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PdParty 1.0.3 arrived

PdParty brings a full MIDI update in the latest update. Here’s what’s new:

  • fixed bug where incoming MIDI bytes were not being forward to [midiin]
  • updated MIDI handling to pass system common & realtime messages in/out of PdParty
  • updated Midi test scene to portrait layout

It reminds me that when I was in MMM2017 Peter Kirn was talking about PdParty and I was rather inspired by that. So much so that so far I haven’t got around to doing anything about it. I should rectify that, and if you’ve been meaning to do the same then so should you!

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Bastl Instruments Cuckoo Documentary 2017

I’ve been watching the work of Bastl Instruments for a long time, and you may remember me posting about their awesome Kastle micro (or perhaps it is nano-modular) last year.

Well now there’s a full documentary about their work. I haven’t had time to watch all of it as yet, but I certainly will as I think that their products are excellent, fun, and a great place to start if you’re interested in hardware and micro-modular synths.

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Cubasis 2.1 brings a vast array of updates, improvements and fixes (plus it’s half price)

All fans of Cubasis will be really pleased to see 2.1 land today. It’s big, and if that wasn’t enough it’s also on sale as well and half price at $24.99 Here’s everything:

  • Audiobus 3 support — Connect your favorite MIDI controller and filter apps, and enjoy seamless workflows
  • MIDI Editor refresh — Quickly edit your MIDI tracks and creatively compose, sustained by most accurate tools and ultra-intuitive interface design
  • RoomWorks SE* — Utilize the powerful reverb effect delivering pro-quality sounds that enrich your tracks with shine and extra sparkle
  • Over 40 improvements — Experience utmost performance paired with rock-solid stability

*User registration required to unlock RoomWorks SE reverb effect.

For a complete list of improvements, issues and solutions please visit (although I’ve actually listed them all below to make it easier for you) www.steinberg.net/cubasis

Improvements

Arrange Window, Playback & Recording

  • CB-3471 Solves a problem where locators are set automatically by accident when changing the length of an event.
  • CB-3447 Audio recording in loop mode no longer results in a glitch at cycle end.
  • CB-3359 Cycle playback now works as expected for projects containing time-stretched events that end shortly before cycle end.
  • CB-3488 Solves a problem where time-stretching fails with 32-bit mono files.
  • CB-3458 Solves a problem where audio events appear with incorrect lengths when being recorded in loop mode.
  • CB-3404 Fixes a problem where MIDI auto quantize failed after first recording attempt.
  • CB-3374 MIDI auto quantize no longer affects all selected events automatically.
  • CB-3463 Quantizing note ends now works as expected.
  • CB-3848 Swing quantize now works as expected.
  • CB-3526 Dropping an audio or MIDI file to the track list no longer results in scroll down of the list.
  • CB-3461 Solves a rare problem, where activating global monitoring for a huge number of tracks can render Cubasis unreliable.

Track Freeze & Mixdown

  • CB-1958 Track freeze and mixdown accuracy for internal, Audio Unit and Inter-App Audio instruments and effects has been significantly improved.
  • CB-3501 Cancelling a mixdown or freeze no longer resets the output latency setting.
  • CB-3502 Solves a problem where master inserts are not disabled during track freeze.
  • CB-3344 Solves a rare problem where rewind fails to work after a frozen track has been deleted.
  • CB-3408 MIDI output latency no longer affects mixdown.
  • CB-3407 Internal mixdown polyphony has been increased to 256 voices.

Inter-App Audio, Audio Unit Extension & Audiobus

  • CB-1958 Track freeze and mixdown accuracy for internal, Audio Unit and Inter-App Audio instruments and effects has been significantly improved.
  • CB-3429 Triggering an AU instrument having the instrument rack closed no longer results in intermittent dropouts.
  • CB-3474 Buffer size of Audio Unit extensions is now set to current audio buffer length.
  • CB-3414 Inter-app audio beat sync now works as expected.
  • CB-3378 Changing instruments on an Inter-App Audio MIDI track no longer results in no output.
  • CB-3624 Inter-App Audio, Audio Unit and Audiobus app lists now appear more quickly.

MIDI Editor

  • CB-1632 Vertical autoscroll behaviour has been improved and now considers direction of the touch.
  • CB-3472 Vertical snap in MIDI and automation editor now considers vertical speed of finger movement.
  • CB-3123 MIDI editor drawing accuracy has been drastically improved.
  • CB-824 Touch-and-move in draw mode in the MIDI editor allows to properly set the note’s length.
  • CB-3504 New MIDI editor color setup option allows to display MIDI note colors in various styles.
  • CB-1631 The length of a note can now be properly decreased in the MIDI editor if it is smaller than the grid.
  • CB-1512 Zooming in MIDI editor no longer triggers autoscroll.
  • CB-1852 Moving notes at the right border in the MIDI editor no longer leads to erratic scrolling.
  • CB-1523 Pianoroll in MIDI editor remains playable in draw mode.
  • CB-1280 Pianoroll now gets properly rescaled when opening the MIDI editor.
  • CB-2017 Solves a rare problem where notes can appear outside the MIDI editor.
  • CB-846 Scrubbing of MIDI notes in the arrangement or the MIDI editor now works as expected.
  • CB-2213 Accuracy of manual MIDI CC data input has been drastically improved.
  • CB-3512 Follow playhead in MIDI editor now also works in draw mode.

Misc.

  • CB-1369 New share popup to provide consistent workflows for iCloud and Dropbox exports.
  • CB-3550 It is now possible to delete Micrologue user presets.
  • CB-1968 It is now possible to share Micrologue user presets via email.
  • CB-3552 Solves a problem where the MediaBay buttons are not properly updated when restoring files from trash.
  • CB-3549 Pre-delay of reverb is now automatable.
  • CB-3405 Solves an issue where WiFi server user interface elements are not properly loaded when using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser.
  • CB-3551 Solves a minor graphical issue where the delete button is not greyed out when creating a new MiniSampler instrument.
  • CB-3413 Solves a cosmetical issue where effect names are not displayed in the effect rack.

Cubasis 2.1 is on sale too at half price ($24.99):

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KRFT Realtime Composition 1.3 is pretty huge

I’m a big fan of the cool things that Studio Amplify do, and especially KRFT Realtime Composition, and in version 1.3 they’ve done even bigger and better things. Here’s what’s new:

  • Added 16th triplet & 8th triplet grids in to the matrix
  • See note info when changing velocity, length, pitch in matrix
  • Now add Labels to your cells to help you remember what they are!
  • Added a preset picker list
  • Redesigned the Surface Edit/Add Cell menu
  • Now you can change the channel a cell points towards
  • Also you can turn a Loop or a Fill on/off in edit mode
  • Added a simple keyboard/drum preview keyboard to the sound tweaks page to help with tweaking!
  • Added Cue Time and Mode to Group settings
  • Reworked the keyboard toolbar and added velocity controls
  • Now set cue & sync on timelines to 0 for instant fun
  • Added a long hold in edit mode to go straight into cel edit
  • Note preview toggle
  • Metronome toggle
  • Now enter custom value of horizontal sliders by tapping on the value
  • Fixed gate issue on drums
  • Fixed an issue with Ableton Link & swing
  • Fixed importing .wav files

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Sonic Logic 2.1 and Knob Lab 1.5 arrived

Developer Uri Nachmias has brought us two excellent app and here are some great updates for both of them. Here’s what’s new in Sonic Logic:

  • Multipeer USB connectivity – Multiple devices running Sonic Logic and Knob Lab can now connect to the same Mac over USB.
  • Blazing fast Bluetooth! – Bluetooth now connects faster with lower latency times.
  • Bugs squashed.

Sonic Logic Central 2.1 or newer is required to connect to Mac clients over USB or Bluetooth.
It can be downloaded from www.soniclogicapps.com

And here’s what’s new in Knob Lab:

Knob Lab 1.5 introduces some new awesome features!

  • USB connection – Mac users can now directly connect via USB.
  • Blazing fast Bluetooth! – Bluetooth connection now connects much faster with lower latency.
  • UI connection panel redesign – simpler, more intuitive design.
  • Better graphics for large phones.

(version 1.5.1 fixes a crash that might occur when updating Knob Lab)

Sonic Logic Central 2.1 or newer is required to connect to Mac clients over USB or Bluetooth.
It can be downloaded from http://www.soniclogicapps.com

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PARAT+ 1.0.3 brings improvements, features and fixes

In the latest version of PARAT+ there’s a bunch of new things. Here’s the list, time to take another look at this fully featured controller.

  • Added MIDI note triggers for gesture playback.
  • Define per fader if MIDI note triggers playback in toggle or gate mode.
  • Improved Gesture Playback.
  • Improved compatibility with midimux and studiomux, allowing MIDI and OSC transmission using the lightning/USB cable.

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KORG Gadget 3.0 comes to iOS as does Gadget for MacOS, plus lots of sales too

It’s worth the wait, and the wait is over. Gadget 3 arrives with audio recording and more. Gadget for Mac arrives and Korg puts loads of apps on sale all at once!

Firstly, here’s what’s new in Gadget:

  • Two new gadgets provide long-awaited audio recording.
  • “Recife” – A new powerful drum gadget with 16 pads.
  • Supports music sharing service “Allihoopa”. http://allihoopa.com/
  • Supports exporting plug-in data with Ableton Live Export.
  • Supports audio document manager “AudioShare”.
  • Other improvements have been made to enhance stability.

A bunch of gadgets inside Gadget are 50% off too, as is Gadget itself, so if you haven’t got it as yet, now is a good time as it’s half price at $19.99:

KORG Gadget for Mac is available directly from their site here, it isn’t on the Mac App store, so don’t go looking for it there. Gadget for Mac is on an introductory price of $199. It’ll go up to normal price on the 30th of April.

If that wasn’t enough, Korg have put the following apps on sale too: