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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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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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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[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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‘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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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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