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Mar 12 - 01:24 PM, by d-cipher Virtual Instrument > East West
Virtual Instrument : EastWest Offers 50% Off Orchestra and Pianos - macmusicEastWest is offering 50% off the retail prices of two critically-acclaimed titles: EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA and PIANOS on all purchases made through March 31, 2012.

Recorded by 11-time Grammy nominated classical recording engineer Prof. Keith O. Johnson, and produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, the EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA is the most awarded orchestral collection ever, and the only orchestral collection to be recorded in a "state of the art" concert hall where orchestras mainly perform.

EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP PIANOS is the most detailed collection of the world's finest grand pianos ever recorded and includes a Bechstein D-280, Steinway D, Bösendorfer 290, and Yamaha C7, each recorded with 3 mixable mic positions.
Mar 12 - 12:35 PM, by d-cipher Music Hardware > Eowave
Music Hardware : Eowave Introduces The Magma - macmusicAfter 2 years of development, we are finally introducing the MAGMA, a new analogue bassline synthesizer with sequencer and memory.

The MAGMA is the definitive version of our prototype called KOMA. We're very excited to show the MAGMA at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt on Eowave's booth, Hall 5.1, booth A80A. The MAGMA is an analogue bassline synthesizer inspired by classical synths from the 1980s. It offers the possibility to mix 4 different waveforms (saw, square, sub, noise). The 24 dB low-pass filter is also inspired from classical filters.
To this particular sound of the 80s, we added a touch of modernity with modern controls and parameters saving features. The 16 steps sequencer has 4 rows: 1 for the notes and 3 freely assignable to a parameter of your choice that enables to create living sequences with sonorities like Vince Clark or Yann Hammer.

Some features:
Oscillator section
- analogue VCO with square saw sub (sub can be 1 or 2 octaves below the master freq), noise. -VCO can be modulated by LFO and PW -Variable glide
- mixer to mix the 4 waveforms( Saw, Square, Sub, Noise)

Filter section
- Full analogue VCO, Filter, VCA, external audio with a trimmer to feed the filter
- 24dB low pass filter Roland Style (Back to the 80's)

VCA section
- VCA is affected to env1
- 2 envelopes ADSR (Amplitude and Filter), with attack goes from 2ms to 10sec)
LFO section
- LFO with 8 waveforms (triangle, ramp up, ramp down, square, random, digital noise, staircase up, staircase down)
- audio in audio out MIDI in Usb (for software update and MIDI in&out)
- 16 steps sequencer with LED
- 4 rows: 1 row controls gates and notes.
- 3 other rows are freely assignable to any parameter of the front panel. -You can transpose the sequencer with an external MIDI keyboard.
Mar 12 - 10:54 AM, by d-cipher Virtual Instrument > Sound Magic
Virtual Instrument : Sound Magic Launches Ruby Piano V2.5 - macmusicRuby Piano starts with the Famous Yamaha C7 sound, Appearing on famous concert stages, international competitions and prestigious music events throughout the world.

Ruby Piano has successfully captured the mellow sustain and beautiful tones of a Yamaha C7 built in 1972, which has original ivory keys. and also managed to represents its unique timbre quality through NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine. It is a beautiful sounding and musical piano ideal for pops and Jazz.

Some new features on V2.5

- Lower CPU usage
- New Key Release Modeling algorithm
- New Sustain Pedal Release behavior
- New Sympathetic Resonance Sound algorithm.
Mar 9 - 05:38 PM, by d-cipher Misc > Solid State Logic
Misc : Trent Reznor and Alan Moulder Upgrade to SSL Duality Console - macmusicAcademy and Grammy Award winning composer, musician and producer Trent Reznor, founder of the group Nine Inch Nails (NIN), has upgraded his private studio with a Solid State Logic Duality SE console.

Reznor chose the Duality on advice from producer/engineer Alan Moulder while they were mixing the soundtrack for the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They used the Duality to complete mixing the tracks that Trent composed with Atticus Ross, as well as the soundtrack's two cover songs – Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song,' featuring Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Bryan Ferry's 'Is Your Love Strong Enough?' by Reznor and Ross' side-project How to Destroy Angels.
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