Tech: New Products, November 2008

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 PM

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Heavy Audio Command and Control

Steinberg
Cubase 4.5 Music Production Software

Having released its MR816 CSX/X I/O box and CC121 controller, Steinberg (www.steinberg.net) has stepped up with a new higher-powered version of its Cubase software, which promises better integration with the new hardware units. Version 4.5 ($779.99) works uniquely with the MR816 CSX/X, and its True Integrated Monitoring offers real-time, no-latency mixes with VST3 DSP FX from different audio input sources within Cubase. The software also addresses the MR816's onboard DSP chip, which includes Yamaha's REV-X reverb and the Sweet Spot Morphing channel strip plug-in. Controlling Cubase from the CC121 simply requires moving the mouse over a parameter, after which the AI knob picks up the controls without the need to click, hold or make other moves. Also standard is improved support of Yamaha hardware, including the Motif-Rack XS/XS6/7/8, with integration through FireWire; any Yamaha Motif unit connected via the computer is automatically configured and ready to use as an external VST3 instrument.

Cubase 4.5 also introduces VST Sound, an improved universal media-management format that's a fundamental part of Steinberg's VST3 standard. This lets you manage any sound from any software or hardware synth under a single, unified user interface and search sounds by category, type, style and more. Using VST Sound to manage VST effects, engineers can organize and categorize presets into an effects library.

Cubase 4.5 comes with 45 new instruments for HALion One, including the S90ES Grand by Yamaha. Other extras are drums, basses, guitars and other instruments by Sonic Reality, and 250 loops by Big Fish Audio. The update also offers full compatibility with Steinberg's entry-level Sequel 2 music creation and performance software, as well as the new Rock, Hip-Hop and Industrial Content Sets.

Version 4.5 is available now as a download for all U.S. registered Cubase 4 and Cubase Studio 4 customers from www.steinbergupgrades.com.

Portable I/O Box Can Take a Pounding

Edirol
UA-25EX Audio Interface

With a chassis constructed of high-grade aluminum, the Edirol (www.edirol.com) UA-25EX ($279) can withstand hard impacts and is shielded against high-frequency interference from other electrical components. It operates up to 24-bit/96kHz and has twin phantom-power mic preamps fed by a pair of Neutrik combo XLR/TRS jacks, a hi-Z port for DI apps, S/PDIF optical I/O and MIDI I/O. Features include an onboard analog compressor/limiter with variable attack and threshold control, and Cakewalk's Production Plus Pack, a software bundle comprising SONAR LE, Project 5 LE and Dimension LE. It ships with the latest WDM and ASIO 2 drivers for Windows XP and Vista (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions available), and Core Audio (universal binary) drivers for Mac OS X.

Speed and Good Looks, Too

OWC Mercury
On-the-Go 320GB 7,200 rpm Drive

Hard drive speed, affordability and portability seldom come in the same package — until now. The desktop, bus-powered 2.5-inch Mercury On-the-Go ($239) drive from OWC (www.otherworldcomputing.com) offers models available with USB 2, USB 2/eSATA, FireWire 400/USB 2 and FireWire 800-400/USB 2 interfaces. All combine the latest Hitachi 7K320 mechanism with OWC's custom bridge interfaces, and include full retail versions of the Prosoft DataBackup III for OS X and NovaStor NovaBackup for Windows. The drives include a carrying case, connecting cables and one-year warranty, and are compatible with Mac OS 8.5 through 9.2.x; Mac OS X (including the latest OS 10.5.x); and Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and Vista.

Got You Covered

KB Covers
Keyboard Layouts for Logic, Pro Tools, Sibelius and More

These ultrathin, comfortable keyboard covers for laptop and desktop applications from KB Covers (www.kbcovers.com) instantly convert your Apple Keyboard for custom use with Logic Pro/Express, Pro Tools, Final Cut, Sibelius and more. Molded to fit the 109-key Apple Keyboard and Apple Wireless Keyboard, we tried one of these durable, 0.5mm silicone covers at Mix and they delivered as advertised. They're comfortable, easy to type on and made to last. The covers promise accelerated workflow, making it easier to write, record, edit and mix. Keyboard shortcuts are color-coded so users know when to use modifier keys like Shift/Command/Option to get the desired result. Prices: $29.95 (MacBook/MacBook Air and MacBook Pro) or $39.95 for desktop keyboards.

Remote Possibilities

Bricasti Design
Model 10 Controller

For remotely controlling up to eight Bricasti (www.bricasti.com) M7 stereo reverb processors, the Model 10 connects to the first M7 via an included 30-foot, 9-pin RS-422 serial cable. A simple loop-thru connects additional M7s in a daisy-chain, supplying DC power via the serial cable; no external supplies are required for installations of shorter than 100 feet. Eight meters display levels for four stereo audio sources, simultaneously metering four connected Model 7s. A dedicated Setup key provides access to the M10's local memory, configurations and settings.






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