NI String Ensemble

Posted: November 3, 2015 in Audio
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Native Instruments unveiled String Ensemble, a 34 GB (in compressed format) strings library that features a 60 instruments ensemble with automatic divisi, true polyphonic legato and 4 mic positions. It is priced 499 EUR.

The audio demos sound big, more processed than VSL or HL Strings, however close to strings from movies scoring.

Apogee Groove available

Posted: June 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

Apogee Groove USB DAC is finally available (priced $295 / EUR349). From new specifications details we learn that frequency range starts from 10hz (-0.1 dB), that is it should provide great lower end. Also the dynamic range is similar to the one from best audio interfaces (117 dB).

Kork iM1 provides sounds from M1 and expansion cards (also some sounds from T1). The M1 and T1 cards collections are priced $5 each. It allows Midi though bluetooth LE, however for mac that don’t feature it we can use USB connection¬†(you can then use Logic or other sequencer and connect a keyboard to the mac to control iM1). Apple lightning to USB connector and free Midi LE are required (one application for mac and the other to be installed on iOS device). However then iM1 still don’t ¬†respond to Midi messages. By installing Midi monitor (also free) on the iOS device we then check that Midi messages are indeed received, and iM1 finally recognizes¬†these. The latency is very low (1.5 to 2ms).

Bela D Media Kontakt demos

Posted: April 10, 2015 in Audio
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Bela D Media provides full working Kontakt demo versions of their choirs libraries. First available are Panthom Voice and V Alto Choirs (see download links following audio demos).

Starwars movies on iTunes

Posted: April 10, 2015 in Music / Movies
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Starwars movies are now available at iTunes (HD resolution, $19 per movie, that is more expensive than BluRay versions from 2011).

There is still to know whether these are the same versions as the remastered ones from 2007 (whose modified colors looked saturated and required gamma change), and whether the HD resolution brings more details compared to the DVD edition.

Also a rumored Starwars Celebration next week could unveil a new/real trailer of Starwars 7, whose release is planned this December.

EastWest released Hollywood Orchestra collection, that bundles Hollywood String, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion (Diamond version, 680 GB, provided on external USB3 drive). It is available at an introductory price of $599 / EUR653, that is 80 percent discount from buying separate products (and is about the same price as was Symphonic Orchestra Gold 10 years ago).

From these service manuals (here for the D-50 and there for D-20) we learn that both Roland synths use Burr-Brown PCM54 D/A converter. However the D-50 added a 4 bits chip to convert the lower 4 bits from 20 bits signal (better headroom for internal processing and better dynamic for output).