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5 September 2006

Samson C03U USB Studio Microphone

Filed under: Hardware at 7:37 pm (1 comment)
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Samson Audio has announced the C03U multi-pattern USB studio condenser microphone, following on from their C01U USB microphone last year. That was one of the first USB studio microphones, and the new C03U adds a few more bells and whistles. (But only if you’re actually recording bells and whistles, of course.) It’s essentially their standard C03 studio condenser mic with an A/D converter and USB output attached. (more…)

3 September 2006

Steinberg Cubase SX4

Filed under: Music software at 8:05 pm (4 comments)
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Steinberg have not even announced Cubase SX4 yet, but screenshots have appeared on the Web already. The screenshots are available on the Music Thing site and show the new version looking not too different from the old, but a little reminiscent of Ableton Live. (Isn’t everything?)Judging by the screenshots there will be a few new plugins. They look great, but it’s too early to tell how well they will work… (more…)

8 August 2006

SoundTech Lightsnake

Filed under: Hardware at 7:47 pm (2 comments)
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The SoundTech Lightsnake is a cable that lets you record sound on your computer without needing to buy a separate audio interface — actually, the cable is the audio interface. This 3 metre cable has a 6.3mm stereo plug at one end and a USB2 plug at the other. Cunningly hidden somewhere in the cable is a 16 bit analog to digital converter sampling at 48 KHz. (more…)

23 April 2006

Sony Acid Pro 6

Filed under: Music software at 8:46 pm (1 comment)
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Sony have just released Acid Pro 6, the latest update to their loop-based music creation suite. They call version 6 “The most significant upgrade in ACID history, but then they would say that, wouldn’t they? The most important new features are multitrack recording and full MIDI functionality, meaning Acid could now conceivably be used as your main (or even only) application for creating new music. In particular, the ability to edit MIDI data using the traditional piano roll interface makes Acid a lot more attractive to the laptop studio musician. Acid 6 also supports control surfaces like the lovely Tranzport — they really are moving more to the serious end of the music-making spectrum. (more…)

21 January 2006

GarageBand 3

Filed under: Music software at 7:38 pm (2 comments)
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GarageBand 3, the latest version of Apple’s simple yet sophisticated music workstation for the masses,, is out now. It’s still looks to be an excellent product, though the new features in version 3 won’t set the laptop studio world on fire. The focus is on podcasting, and there are many features to make sure the web will be completely overrun by podcasts from enthusiastic Mac users before the year is out. (more…)

15 January 2006

Toast 7 review — CNet

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Toast Titamium 7 has been reviewed by CNet. Toast has been one of the best, if not the best, disc-burning package for the Mac, and they say that this version just makes a good product even better. The ease of use is still very good, despite a raft of new features. (more…)

10 January 2006

Electroplankton for Nintendo DS

Filed under: Music software at 7:28 pm (4 comments)
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Electroplankton, the uncategorizable game/sequencer/oddity for the Nintendo DS, is out now in the US. I wrote about it in a previous article about music on handheld game consoles, but now it’s been released outside Japan there’s a bit more English-language information about. Though some of it does sound as if it’s been translated from the Japanese: “It’s tough to slap a label on Electroplankton. It’s not a game, but you play it on a game device. There’s no set purpose to it, but the end result can sweep you up in its charm. Most of all, its innovation sings out loud and true. ” (more…)

Bias Peak Pro 5 XT review — MacWorld

Filed under: Music software at 4:56 am (2 comments)
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Peak Pro 5 XT is a software bundle including the Peak Pro 5 audio editor and a suite of mastering effects and noise-reduction and audio-restoration application. MacWorld give it a very good review, praising both the Peak Pro application itself as well as the extras. (more…)

6 January 2006

Reaktor 5.1

Filed under: Music software at 1:31 pm (1 comment)
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Native Instruments’ Reaktor has been updated to version 5.1. The usual slew of bug fixes abound, along with several new synths and updates to some old ones. “The total number of synthesizers, samplers and effects included has risen to a staggering total of 63!”I hope you’re sitting down. The new synths are: (more…)

27 October 2005

Digidesign Mbox 2 review — Future Music

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Future Music magazine reviews the Mbox 2 USB audio interface from Digidesign. They like this piece of equipment, though it’s the funky-looking handle that grabs the attention first up. They note that the handle can be removed for those who prefer their boxes sleek and streamlined, though I quite like it just as it is. They say that “overall the box is neat and solid,” though they worry that the all-plastic construction might not be robust enough for portable use. (more…)