Logic Environments: Connect Logic to Nintendo NES via MIDINES

Logic’s Environment, a modular layer in the program for creating custom configurations, isn’t well known to many Logic users. But if you can get used to its slightly unusual interface, it’s capable of some really powerful stuff. You know, important music stuff. Like connecting Logic to your Nintendo NES game system. Jonathan Flugel writes: The MIDINES evironment was created based on this chart: http://www.wayfar.net/0xf00000_midi_chart.php The environment allows for control of the 5 channels of synth/audio that the NES [supports] Here are the 5 parts: 1-2 – Pulse Synthesizer waves 3-4 – Triangle/Square waves 5- sample channel Since this is also …

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Vista and Music App Compatibility: Reason, ReCycle, REX, ReWire

All the major music software developers I’ve talked to have begun testing Vista, but Propellerheads has decided to go out on a limb and be the first to declare it “Works with Vista”, slapping on Microsoft’s official “approved” label: Propellerhead Software Vista Compatibility The flagship Reason, the original loop splicer-dicer app ReCycle, and the sample loading utility Reload have all been certified as Vista-compatible. In fact, you don’t even need a special upgrade: the existing versions work as-is, with two minor caveats. You’ll need admin privileges to install, and you’ll have to reauthorize your machine. (Updated: I shot off my …

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Reason, ReWire are Mac Intel Native; Performance Boosts on Mac and Windows

Propellerhead has just unveiled three updates, Reason 3.05 for Mac, and ReWire 1.7 and an updated REX library for Mac and Windows. The big story is native compatibility of Intel-native Macs for Reason, but that’s not the only story. Just about everyone will benefit from the new versions, on PowerPC and Intel Macs, and Windows PCs, possibly even if you don’t run Reason itself. This general trend could be enough to make 2006 the Year of Music Software That Finally Runs Faster.

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Ableton Live + Logic 7.2.1 + ReWire + Intel Mac Hands-On: It Works, It Rocks, More Ableton Forum Speed Tests

As reported here last week, Apple’s 7.2.1 update to Logic Pro and Express adds ReWire support to Intel Macs. Logic 7.2 also revamped the way ReWire works on all machines, so it’ll benefit all Logic users, not just Intel Mac owners. But the addition of ReWire means you can now fire up a Core Solo or Core Duo Mac and ReWire the Intel-native Live into Logic. And what a sweet combination it is.

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Logic Pro/Express 7.2.1 Adds Intel ReWire, Other Key Features

Apple’s Logic Pro and Express 7.2 were the first major music applications out the door with support for Intel Macs when they came out early this spring. As a result, though, Apple was a bit ahead of the curve: the Intel Mac ReWire SDK wasn’t available yet from Propellerhead, so Apple couldn’t include support for ReWire on Intel Macs. (ReWire works just fine on Logic 7.2 if you’re running a PowerPC-based Mac.) That didn’t matter at first — until Ableton Live shipped, complete with ReWire support. Well, in case you haven’t checked Software Update lately, Mac Logic users, ReWire is …

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Mactel Watch: JACK for OS X now Universal; Free Inter-App Audio on Intel (and other) Macs

Want to share audio between applications easily on an Intel Mac? Now you can. JACK OS X, the superb open-source solution for routing audio between applications and computers on Mac OS X, is now a Universal binary for Intel/PowerPC Macs with today’s release of version 0.73. That means if you’re running an Intel Mac, you can now easily route audio between your Intel-native copies of software like Ableton Live (released last week) and Apple Logic Pro (shipped last month). Updated: The creator of JACK writes us to note that inter-app MIDI is bound for an upcoming release. (See comments.)

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Reason in Beta for Intel, New ReWire, Xcode “Slower” for PowerPC?

If you’re an early adopter and bought an Intel iMac or MacBook Pro, and you have “a keen eye and a habit of breaking things,” Propellerhead Software would like to speak to you. They’re beta testing version 3.05 for Intel Macs only, starting some time next week: Reason for Intel Mac You don’t even need a registered copy of Reason 3.0 to play. Just as interesting, though, is what’s buried in the announcement: we’re getting an updated ReWire library, and the Universal Binaries may not be the panacea we’ve heard they are — Propellerhead says they avoided them to prevent …

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Wanted: ReWire Troubleshooting + Tips [Updated]

One audio app at once? Never enough, right? I’m working on a new tutorial with tips for setting up some typical ReWire scenarios. (For the unitiated, ReWire is a technology developed by Propellerhead for connecting multiple audio apps. Run a master app first, then launch the slave app, and the master should control transports while the slave feeds audio into the master app.)Updated: I have resolved my issues with Logic Pro 7.1 + Reason 3.03 — well, sort of. ReWire configuration in Logic is really quite complex. I’m going to put together a new tutorial and template file, because what’s …

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