Virus TI: The Synth That Thinks It’s Software, Finally Shipping

The line between hardware and software is still, let’s face it, confusing and inconvenient. On one hand, you’ve got your hardware control surface keyboards that work well with software, but without booting your software they don’t make any sound. Worse, you often have to manually assign knobs and faders to your software synth. On the other, you’ve got your hardware synth. Plugging that in requires an audio and MIDI connection, each of which may require separate configuration and cabling. Doing anything with the hardware synth requires lots of shuffling between your synth’s front panel and your computer. Little wonder, then, …

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Shipping Watch: Miroslav Philharmonik, Sibelius 4, Peak Pro 5, More

Here’s a quick look at new products that are now on their way to you: Orchestral Sound Libraries: IK Multimedia’s massive Miroslav Philharmonik is now shipping, as of today. (Why does that give me images of cellists being packed in crates and loaded on container ships?) Added reason to buy it now: introductory price of US$499 / $349 crossgrade. [previously: new stuff from IK, new virtual orchestras at a glance] And don’t forget, MOTU’s Symphonic Instrument is shipping, too. [MOTU site] Sibelius 4 is shipping; I just got my box Monday via UPS. Finale 2006 has been out a couple …

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