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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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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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 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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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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Flash Drum Machines Redux, Soviet Synth Sample CD

Ah, old Acme and his disappearing, reappearing link. For those of you who were dismayed that Monday's link to vintage drum machines recreated as downloadable Flash files went down, that server appears to be back. In other news, for fans of Soviet Synths still not sated by an online museum of instruments, Scott Peer from SoundEngine writes to tell us about a US$30 (sale) CD-ROM of 1,000+ Soviet synth samples. Scott politely writes, "Sorry if my blatant plug comment about our sample CD is against the terms of use of your site. If it is please let me know so …

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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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[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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Frontier Tranzport: A Remote Control for your DAW

Pro audio has been slow to go wireless, which is why the Tranzport, the first-ever wireless remote for DAWs, is very good news. The device from Frontier Electronics is due early in 2005 and will work out-of-the-box with your DAW software of choice, including SONAR, DP, Cubase, Logic, and Pro Tools. (I'm holding out for Ableton Live — stay tuned.) The 1-lb. device covers all the basic recording features you'll need: there are transport controls, a big shuttle jog wheel, track arming and punch-in features, and even looping settings. Live LCD feedback from your DAW shows you the status of …

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TimeToy (OS X): Free/Cheap Real-Time Time Stretching

Typical time stretching: Expensive software, rigid controls, wait for calculations. TimeToy: Free or US$17 'Pro' version, flexible controls, real-time, mic input. Now you're talking. TimeToy can be fun as an improvisatory sound-warping tool or used live in performance; use rubber band-style controls to plot time manipulations, or (with the Pro version) even scrub and warp live. A microphone input lets you work directly with incoming audio signal. Mac OS X-only. (Via MacMusic)

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