Thunderstorm III HD Professional SFX

The Recordist has announced a new SFX library, Thunderstorm III HD Professional SFX.

Produced with help from ‘the thunder gods’ Thunderstorm III HD Professional SFX features Idaho lightning and thunder alongside rain tracks.

The sound library was recorded using a Sound Devices 702, Sennheiser MKH-8040ST XY, Sennheiser MKH-8040 ORTF and Sony PCM D-100.

Thunderstorm III HD Professional SFX is available to pre-order now at a discount price and is sue for release this September 2014.

Focusrite Scarlett Solo

Focusrite Scarlett Solo

Focusrite have announced the Scarlett Solo a 2 in, 2 out USB interface with a single preamp (with phantom power) and latency free monitoring.

While designed to be portable the Scarlett Solo still offers 24bit 96KHz with a dynamic range of 105dB. For monitoring there is a single headphone out and phono outputs on the rear.

The Focusrite Scarlett Solo is supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well as Mac OSX 10.6.5 and greater.

Focusrite OSX Yosemite Support

Focusrite have released details of OSX Yosemite Beta support online.

In summary,

Saffire firewire range – Works with Yosemite? YES

Scarlett 2i2, Scarlett 2i4 – Works with Yosemite? YES

Scarlett 8i6, Scarlett 18i6, Scarlett 6i6, Scarlett 18i8, Scarlett 18i20 – Works with Yosemite? YES

Saffire 6 USB – Works with Yosemite? YES (USB 2.0 version)

Saffire 6 USB MkI (USB 1.1) – Soon but not yet

Forte – Works with Yosemite? YES

VRM Box – Works with Yosemite? NO

RedNet – Works with Yosemite? NO

It should be noted that this is Beta support and not the final support situation I suspect RedNet (and others) will be support on Yosemite in time.

Flux announces SPAT v3

Flux has announced the release of IRCAM SPAT v3 for AAX, AU and VST.

SPAT is a spatialiatsaion effects that combines multiple reverbs into a single effect allowing fine control of not only 3D position but movement within the soundspace.

SPAT v3 adds support for ProTools AAX on both Windows and Mac alongside the AU and VST versions. SPAT v1 remains available for users of RTAS systems as well. SPAT v3 is 7 channel compatible making it ideal for v.1 surround situations of positioning orchestral instruments or samples within a convincing audio soundscape.

SPAT v3 is available to current SPAT users for of charge and currently has a 30% discount promotion (August 2014).

Max 7 this Fall

David Zicarelli, founder of Cycling 74, has announced the intended release of Max 7 this coming fall (2014).

Quite a few changes detailed in the new Max 7 release including a new authorisation experience (bye bye serial numbers), new interactive lessons, new Max4Live devices, VST and AU parameter management and integrated pitch shifting and time compression / expansion into most objects that deal with sample playback.

Jitter will include direct render to texture while OpenGL support now includes shadows and post-processing such as depth-of-field and tone-mapping effects.

There will also be improvements to the patcher workflow with the introduction of snippets and the return of the pre Max5 object palette.

Finally Gen editing will be included as standard as it now is with Max 6 (as of Max version 6.1.8).


Reason 8 Announced

Propellerhead have announced the release of Reason 8 their flagship music production software.

Reason 8 features a completely redesigned user interface and a new streamlined workflow. Softube amp and speaker models are also included along with support for rack extensions.

Reason 8 will be available for purchase worldwide on September 30, 2014. The grace period for Reason 7 purchases started July 1, 2014.

In the studio with Taylor Deupree

This interview with Taylor Deupree (of the 12k music label) on was shared by someone on the facebook (I, sf, forget who – sorry, and thanks to whoever you were!).

From the interview:

What equipment do you use for field recordings?

I don’t take field recording too seriously, in terms of fidelity. I’m more interested in capturing a mood than pristine reality. My main recorder is the one I always have on me: my iPhone, equipped with a Zoom m/s microphone. It makes a great little recorder. Just like they say about cameras, the best one is the one that you have with you, so you don’t miss a photograph. I also have an older Tascam field recorder, but really, the iPhone is much better so I just use that and it works great for what I need it to do.

Another audio editor – Ocenaudio

A few days ago I (SH) came across Ocenaudio, a cross platform audio editor designed for editing and analysis. Built on top of the Ocen Framework, OcenAudio supports Windows XP, Vista, 7.8 and 8.1 as well as OSX 10.5+ and Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora Linux versions.

Ocenaudio is developed by the University of Santa Catarina and features VST support, a real time spectrogram, multi-selection for editing and real-time previewing of effects.

It’s free so well worth looking at.

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