Monthly Archives: February 2009

Transfer Vinyls to CD with ION Audio LP 2 CD

ION Audio, a leader in consumer audio and entertainment technology, announces that it is now shipping its LP 2 CD turntable that records to CD. ION Audio has already sold more than one million USB turntables that convert vinyl to digital files. LP 2 CD is the company’s first turntable that does not require a computer for standalone transfer from vinyl to CD.

Steinberg releases HALion Symphonic Orchestra 1.5

Steinberg is pleased to announce a new update for its HALion Symphonic Orchestra VST instrument that provides support for 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, as well as new ‘light’ programs for customers using 32-bit versions of Windows. HALion Symphonic Orchestra is the latest Steinberg product to be made available in a 64-bit version, coming after the release of Cubase 5 for 64-bit Vista. Cubase 5 and HALion Symphonic Orchestra fully support VST Expressions, a new technology that offers dramatically enhanced handling of large sample libraries. The update is available now at www.steinberg.net.

Sonic Charge Synplant showcase

Sonic Charge Synplant showcase

Last year Sonic Charge released a very particular softsynth. Synplant is a software synthesizer with a genetic approach to sound creation. Instead of creating patches the conventional way by turning dials and knobs, Synplant lets you explore a world of organic sounds by planting seeds that grow into synth patches. Watch the video below for a detailed explanation of how this strange software synth works and sounds.

Behringer BCR2000 control with BCR Performer 1.2.

BCR Performer is an application that acts as a driver for the Behringer BCR2000 MIDI Controller. One of the strong points of the BCR is the fact that it updates the LED’s on the knobs and buttons based on information received from Audio/MIDI Software. This means that unlike normal knobs, the knobs on the BCR are always updated to be at the correct value. If you assign a knob on the BCR to the Filter Cutoff of a synth, the host will in turn send a message to the BCR to make sure the correct value is displayed on the LED’s around a knob.

U-he Zebra video tutorials

U-he Zebra video tutorials

Urs Heckman has started his own YouTube channel where he shows us the workings of Zebra. Zebra is a wireless modular synthesizer. It combines numerous synthesis techniques (subtractive, additive, fm, wavetable, etc.) with a powerful modulation engine that even smoothly integrates with the built-in effects section.

Pimp up your loops with VirSyn

Virsyn is happy to announce the release of FDELAY – The Rhythmiser. Pimp up your loops. The multi-band delay machine FDELAY is an exciting tool for sound design and loop manipulation in realtime. In contrast to the delay machines you’re used to FDELAY splits the frequency spectrum of the input signal into 27 bands and applies a separate delay unit to each band. The delay times can be synchronized to the host tempo generating nearly infinite rhythmical and sonic variations of the input signal.

Apogee drops Windows Support

Apogee drops Windows Support

As of 2009, Apogee Electronics will no longer develop products for the Microsoft Windows platform. Apogee has made this decision in order to focus all research, development, and support resources on the Apple platform with its unparalleled power and stability. Apple offers a wide range of affordable, powerful desktop and laptop solutions ideally suited for music creation and audio production.