Coming Friday: AES Hits NYC, Lots of Audio News Expected

This Friday, it’s a blowout of audio tech here in New York for the Audio Engineering Society convention. I’ll be doing my rounds on Friday; if you’re going to be around, drop me a line. You’ll want to stay tuned in this weekend, as we’re expecting new announcements from Native Instruments as well as plenty of new gear and software. (Yes, software at AES — while this was once a hardware-only show, that’s changed.) News has been slow of late and I’ve just been finishing the last chapter of my book, but I’m now back to you, dear readers.

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Calling Boston Area: Music Clambake at Summer Macworld

Macworld Conference & Expo in Boston (July 11-14) is looking like it’ll be a big event for Mac musicians. Here’s the lineup: Three workshops by yours truly: free on the showfloor, an all-inclusive Mac music intro, plus user conference workshops on live performance / DJing and graduating from GarageBand to Logic Users conference track on music, and free on the showfloor presentations like how to record your band Macworld Berklee Music Festival will feature various Berklee-related music events, with the band Birdsongs of the Mezosoic, a return of Berklee’s dream studio (well, Digidesign gear isn’t usually in MY dreams, but …

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Musikmesse: Underground Software Developers

Big conferences like Musikmesse mean all of us get pummeled with press releases from big music developers. But this year, some of the smaller (but no less beloved) audio developers got together a "Sound of the Underground" booth at Musikmesse to show off their own unique gems (thanks to Atariboy for the tip!). In the house: U-he, airy(from plasq), alphakanal, beta bugs audio, Camel Audio and five12 It's like a who's who of great 'alternative' audio developers. Check the photos on kvraudio. The quality of the sounds you can get from these small developers with cheap or free plug-ins never …

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Musikmesse: Cakewalk/Edirol Bundles and Project5 Date

No major new products from Windows developer Cakewalk — that came in January at NAMM — but worth mentioning: TAKE THAT, DIGIDESIGN: Audio and MIDI production environment SONAR LE will now be bundled with Edirol hardware. Windows users, this means some serious value with Edirol keyboards and audio interfaces. LE is no crippleware: 24-bit / 192 kHz recording, 14 audio effects / 4 MIDI effects, bundles two DX soft synths, 64 audio and 256 MIDI tracks, drum editing, notation, ReWire, DirectX, VST. With support for 15 UA/UM audio and MIDI interfaces, SD sound modules, and PCR keyboards, that's quite a …

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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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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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Macworld Rumors: GarageBand 2, Orchestral Jam Pack

Times have changed: some of the Macworld Expo rumor mill's hottest buzz is all about audio. Think Secret reports that the Mac shindig this month will be host to a new version of Apple GarageBand as well as a new orchestral loop and instrument library, Jam Pack 4. (What will orchestral loops sound like, though, I wonder?) Believability on this one is pretty high: iLife is due for an update and Apple is nearly certain to introduce an audio interface given that it's going after Web sites over that rumor. Are you going to Macworld Expo? If you are, join …

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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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