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DIY Tool Max 7 Arrives; Here Are The Best New Features

Being “software about nothing” isn’t easy. Max has for years been a favored choice of musicians and artists wanting to make their own tools for their work. But it’s been on a journey over more recent years to make that environment ever more accessible to a wider audience of people. The aim: for beginners and advanced users alike, work faster, producing tools that work better. Okay, those are easy goals to set – a bit like all of us declaring we’re going to “get in better shape” in a few weeks from now on New Year’s Eve. But Max 7 …

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The feature that's driving some Ableton users batty, as seen in Bitwig Studio. Image courtesy Bitwig.

Bitwig Reveals VST Support – And It’s Actually Really Interesting [Video]

Breaking into the DAW and production market isn’t easy to do. Bitwig Studio has been criticized by some – including this author, in a couple of instances – for not differentiating itself in particular from rival Ableton Live. But in the latest beta video, we start to see something genuinely new in how VST plug-ins load in the host. Previous betas of Bitwig Studio lacked VST support, and it’s been a bit too early to really evaluate them. In this new build, though, we not only get the ability to load VSTs, but a way of treating them that isn’t …

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Updated KAOSSilator Album Link; CDM Asks, Where Do You Host Your Music Files?

You liked Gary Kibler’s all-Korg KAOSSilator album just a little too much, and his bandwidth is gone. So, if you’ve had any trouble getting at the music, we’ve got a brand new link on ReverbNation. But that raises another question. As it happens, CDM community member FauxAudio was just asking about hosting music files on our forums: online audio host – reccomendations? So far, in the running: Amazon S3 (and as I noted, Yahoo just opened up their player tool) musicane.com (also sells albums) payloadz.com (ditto) Twango, which also hosts video and still images but supports an embeddable audio player …

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MixDepot.net, Music/DJ File Hosting Service, Dead

MixDepot.net, a file-hosting service for DJs and musicians, will soon be no more (thanks, David, for the heads-up!): Effective May 1, 2007, mixdepot.net will be shutting down. I’ve suspended billing so there won’t be a charge for the final month of service. Thanks for your support, and I wish you the best of luck in all your DJ pursuits! In case you haven’t heard of the service, here’s an explanation from the about page: MixDepot.net was created in early 2005 to solve a problem frequently encountered by electronic music artists and DJs on the Internet. These artists host large files …

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