Snow Leopard: MOTU Confirms 10.6 Drivers; Working on 64-bit Support?

MOTU did not respond to CDM’s inquiry regarding Mac OS X 10.6 – but they have just posted the most interesting update I’ve seen yet. They have drivers ready for their hardware today, and (nearly) full compatibility for their entire product line. They also suggest that 64-bit support is in the works for their applications, which would make MOTU the first audio software developer I’ve heard even breathe a word of discussion of 64-bit. I couldn’t even get a solid commitment to 64-bit from Apple’s Pro Apps folks (though Apple tends not to talk about things until they’re done). The …

READ MORE →

MOTU Volta, Mac Software Plug-in for Your Analog Gear, Now Shipping

Control hardware complexity like this with the elegance of a single software plug-in. Photo: Matthew Davidson. MOTU is now shipping Volta, the software plug-in seen exclusively here on CDM at the beginning of the year. The Mac-only plug-in finally brings together two distant technologies: virtual software instruments and control voltage are together at last. (You can just forget all about that MIDI and digital business in the middle.) With it, everything from Moog guitar pedals to the Rolls of modern synths, the mind-bogglingly pricey Buchla 200e, can be easily controlled with a computer rig. You know that cheezy Disney movie, …

READ MORE →

Analog, Meet Digital: MOTU Volta Connects the Mac to CV Synths, Effects Graphically

Computers speak digital signal. Analog synths and modulars speak control voltage. (It’s sort of a “men are from Mars, women find these metaphors insulting” kind of situation.) What if you could bridge the two elegantly and graphically, using a drag-and-drop, modular interface with calibration and control features? MOTU has developed a solution called Volta. It’s a plug-in that turns your audio interface into a control voltage device. It works with all MOTU audio interfaces that have quarter-inch outputs, and MOTU intends to make it work with any 3rd-party audio interface with DC-coupled quarter-inch outs. In other words, one software plug-in …

READ MORE →

BPM: MOTU’s Software-Based Drum Machine Workstation and Ad Copy Reflections

MOTU’s new drum machine is a new software sampler/synth workstation for drums, clearly influenced by beat production workstations like the legendary Akai MPC and EMU SP1200. With all today’s hardware/software talk, I initially thought this was hardware, too, but it’s not – meaning it’s got an uphill battle against integrated features in hosts like Live and new tools that integrate more closely with hardware, not to mention existing entries like FXpansion’s GURU. But don’t write it off just yet: an internal synth, a unique sampling plug-in, import workflows, and retro groove emulations could keep this in the game. Oh, yeah …

READ MORE →

MOTU Traveler Mk3: More I/O, Features Hit Mobile FireWire Audio Interface

Let’s start with the important bit: the Traveler really is a mobile interface. It weighs under four pounds and fits into a backpack; it’s actually a little lighter and more compact than a typical 15” laptop. Now, if your input and output needs are limited (a mic in, headphone out, and stereo out do suit a lot of folks just fine), your options are obviously many. But the Traveler manages to be this small and pack an absurd amount of I/O and functionality into that small space. Audio interfaces tend not to get a whole lot of updates, but MOTU …

READ MORE →

Lenovo S10 Netbook Does Ableton – and Developers, Go Grab a Netbook

Yep, that’s an ExpressCard slot. Photo (CC) Ja-ae (Jarawee) – hello, Bangkok! (Know we have some readers out there.) Tim Hanlon of gizmag.com recently got an IdeaPad S10 – Lenovo’s lovely, $400 “netbook” – to test. He didn’t just do the usual benchmarks, though. His review also included the unlikely choice of Ableton Live and, thanks to a free ExpressCard slot, a MOTU Traveler FireWire interface.

READ MORE →

Whither, FireWire? What the New Apple Laptop Port Changes Mean for Audio

By now, you likely already know that Apple came out with new laptops today. I could talk about the new features at the existing price points or about how the new machines are very pretty, but you can easily find that elsewhere. Instead, I want to address some unfortunate details on the new laptops in terms of ports. After all, small details can make a big difference for audio users. For connecting drives, audio interfaces, MIDI devices, and the like, you get: MacBook Pro: Two USB 2.0 port, one FireWire800 port, one ExpressCard/34 slot MacBook: Two USB 2.0 ports MacBook …

READ MORE →

MOTU Digital Performer 6 Released, With Tasty Sound Tools

DP6 is here (or will be here soon, say commenters), with a badly-needed UI update and a number of new features. The results still look like DP – in the way that should appeal to current users, that is – but enhancements demonstrate that the ongoing DAW battles carry on. DP6 New Features In the usability category: Updated UI with vertical track resizing (about time, jeez!) and better zooming and resizing Window tabs, which are a pretty cool way of switching between windows and tabbing views a la Firefox, Safari, et al (I’m surprised we haven’t seen more tabs in …

READ MORE →

Native Instruments Posts Installer Patch for Mac OS X Leopard

Native Instruments’ software is already compatible with Mac OS X Leopard with some minor issues; the one significant issue was a problem with installers, and they’ve just corrected that: Native Instruments Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Universal Installer Patch: direct download link If you need to install NI software on a clean system — say, a machine you did a clean install on, or if you’re really lucky, a shiny, new MacBook Pro — this should make sure you’re in good shape. Note there are still some bugs with NI software — be sure to read the whole …

READ MORE →

Leopard Reports: Native Instruments, MOTU, Why Tiger Still Rocks, Java

Native Instruments and MOTU have each posted compatibility update pages for Mac OS X Leopard. There’s not a whole lot of information yet (particularly form MOTU), but now’s the time to bookmark those pages! Be sure to watch comments from readers for other helpful compatibility information — much of it positive at this point. Native Instruments: Compatibility with OS X Leopard NI’s latest versions of Kore, Traktor, Guitar Rig, and Kontakt are all good to go. But other software has some issues related to installation and dialog box operation. While it’s not reported on this page, we’ve also heard one …

READ MORE →