VertexDSP has released MultiInspector 2.0, an AU and VST plug-in that handles frequency analysis. Already capable of 31-band, third octave analysis, the second edition is capable of FFT analysis, with a host of options for FFT size and window selection. Up to 16 instances of the plug-in can be run simultaneously, at sample rates between 32 and 192kHz; various viewing modes allow stacked and overlapping displays. MultiInspector is a Universal Binary for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and costs $88.
Mu Technologies has released Mu Voice, a VST plug-in that tunes voices and adds various effects to them, such as panning, filters, and formants that affect timbre and color. A small 5.8ms delay allows the software to be used during live performances, and a particular feature is "intelligent harmonizing," which accounts for chord and scale information in a song when tuning. Mu Voice uses a four-track mixer, and can export to XML for compatibility with other platforms. The Mac plug-in is a Universal Binary, but is currently limited to VST and monophonic material; AU and RTAS plug-ins are in development. The software is available for $200 under "early bird" pricing.
A news report claims that two long-rumored Apple products, a Wi-Fi-enabled iPod and the iPhone nano, are in fact real. The Washington Post says that it has obtained documents composed by an Apple partner, suggesting that both products will be released within months. The new iPod will not only have Wi-Fi but an iPhone-like touchscreen, and the iPhone nano will deliberately target a lower price point, less than the current 4GB iPhone.
Famous as one of the first groups to claim a software unlock for the iPhone, iPhoneSIMfree.com now says it will begin sales of an unlocking service on September 4th. Instead of selling directly to iPhone owners however, the company will only interact with resellers, charing $36 per phone for 50 licenses, or as far as $25 per phone for 5,000 or more licenses. The service will require resellers or end users to install a .APP file on an iPhone, at which point the reseller must connect to iPhoneSIMfree's back office to enter information. The .APP can then be launched via the iPhone's Wi-Fi, finally executing the unlock.
Apple's "Beat Goes On" event should mark a radical departure from the company's traditional line, claim multiple sources inside Taiwan electronics suppliers. The contacts allege that a premium iPod to be announced on September 5th will include a large touchscreen similar to that of the iPhone and will also include Wi-Fi for networking features while swapping the hard disk for "high storage capacity" NAND flash memory, the sources said.
Rick Rubin, founder of Def Jam Recordings and now co-head of Columbia Records, is arguing that the future of music sales lies in a direction beyond the iPod and iTunes. In his conception, people would pay for subscriptions, but with more generous options than available on the likes of Napster. "You'd pay, say, $19.95 a month, and the music will come anywhere you'd like," he says. "In this new world, there will be a virtual library that will be accessible from your car, from your cellphone, from your computer, from your television. Anywhere. The iPod will be obsolete, but there would be a Walkman-like device you could plug into speakers at home."
In an interview with the New York Times, head of Columbia Records and legendary producer Rick Rubin predicts a music industry future where the subscription model dominates, and Apple's per-track purchase model, along with the iPod, are things of the past. "You'd pay, say, $19.95 a month, and the music will come anywhere you'd like. In this new world, there will be a virtual library that will be accessible from your car, from your cellphone, from your computer, from your television. Anywhere. The iPod will be obsolete, but there would be a Walkman-like device you could plug into speakers at home. You'll say, 'Today I want to listen to ... Simon and Garfunkel,' and there they are. The service can have demos, bootlegs, concerts, whatever context the artist wants to put out. And once that model is put into place, the industry will grow 10 times the size it is now."
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE