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Oct 18th – PreSonus “From Riff To Release” Webinar feat Paul White.

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We’re delighted to announce a free webinar, suitable for all experience levels and finishing with a live Q&A with Sound On Sound Editor Paul White!

Lee Boylan (Presonus) & Andy Bensley (Source Distribution product specialist) will be presenting on the night, you’ll follow as guitarist Andy writes a riff, that turns into a song, creates a multitrack recording and then mixes and masters it before releasing it for sale and promoting it online – all in one information-packed evening!

This part is especially essential for anyone new to production and guitarists who want to get started in recording, as the guys will show you what is possible on very modestly priced equipment including PreSonus Audiobox Interfaces, Studio One, Eris Monitors and Nimbit.

Then we’ll up the ante and hand the floor over to (the legend that is) Paul White, to answer any of your recording & production questions.

As always, watch out for the special code word in the show, which if emailed back in, will get you some exclusive viewer-only offers on Presonus kit!

Please come and join us for what should be a very entertaining and informative evening! If you can’t make it onto the live stream, we will of course make the show available to view later on our archive channel.

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Ableton updates Live to 9.7

Abletons ever popular Live sequencer and performance tool gets it’s 9.7 release free update this morning to registered users.

The main new addition is an update to Simpler, adding new slicing modes (Beat, Region, Manual) to the instrument. Also noteworthy is the improvements that have been made when syncing using Ableton link as well as a whole slew of improvements to integration of both generations of the Push controller.

Full Ableton Live 9.7 Release Notes.

The performance above shows off some of these new features, with a guided walk through of how they were applied in the performance below.

9.7 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • New Simpler Slicing modes (Beat, Region, Manual) are now available.
  • As a consequence of the new Simpler features, Live Sets created with this version cannot be opened with previous versions anymore.
  • The beat time of connected apps in a Link session will be aligned when starting Live’s playback with Tap Tempo or via Looper.
  • Updated manual, lessons and info text translations.

Bugfixes:

  • Live would crash when canceling a freeze action, if this was performed on a previously frozen and flattened Clip.
  • Live would crash at startup if the preferences were corrupted.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the ‘x2’, ‘:2’, or “Warp As” controls in Simpler, if there was no sample present.
  • Fixed a crash which might occur when creating a time selection on Group tracks in Arrangement View.
  • Live would crash when exporting a MIDI file on Windows.
  • Live would crash when converting a Simpler to a Drum Rack if certain Control Surfaces were enabled.
  • When resizing the left edge of a frozen Clip to the left, audio would still begin playback from the Clip’s former start position.
  • When converting Simpler to Sampler, the Sample Start marker would be visually misplaced.
  • The signal of send for grouped tracks would be doubled (+6dB), if the track’s output was routed to Master and the respective Return track ‘Pre/Post’ toggle was set to Pre.
  • When dragging unwarped Clips over the section of a song where the tempo was automated from a low value to a higher one, Clips stored in the clipboard would appear after the dragged Clip.
  • When running Live as a ReWire slave on a Mac, it would consume 100% of the CPU load after launching Live as a slave for the second time.
  • Converting an Audio Clip from Looper to MIDI would cause the Clip to assume a grey color.
  • When resizing a Clip past its limit, the dragged edge would behave erratically when it was not on a grid position or when the grid was disabled with a modifier.
  • When resizing Live horizontally, the positioning of Max Device windows would not adjust correctly.
  • When exporting audio from Looper, the resulting Clips would inherit the wrong color.
  • Live might run into issues when writing files to disk on Windows, if the file path contained non standard unicode characters.
  • Using 3 APC 40 units in ‘Combination Mode’ would cause LEDs on the APCs to flash erratically.
  • Some audio clips from the Core Library would open in the wrong tempo.

Changes for Push:

  • The new Simpler Slicing modes are available on Push 1 and 2.
  • It is now possible to set the color for Tracks, Clips and Drum Rack pads from Push 2.
  • It is now possible to adjust the Input and Output routing and the Monitoring state from Push 2. This is accessible via Track Mix Mode, where a dedicated ‘Input & Output’ button is added.
  • Introduced a third layout for Drum Racks and Simpler’s Slicing mode, which enables triggering the currently selected pad / Slice with 16 pre-defined velocities. This is a Push 2 only feature.
  • When transport is active, a progress bar on the Push 2 display indicates the playback phase for each of the currently playing Clips.
  • Added a visual feedback for the count-in on the Push 2 display.
  • The Push Record button now takes into account Live’s focus on Arrangement and Session View. If the focus is on Arrangement View, the Session Record button will trigger Global Recording, while the Shift + Record button will trigger / stop Session Recording. The logic is reversed when focused on Session View.
  • Session Record and Arrangement Record are now independent from each other.
  • By default, Fixed Length now respects the Launch Quantization setting. Its previous behavior can be toggled on via the ‘Phrase Sync’ option in the Fixed Length menu. This works with Push 1 and 2.
  • Different sensitivities are in place for the Push 2 pad matrix, depending on the function of the pads in the current layout. This is specifically aimed at avoiding inadvertently changing the loop selector while playing Drum Rack pads.
  • It is now possible to delete the currently selected Clip in Arrangement via Push.
  • It is now possible to duplicate Clips in Arrangement from Push.
  • When the focus is set to Arrangement View, ‘New’ is not available on Push anymore.
  • Improved the matching between pad and display colors on Push 2.
  • Improved the matching between Live and Push 2 colors.
  • On Push 2, the color white in Live is translated as yellow, since white is used to indicate selection.
  • The intensity of the LEDs on in the lower display buttons has been dimmed for Push 2, to create more contrast against the currently selected track.
  • Improved the performance when moving the Session Ring horizontally with Push.
  • Minor visual improvement for the ‘Cancel’ button in the ‘Convert’ menu or when entering the browser via ‘Add Track’. Additionally, the ‘Close’ button has been removed from the ‘Scales’ menu. Push 2 only.
  • On Push 2 display, Simpler’s playhead and loop markers are now the same height as the loop indicator.
  • Flag markers for Simpler and Audio Clips are now properly outlined on the Push 2 display.
  • The fade-in and fade-out visuals on Simpler are now represented differently from Loops on Push 2.
  • Page Left/Right buttons are now available in the Step Sequencer for Simpler in Slice mode.
  • The Push 2 firmware has been updated to 1.0.60. This version allows to automatically adjusts the LED white balance for units produced in the factory from November 2015. Also, this delivers a new pad algorithm that improves the sensitivity of Push pads when playing with wrist pressure. It also contains a fix for cases where Push 2 buttons might double-trigger, and improves the stability of the MIDI data sent from the Push encoders.

Push Bugfixes:

  • When recording multiple clips at the same time, triggering one clip would cause also the other ones to stop recording.
  • Live would crash when enabling the Push 2 Control Surface script on some systems. As a result of the fix, some display functions of Push 2 still won’t work. Improved the error logging to find out more about this issue.
  • The Push 2 display process would not start on Windows, if non-standard unicode characters were contained in the user profile name.
  • When muting or unmuting a track while in Mix Mode with Push 2, the state color of the track’s meters would only update if its peak level changed.
  • Pressing Record on Push would stop a Clip if the Clip Launch Mode was set to “Toggle”.
  • When changing Layout, the Step Sequencer page would reset.
  • The step sequencers might malfunction when odd time signatures were in use.
  • When step-sequencing a Clip in Arrangement View, the playhead would not be shown on Push 2.
  • When a Drum Rack or Instrument Rack was frozen, it was still possible to edit the Chain’s mix parameters.
  • If the selected Clip was in Arrangement View, Push 2 would not display its content in Clip View.
  • The Clip length would not be displayed in Clip View, when performing a recording with Fixed Length.

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Pioneer XDJ Aero – Hands on Demo Video inc. Rekordbox Mobile App

The Pioneer XDJ Aero is an excellent new Wireless DJ controller and this week we’ve had a visit from thier chief demonstrator Rob Anderson, who took us through the many features including the use of the Rekordbox APP for Android and Apple smartphones and Tablets, as well as Windows PC’s and Mac.

We were extremely impressed by the build quality and slick operation of the Pioneer XDJ Aero, although it does “stream” from wireless authorised devices running the Rekordbox app, it has a 10 minute buffer, as well intelligently automatically using the bpm (set in rekordbox) to put the track into a 4 bar loop, if the worst happens, if your mobile device runs out of battery  and it does run out of tunes!

The build quality of this device was fantastic, with a welcome return to the solid metal cue and start buttons that CDJ users will be used to, as well as solid metal, touch sensitive platters.

The mixer is switchable between standalone and wireless mode and is exactly what you would expect from pioneer’s top level of equipment, solid, smooth and built for the heaviest level of fader abuse that you could possibly manually throw at it! One really nice feature was the lockable fader caps, to stop the frequent “flying fader” effect, where after some energetic movements, the caps shoot halfway across the dancefloor, leaving only little metal stumps for the next DJ.

The idea behind the Rekordbox app is that you can sort out and beatgrid, cue and edit information for your tunes on the go.

I found this a MAAASIVE plus point, as there’s many times whilst stuck on many forms of transport, that i really wished that i could sort my tunes out quickly, this does not only do that, but also allows you to stream directly to the unit to mix the tracks.

I can see the Pioneer XDJ Aero as the perfect home practice tool for people who use CDJ-2000’s in clubs, and currently move thier library about on USB pendrive. This controller definatly sits alone with a unique way of working that will be incredibly attractive to users who embrace modern technology and methodology.

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Ableton Live 8.4 Beta Enables 64 Bit support (At Last!)

Finally, Ableton come out with a 64 bit version, (Well, Almost… its still a beta) why not go and try it out for yourselves.

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We are pleased to announce the beta version of Live 8.4, featuring native 64-bit support. With 64-bit support, Sets in Live 8 can now accommodate much larger memory usage, and third-party plugins that support 64-bit. Registered Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro or Live Lite 8 users can download the beta now.

Download the beta

The 64-bit version of Live works with PCs running Windows Vista/7/8 (64-bit) and with Intel-Macs running OS X 10.5 and up. The 64-bit version of Live 8 does not support Max for Live, video, or The Bridge. We are currently working with our partners to add support for these features.

Learn more about the benefits and limitations of 64-bit Live 8

The release version of Live 8.4 will be available later, as a free update for registered Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro or Live Lite 8 users.

Steinberg Nuendo Live

For many years Steinbergs post production suite has been one of their flagship products, in use by producers and editors around the world. Now Steinberg have anounced Nuendo Live which aims to be a live multitrack recording solution for users wishing to record and edit whole shows and events.

Steinberg’s information on Nuendo Live:

Nuendo Live is a professional multitrack live recording solution, perfectly tailored to capture live performances, from club show up to the largest concerts and festivals. Ease of use, utmost stability and an exceptional performance are combined to make your live recording session both more professional and a whole lot easier. Highlights of Nuendo Live include on-the-fly session setup, a convenient record panel, a 60-second pre-record buffer, auto-save functionality and a seamless integration with Yamaha’s CL digital mixing consoles. In plain words, Nuendo Live the ideal choice to capture the essence of now — with superior quality and without any compromises.

Steinberg Nuendo Live Main Features:

  • Advanced live recording system featuring a straightforward single-window operation, a record panel, a pre-record buffer and more
  • Seamless integration with Yamaha CL-series consoles for controlling essential Nuendo Live functions straight from the live console
  • State-of-the-art recording quality based on Steinberg’s award-winning audio engine with up to 192 kHz lets your production stand apart from the competition
  • Nuendo Live Record Panel shows all essential session information at once — creating confidence in demanding live situations
  • Advanced Session Management with auto-naming of recorded files, multiple folder creation, easy-to-use marker track, auto-save and notepad
  • Zero setup time thanks to automatic track creation function that make Nuendo Live record-ready in less than a minute
  • 24+ hours recording time thanks to EBU-compliant RIFF 64 broadcast wave format in standard recording mode
  • Virtual Sound Check allows for easy use of previous recordings for sound check, including marker recall and 1:1 output
  • Deliver with confidence due to standardized rendering formats and Nuendo
  • Editing on the road: Nuendo Live includes essential editing functions, making it possible to create a rough edit of the recordings right after the show
Steinberg Nuendo Live
Steinberg Nuendo Live

 

More information on the Steinberg Nuendo Live homepage.