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Cubase 5 : The New Features ‘ A Guide’

February 10, 2009

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Cubase 5 – Advanced Music Production System

Cubase 5 comes with fully integrated new tools for working with loops, beats and vocals, such as LoopMash and VariAudio, combining with new composition features and the first VST3 convolution reverb to take musical creativity to new heights. With stunning innovations and additional enhancements that boost productivity and performance, Cubase 5 represents the absolute cutting edge in digital audio workstations.

Beat Creation and Loop Mangling

Cubase 5 features outstanding new tools for creating beats, generating exciting new rhythms and working with loops.

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Vocal Editing and Pitch Correction

Cubase 5 comes with an amazing new toolset for perhaps the most important element in any song: the vocals.

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New Dimensions for Your Mix

Cubase 5 has numerous new features that will help you bring new depth to your mix — in more ways than one.

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Express Creative Visions

With Cubase 5, Steinberg has innovated even further to offer even more creative compositional tools.

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Next-Generation Performance and Faster Workflow

Cubase 5 also includes an array of additional new ways of working faster, with added performance that takes advantage of new technologies.

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Further Improvements and Added Value

Cubase 5 comes with redesigned and enhanced features plus many new handy tools and functions.

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Playa – a hip hop virtual instrument plug-in

February 6, 2009
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Playa – a hip hop virtual instrument plug-in for MAC and PC packed with fat sounds, pro features and an interface that is ridiculously easy to use.

Whether you’re using a midi keyboard, MPC pad controller, or just your computer by itself, Playa gives you serious control over your music. Welcome to music and beat making paradise!


Playa serves up over 450 instruments and pad layouts, all in an interface that’s guaranteed to have you laying down cutting edge beats and music in no time. Playa interfaces seamlessly with your DAW and midi controllers so you can just it hook up and start laying down grooves the way you’re used to. Like a glove, Playa fits your style.

MP3 DEMOS

The Dark Playa by Eric Barlaan – 2,453k

Cinamatic Interlude by James Semple – 1,799k

DFreshhh Playa – 6,057k

West Meets East Part 1 – 3,231k

West Meets East Part 2 – 3,102k



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PSPaudioware has announced the release of PSP sQuad

February 4, 2009

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For those who havn’t used this range of plug-ins, might I suggest you get yourself closer as soon as possible. PSP Vintage warmer is one of my personnal favourites when it comes to attaining that ‘squishy anolog sound’.

Therefore….

PSPaudioware has announced the release of PSP sQuad, a bundle of four new high-quality equalizer plug-ins: PSP ClassicQ, PSP ConsoleQ, PSP preQursor and PSP RetroQ.

PSP has added to its EQ several features including variable high pass filters or switchable steepness for the shelving filters. These EQs are said to be CPU efficient enough to be used at every stage of the creative process, from composition to tracking to final production/mixing/mastering.

The Processors in PSP sQuad have a number of features in common with each other, and with other PSP Audioware plug-ins:

  • FAT double sampling. In the PSP sQuad bundle, unlike other PSP Audioware plug-ins, FAT is automatically switched on for low (below 50kHz) sample rates, and off for higher sample rates.
  • 64-bit double precision floating point computations for “ultra low accumulative errors in the filters.”
  • An optional second generation SAT(uration) option in the output of each plug-in. This both protects against digital clipping in software or hardware following the plug-in, and adds a smooth, overdriven sound to hard-driven signals, according to PSP. The SATuration algorithm is located after output level control in a plug-in’s internal chain and its ceiling reference level is setup a fraction of dB below 0dBFS.
  • All actual parameters like gain, frequency or Q may differ from displayed values which is a typical feature of analog equalizers.

PSP ClassicQ is inspired by various classic British-style equalizers. It captures the sound and flavor of famously musical high and low filters (such as those in early Neve EQs), melded to mid-range filter. In addition, PSP ClassicQ offers a selectable simulation of class A circuitry and output transformer for a “unique, vintage-style color.” To its classic features PSP ClassicQ adds features such as an adjustable high pass filter, switchable Q for low- and high-shelf filters, and a sweepable midrange bell-type filter.

PSP ConsoleQ has an adjustable high pass filter, steepness (resonance) control for the shelving filters, and three nominal Q values for midrange filters. In addition to its other musical features PSP designed PSP ConsoleQ’s midrange bell type filters so that they have gain following Q factors. By this, PSP means that the Q factor of these filters gradually increases along with increases in boost or attenuation. The ConsoleQ is designed for deep track tweaking to get the desired sound for a track, or just to get great track separation in the mix.

PSP preQursor is said to have filters with low resonance peaks for reduced ringing artifacts, great band separation, and narrow notching on negative gains. All four filters are bell-type filters with progressive Q factors.

PSP RetroQ is described as optimized for use on groups and mixes, but is said to be “equally at home in any situation in which you desire some gentle sweetening in your overall processing chain.”