Logic Pro 7.01, not 7.1

Apple has updated Logic Pro to version 7.01; the update is currently only available via Software Update and doesn't appear on apple.com/support. There are numerous bug fixes in there (some resolving serious issues), though no significant feature changes. This would appear to quash reports that a 7.1 update to Logic would introduce some new features — yes, Apple is suing rumor sites but, no, they still don't always have their facts straight. (Otherwise they wouldn't be rumors, huh?) I'm still plenty busy falling into the rabbit hole that is the Sculpture physical modeling synth, so no complaints here.

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DriveGenius: Drive Optimization for OS X

Defragmentation is still critical for peak disk performance for digital audio, even under new versions of OS X — even the Apple Logic documentation suggests it. Only problem is: there's not much on the Mac that's any good. Some utilities even require you to boot into OS 9. Which is why today's announcement of Drive Genius from Prosoft is such good news: Full drive optimization / defragmentation Directory analysis, repair, and rebuilding On-the-fly partitioning (no reboot needed) Testing capabilities, media surface scanning, data integrity Department-of-Defense File Deleting (for the audio mix you REALLY didn't like) This is the kind of …

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String Studio Physical Modeling Synth

Montréal-based Applied Acoustics has announced a new physical modeling synth at NAMM, as expected. String Studio models the interaction of picks, bows, hammers, fingers, frets, dampers and soundboards for more realistic recreations of real instruments like guitars, basses, harps, clavinets, bowed sounds and percussion, as well as to create wild new sounds of imagined instruments using the same physical-acoustical principles. I've been working extensively with Apple's own Sculpture and have fallen in love with the approach, so I look forward to trying a new instrument and seeing how Applied Acoustics' engine and parameters differ. At press time, no screenshots or …

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Cycling `74 Brings Pluggo, Mode to Windows

Cycling `74 has brought two of their popular Mac products to Windows users: Pluggo is a collection of over 100 effects and instruments developed in the Max/MSP environment. It's an old favorite on the Mac, and Windows users have waited a long five years for a native version. While the collection seems a bit dated these days, you can't beat the grab-bag, bizarre feel of it all. Takes me back. MODE is a virtual instrument that combines some of the usual analog-style synthesis with  unusually sophisticated time-synced delays and effects. Five (count `em) plugins in one. Both products are US$199, …

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Cycling `74 Will Sell Lemur Touchscreen

CDM has reported on the Star Trek-esque touchscreen interface Lemur before, and developer Jazz Mutant told CDM in the fall they expected to ship the unit this year. They've found a distributor: Cycling `74 will sell Jazz Mutant's Lemur for US$2495 (projected), with the first units expected in April 2005. The Lemur is a touchscreen LCD for controlling audio and multimedia programs: using an included editor for Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows, you can create your own on-screen interfaces with faders, knobs, and the like, and control them with your finger. The Lemur works with OSC, not MIDI, for …

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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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NAMM: Calm Before the Storm

'Twas the nights before NAMM, and all through the house, not a press release was stirring . . . well, no, that's not true. In fact, I have a huge stack of new releases, but they're all embargoed (meaning I can't tell you about them) until Thursday or Monday. So get ready. Lee Sherman, our CDM correspondent in LA, is standing by for NAMM coverage. I'll be typing up what I can. And we expect a flurry of major announcements Thursday and Monday which we'll (naturally) have a hard time keeping up with and will probably continue to leak into …

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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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Moog Releases Voyager Rack Mount Edition

Legendary synthesis innovator Moog Music has launched a rack-mounted version of their Voyager synthesizer. There's no touch-pad or (naturally) keyboard, but the RME does feature all the sounds of the Voyager in a trim, 19" package. Perfect for augmenting your current rig or adding polyphony to your existing Voyager keyboard. (And if you do own a Voyager keyboard and are adding a few of these for polyphony, know that I officially hate you. In a loving, jealous sort of way, of course.) Optional wood handles, standard 'electric blue' backlit screen. Drool. Price: US$2195 (Just sell the car. You don't need …

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Musical Mac Mini: Custom Analog Synth

Cyndustries, known also for their tabla machine, has announced it will build Apple's new Mac Mini into a special, custom analog synthesis box and custom case, featuring: Custom, touch-sensitive LCD screen (optional) Built-in MIDI and MIDI-to-Control Voltage conversion (!) Fully-analog oscillators and filters, with digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital routing Multi-channel, multi-Mac Mini, multi-monitor options available Completely custom, built-to-order, basic pricing estimated at US$1000 and up Incredible dream machine; still in development now but I'm anxious to see if they pull it off! Thanks to Music thing for the initial spot!

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