Archive for December, 2008

Kurzweil PC361 : a challenger to M50 ?

Posted: December 31, 2008 in Audio
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As Kurzweil provides audio demos of the PC1SE (1995$, 76 keys version of the PC1X, that features the same sound set – patches taken from K2XX series including all of the extension roms), a 61 keys model of the PC3 (the later includes 76 keys and is priced 2830$, and PC3X – 88 keys – is priced 3630$), the PC361, is expected for the January Winter NAMM09.
We can still read the first user review and see first pictures. It should onboard the same audio engine as the PC3, including its new Strings Section ROM bank that can be heard in the new audio demos. The PC361 price is unknown at this time but it should be kept in the 1500-2000$ range to remain competitive against the Korg M50 (950 euros for the 61 keys models, and as low as 1450 euros for the 88 keys model). However the strings sounds provided by the M50 seem way behind the new ones in the PC3 series (the M50 is better suited for rock and electronic sounds).
There is still to know if the K2661 (61 keys and priced 2995$) will remain listed.

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Following NI, Ueberschall provides free samples for Christmas, Season Greetings and a great 2009. These 245 Mb samples for Elastik Player (also available at download for free) include loops from many libraries : Balkan Lines, Chillers Joint, Club Electro, Crunkzilla, Dancehall Madness, Electro ID, Hip Hop Underground, Loungeorama, Minimal Electro Vibes, Minimal House, Minimal Techno, Oriental RnB, Trance ID 2 and Urbanic. An audio demo is available.

ProTools 8 shipping

Posted: December 20, 2008 in Audio
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ProTools 8, that was announced in October, is finally shipping. Only updates prices are available for now (144 euros for upgrades to LE8 and M-Powered8, and 240 euros for upgrades to HD8).

Rolando for iPhone available

Posted: December 18, 2008 in Games
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The iPhone game Rolando, that generated huge expectation, is finally available at the AppStore (9,99$). We can still read a first review at AppleInsider.
First users comments are also reported by toucharcade. It seems well done and provides 36 levels among 4 worlds.

The site materielBoys.fr provides a step by step guide about installing OSX on a regular PC through the EFI-X USB key (150$). The only problem encountered was the video quality while playing movies with the DVD Player, however it doesn’t seem to affect all graphics cards.

The site Guardian.co.uk speaks about OpenCL and expects a Snow Leopard preview at Macworld Expo (January, 5). Phil Shiller will showcase the keynote instead of Steve Jobs, but the later could come back for the Macintosh 25th Anniversary (the Twentieth anniversary mac that was presented during Apple Expo 1997 was in fact about Apple’s company creation date – and first computer -, but not related with first Macintosh, unveiled in January 1984).

Vue 7 Pioneer : free open beta

Posted: December 18, 2008 in Apple
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Last October, e-on software presented two new versions of Vue d’Esprit 7 : a new high end version (Vue 7 Complete) at 599$ and an appealing entry level version at 50$ (that can be upgraded by buying additional modules – but it then costs more than the midlle Vue 7 Esprit priced 199$). Now Vue 7 pioneer is downloadable for free (open beta). No previous Vue d’Esprit account is required (but a Cornucopia3d account has to be created). Due to huge success, the servers are down.