iDrum Available for Pro Tools

Glaresoft's fun and easy drum machine for the Mac, iDrum, is now available as an RTAS for Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools TDM. iDrum is designed to work as a standalone instrument or as a plug-in. iDrum isn't the most sophisticated drum machine ever, a la Reason, but, well, that's a relief. For elegant, Mac-like drum machine goodness, iDrum can't be beat. It's perfect for firing off a quick groove and some alternate patterns in a hurry. OS: Mac Format: AU, RTAS plugin; standalone Price/Availability: US$69.95 download, $10 additional for a box, too; available now

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Winamp, Audion No More

Last week, two MP3 players were pronounced dead: Panic retired Audion, its groundbreaking audio app, adding to Mac lore in the process, while the Nullsoft developers left AOL, leaving Winamp with only maintenance updates in its future. It's ironic the news would come in the same week: Winamp launched the MP3 revolution and even Audion itself, while Audion helped pave the way for iTunes. There's still some reason to add each free tool to your arsenal: Audion can conveniently record radio streams and play OGG files, for instance, unlike iTunes. PC users might also consider the free but powerful Quintessential …

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Marathon RePorter and Griffin XPress Cable

This week brings two products that make connecting equipment to your computer a bit easier. Marathon's new RePorter brings FW 400 and 800, two USB 1.1/2.0, and audio ports from the back of your tower to a handy connector in the front, reaching 5 feet so you don't have to. While it could theoretically be used with any computer with these ports, the product is clearly geared at the Power Mac G5; too bad it's missing digital audio I/O. Speaking of digital audio I/O, Griffin Technology's XPress Digital Audio Cable is designed for digitally connecting your Airport Express to your …

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Steinberg Virtual Bassist

Emotional falling out with your bass player? Fear not. Steinberg follows up on their Virtual Guitarist with Virtual Bassist, a combination of bass sounds, sampled phrases and automatic groove generation, and effects. OS: Mac, PC Format: VST, DXi, AU plugin; standalone (ReWire) Cost/Availability: EUR 215, Q1 2005

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[Updated] Westchester Community College Presentation

I've just returned from Peekskill, NY and the Peekskil Extension Center of WCC. It was a great time. If you were there, or are just curious, I've posted some talk notes with links to more info on Ableton Live, MetaSynth, and more. UPDATED: Rumors of the death of MetaSynth were highly exaagerated; MetaSynth 4 could be under your Christmas tree.

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Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards

Further proof the world is going digital: there are now even awards for digital entertainment. Here are the winners and losers for digital audio — but where are the tools for digital music CREATION?

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Digidesign and CDM on Inside Mac Radio

David Gibbons, Digidesign's Director of Product Marketing and I were both guests on Scott Shepard's live radio show Inside Mac Radio Saturday; check out show notes and have a listen. David focused on the big news from Digidesign: they announced Pro Tools 6.7 this week, with tempo-dependent audio and automation, improved drawing and management of tempo curves and meter changes, MIDI step input, enhanced support for instrument plug-ins, MIDI Detective and Beat Detective for Pro Tools LE.

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‘AES Eve’ Preview: New Product Roundup

San Francisco's AES conference hasn't even begun yet, and there's already an overwhelming lineup of new products. Here's what's on tap in a nutshell: Applied Acoustics has released the Ultra Analog VA-1 virtual analog synth. Quick take: It's an overcrowded product category, but the $199 price and clean interface means this could be one to watch. Available for download now, Cycling `74 has a new free utility for routing audio on Mac OS X, Soundflowerbed, which provides easy software audio routing options from the menu bar in conjunction with Soundflower. Quick take: A must-have for OS X users. It just …

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