording above track 128, finally adds true I/O label compatibility in Mac OS X 10.2.8 and later (a feature already in MOTU Digital Performer), and is better at loading samples into the EXS24. Enjoy!
Nov 20 - 10:09 PM, by clouvel Music Software > Roxio
Music Software : Toast Titanium 5 Update - macmusicRoxio has announced the version 5.2.3 update to Toast Titanium. This update is compatible with Mac OS 10.3 Panther. Toast 5.2.3 Titanium increases compatibility with DVD recorders, and now supports Burn Proof underrun protection.
Nov 20 - 07:35 PM, by clouvel Music Hardware > Roland
Music Hardware : Free Roland MC-909 editor released - macmusicRoland informs MC 909 groovebox' users that the MC-909 Editor is now available. This software enables intuitive parameter editing of the MC-909. Parameters that can be edited are; Patch, Rhythm, Part Information, and System.

MC-909 Editor is available on free download . System requirements include Mac OS 8.6 and 9.x or Mac OS x 10.2 or later
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