Rosegarden Developers Talk Linux Music App

O'Reilly LinuxDevCenter.com today has an extensive interview and featurette on the development of the flagship power app for Linux music, Rosegarden. Easily the most full-featured free application for music, Rosegarden features MIDI and audio sequencing, effects, soft synths, and even notation. I might take issue with the developers' claim that it matches most functionality of commercial applications — there's still no mixer automation, for instance — and it's Linux-only for now, meaning you have Linux audio drivers to deal with. But for a free application just nearing its 1.0 release, this is impressive work. It's also fascinating to hear the …

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Tranzport Wireless Remote Photo

Jerry Halstead has taken a beautiful photo of the Tranzport wireless DAW remote, my essential tech of the week for Gizmodo, for those of you who can't get enough of drooling over tech. The device looks just gorgeous; I'll obviously post when this ships, expected in March 2005. Jerry also talks a bit about the challenges of product photography, though nothing may make me any better at it!

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Vintage Synths: The Card Game

For those of you who haven't already seen this on Sonic State and Music Thing, soft synth developer GMedia has turned vintage synth geekery into a card game. Yes, folks, it's Vintage Synth Trumps, the game where you triumph by collectibility alone. And at just GBP7.95 including shipping, it's a perfect stocking stuffer — send a hint to the cheapskate gift-giver you know and love by using the email link on this story. (What? You're reading this story because someone sent you an email? Just buy it — it may keep your significant other from running up more significant bills …

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Cubase SX 3.01 Adds RoomWorks Reverb (Mac/Win)

Steinberg says they have a "Christmas gift for all of our Cubase SX3 customers": the free 3.01 update announced today includes a new RoomWorks reverb. It's surround-capable, "studio-class," includes 60+ presets, and scales CPU usage to your machine and project usage. Many minor updates, too, some that will make a big difference — the MIDI device panels system now controls effects and not just instruments and a 'ping' can be used to measure processing delay of any external effect for automatic delay compensation. That's external as in hardware effects, adding to existing delay compensation features. (Apple's Logic, by comparison, still …

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Steinberg Ships New Nuendo 3 (Mac/Win)

The highly-anticipated Nuendo 3 upgrade, Steinberg's would-be "Pro Tools killer", is now shipping worldwide. What's Nuendo? It's the high-end sibling to Cubase, and Steinberg's ultra-high-end media production software. This new release is big news for post production in particular, with AAF support, X-Send integration, Media Management tools, an a new Warp to Picture features, plus lots of beefed-up surround capabilities. Interestingly, unlike Digidesign's Pro Tools this is really a software product, priced at US$2,499.99; $299.99 buys the upgrade if you're already on Nuendo 2. I know our readers are diverse, so if you're a Nuendo user, drop us a line …

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Roland TR-606, TB-303 Fonts

It's not enough to run rough emulations of vintage Roland instruments on your Commodore 64 — you need a way of making Christmas Cards in a vintage Roland font, fast. Fonts.com to the rescue: download a very convincing-looking rip-off the Roland font on this monophonic synth and drum machine. Resumes look fantastic in the TB-303 font, and your loved one will swoon at the sight of a sonnet in TR-606 script! Mac PS / Windows PS and TT. Roland fonts: US$29.00 each. Realizing you're such a geek that there's no turning back: Priceless.

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Roland Emulated on Commodore Emulated on Mac

Tom at Musicthing is stunned by this as I am. Follow the chronology: 1982: Roland creates the TB-303 mono synth and TR-606 drum sequencer, a cheezy device in itself but one that becomes the cornerstone for electronic dance music. 1982: Commodore introduces the C64 computer, with an enviable synth built-in. 2004: Prophet 64 is released, as (I'm not kidding) new software for the C64, complete with TB-303/TR-606 inspired synth and sequencer. Emulation? Only sort of — obviously the C64 can't run a soft synth, so this is actually using the built-in sounds of the C64. Today: Analog Devices' Chris Randall …

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Vintage Gone Soft: Arturia ARP2600 V

For fans of vintage synths painstakingly emulated in software, Arturia are rockstars. They're best-known for their Moog emulations, but we've been waiting for Arturia to bring another classic to software, the ARP 2600 synthesizer, since the software was first shown at AES. It's here: the Arturia ARP2600 V. For those of you don't know what an ARP is, think Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Depeche Mode, — listen to the sample sounds. The 2600 was even the voice of R2D2. For those of you who just can't get enough, I bring you ARPday, a list of links that could easily consume …

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[Updated] Bargain-Basement Reason

Many are disappointed by the announcement of Reason 3.0; it's an evolutionary release that still lacks key features like audio recording in an otherwise fantastic program. But on the upside, Propellerhead is pricing Reason and upgrade low enough that it's a great time to pick up the program or upgrade. According to Propellerhead's 3.0 FAQ, Reason 2.5's price has been reduced by the upgrade price difference — making it US$129 / EUR 99 cheaper. Not excited by what's new in 3.0? Pick up 2.5 at a lower price and pocket the difference. Further evidence of the value of this app …

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Vintage Synths: Report from Analogue Heaven

Digital?! Where? Tubes rock, dude. Eric Barbour, Metasonix owner and senior editor of Vacuum Tube Valley writes us to tell us about Analogue Heaven, a Bay Area California convergence of vintage synth lovers. Highlights for Barbour included the Wiard modular, Gino Robair's custom system and "Demoing my new effect box to Josh from XLR8R magazine and [Electronic Musician's] Gino Robair. And annoying the crap out of some aging 70s space-rock nerds with it." CDM talked to co-organizer Cary Roberts and learned retro Analogue Heaven activities extend beyond California. Read on for an insane list of links.

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