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).

Dreamfall chapters book two is available through Steam (3 GB update).

The game performance on Windows (through Bootcamp, on a mac mini with Nvidia 320M) doesn’t seem better than on OSX. Unity 4 engine may then not be faster through Direct3D than when using OpenGL.

Since Kontakt 4, the Akkord Guitar  module has been revamped down. The pattern editor isn’t available and provided presets don’t cover the whole list from Kontakt 2.

In fact all patterns settings are still there (in the script), however the pattern knob only give access to 24 of these.

By going to script tab from editing instrument, then clicking on Edit, we can see the script by selecting “Apply from” drop list and selecting “Editor/Patch”.

The whole original patterns data are stored in tabs that store corresponding style, velocity and duration values for each pattern’s step. Each tab (pattern_x_style, pattern_x_velo, pattern_x_dur) stores 16 patterns data. Also there are 4 tabs (pattern_1_style to pattern_4_style, the same for velocity and duration) then 64 patterns.

The target pattern (that is number 0 to 63, mapped along 4 tabs) is computed using two indirections. The index (position) of the pattern knob (0-23) is a mapped to (corresponding value in pattern_helper_new tab) an index from pattern_helper_tab, whose corresponding value is the pattern position. For example first knob position (that is value 0 in pattern_helper_new tab) maps to first entry in pattern_helper_tab, whose value is the pattern number.

I modified first values in  pattern_helper_tab (patterns 43, 42, 27, 56, 57, 58,59). The corresponding pattern for position 58 is wonderwall (see declaration in pattern_4 tabs), as 58/16 = 3 (tab1 corresponds to 0, tab2 to 1, etc.) and remaining is 10 (that is 10th entry in tab4 following the first one).

Then by clicking apply and changing pattern knob position up and back (for changes to be applied) the new patterns are available (their names however aren’t updated). The updated settings can be saved when closing the instrument (save a new one).

Update : loading a Kontakt 2 project into a more recent Kontakt version, the Akkord Guitar pattern editor is available.

Native Instruments presents Strummed Acoustic, a 8.5GB acoustic guitar libray that provides strumming patterns (as was Kontakt 2’s Akkord guitar) . It is priced EUR99. Audio demos are available.

Avid ProTools First

Posted: January 23, 2015 in Audio
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Avid announced ProTools First, a free version that includes most ProTools features : XPand2 synth plugin, Midi editor, Elastic pitch and time, 16 tracks recording, 20 effects (including D-Verb) that can be extended through the in-app marketplace, 3 free cloud projects.

Also ProTools 12 was presented, that will include collaborative cloud-based work.