Apple Intros Updated OS X 10.10 ‘Yosemite’

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Apple today introduced the latest version of OS X, Yosemite, at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), being held June 2-6 in San Francisco, CA.

Key new features include:

  • The UI has been streamlined, making it more iOS-like, but not a shocking change;
  • iCloud Drive is located within the Finder and lets you store any type of file and share it across devices;
  • Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to the other; and
  • Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network.

In addition to an updated UI, Yosemite features several key features that may have special interest to musicians: Continue reading

AudioThing Intros Valve Filter VF-1 For Mac, Windows

AudioThing-Valve-Filter-VF-1-GUIAudioThing has introduced Valve Filter VF-1 – a multimode resonant filter plug-in with vintage valve emulation.

The filter section is modeled after a classic ladder filter with low pass and high pass modes. The valve section is modeled after the vintage Telefunken ECC83 tubes. but with added grit and custom gain control.

Specifications:

  • Multimode resonant filter: LP and HP
  • Valve Emulation with drive
  • Preset system with randomizer
  • Formats: AU and VST (32/64bit)
  • Platforms: OSX, Windows

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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