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Free Trial: Cakewalk – SONAR X2 Producer

I got an email from Cakewalk asking to try their new SONAR X2 Producer for 30 days…

I got it (1.3GB), BUT I found it too cluttered for my laptop screen, I can’t even see one track volume/pan/name on full without taking a huge part of the screen from top to bottom, and its worst when you turn the channel strip on…

I will try it with an external monitor to see if that fixes the problem…

Here is the video showing its capabilities, but I noticed they focus on a single item, not on the full cluttered screen, maybe I am the only one having this problem…

So feel free to try it and comment your thoughts on it.

Check the full set of new features at: Cakewalk.

 

Update Day 1:

I played with it for a while and I could fit 5 tracks, 3 bus channels and the piano roll, on one screen and its not very confortable…

And on the 2nd screen I got the 5 tracks but only 2 expanded, 3 bus and the master fader.

 

BTW the ProChannel Channel Strip don’t fit vertically with all the modules expanded on the external monitor on the recommended resolution for my screen… I know its not a major problem but it affects a little on the workflow until I learn all the shortcuts… wich I still have 27 days left…

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Free Sample Kit from: Bass Kleph – Make Me Forget

Hello!

I found this free sample kit from Bass Kleph; the samples are taken from his single Make Me Forget

It has 14 samples including the drum kit, bass, leads and some FX, and if you have a NI Maschine it is already mapped to it, but don’t worry if you don’t have one, all the samples are ready to import them on every DAW/Sampler/Pad as 44kHz 24 Bit .WAV files.

Here is a video from Bass Kleph showing you how to play the song with the samples:

You can download the kit at: http://bit.ly/TJqRfn

If you liked the song you can get it at Beatport.

And follow Bass Keph on Facebook and Twitter.

Have fun!

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Novation: Mininova synth announced

Looks like a good week for hardware, in my last post we talked about the new MASCHINE generation from the guys at Native Instruments, and now its turn for Novation to show us their new small synth called MiniNova.

This synth its small in size, but offers a huge range of features like a Vocoder (microKorg style) but it also includes a pitch correction feature called VocalTune™. It has 256 presets ready to play and edit in real time and a 128 preset bank to save your own sounds, it also includes a free software patch editor and library to tweak your patches easily and download preset packs and share with other users.

But for me the feature that sets this apart from others is the 8 animate buttons that lets you tweak and warp sounds in realtime, and features a filter knob and 4 editing knobs to tweak any parameter that you like, and what really hook me, is that it includes 7 effects and you can stack up to 5 for each voice and tweak them via animate buttons and the 4 edit knobs, these effects are: distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and a gate/stutter.

 

As you can see it integrates perfectly into Ableton Live and it will into any other DAW, and the sounds are really cool, and the vocoder works good (at least on the video), and another feature I almost forgot is that you can plug your guitar, or your bass or any instrument with a 1/4 plug, to use any of the effects, vocoder or vocaltune, sounds good right?

The price is not announced yet, but being a Novation product I expect a fair-priced high quality synth. It will include +1 GB of royalty-free samples and loops from Loopmasters, Ableton Live Lite and the Novation Bass Station synth, to take advantage of its MIDI I/O capabilities too.

The links is here.  You can leave your thoughts and comments about it 🙂

Do you think this will be the microKorg killer? I do.

 

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Native Instruments: New MASCHINE Generation (MASCHINE MK2)

Native Instruments is about to release their series of renowned MASCHINE controllers: MASCHINE MK2 and MASCHINE MIKRO MK2; and they will release the software version to 1.8.

 

 

The first think you will notice is that you can choose between black or white hardware, bright multicolored pads and now besides the 6+GB Library it also includes the MASSIVE synth with more than 1,300 presets, ready to be browsed within your MASCHINE.

Also we get the option of customizing your MASCHINE with custom kits on different colors!

 

 

And now the great Mr. Jeremy Ellis with both the new MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO making it look easy…

Nice, right?

 

Well for more info on these great controllers, go to the official site where you can pre-order to get your hands (or fingers) on this before October 1st.

Do you pre-order your gear, or buy without trying? Or wait until the reviews come out?

 

 

 

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Ableton Live 8.4, Now in Beta, Introduces 64-bit Support

Finally!!!!!

Just got this on my email!

“Ableton has released a beta version of Live 8.4, which introduces native 64-bit support. The 64-bit version of Live will allow you to use more than four gigabytes of RAM. This means you can work with Live Sets (including Sets using third-party plug-ins and ReWire configurations) that are much larger and more memory intensive than in the 32-bit version. Registered users of Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro and Live Lite 8 can download the beta now.

Note: The 64-bit version of Live 8 does not support Max for Live, video, or The Bridge. We are currently working with our partners to add support for these features. For more information and system requirements please see this Knowledge Base article.”

Everyone join in!

http://www.ableton.com/login?url=/live-8-beta (you need a valid Ableton Login)

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Sonic Charge Permut8 (Preview)

The guys at Sonic Charge left this message at their blog regarding their new product “Permut8”:

Permut8 Puzzle

Unfinished Permut8 Puzzle

“In an attempt to make life a bit more exciting we are currently beta testing two new releases simultaneously. One is a VST/AU called Permut8. You can see and hear it on our home page if you manage to solve the puzzle first. We don’t give anything for free here at Sonic Charge, not even screenshots or demo tracks : ). ”

All right… So I did had an exciting moment solving the puzzle but when I did get to hear what this exciting toy* is capable of doing I had to make a video:

So that was really cool! It seems to be a really powerful tool, and we still have more stuff to hear from this full-of-awesomeness-machine.

I already have some questions and comments for the Sonic Charge team:

  1. How did you manage to do something that cool?
  2. What does the bottom panel its supposed to be?
  3. The integer, fraction, step mask, substract  labels probably scares you if you’ve only used “traditional” plugins… but I’m just trying to figure out what will they do…
  4. The NOP, AND, MUL, OSC, RND, OR, XOR, MSK, SUB labels makes me think that you will summon little aliens by their names and you’ll be able to control them via MIDI!
  5. Those switches makes me want to play and tweak the damn thing right now!
Permut8 Sexy Screenshot

Permut8 Sexy Screenshot

Visit the sexy** guys/aliens at:
http://soniccharge.com/

*Just kidding its not a toy, but I really wish that I had one like that…

**Just kidding again…

Suscribe for more exciting news!

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Song Made From Sampling A Porno Clip

This interesting experiment made by Jason from http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/ shows us that music can be done from any source available, in this case: a porn clip.

Sorry to Dissapoint you but there is no porn on the videos, but the process is fully covered on video and Jason shows all the techniques used in the song.

Part 1 of the video:

This show that besides synths, sample packs, instruments, voice, etc., we can use any sound to create our projects, so lets give it a try.

To see the full story go here: http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/blog/2012/01/07/song-made-from-sampling-a-porno-clip/

Question: What other “alternative” sources have you used for making a project?

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Ableton – Free Ableton Live Pack: Finger Percussion by Vertecs

Do you find yourself tapping stuff and making rhythms? Or slightly hitting your body like it was a drum kit? Well… I do.

So this Ableton Live Pack I just found made of 83 samples from snaps, slaps, clicks and other sounds, its just perfect to recreate percussions we get by tapping stuff with your fingers.

I played with it for a while and immediately I was able to imitate the same rhythm I was making with my hands, plus some other sounds I can’t find out where they came from, its a fun pack and will keep you busy for a while and I’m sure you can get a good use to it.

By the way did I mention it’s completely free? Get it at: www.vertecsrecordings.com

Here is a little Demo I made with it:

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FL Studio Mobile

Image-Line is pleased to announce FL Studio Mobile is now available from your local App Store. There are two FL Studio Mobile applications:

 

  • FL Studio Mobile: For iPhone & iPod Touch, G3 & G4 with Retina display support – $14.99 introductory and $19.99 after
  • FL Studio Mobile HD: For iPad 1 & 2 – $19.99 introductory and $24.99 after

 

FL STUDIO MOBILE KEY FEATURES

 

  • Load and extend projects in the FL Studio desktop version
  • Resizable, stackable piano keys & reconfigurable drum-pads
  • Stuffed with FL Studio quality instruments, drum kits & loop files
  • 99-track sequencer, Piano roll editor & Step sequencer
  • WAV, MIDI & FLM (project) import/export
  • iPad HD version, iPhone 4 Retina Display support
  • Compatible with the Akai SynthStation 25

 

Just go to the App Store and if you have an iPhone/iPod Touch FL Studio Mobile OR if you have an iPad FL Studio Mobile HD.

 

FL STUDIO MOBILE FAQ

 

What about Android OS? It’s on the roadmap, stop nagging! We have a development team working on a low-latency Android audio-engine and there are many screen resolutions and device specifications to consider, it’s not as simple as you may think 🙂

Does this mean FL Studio on Mac OSX soon? FL Studio Mobile is not a port of the Windows version of FL Studio. It is the product of a completely separate development team, and code, so FL Studio Mobile, while compatible with FL Studio has no impact on FL Studio development and vice versa.

Can I load my own samples?
 Not in version 1.0. We plan to enable user uploads in a future update.

 

Can I use VSTs? No, iOS does not support VSTs and frankly the devices it runs on don’t have the CPU power to perform the synthesis you are used to on a desktop. FL Studio Mobile uses high quality sample based instruments made from Image-Line plugins and sample packs.

More Info at: Image-Line
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