GarageBand Updated For Yosemite, Brings Back AU Control

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Apple quietly rolled out an update to GarageBand for OS X, earlier this week, that adds support for OS X Yosemite and brings back control over audio effect plugins.

GarageBand 10 is seen by many as an improvement in usability, but a major step backwards in functionality from the previous version. The update restores some functionality, but many may still prefer the earlier version.  Continue reading

Open Mic: What Is The Role For Mobile Devices For Musicians?

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We just posted our 2014 Best Desktop DAW poll – and for the first time, mobile DAWs are getting sophisticated enough that we needed to distinguish between desktop and mobile DAWs.

WaveMachine Labs Auria turns an iPad into a 48-channel audio recording system. Steinberg’s Cubasis lets you record up to 24 tracks simultaneously. And new apps, like Korg Gadget, offer complete virtual studios.

But, while mobile music apps are getting very powerful, most electronic musicians still think that desktop operating systems are best for music making.

Which leads to our question for you….. Continue reading

What’s The Best Desktop DAW? (2014 Poll)

Best DAW PollIn 2010, Synthtopia readers voted Ableton Live the world’s best DAW.

In 2012, FL Studio took that title, when over 10,000 readers voted in our DAW Poll.

Since our last DAW poll, the percent of our readers that use iOS and Android mobile devices has grown to over 33%. But, while mobile apps are popular, desktop DAWs are still the first choice for over 90% of electronic musicians.

So – what’s the best desktop DAW in the world in 2014? Here’s your chance to weigh in! Continue reading

Avid Updates Pro Tools Licensing, Pricing

avid-pro-toolsAvid today announced changes to its licensing for Pro Tools Software and Pro Tools | HD Software, by including upcoming features – such as future cloud collaboration capabilities, as well as a standard Avid Support plan – with new purchases, upgrades, and crossgrades for one full year.

Avid also announced lower upgrade pricing for existing customers.

Customers who buy or upgrade to Pro Tools 11 by December 20, 2014 will receive extended coverage through March 2016.

“We’re making it easier for all customers to elevate their music and audio production immediately—and then take it to a higher level as cloud collaboration and other new features become available later,” says Avid’s Chris Gahagan. Continue reading

Arturia & Bitwig Announce Producer Pack Hardware + Software Bundles

arturia-producer-packArturia and Bitwig have teamed up, announcing three Producer Pack bundles, that combine an Arturia KeyLab keyboard controller, the Analog Lab sound collection software suite, Mini V and Bitwig Studio, for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.  Continue reading

Propellerhead Reason 8 Now Available

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Propellerhead announced today that Reason 8 is now available for purchase.

Reason 8 introduces a completely redesigned user interface and streamlined workflow that they say is designed to let you ‘move faster from idea to music’.

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‘From Insane To Ludicrous:’ Traktion 5 Now Bundled With Melodyne Essentials

Traktion_LogoTracktion Software has announced that they’ve integrated Celemony’s Audio Random Access (ARA) capability and are now bundling the (Celemony) Melodyne Essential Plug-in as part of the Tracktion 5 Music Production Software platform.

Tracktion is a multi-platform DAW which works with Linux, Mac or Windows operating systems.

Celemony’s Melodyne system tackles audio time and pitch editing by focusing on a musical approach to a previously highly technical process. Melodyne users can see not only where the music gets louder/softer but also where notes begin and end — and at what pitch they lie. Individual notes can be modified, thereby directly influencing the intonation, phrasing and dynamics.

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