HyperEngine Audio/Video Editor Now Free (Mac)

Once commercial software, a powerful audio/video editor is now still supported, but at a new price of — nada. Our friends at Samplepoolz report that Arboretum has turned HyperEngine-AV into a free download. Better yet, the code is open source, so we could see some exciting developments with this program. (Programmers out there?) HyperEngine-AV is a compositing application for text, video and audio. As opposed to more rigid track-based programs, you can composite clips wherever you want via a freeform interface. If you're in need of a video editor and your budget is tight, this is a must-have, but there …

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MetaSynth 4 Arrives (OS X)

At long last, one of the most beloved and unusual Mac sound creation applications has made it to OS X, with vastly expanded features. The brainchild of Bryce creator Eric Wenger, the first version of U&I Software's MetaSynth was popular with the likes of Aphex Twin for its far-out, one-of-a-kind sound production and the ability to generate audio by painting or importing pictures. This builds on that tradition: Completely new Image Synth architecture for creating sounds from images with new signal sources and plenty of other changes Image Filter 'room' that takes all the features of Image Synth and applies …

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LAVA VJ Report: Dance Pad VJs and More

A report from the Los Angeles VJ party LAVA: VJ Fader introduced the video drum machine VDrum, as reported here earlier this week. (Windows now and OS X soon, free) Bizarre video screenings: Syncrosect and 4 Get Who U R Ableton Live (audio) and Isadora (video) controlled by a PlayStation 2 dance pad! Check out the report for more.

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MetaSynth 4 Visual Audio Software: Very Close

Exclusive! Returning to our regular programming of geeky stories that appeal to a tiny fraction of the population (PowerBook G5 rumors? What was it, sweeps week?) and ill-conceived puns (see above), I bring you: MetaSynth 4. MetaSynth is a graphic sound design and music creation environment that lets you paint with sound, using color imagery for high-quality synthesis, filtering, and effects. Creator Eric Wenger is beloved by Mac fans for giving us the ground-breaking (excuse the pun) 3D landscape app Bryce. If you haven't heard of MetaSynth, it's probably because the program has been languishing in a Mac OS 9-only …

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VDrum: Video Drum Machine (Win)

VJ Fader, creator of Max/MSP/Jitter-powered Neuromixer (an excellent video mixer with lots of support for controllers), now introduces a first: VDrum is a step sequencer not only for audio, but video, too. The first version was released today with the following features: Sequence AV clips using on/off switches, via numeric pad or MIDI input Record video and audio to hard drive Multiple resolution support (as in Jitter) Audio and video effects Midi support VJ Fader is looking for sample content to include, so contact him if you're interested. Windows XP only for now, but the other software is cross-platform so …

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VJ, Video, Electronic Music Parties at Macworld

For those of you in San Francisco for Macworld, three events two watch for: Tonight (Tuesday): Drinks are on Discreet at the BAMG meetup — featuring red-hot visual effects artist Culley Bunker (Black Eyed Peas, Spiderman 2) Thursday: Edirol is sponsoring the Iron VJ battle at 9:30 PM, presented by the Video Salon (one of the country's hottest VJ events) Friday: iThink has a huge lineup of the Bay Area's coolest electronic musicians, plus digital art and video Going to any of these events? Let us know what goes down: send photos, text, impressions, whatever (hit contact me on the …

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MetaSynth 4 Coming to OS X Soon (CDM Exclusive)

U&I Software tells createdigitalmusic.com that they expect to release the highly-anticipated Mac OS X version of MetaSynth by the end of the year (unofficially). MetaSynth, created by wonder-programmer Eric Wenger who brought us tools like Bryce and ArtMatic, was the one and only reason to run Classic in OS X for many of us who couldn't live without the unique sonic generation capabilities of this "image synth." The application has to be experienced first-hand to be understood: MetaSynth has unique synthesis, granular editing, and filtering/effects capabilities, centering around a graphical synthesizer that lets you create and edit sound using graphical …

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