Tag - Ableton
Ableton has announced the availability of new offerings for musicians, producers, and DJs with the debut of the newest version of Push. The hardware unit allows for hands-on creation of melody and harmony, beats, and song structure with a large, multicolor display that adapts to show users vital information while they work. Alongside the new Push update, Ableton is also offering a free upgrade to the new Live 9.5. The new version of Live brings additional functionality for the original Push units, with workflow improvements, new instruments, and a simpler redesign.
Rovio has announced its upcoming new game Angry Birds Stella, offering a female lead character. Rovio CEO Mikael Hed says Stella will feature "passionate characters who really stand for something, while adding plenty of action and and reality into the mix." As with previous Angry Birds games, Stella will likely have books, toys, and other merchandise associated with the title. It is anticipated to be released this fall.
Re-Compose's latest update to its music editing software, Liquid Notes, has its focus on user interface improvements. Released yesterday, its previous multi-function knob has been replaced by individual control elements for chord substitution, tension, and function. Other notable changes to Liquid Notes include more control while in track view, allowing for a high-level overview of one's musical arrangements on a single-instrument level. Ableton Live is now better supported, with the addition of a "multiple single-track import" feature to accommodate Live's lack of support for multi-channel MIDI arrangements. Available as a free trial download, or fully licensed software priced at $175, Liquid Notes can be obtained online from Re-Compose.
Ableton has begun a public beta of Live 9.1, a future update of its digital audio workstation. The biggest addition is dual-monitor support, allowing musicians to keep important tools up side-by-side. Some given examples include pairing the Arrangement and Session Views, or keeping the sample display or MIDI note editor handy.
Ableton has launched Live 9, a major update of its flagship music production software. Among changes in the suite are Session automation -- the ability to record automation in real-time within a clip -- and a overhauled browser, which locates instruments, effects, samples, and plugins within a single view, and supports dragging and dropping folders from anywhere on a computer. Audio can now be converted to MIDI through Drums-to-MIDI, Harmony-to-MIDI, and Melody-to-MIDI options.
Canon has launched a new iOS application that allows users to print and scan directly from their mobile device. Canon Direct Print and Scan connects with imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER Advance systems, and includes support for directly printing e-mails, PDFs, and photos. Users can also scan documents and manage print finishing and scanning options, such as paper size selecting, scan resolution, duplex printing, and more.
Venerable audio software producer Ableton has unveiled beta releaseversion 8.4 for Ableton Live 8. The new release features native 64-bit support, allowing for the use of more than 4GB of RAM with the application. The beta release is available now, and the full release will be available later for free for registered Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro, or Live Lite 8 users.
E-on Software has launched Vue 10.5 Personal Learning Edition, a free version of the company's 3D environment creation tool. The Personal Learning Edition includes a fully functional version of Vue 10.5 xStream/Infinite, however several restrictions have been put in place. Network rendering has been disabled and scene files created with the PLE cannot be exchanged with other PLE users and are not compatible with other versions of Vue. In addition to the PLE, the company has also announced that it will be offering Vue 10 Complete at the discounted price of $449 until June 25.
To celebrate the winter season, Ableton will be offering a 25 percent discount off all purchases made before January 15th, 2012. The discount applies to all Ableton software, such as Suite 8, Live 8, and Max for Live, and is available through both authorized retailers and the Ableton web shop. However, purchases of educational and not-for-resale versions, as well as Ableton merchandise are excluded from the discount. Full promotion details can be found on Ableton's website.
Other World Computing has released a Mac compatible firmware updater for SandForce Driven solid state drives. The new updater is available as a free download from the OWC website and is designed for exclusive use with select OWC Mercury SSD models manufactured after January 2010. To run the updater, users have to download software from OWC to make a bootable DVD. The DVD can then be used to launch a graphical interface that will guide the user through the process of installing the latest firmware revision to their SSD.
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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