IK@NAMM: AmpliTube 2.0 Guitar Processing Software

IK Multimedia has "completely redesigned" its popular guitar processing package AmpliTube. The new software has a new look and sound that should feel comfortable to guitar players: there's an even bigger bundle of analog-modeled amps and stomp and rack effects than before with a new, still more-vintage look. Microphone placement for modeling amp mic-ing is more accurate — you actually place the mic where you want it go. Vital stats (by my tally): Over 20,000 (!) amp combinations 18 Pre-amps, 16 EQs, 5 Power Amp models (Think Fender, Mesa, Marshall, Vox, and the like) 16 Cabinets 20 analog-modeled stomps on …

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IK@NAMM: IK and Ampeg Model Bass Amps

Sure, guitar modeling is nothing new, but for the first time bass amps get their own software model. If you want any more evidence that software and hardware are converging, software developer IK Multimedia has partnered directly with Ampeg, the legendary bass amp folks. (Ampeg engineers hand-tuned the presets, says IK.) This partnership is set to yield more products, but first out the gate is the Ampeg SVX virtual studio for bassists. Vitals (illustrating IK's continuing powers of multiplication): Powered by AmpliTube 2.0 (and thus shares many features) Tuner, Stomp, Amp, Cabinet+Mic 4 Ampeg amps, 5 Ampeg cabinets, for 20 …

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IK@NAMM: Virtual Band, Virtual Orchestra, More

Italy makes great coffee. Modena-based IK Multimedia has been drinking lots and lots of that great coffee, judging by their NAMM lineup. Studiophonik – Virtual Band: Computer music has been the domain of electronica lovers for a long time, but an entirely new product from IK aims to give you a full band. This uber-plugin has sampled virtual instruments for an entire band, including 7 GB of drums, guitar, bass, piano, organs, and horns. It's paired with a full suite of modeled tube compressors, limiters, analog EQ and other console features, and gives you microphone placement control for drums to …

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Lemur Music Touchscreen: Software

The Lemur interactive digital touchscreen for music and multimedia is moving closer to production, and some of the technical details are becoming clearer. First, the hardware is looking a little more finished (check out the new black color), and we're seeing new screenshots of the editor software (pictured). Check out US distributor Cycling 74's site for more information. Incidentally, if you're going to be in NYC on Sunday January 30, I'm looking for someone to go to Share to check it out in person and let CDM's readers know how it goes (I'll still be at the Yaddo colony); contact …

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NAMM: Moogs, Virtual and Real

GMEDIA Music dusted off former Yes man Rick Wakeman to intro its Minimonsta minimoog clone. Wakeman played a blistering set in M-Audio's booth at NAMM and the software looked and sounded fantastic. It is fully programmable, ships with over 2500 presets, and you can even morph between presets. Arturia, maker of the competing minimoog V, have a real fight on their hands. (Ed: GMedia just scored a distribution deal with M-Audio.) Meanwhile, the latest non-virtual Minimoog, appearing in public for the first time in its rack mountable RME version attracted a large crowd to Moog's own small booth. The RME …

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NAMM Picks: NI Kontakt 2

Native Instruments' sampler Kontakt just got a whole lot deeper — maybe not revolutionary in a "redefining a sampler" sort of way so much as more profoundly sophisticated in that "how advanced can this get?" way. Here are the new features that get my attention, listed in the order in which I think they're significant to most people: Universal Compatibility: Virtually every sample file format is support, not to mention full slice information from REX and even Apple Loops. Scriptable, Filterable Insanity: Analog-style filter? Check. Step-ladder filter? Check. Impulse Response Effects (for IR reverbs or wild soundscaping)? Check. Custom modules, …

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Ableton Operator Details

Ableton Live didn't get a significant update as expected yesterday (4.1 proves to be a bug fix release only), but the company did introduce its first sold-separately product, the Operator synth. First, the good news (plenty more info over on Ableton's site, but these are the things that get me excited): FM synthesis is made unusually easy with an interface that could only have come from Ableton Built-in looping envelopes and unique Time and Tone controls Full clip envelope integration Integrated learning: interactive lessons included (much nicer than flipping back to a PDF manual, as I've been doing with Logic!) …

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NAMM Insider: Bits from the Floor

Sure, you could read dry press releases on other sites (I'm working through my stack and will be posting through the weekend), but CDM correspondent Lee Sherman has been prowling the NAMM show floor for some insider info. (Thanks, Lee!) -PK Overheard at Nord: A Nord employee with a decidedly Swedish accent confirms that the company will finally be upgrading its Electro 2 keyboard with more realistic acoustic piano samples, answering the one complaint Electro owners have. Also coming from Nord is a Mac OS X version of its Modular G2 editing software. Dave Smith on PolyEvolver: Synthesist pioneer Dave …

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Will Apple Charge for Logic Update?

I expressed surprise earlier this week that Apple's Logic didn't get an update at NAMM, but Apple has publicly confirmed an update is coming, reports Harmony Central. The new update will add import support for GarageBand 2 and track-wide pitch and timing correction (those features are currently available in plugin form, but presumably this will make them easier to get at). And finally, Logic will include latency compensation (competitor MOTU DP added this in version 4.5). The bad news: no date, no pricing, and Apple will charge a "nominal fee." Let's hope that's a truly nominal fee (like $20) for …

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Korg Kontrol49: Full-Sized Keyboard for Computer Music

Korg's Micro Kontrol was wildly popular, but many shied away because it had tiny keys. The Kontrol49 has the favorite features of the Micro — plus some extras — but gives your digits full-sized black & whites: Pro-feel, full-size keys with the "Korg touch" and 8 velocity curves Traditional pitch and mod wheels plus a new vector joystick (hello, filters!) Footswitch / footpedal ins, octave shift for 128 virtual keys Assignable faders / rotary knobs with LCD displays for each, plus drum pad-style 'performance pads' — the features we loved on the Micro Kontrol Automatically maps to Reason, Korg Legacy …

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