updated 04:05 pm EDT, Mon July 24, 2006
RiffWorks Standard v2
Sonoma Wire Works has released RiffWorks Standard v2, offering increased compatibility, more features, integrated RiffCaster instant podcasting, and access to RiffLink online collaboration. RiffWorks Standard allows users to spontaneously record their musical ideas, create songs complete with drums and effects, jam online, and broadcast to an enthusiastic community. Available as a Universal Binary, features the popular Riff-based workflow and a new SongLayer tool that allows for full song-length recording. In addition to the real-time effects, users can now add effects to each backup module including InstantDrummer, ReWire, and the REX player. Version 2 also offers an improved interface, one-click broadcasting, support for Mac OS Core Audio devices, fade automation, Backup effects, and easier access to help.
Eight InstantDrummer sessions from top drum content providers (Drums on Demand, Discrete Drums, and Submersible Music) are included; the company says that dozens more have just been released, offering more professional drum recordings for users.
RiffWorks Standard integrates the new RiffLink interface, which enables participation in online jamming. With the debut of RiffLink, RiffWorks is the only recording application with built-in online collaboration. RiffLink allows multiple users to record, mix and chat in a shared session in real-time or when they have time. Because Riffs are looped, users can be playing along with collaborators' tracks with no worries about latency, according to the company: "New tracks show up when they finish streaming and are always perfectly in sync." The RiffLink service is current in public beta.
RiffWorks Standard is available for $130 and includes a 60-day free subscription to RiffLink. It supports Mac OS X