Posts Tagged ‘Music Software’

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Music Creation Software Popularity Index according to search engine activity

May 12, 2009

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The ten most popular music creation software products on the Internet, based on recent search engine activity, are:
1. DigiDesign Pro Tools (11.4)
2. FL Studio (10.1)
3. Steinberg Cubase (7.3)
4. Cakewalk Sonar (6.0)
5. Apple Logic (3.5)
6. Adobe Audition (3.5)
7. Apple GarageBand (3.1)
8. Sony Sound Forge (2.3)
9. Ableton Live (2.0)
10. MOTU Digital Performer (1.9)

This index is based on quarterly Internet search activity on Google, Yahoo, AOL and MSN.

Collectively these 4 search engines represent more than 95 percent of the searches on the Internet. Over 100 search terms are used to construct this index, and 15 music software products are tracked. An annual average of the past four quarters is also included for comparison.

Which software do you use and why?

Additional details on the results of the Music Software Popularity Index are available at the Digital Music Doctor website here.

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Reason 4 – A closer look at the updated features

January 14, 2009

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What is Reason?

For those that don’t Reason is what pop stars writers use  to make music with, fast!.  Its easy,  its built in soundbank is unbelievablely good and dare I say essential for modern day music making.

Making music should be as easy as powering up a computer, loading up a powerful piece of music software, and getting down to business. And it is.  Reason version 4 is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. And it’s more than just a set of excellent synths and effects. It’s a complete music system.  Step into the age of Reason.

As of version 4.0, modules available include:

  • Subtractor:  a subtractive synthesizer
  • Malström:  a graintable synthesizer
  • NN-19: a standard digital sampler, which loads pre-recorded instrumental and vocal sounds
  • NN-XT:  an advanced digital sampler, which features the option of tweaking the various modulation, oscillation and filter parameters      of  a preloaded sample or patch
  • Dr Rex:  a loop playback device, which slices prerecorded samples into manageable, bitesize units
  • Redrum:  a drum machine with a 64-step pattern sequencer, allowing for playback of the library of pre-recorded drum and effects   samples.
  • Thor:  a semi-modular, polyphonic synthesizer that features, among others, wavetable, FM and phase modulation synthesis that can be routed through various types of filter modules.
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Spectrasonics Omnisphere Power Synth Now Available!

September 19, 2008

Omnisphere by Spectrasonics breaks new sonic ground by combining a wide variety of hybrid realtime synthesis techniques, an epic library of ‘Psychoacoustic’ sounds, and many innovative features that have never been seen before in any hardware or software synthesizer.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere is the first virtual instrument to be based on the Spectrasonics STEAM Engine, the company’s newly developed core technology. Omnisphere is set to be released September 15th, 2008 with an MSRP of under £300.

The Omnisphere development team will be revealing the new instrument to the public through a series of video episodes from the Spectrasonics website showing features and behind the scenes details on how the instrument and its unique sounds have been created.

“This is truly an Epic project,” said Eric Persing, Founder and Creative Director of Spectrasonics. “We have been working for many, many years; sampling unique sounds, experimenting, specifying the synthesis features and building the STEAM Engine to run it all. It’s been a very exciting process involving our team of software engineers, sound designers, musicians, and graphic artists from all over the world. We’ve been very deliberate in making it easy to use, and yet extremely powerful. Omnisphere is our new flagship synthesizer, and points the way to all our future virtual instruments. We are thrilled to offer a new product that will new have a host of expansion capabilities in the future.”

Although the new synth is extremely powerful, Omnisphere is designed with a unique user interface containing progressive layers of ‘zooming’ to accommodate the complete range of users – from musicians who just want to be inspired by the sounds and customize them in an easy way, to expert synthesists and the most advanced sound designers. Users can go deeper and deeper into the software and progress in their synthesis knowledge by simply exploring additional levels of sound manipulation options. To make sure that all users get the most out of the new capabilities, Omnisphere will ship with an extensive set of video tutorials and synthesis lessons taught by the renown Spectrasonics sound design team.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere  offers a host of hybrid synthesis and new control capabilities including Variable Waveshaping DSP synthesis, Granular synthesis, Timbre Shifting, FM, polyphonic Ring Modulation, high-resolution streaming Sample Playback, Harmonia, Dual Multimode Filter structure, Chaos Envelopes, an advanced Unison mode, and the innovative Flex-Mod modulation routing system – to name a few.

The huge core library of Spectrasonics Omnisphere  is filled with years of creative sampling experiments and thousands of inspiring patches. Spectrasonics has pioneered several brand-new types of sampling for the core library of this instrument, including unique “Psychoacoustic” sounds and sound sources created with a new Composite Morphing Technique (CMT) – which morphs the harmonic characteristics of one instrument to another. As a bonus, a section of the core library is also devoted to representing the best of Spectrasonics sample libraries. When all of these organic core library sound sources are combined with the synthesis power of the STEAM engine, the sounds become “alive” in a truly dynamic and expressive way.

Among the many unique features this new multi-timbral synth offers are its flexible arpeggiators with the innovative Groove Lock integration with Stylus RMX – allowing the arpeggiator’s pattern to instantly groove with the feel of the RMX drum loop; Live Mode for transitionless patch switching and layering, Stack Mode for powerful performance mapping; and integrated modulatable FX Racks.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere  is also the successor to Spectrasonics’ popular Atmosphere instrument, and contains enhanced versions of all the classic Atmosphere sounds. However, the brand new core library in Omnisphere is 10-times the size of Atmosphere and features thousands of completely new and different sounds. There will be an upgrade path for all Atmosphere customers, details to be announced in September.

Omnisphere is cross-platform compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher as a native Universal Binary and also with Microsoft Windows XP/Vista. Audio Units, VST, and RTAS plug-in formats are supported for compatibility with all major host software.

 

View Spectrasonics Omnisphere at Dolphin