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Jan 21 - 05:56 AM, by dani0100 Misc >
Misc : GarageBand Site Announces Name Change - macmusicThe website formerly known as has announced that it will now be known as is one of the leading GarageBand communities, featuring news, information, and user discussion about Apple's popular music software and related topics. Users are asked to update their bookmarks prior to February 2, 2004, our former domain name will become inactive. Ed: Sounds good to me -- GB sounds too much like "Great Britain"!
Jan 20 - 11:02 PM, by clouvel Plug-ins > IK Multimedia
Plug-ins : News from IK Multimedia: Sonik Synth, T-Racks, AmpliTude on X - macmusicIK Multimedia announces Sonik Synth 2 plug-in synth workstation, a cooperation between IK Multimedia and leading US sound designer Sonic Reality. Sonik Synth 2 is a RTAS, VST, Audio Unit and MAS plug-in for Mac0S9-Mac0SX. This virtual instrument features the Sonik Synth virtual synth module and more than 500 sounds and textures, more than 1000 sampled instruments and performance elements designed by Sonik Reality. Sonik Synth will be available by Q2, 2004 at 399 euros.

T-Racks 24, the stand-alone mastering software will be available for MacOS X by the end of January 2004 for a retail price of 299 euros.

The plugin version of T-Racks will be available for Audio Units and VST on MacOS X by the end of January 2004 for 399 euros.

And at last, AmpliTubeT, the guitar amp and effects plug-in will be available for Audio Units and VST for MacOS X by the end of January 2004 for 399 euros.: Amp
Jan 20 - 06:48 PM, by clouvel Music Software > Ircam
Music Software : Virtual Orchestra for OS X - macmusicThe Virtual Orchestra is a multimedia library of the contemporary orchestra. It includes sample banks with more than 15,000 instrumental sounds, pictures and the software sampler Osiris. The Virtual Orchestra is a system developed by Thomas Hummel at SWR Experimental Studio in Germany.

Virtual Orchestra goes now to Mac OS X and is available from Forum IRCAM.

Ed: You have to join Forum IRCAM to acquire this software, but what an impressive collection -- good reason to join! English readers, look for the flag in the upper right corner on the link below. -PK)
Jan 20 - 04:28 PM, by clouvel Event
Event : Ars Electronica '04 - macmusicThe 25th-anniversary festival and competition Ars Electronica will take place in Linz, Austria, from 2 to 7 september '04. The Prize Ars Electronica is devoted to new media artists, and a total of EUR 130,000 in prize money will be awarded in the following six categories in 2004: Digital Communities, Net Vision, Interactive Art, Computer Animation/Visual Effects, Digital Musics and u19 freestyle computing.

There's an open call in the "Digital Musics" category, as well as for works combining sound and media, computer compositions ranging from electro-acoustic to experimental music, and sound installations.

The international cyberarts competition kicks off on January 12, 2004 with online registration.
Jan 20 - 04:06 PM, by lepetitmartien Music Hardware
Music Hardware : Get it In and Get it Out with Groove Tubes - macmusicGT unveiled at NAMM beside the Groovy Comp some means to get sound In and Out, in tubes, as you can imagine…

- For the guitarist: the Power Pick, a Pick with a patented lever, to bring more power and harmonics than standard picks. $12.95 (hey, no tubes!)
- The PDI: Passive Direct Input, well it's a passive DI Line/instrument level to balanced low impedance level… $39.99 (hey! no tubes either!)
- The SFX Spacestation, that's the out ;) It's a compact powered stereo monitor with SXF (Stereo Field Expansion) 300-degree stereo sound field technology. Two models are available for guitarists $695 and for keyboards/voice $795. the units are build to stand going out so it'll spark tubes everywhere. (ahhhh!)
- Groove tubes announced also the availability of new "build to match the original standard" 12AX7M and 6CA7GE. (tubes everywhere!)
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