Archive for March, 2010

An interview of the producer of Alice in Wonderland game for Wii is available. We can also find a game for iPhone with the same name (see walkthrough here), however this later has nothing in common with the movie (despite looking interesting).
Finally we are expecting the sequel to AmericanMcGee Alice (2000) , that is due in 2011 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 (see Amercian McGee’s twitter).

The Fairlight CMI Legacy library, in Reason Refill format (not usable in Kontkat nor EXS24 due to encrypted format contrary to .rex or .sxt), includes 1700 samples (644 Mb) from the whole (33) Fairlight’s samples disks. Some LinnDrum, Sequential, JX8P and DX7 samples are also provided. Audio demos and a video are available. it is priced 69$.

Yellow Tools provides a 2.5.3 update to Independence (including Free version) and its Engine audio engine (1.0.3 – better stability and performances). Moreover, a 30 percent discount is offered until April, 15, for purchases on Yellow Tools Online Shop, even including the full Origami software for free.

Flux : IRCAM Tools

Posted: March 28, 2010 in Audio
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Flux:: Sound and Picture Development, in collaboration with IRCAM, presents IRCAM Tools. These audio tools are divided into 2 categories : Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces (SPAT – Multiformat Room Acoustic Simulation & Localization Processor -, and IRCAMVerb – Room Acoustic & Reverberation Processor), and Sound Analysis and Synthesis (TRAX – Real-time Voice and Sonic Modeling Processor-, CROSS SYNTHESIS – Spectral Envelope Morphing Processor -, and SOURCE FILTER – Enhanced sound filtering).

The long awaited Galaxy Vintage D piano samples library from Best Service is finally available (and priced 129 euros). It includes 10 Gb of 24 bit samples (2000, 13 velocity levels) and is based on Kontakt 4 player (Intel mac required), whose lossless compression format allows to save half the disk space (and shortens the load time). Audio demos are provided.

Pianoteq : new Grand K1 model

Posted: March 26, 2010 in Audio
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Modartt presented the new Grand K1 model for Pianoteq (that is updated to 3.6). We can listen to audio demos here.

Roland GAIA SH-01 : 64 voices VA

Posted: March 25, 2010 in Audio
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Roland presented the GAIA SH-01 during the MusikMesse 2010. This 37 keys instrument features 3 VA oscillators (with resonant multimode filters), and 64 notes polyphony. Effects are included (5 simultaneous), as well as a D-beam, an arpeggiator and phrase recorder. We can watch a video here. The expected price is 650$.

The sequel Return to mysterious island 2 is available on mac and PC (29,90 euros). It works on Intel and PowerPC (G5 stated however it should also work on G4 as the first episode, despite graphical glitch – visible structure of the panned images -, probably due to Radeon 9000 Pro). A video is provided.


Posted: March 23, 2010 in Audio
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Native Instruments presents ABBEY ROAD 70s DRUMS, the second collection of drum samples developped in collaboration with Abbey Road Studios. It includes two kits, The Open Kit (Ludwig Vistalite Tequila Sunrise from 1972) and The Tight Kit (vintage 1970s Premier model). Samples (6,4 Gb at Kontakt 4 compressed format) represent 14 Gb linear 24 bits/44,1 Khz.
Audio demos are available, and it is priced 99 euros.

Minipad for iPhone

Posted: March 23, 2010 in Audio
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A new iPhone application, Minipad, allows to send Midi messages to a host (Logic, etc.), through Wifi, by implementing Midi network protocol (the Midi networking feature has been available on MacOSX’s CoreAudio since years, however it is lacking from iPhone’s SDK). Contrary to solutions based on OSC (Open Sound Control), no server application is required on the mac side.

Opera Mini for iPhone

Posted: March 23, 2010 in IT/Dev
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Opera Mini for iPhone has been submitted to Apple. It isn’t a real browser, in fact it acts as a terminal, the rendering is computed on remote servers. Zoom isn’t implemented yet (the image will have to be computed at another scale), and what about javascript support ?

Arturia provides a 2.5 update to Analog Factory. The PowerPC version now works in Logic and other AU hosts. Arturia also presented The One, that bundles all products (Analog Factory 2.5, Minimoog V, Moog Modular V, ARP2600V, CS-80V, Prophet V, Jupiter-8V, Brass 2) in a 15 days trial, with one licence to activate thereafter for the selected product (249$).