XotoPad Adds Expression Mode, Isomorphic Layouts

xotopad2_shadow_437FeelYourSound has released version 2.2.0 of its MIDI multi-touch MIDI control app for Windows, XotoPad.’

Two new additions make it easier to control and play other synths:

  • The new expression mode can be activated with one tap. Now each note can be
    pitched with the slide of a finger. It’s also possible to send mod wheel data
    (or other CCs) to play even more expressive melodies. A “MIDI channel round
    robin” setting can be used to play the notes on different MIDI channels. This
    will allow polyphonic playing on compatible DAWs and synths.
  • Secondly, a new isomorphic layout wizard has been introduced. The pads of
    isomorphic layouts are organized in such a way that the interval from one pad to
    the next one always remains the same. This means that chord shapes will always
    look identical no matter which root note is used.

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New Virtual Analog For Android, iOS, Mac & Windows, DRC

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Imaginando has released a multi-platform virtual analog synthesizer for Android, iOS, Mac & Windows, DRC.

In addition to multi-platform support, DRC offers cloud-based patch syncing. With this feature, you can start the creative process on one device and continue on another, seamlessly. Continue reading

Audulus 3.1 Brings Support For Linux & Windows

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Developer Taylor Holliday let us know that his software modular synthesizer, Audulus, has been updated to version 3.1, and it’s now available for both Linux and Windows. Mac & iOS versions of Audulus 3 were already available.

Audulus is a minimalist modular software synthesizer and effects processor. With Audulus, users can build synthesizers, design new sounds, or process audio, with low latency real-time processing, suitable for live performance.

“It’s not easy to be multi-platform,” notes Holliday, “but I take pride in offering Audulus on as many platforms as possible.” Continue reading

Cakewalk Sonar Updated With Patch Points and AUX Tracks, Upsample on Playback

Cakewalk_Sonar_Jamaica-PlainCakewalk has announced their ‘Jamaica Plain‘ update for their Sonar Artist, Professional and Platinum versions. This is the ninth in a monthly series of rolling updates, each named for a different town in Massachusetts.

The Jamaica Plain update introduces Patch Points and Aux Tracks as additions to Sonar’s Universal Routing Technology. Users can now route audio from audio tracks, sends and buses, into other audio tracks, with the option to record the audio in real time at the destination track. This allows for recording real-time control gestures that cannot otherwise be automated, capturing randomized effects and synthesizer sounds and more functions. Aux Tracks complement Patch Points by offering flexible signal routing capabilities for splitting, merging, summing, sub-mixing, organizing and controlling these multiple track configurations.
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XotoPad 2 MIDI Controller For Windows Multi-Touch Devices

xotopad_2_smallFeelyoursound.com has released version 2.0.0 of XotoPad – an app that turns any Windows multi-touch device into a full-featured MIDI controller, with chords, scales, faders, and more.

The app has setup wizards to fill four different banks with fader boards, chord collections, scale keyboards, and other controllers. XotoPad includes over 300 scales and chord pages.

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Cockos Reaper 5 Now Available – Here’s What’s New

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Cockos has released Reaper 5, its multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment for Windows and Mac.

New in Reaper 5:

  • FX:VST3 support, sample-accurate automation for VST3 and JSFX, FX browser improvements.
  • ReaScript:API and scripting improvements, including a built-in development environment for creating and debugging scripts in LUA, EEL, or Python. Create anything from simple macros, to complex new functionality.
  • Control grouping:Flexible, automatable VCA control. Link groups of track controls together at any point in the signal flow.
  • Video:Many improvements to video support and performance, including real-time programmable track and item effect processing.
  • FX parameter automation:Full automation and MIDI/OSC learn support for per-take FX, improved FX envelope and modulation management via the Project Bay, increased automation recording speed.
  • And more:New GUI layouts, Media Explorer improvements, metronome beat patterns, Opus support, MIDI note-off editing, new volume envelope modes, new actions and API functions, and many other fixes and improvements.

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Windows 10 Promises Better Audio & MIDI Performance, Easier App Development

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At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show‘s Advanced Audio & Application Exchange (A3E) session, Pete Brown of Microsoft gave a keynote that offers a preview of their new Windows 10 OS.

In the video, embedded below, Brown discusses:

  • Audio and MIDI in Windows 10;
  • The new AKAI MPC, which runs a version of Windows 10 Embedded;
  • Xi-Machines custom Windows workstations for audio;
  • Obedia high-performance audio workstations;
  • DAWs that are working on Windows 10;
  • Windows 10 audio performance statistics;
  • Propellerhead Reason on Windows 10;
  • The Windows Mobile port of Propellerhead Figure;
  • Image-Line FL Studio and Windows 10;
  • Bitwig Studio working on Windows 10; and
  • A preview of Microsoft Hololens augmented reality system and virtual reality music software.

Brown says that, with Windows 10, Microsoft is ‘back in the game for pro audio and music’. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

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