Ultra-Powerful CPS Music Host Now Free, with Programmable SDK and . . . Adobe Director Support?

It’s tough to make money selling music software. The market is small to begin with, made smaller when an unsettling number of users use pirated software, and divided into pieces by a range of different software. Sometimes, dead software winds up disappearing forever (Opcode Studio Vision), but sometimes it winds up free. CPS is a powerful host for plug-ins. Like Native Instruments’ much-hyped platform KORE, it can be a plug-in in other hosts or host plug-ins itself. CPS is unusually powerful, with some truly unique features (aside from the normal VST/VSTi hosting on Mac and Windows). Director and Web browser …

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Will KORE Really Become a Universal Sound Platform?

Native Instruments’ bold claims that KORE is “the worldÃÅ’s first Universal Sound Platform” continue to earn skepticism from some parties online. But even with over a month to go before KORE’s release, there are some indications of how KORE might evolve. Here’s CDM’s current outlook on the situation:

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Messe: KORE Pricing, Availability Official — US$579, May 8

Native Instruments KORE is a new product a lot of us can’t wait to get our hands on. By providing a unified interface for working with soft synths and effects, KORE promises to create a whole new product category: it’s a universal catalog for all your sounds, a universal host, a universal control mechanism for adjusting sounds, in performance and in the studio. But it’s also likely to be a tough sell for Native Instruments, since it isn’t quite like anything previously in the marketplace, and it doesn’t do much if you don’t already have a library of plug-ins. NI …

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Messe: Adrian Picks – Reason, Other Apps Running Plug-ins?

Another pick from CDM correspondent’s Adrian Anders and his Windows-tuned radar: You’ve got an app. You’ve got some VST plug-ins. Only problem is, your app doesn’t support plug-ins. That’s long been a complaint about apps like djDecks, Traktor, and Reason. Developer BEB Digital Audio claims to have solved the problem with a product called Effektor, which lets you use compatible applications with up to 16 plug-ins. The technical mechanism for this involves making your app into the plug-in, then routing audio and MIDI to the plug-ins and back, adding less than 1 ms latency (or so they claim; we’ll see …

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NAMM: Why KORE Could Change How You Play Software Instruments

You need to find a specific sound quick, without hunting through individual plug-ins one at a time. You want to set up some layers and splits so you can play multiple sounds at once, then switch sounds at certain times in your set or during the song structure. You’ve got the instruments you want to play perfectly configured on your Windows PC tower in the studio, and want to move them over to a Mac laptop. All these tasks should be easy — but, for a variety of technical reasons, if you’re using two or more plug-ins, they’re not. At …

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Tiger Tips: Free AU Lab Hosts and Records Instruments and Effects

A terrific, free audio tool is lurking in Mac OS X Tiger’s developer tools. AU Lab is intended for testing Audio Unit effects and instruments, but it’s feature-packed enough to be useful to end users, too. If you haven’t already, install Xcode Tools from your Tiger install disc. Then launch Developer > Applications > Audio > AU Lab, and you’re presented with a powerful mixing, hosting, and recording application — included free with Tiger. I’ve been playing around with it; here are some tips on what it can do and how to use it. (click ‘read more’)

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BetaBugs and Other Free Plugins and Hosts Roundup (Windows)

Hey, kids, you know what time it is? It's Free, um . . . Wednesday. In which we try, mostly unsuccessfully, to keep up with the ongoing flood of free audio stuff for Windows. BetaBugs has added BugPass (bandpass filter which can double as a notch filter), and Moneo (deconstructs a stereo signal and remaps each channel's panning and spectral content — which I'm sure has SOME use to SOMEONE), and W1 Limiter to their collection. (via kvraudio) Why, that's in addition to existing stuff like CRAYONfilter (simplified multipass filter with various modes) and MONSTAchorus stereo chorus and FLOFIdeluxe which …

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Free Audio Hosts/Editors (Windows/Mac)

As part of CDM's ongoing construction of the "Completely Free Studio," I'm working on assembling good freeware hosts for Windows and Mac. (Linux, of course, being a no-brainer!) Here's what's on my recommend list at the moment: Audio editor: Audacity (open source), Win/Mac/Linux, with the addition of the VST Enabler / LADSPA bridge for Linux plugs Windows: Buzz, freeware, lets you host VSTs as well as build your own effects and instruments Mac: The Mac's a bit lacking in the freeware department, but while Rax is technically $29.95 shareware it will host/record one AU instrument at a time. (A great …

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