Archive for August, 2010

By discovering Wifi networks listed in Snow Leopard’s menubar, and after verifying on Apple’s site, it is confirmed that the mac mini includes an Airport card. Then the mac mini’s Ethernet based internet can be shared with an iPhone using Wifi : in Sharing preferences, select Internet Sharing, then choose connection from Ethernet, to computers through Airport, and check the box.

DFMod : second part demo soon

Posted: August 31, 2010 in Games
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A recent news on the DFMod site states that the first part (levels 1-6) will be released again (with some enhancements), and that a demo of the second part (unreleased levels 7-11) will be provided late December. A third part (remaining levels) will be released later.

EastWest TeraPack

Posted: August 31, 2010 in Audio
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EastWest presents TeraPack, a 1 Tb SATA disk (internal) preloaded with the full libraries (including Hollywood Strings and the recent The Dark Side), that allows testing of these during 10 days. It is priced 129$. Moreover a discount is provided on the licenses for a limited time (50% on most libraries, 12% on Hollywood Strings and 8% on The Dark Side).

Echo FireStudio 2

Posted: August 31, 2010 in Audio, Troubleshooting
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Despite the latest MOTU Fastlane’s driver version started as Snow Leopard compatible, it doesn’t send Midi data over the out port (only manages incoming messages from Midi IN). This problem has been confirmed here and there, however MOTU didn’t release an update since early January.

So my initial choice of the Apogee Duet (419 euros, audio only) had to be changed to an audio and Midi interface instead, the Echo FireStudio 2 (184 euros). No latency problem has been encountered, a 128 samples buffer works nice, that is (as reported by Logic) 11,4 ms round trip (recording and playback through the mix), in fact 5-6ms latency when using virtual instruments.

The sound seems more powerful (better dynamic) and more present for bass than with Echo MIA PCI card (that could achieve 256 samples on the G4), despite the later perhaps sounding clearer and more opened/precise (less mudded, less masking) – to be confirmed however. There is to note that the mac mini’s integrated converter sounds very close, and perhaps more pleasant.
Finally the Firestudio doesn’t require any driver.

280 North acquired by Motorola

Posted: August 25, 2010 in IT/Dev

The announce isn’t official yet (has however been confirmed by 280 North in the forums), Motorola acquired 280 North, for a high amount (reported 20 million $).

The Dark Side for PLAY

Posted: August 24, 2010 in Audio
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Doug Rogers (EastWest) and David Fridmann present The Dark Side, a 40 Gb samples library for PLAY : dark and eerie instruments, highly processed drums and percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboard, strings, and effected instruments. Audio demos are available. It is priced 395$.

Native Instruments presents Abbey Road 80s drums, a 20 Gb library (7,7 Gb once installed in compressed format) of drums samples (24 bit, 27 velocity levels) for Kontakt 4.1 / Player. The two provided kits are a Yamaha 9000 and a Slingerland Magnum, with Ludwig, Gretsch, Slingerland and Pearl snares.
Audio demos are available. It is priced 99 euros.