Synapse Audio Software has released Dune 2, a software synthesizer for Mac & Windows.
Dune 2 is a new synthesizer, rewritten from scratch, with the goal to provide higher sound quality and allow for an even wider range of sounds than its predecessor.
- VA, Wavetable and FM Synthesis
- Two oscillator stacks with 32 oscillators each
- Third oscillator and noise generator
- 8x Unison = up to 520 oscillators per note
- 16 voices of polyphony = up to 8320 oscillators total
- Zero-delay feedback filters
- Four graphical envelopes (MSEG)
- Modulation matrix for synth and FX parameters
- Two Master FX busses with 9 high-quality effects each
- Innovative Arpeggiator with MIDI file import
Here are a couple of audio demos for Dune 2: Continue reading
Anarchy Effects – a free bundle of 5 audio plugins, previously available only for Windows – is now available for both Mac & Windows.
The effects each do a different form of frequency domain processing.
Here’s what’s included in the free bundle: Continue reading
iFixit has done a teardown of the new Apple Mac Pro, and gives it high marks (8 out of 10) for repairability and ease of upgrading. Continue reading
Last week, synth pioneer Wolfgang Palm (wavetable synthesis, the PPG Wave synthesizer, PPG WaveMapper for iOS) teased a new plugin on his Facebook page.
Today, Palm revealed that he will be bring PPG WaveGenerator, previously only available for iPad, to Mac OS X & Windows. Continue reading
Synth pioneer Wolfgang Palm (wavetable synthesis, the PPG Wave synthesizer, PPG WaveMapper for iOS) is teasing something new on his Facebook page. Continue reading
Apple surprised many with its announcement on Tuesday that, not only would OS X Mavericks be made available for a lot of older Macs that previously did not have upgrade paths, but that it would be a free upgrade.
As a result, the latest Mac OS is being adopted much faster than previous versions.
Online Ad Network Chitika reports that 5.5% of Mac users upgraded within the first 24 hours, vs 1.6% who upgraded within the first 24 hours with the last release:
Free is good and so is supporting older hardware. But does it make sense for musicians to upgrade now or to wait? Continue reading
Apple today released updates to its iWorks productivity apps and iLife creativity apps. All apps have been updated to 64-bit, are integrated with iCloud, and offer hundreds of new features. Apple also announced that both iWork and iLife are now free with the purchase of every new Mac or iOS device.
“This is the biggest day for apps in Apple’s history,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These new versions deliver seamless experiences across devices that you can’’ find anywhere else and are packed with great features like iMovie Theater, Drummer and a new unified file format for iWork documents across all your devices.”
Of special interest for musicians is the new GarageBand. Continue reading
Apple today updated MacBook Pro with Retina display, with fourth generation Intel Core processors, improved graphics performance, longer battery life, faster flash storage and next generation Wi-Fi.
“We’ve made the world’s best pro notebook even better by adding more performance and even longer battery life,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “MacBook Pro with Retina display continues to redefine the pro notebook.”