Cubasis 3.3 Now Available – Here’s What’s New

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Steinberg has updated its mobile DAW Cubasis to version 3.3, adding MIDI learn, MCU support, sidechain support, AUv3 multi out, extended MIDI routing and more.

They also shared this video, demonstrating the key new features in Cubasis 3.3:

00:00? Intro
00:33? Extended Midi Routing
04:42? Sidechain Support
08:21? Au Instruments Multi Out Support
13:18? Midi Learn MCU & HUI Support
13:44? Midi Learn Mode
15:56? Selected Track Mode
17:45? Midi Learn To Control Instruments
18:56? MCU & HUI Support

Cubasis 3.3 is available now for iOS & Android. See the Steinberg site for details.

New Max4Live Device, Simbiosi, A Multi-Channel Multi-Mode Delay

Developer Massimiliano Cerioni let us know that he’s introduced a new Max 4 Live device, Simbiosi.

“Simbiosi is a multi-channel, multi-mode delay plug-in, whose audio engine is made entirely in gen~, ” notes Cerioni. “That’s why I think it can be a game-changer, it sounds different from any other M4L device.”

Culto is designed to create a wide range of delay-based effects, including delays, flanger, chorus, tremolo, vibrato, and comb filters, complex drones, cinematic textures and evolving soundscapes.

Features:

  • 5 filters
  • 10 full-range delay lines starting from 0.2 ms up to 5 seconds
  • 16 phase-locked waveshaping LFOs with various shapes like sine, triangle-like waves, distortions, and downsampled pseudo-random number generators

Audio demo:

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Pricing and Availability

Simbiosi is available now with an intro price of €19, normally 29 €.

Korg Volca Drum + iPad Synth Jam

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Sunday Synth Jam: In this video, via Perplex On, Poly 2 on the iPad and a Korg Volca Drum are the minimal setup used to create a glitchy ambient jam.

Poly 2 is a generative sequencer for iOS that creates evolving patterns and melodies based on polyrhythms. It can play up to 8 sounds at a time and also supports MIDI out for sequencing other software and hardware.

BeepStreet Updates Drambo With New ‘Analog Filter’, Multi-Channel Audio Support & More

BeepStreet has released an update for Drambo, its modular groovebox for iOS, adding multi-channel audio interface support, a new Analog Filter module, support for controlling external modular synths and more.

Here’s what’s new in version 1.40:

  • Support for multi-channel audio interfaces
  • Analog Filter module with 6 types of nonlinear filters (4x oversampled, high quality processing)
  • External CV instrument module to control external modular synthesizers via DC-coupled audio interfaces
  • Audio out module
  • Tap tempo
  • MIDI to CV module: added voice allocation type setting

Pricing and Availability

Drambo is available now for $19.99.

Fors Releases Chiral, An MPE-Enabled Max For Live Device

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Fors has introduced Chiral, a new MPE-enabled Max for Live device inspired by early electronic performance instruments.

The core of Chiral operates through the unconventional distortion of a sine wave, known as phaseshaping. Through the built-in three-dimensional oscilloscope, the twisting of your waveform is displayed holographically, reminiscent of a Moebius strip.

Chiral is designed to take full advantage of all the expressive and performative possibilities opened up by MPE integration in Ableton 11.

Features:

  • Phaseshaping Oscillator
  • Amplitude Modulator
  • ADSR Envelope
  • Variable Slope Generator
  • Contouring Tone Filter
  • Celestial Space Reverb
  • Crunchy Dirt Saturator
  • Up to 16 voice polyphony
  • MPE compatibility
  • Vast Modulation Matrix
  • Single Cycle Waveform export
  • CPU-friendly

Pricing and Availability

Chiral is available now as a Max For Live device, compatible with both Ableton Live 10 and 11, for €25.

New iPad App, BeatCutter, An Experimental Platform For Slicing & Recombining Sound

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Developer Igor Vasiliev has introduced BeatCutter, an experimental multi-channel app for slicing and recombining sound based on rhythm.

Vasiliev says that the app “is best for those who would like to experiment with long sound files or live instruments, creating chaotic constructions and patterns from sliced rhythm-driven samples.”

Here’s how it works:

At the core of the app is a matrix of 64 (8×8) cells in each of which a sample can be recorded. The sample matrix is controlled by 5 types of buses – Inputs, Triggers, Controls, Sequencer and Outputs.

The audio signal for recording takes from 8 input buses, each of which can playback a file or be assigned to one of 4 channels of an external sound card or audio unit.

Cell recording start and stop is controlled by 8 trigger buses. Each trigger can be assigned to a signal from any input bus or external channel. The trigger is activated when the signal exceeds the threshold. Each trigger has a band pass filter which selects frequency range in which the trigger will activating. The length of the record in the cell is defined either by a fixed value in beats or by activating and deactivating the trigger.

The sequencer controls the playback of the cells. The sequencer can sync with the main BPM clock or change the step when activating its own trigger. The played sample is fed to one of the 8 output buses on which the cell is located.

The output bus also process the signal with one of the audio effects, filter and echo modules. Next, for each of the 8 output signals, can set the output level, stereo panning, EQ and level to send to the main reverb. The output buses and main reverb are mixed for the external stereo output.

Each cell has a set of parameters that define the playback speed of the sample, a bit mask of playback addressing that implements a kind of glitch effects and other parameters. For each group of 8 cells, these parameters are set by one of the 8 control buses.

Pricing and Availability

BeatCutter is available now for $14.99.

Sassy, The Audio Spreadsheet, Is Like Excel But With Cooler Functions

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Developer Jari Komppa let us know that version 1.0 of Sassy, a new software modular synthesizer for Windows, is now available.

Komppa describes Sassy as ‘The Audio Spreadsheet’, because it’s a spreadsheet. You can add values to cells, and ask it to average a range.

But it’s also a synthesizer. You can ask it to generate a sine wave based on time, and output it through your speakers. Add an ADSR envelope, modulate the frequency based on MIDI input note, put in some filters and then it becomes a playable instrument.

Since the original beta, Sassy has gained over 100 functions, including area functions (which can be used for sequencing, for instance), new waveform generators, various new filters including reverb, JIT execution engine, MIDI outputs, audio inputs, spreadsheet style copy and paste with variable offsets, value baking, optionally displaying values as notes and more.

Pricing and Availability

Sassy is available for Windows with “pay what you want” pricing.

If you’ve used Sassy, share your thoughts on it in the comments!

Free MPE Instrument Pack For Ableton Live 11

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Joey Nelson has released a free pack of 8 instruments for Ableton Live that are designed to take advantage o Live 11’s support for MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE).

MPE gives you new ways to be expressive with synths and electronic instruments, because it gives you the capability to use three dimensions of expression for each note that you play. Most older electronic music gear is limited to using velocity to control dynamics, with some adding aftertouch support.

With MPE, you can control pitch, volume, timbre, etc for each note independently, giving you a lot more expressive options for how you play.

The Ableton Live 11 MPE Instrument Pack is available now as a a free download.

Ableton Offers Free Live + Push Webinars March 16 & 23, 2021

Ableton let us know that they are hosting two free webinars that they say will offer ‘the ultimate introduction’ to Ableton Live and Push 2.

The free webinars – scheduled for the 16th and 23rd March, 2021 at 19:00 GMT – will be hosted by Simon Lyon, Producer, Certified Trainer and Product Expert for Ableton UK & IE.

You can sign up for the events via Eventbrite:

Here’s what they have to say about the events:

“The 90-minute sessions will see Simon showcase and explain how to utilise Ableton Live and Push 2 to make music production fast, fluid and flexible. These sessions will be ideal for music makers who want to learn the fundamentals of Live and Push 2 and get to grips with production, discover how to turn their creations into finished pieces, or perform their work live.

Over the course of the two free webinars, topics covered will include getting started, setting up, plus a guided tour of the software’s features and tools. By the end of the sessions participants will have the building blocks for capturing audio, mixing, beat making, performing, sound design, mastering and more at their fingertips.

Plus, Simon and a team of Ableton experts will be on hand to answer any questions you have throughout the sessions.”

If you’re not a Live user, you can download the trial version of Ableton Live 11 before the event.

Ableton Live 11 Coming February 23, 2021

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Ableton today announced that Live 11 , the latest major update to the popular DAW, will be released February 23, 2021.

Live 11 introduces a huge array of new features, including:

  • Flexible comping tools;
  • Support for expressive performance with the MPE standard;
  • New devices;
  • Creative randomization options;
  • Live tempo follow;
  • New sound libraries and more.

You can get a deep dive into Live 11 with the official intro videos, embedded below:

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Pricing and Availability

Ableton Live 11 will be available February 23, 2021, with the following pricing:

  • Ableton Live 11 will be available for purchase from Ableton.com and at local retailers.
  • Download versions of Ableton Live 11 cost 79 EUR / 99 USD for Live Intro, 349 EUR / 449 USD for Live Standard and 599 EUR / 749 USD for Live Suite.
  • Existing Ableton Live owners should log into their accounts to check upgrade pricing.

See the Ableton site for details.