Cakewalk has announced the new Rapture Pro virtual instrument for Windows and Mac at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt.
Rapture Pro, based on Cakewalk’s Rapture and Dimension Pro, “combines the best of both” into a unified, “cutting-edge” instrument.
Key features of Rapture Pro:
- Transform, perform, produce, bend, and twist with new sounds, more FX, and more control
- Find and prioritize sounds faster with databased browsing
- Performance Mode gives unprecedented freedom to interact with sounds on stage or in the studio
- Vector Mixer controls all 6 element volumes simultaneously for creative, real-time mixing
- Edit and create sounds easily with the clean, expansive, color-coded user interface
- 6-element architecture is ideal for MIDI guitar
- Effortless parameter mapping with the new Mod Matrix
- Each element of Rapture Pro has 7 Step Generators, 7 LFOs, and 7 Envelope Generators
- 13 crushing distortion FX for massive pads and lead presets
- 21 sweeping filters for building bass drops and surgical mixing
- 31 soaring insert FX for each individual element
- Freely layer synths and samples
- 2-click MIDI Mapping for quick controller assignments
- Mix your instrument’s elements with the Mixer Page’s faders, pan, and sends
- Individual element tone-shaping with a more visual EQ
- Supports Mac OS X Audio Units, Windows 7/8 VST3
- Nearly 10GB of sounds from professional sound designers
- Ability to load individual microtuning files per element
- Multitimbral mode allows you to play each element individually
For performers, Rapture Pro’s “innovative” Perform mode re-thinks synthesis to connect the studio to the stage with fast, efficient controller mapping for real-time expressiveness.
And for sound design, Rapture Pro’s Edit mode “really shines” with extensive layering and mixing capabilities, combined with the capability to load one’s own samples, making it easy to create authentic signature sounds. You can hear what Rapture Pro sounds like here.
Pricing and Availability. Cakewalk Rapture Pro will be available, late April 2015, through music and sound retailers, Valve’s Steam Store, and the Cakewalk Store. The introductory price for new users is $149 US. Additional details and localized pricing/availability options can be found on the Cakewalk website.