Full multi-track audio editor plus pre-amp adapter take recording mobile
IK Multimedia launched a one-two punch on Thursday with the release of two major new products: the iOS version of its audio editor AmpliTube -- now at version 3.0 -- and a new version of its hardware pre-amp adapter for quarter-inch connected instruments such as most electric guitars, the iRig HD. The latter sells for $100 and allows performers to record all manner of traditional instruments. The $20 iOS AmpliTube now offers a multi-track Studio mode with new gear models and timeline-based audio editing, along with effects and a built-in drum machine.
Custom-made for Mac, includes suite of plug-ins
Professional audio editing software Sound Forge Pro has officially come to the Mac, following a campaign of teases and a YouTube trailer confirming its arrival. Sony says it has "rethought, reshaped and recreated" the program, which has a following in the Windows arena, with its custom-made Mac version. Sound Forge Pro Mac can record up to 32 channels at 64-bit, 192kHz resolution, edit using the new Mac user interface or work within the legacy event-based system, and includes a number of iZotope plug-ins.
New instruments, drum sounds, editing in v1.5
Native Instruments has launched Maschine 1.5, updating the music production software with increased functionality and 50 new or improved features. Maschine integrates software and MPC-style hardware. The MIDI-capable hardware has 8 stereo outputs and includes a sequencer with sampling and slicing capabilities, while the software provides access to 6GB of samples and loops.
Amadeus Pro 1.4 update
HairerSoft has launched an update to its multitrack audio editing application, Amadeus Pro 1.4. The software comes with a series of abilities such as multitrack editing, recording, batch processing, sound de-noising and repairing. Amadeus Pro 1.4 provides new real-time sonogram and waveform functions and a duplicate track feature. Additions were made to the application which allows users to have control over the RAM usage in the preferences menu, and a new "flatten document" capability.
Peak Express 6 audio app
Berkley Integrated Audio Software (BIAS) has released the latest version of its audio editing software, Peak Express 6. The update features integration with the company's iProRecorder app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Users can transfer recordings from their mobile devices directly into Peak Express via WiFi. The program can also be used to import, record, edit, and process audio files. In addition to standard functions, the software also offers controls for compression, normalization, sample rate conversion, gain, and fades.
BIAS ships Peak LE 6
BIAS this week began shipping Peak LE 6 — the 'light' edition of its audio editing, processing and mastering application for Mac with an improved interface, new DSP features, and other improvements. Last month, BIAS released version 6 of Peak Pro and Peak Pro XT, the professional edition and an Extended Technology edition that includes Peak Pro and 8 plug-ins for mastering, restoration and sound design. Peak LE now offers the ability to author and upload audio podcasts directly (without requiring an additional application). Additionally, a new DSP feature, Voiceover Ducking, automatically lowers the music during a voiceover. Other new DSP features include Change Duration Options for optimization for vocal and musical content, and Mono-to-Stereo/Stereo-to-Mono conversion.
Ableton Suite, Live 7
Ableton today released Ableton Live 7, several new add-on instruments, and Ableton Suite. Ableton Live 7 enhances the audio engine to improve fidelity with 64-bit mix summing, POW-r dithering, optimized sample-rate conversion, and more. A new compressor device integrates three compression models, one of which is based on a feedback design commonly found in the most most praised vintage compressors, according to Ableton. Ableton 7 is priced at $500, and new add-on instruments are available for $160 each. The Ableton Suite is priced at $800.