Output have announced the release of their new, powerful pulse engine, Signal. This software instrument, created for use with Native Instruments’ Kontakt, focuses on generating pulses, combining “the warmth of fat analog and digital synths” with “the beauty of organic instruments.”
Working from the premise that “nearly all music is centered on a pulse,” Output, who also created the REV software instrument, gathered a team of 70 designers and developers to build an instrument “that pushes beyond conventional limits of synths and samples.” Continue reading →
This morning, littleBits and Korg announced the release of three new modules for their popular Synth Kit. New MIDI, CV, and USB I/O modules are now available to enable user to connect the kit to additional equipment in the music studio.
The original littleBits SYNTH KIT, launched in the Fall of 2013, lets you build your own sound machines by putting together individual modules in different combinations. Continue reading →
Native Instruments today introduced a new audio file format standard, Stems, at the Winter Music Conference.
Stems is an open audio file format that basically stores four ‘stem’ tracks (for example – bass, drums, melody & vocals) along with the full mix. The format is designed to simplify live remixing of tracks, because it provides a standard way to deliver remix-friendly audio.
When playing a track, the Stems format makes it easy to do drop out any of the four stem parts. Native is aiming at broad adoption by making Stems an open format. They also plan to release a free tool for creating Stems files, Stem Creator Tool.
Cakewalk announced yesterday the “Cambridge” release for SONAR Artist, Professional, and Platinum.
This release, the second major update in the SONAR Membership program, includes added functionality, such as an onscreen virtual MIDI controller for multi-touch or QWERTY triggering, Mix Recall that now remembers all output and Bus routing as well as mix parameters, increased import/export support (Ogg Vorbis, legacy formats, the RF64 standard spec’ed by the EBU, improved MP3 export and more), new effects (ProChannel edition of Boz Digital Labs’ Panipulator, Anderton Collection “Phasor Constructor”), and an exclusive Les Paul Gold Top expansion pack for Dimension Pro with 30 new programs. Additionally, there are another 50 enhancements and fixes requested by the SONAR Membership community. Continue reading →