Image Line releases FL Studio 12.4 with new Transistor Bass plugin that is Image Line take on Roland TB-303 (though I can’t say it sounds authentic – it has more flat digital sound comparing to original or D16 plugin version – which is probably closest software emulation of 303 synth).
What’s more important new version comes with FLM – FL Mobile plugin which is exact copy or Android/iOS/Win mobile apps. iOS and Win are not yet released and will be available soon.
FLM brings smooth workflow for musicians that are using Android and iOS devices for music production. It’s a pretty comprehensive studio app that has several intstruments (Mini-synth, Transistor Bass, Direct Wave sampler and GMS instrument) as well as comprehensive set of effects. With easy synchronization process you can get your mobile production right in FL Studio desktop so you can further tweak your project or add FL/VST instruments and further evolve your tracks.
More plugins were updated with Vectorial graphics – so you can scale them and those look nice on any resolution (including retina displays and Surface Pro/new Surface Studio).
Updated are: FPC, Harmles, Ogun, Parametric EQ 2, Slicex, Vocodex.
The following improvements are included in Maschine 2.5.0:
Support for MASCHINE JAM and it’s associated features
Perform FX effects
Maschine Factory Library update (available in Native Access)
Fixed Velocity is now unified between Pad and Step entry modes
A detailed list of missing plug-ins is now presented when trying to load content which requires plug-ins that MASCHINE cannot find.
REPLIKA is embedded correctly in MASCHINE’s plugin strip
Improved Loop behaviour when deleting and moving scenes
Numerous bug fixes
Perform FX description
Enliven your sounds with MASCHINE 2.5 software’s advanced Perform FX. Designed for spontaneous, tactile control in recording or live performance, these eight complex multi-effects alter motion, space, dynamics, and more for added expression.
An analog-modeled High, Low, and Band-pass filter capable of yielding raw, natural-sounding results using saturation and resonance. Roll off the highs for a thick, murky veil, or use the resonance to create sounds that float into self-oscillation infinity.
A comb filter effect with more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Get performance-ready flanger or phaser effects, or expose its wild side – setting higher decay and frequency values unleashes ping-pong delay-like flutter effects.
A warm, versatile echo with plenty of character, designed for spontaneous splashes of echo. Strong, responsive attacks that taper off into hazy trails are perfect for dub and can also be tweaked for more extreme sound design.
A complex resonant echo with advanced feedback and saturation that verge on psychedelic tendencies. Echoes range from a tight, punchy resonant hum to ambiguous howling sounds from another dimension.
Built on a carefully selected bank of ring modulators, Ring adds a bell-like quality to melodic sound sources. Using the additional plate reverb, tweak a knob or Smart Strip to hand-pick individual notes and keep them ringing into the stratosphere.
Turn the intensity up, and down again with Stutter. This beat-mangling effect adds creative dynamics like glitches, fills, and expressive pitch-bending crescendos to drum patterns and more.
A no-frills tremolo and vibrato effect that’s perfect for creating motion and wobble on the fly. Instantly add expression with multiple modes, Rate, and Depth ranges, and use the Stereo knob to create auto-pan motion effects.
Scratcher warps your sounds with turntable motion effects that can get other-worldly. Apply a ‘brake’ to a sound, then scratch with it – just like on vinyl. Or use the pitch shifter delay to thicken the sound and create alien-sounding sweeps.
Steinberg has updated Cubasis to 2.0 bringing lots of new features for both professional musicians and beginners.
First of all time-stretch – long waited feature requested by many users. There’s manual and auto mode.
Pitch shift is another requested feature.
New channel strip makes Cubasis more suitable for professional use. Great to have saturator on each channel.
Though it is great update and great intro price for new users there are still some important features missing: Ableton Link support and 12″ iPad Pro interface – it is still scaled version of 9″ ipad.
Cubasis 2 special price valid from September 22 to October 06, 2016: € ($) 24.99 (regular price: € ($) 49.99). Special price for FX Pack 1 and FX Pack 2 (exclusively available through in-app purchase) valid until October 06, 2016: € ($) 3.99 (regular price: € ($) 6.99).
What’s new in Cubasis 2
• A Refreshed User Interface – Enjoy profound usability by straightforward workflows
• Real-time Time-Stretch – Tempo match audio loops to your song’s tempo in a snap
• Pitch shift with formant correction – Easily change keys of any tracks and tune them to perfection
• A studio-grade channel strip – Reach true sound perfection for all channels
• Spin FX – Tweak and mash-up your tracks with DJ-like breaks, stops and stutters
• MicroSonic TAPE instruments – Perfectly recreate trademark sounds from the ’60s era
• 76 new Micrologue presets – Lay down your tracks with cutting-edge modern synth sounds
• Factory loops tempo match – Enjoy the freedom to use included audio loops at any tempo
• MIDI Auto Quantize – Sync MIDI tracks with the beat while recording
• Ready for iOS 10 – Cubasis 2.0 is fully tested and proven iOS 10 compatible
Cubasis 2 Improvements & Fixes
CB-335 Zooming behaviour in arrange window and editors has been reworked to provide enhanced precision and accuracy.
CB-3282 Response time has drastically been improved for menu bar and tool bar buttons.
CB-3081 Record mode tools have been added to tempo pop-up for improved usability.
CB-3145 Factory audio loop library has been converted to lossless FLAC format for improved quality.
CB-3273 Background color option has been added to the setup for the Arrange window.
CB-3209 Order of fixed insert slots can be swapped via corresponding icon.
CB-3289 Improves the cosmetic issue of iOS keyboard and text pop-ups overlapping.
CB-392 Overlapping events no longer flicker when zooming or scrolling.
CB-2947 Loading audio unit instances during playback no longer results in muted audio playback.
CB-3298 Releasing the pitch-bend wheel now correctly resets its value.
CB-3314 Fixes the graphical issue of overlaying event names and event lengths.
CB-3321 Fixes the problem of unreliable rendering of Cubasis when transferring a file via Air Drop.
CB-3341 Fixes the problem of unreliable rendering of Cubasis when deleting user files via WiFi.
CB-3063 Fixes a rare phenomenon where audio files can get lost after recording, renaming and reloading a project.
CB-3028 Solves a rare problem where undoing a track recording could lead to losing corresponding I/O track settings.
CB-3045 Fixes a rare issue where undoing a recording can lead to renaming of the corresponding track.
CB-3129 Fixes a problem where the user interface of Blamsoft Viking appears broken after being assigned as AU instrument.
CB-3127 Freezing an AU track that contains Moog Model 15 now leads to expected results.
CB-2919 Fixes a problem where loading a project that contains a NS1 AU instrument instance could lead to unreliable behaviour of Cubasis.
CB-2205 Swing quantize settings are now properly saved with the project.
CB-3046 Fixes a problem where activating cycle mode during pre-count can lead to loosing recordings.
CB-3062 Activating cycle mode during count-in no longer leads to unwanted results.
CB-3110 Fixes defective samples of Microsonic’s Mellow EP instrument.
CB-3159 Type parameter of filter effect plug-in can now be automated as expected.
CB-3145 Importing loops from the factory library no longer results in wrong audio event lengths.
CB-3170 Return to stop in record mode now works as expected when having roll/count enabled.
CB-3175 Solves a problem where importing 96 kHz samples could lead to broken MiniSampler instruments.
CB-3210 Deleting an effect no longer interacts with other effect or track automations.
CB-3162 Fixes a graphical issue where importing .wav files could lead to overlapping between waveform and event size.
Synapse (developers of Dune and Antidote synths) has released new Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason: The Legend.
The Legend is modeled after legendary Moog’s MiniMoog synth with several additions not found in the orginial synth.
“Every component, ranging from the voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs), voltage-controlled filter (VCF) and voltage-controlled amplifier (VCA), have been modeled to an accuracy never seen before in software. Furthermore the snappy filter and amplifier envelopes have been meticulously modeled, as well as the massive bottom end – even the most marginal effects like temperature drift or effects originating from the power supply have been taken into account.”
Anybody who have seen Minimoog or any plugin that recreates it (Arturia, NI Monark) will find familiar interface – three Oscillators with Moog-style controls, Mixer session with Noise and Feedback, Two Envelopes – One for filter and another for VCA. But also there are couple of new things…
First addition comparing to the original is Poly-mode. Second – it has Unison. At the back-side of the synth you can also find Reverb and Delay section.
What would be cool is to have Envelope CV outs (I hope Synapse add it in the future releases) – but except that it is perfect virtual analog synth that sounds fat and really analog. I would say it has the most analog sound comparing to any other RE-synth. And also from the design point of view – it is one most beautifully designed rack extensions. It looks great with a new Reason 9 black theme.
The Legend is available in Rack Extensions Store for $99 – which is great price tag for one of the best sounding Rack Extensions.