MIDI Guitar For GarageBand

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Jam Origin has released MIDI Guitar for GarageBand – an OS X app that lets you play any GarageBand instrument using a guitar:

MIDI Guitar for GarageBand is based upon Jam Origin’s MIDI Guitar software and allows you to use your guitar to play software instruments in GarageBand, essentially converting your guitar into a MIDI controller/MIDI keyboard. It is very easy to use with GarageBand and a one-click setup.

MIDI Guitar for GarageBand is a stand alone app that analyzes your guitars output signal and converts into MIDI that is sent to GarageBand or Logic using Apples Virtual MIDI standard in a frictionless setup.

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VotanDSP Intros The Votan Platform, A ‘Telepathic’ Synth Engine For iOS & Mac

votan-telepathyVotanDSP has introduced the Votan Platform – a new solution for bridging the worlds of iOS music applications and DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) based music production.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

How many times have you touched a great music app on iOS only to realize it’s limitations begin at the first touch? It sounds great, but capturing and utilizing the sounds for DAW can be tedious and frustrating.

Musicians need flexibility and platform unity, so that the time spent musing around on iOS, actually becomes time invested in your next hit tune. The Votan Platform fills this gap with a series of innovative and future thinking technologies.

The Votan Platform is engineered as a dual-use solution over both platforms (iOS / DAW). Everything you design on iOS will be available in your DAW. The Votan Platform takes care of everything in between. Like magic, everything will be in perfect sync.

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User Poll: Is It Safe For Musicians To Upgrade To OS X Mavericks?

mac-os-x-mavericksApple 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:

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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 Introduces ‘A New Era Of Personal Computing Where OS Upgrades Are Free’

os-x-mavericks-free-upgradeApple today released OS X Mavericks, the 10th major release their operating system.

Mavericks offers over 200 new features and brings iBooks and Maps to the Mac. It also includes a new version of Safari, enhances multi-display support, introduces Finder Tabs and Tags and delivers new core technologies for breakthrough power efficiency and performance.

New features of interest to musicians are enhanced multi-display support and system-level memory compression.

“We want every Mac user to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies, and the strongest security,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We believe the best way to do this is to begin a new era of personal computing software where OS upgrades are free.” Continue reading

Orwell Digital Intros OR-1m Step Sequencer For Mac

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Orwell Digital has introduced OR-1m, a standalone step sequencer for Macs.

OR-1m is a standalone sixteen-step sequencer, with per-step controls for note pitch, duration and velocity. Each step also features four knobs for generating MIDI continuous controller data of the user’s choosing.

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Free Dynamic Equalizer Plugin-In For Mac, Duck EQ

free-mac-equalizer-duck-eqHeelAudio has introduced Duck EQ, a free dynamic equalizer effect plug-in for Mac.

Duck EQ is an Equalizer that reacts to a side chain input – a ducker that can act on specific frequencies. It can also work as a normal Ducker, as well as an all-or-nothing dynamic EQ.

Ducking has many applications in mixing and broadcast, especially for managing tracks with overlapping frequency content, like Bass and Kick Drum or Vocals and Electric Guitars. DuckEQ’s integration of EQ means it can duck specific frequency bands. Apart from ducking, there are many other applications that DuckEQ can be used, for example instead of ducking a signal, one could apply gain to the EQ bands and ‘EQ-Gate’ . Continue reading

New Mac Pro Promises Fast & Furious Face-Melting OS X Action – Was It Worth The Wait?

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Apple today offered a sneak preview of its next generation Mac Pro desktop computer – something pro Mac users have been looking for for years.

It’s fast and furious, promising up to 2.5 times the speed of the existing Mac Pro line, up to 12 cores, dual GPUs, Thunderbolt 2, faster memory and flash storage. So, it will be a screamer. But the form factor could be the most talked about aspect of the new Mac.

The redesigned Mac Pro dumps the traditional tower format of its predecessors, in favor of a small, futuristic and appliance-like form. The form factor may generate love/hate reactions, because – while Apple calls the new Mac Pro “our most expandable Mac yet”, much of that expansion is in the form of high-speed connectivity. According to Apple, the new Mac Pro supports up to 36 high-performance Thunderbolt-based peripherals.

Here’s what Apple has to say about the new Mac Pro: Continue reading