Cubase News: Forum Users Locked Out Without Key; Tiger Update

It’s two, two, two Cubase stories in one. Here goes: Cubase.net forum will require USB key number: Don’t like entering serial numbers and the like when you’re installing software or talking to tech support? Now you may need them just to post to a forum. The revised forum policy on Cubase.net requires users to add their USB key number (the dongle’s identifier) to a hidden field in their user profile. Refuse to comply, and you won’t be able to post Cubase SX-related technical questions. Users of Cubase software without a key, like Cubase LE, can continue to post normally, and …

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Pro Tools TDM Arrives for Tiger; LE/M-Powered Compatibility Coming

Pro Tools TDM 6.9.2 adds compatibility for Mac OS X Tiger for those with Pro Tools|HD and HD accel systems. All Digidesign and Digidesign-distributed plug-ins will work once you’ve got the new Pro Tools; no plug-in updates are needed. Still incompatible with Tiger: Pro Tools LE 6.9, Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8, Digidesign CoreAudio Driver v6.9, and all earlier versions of Pro Tools. Digi says future upgrades will support Pro Tools LE and M-Powered, though they don’t have a date for availability. For more on Tiger, see CDM’s Tiger Special Report, updated on an ongoing basis. [Advertisement] Purchase OS X Tiger …

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Games Week: Pac Man at Age 25

[Updated with Tiger widget!] As Pac Man turns 25 this week, there’s sadly no mention of the game’s signature sound and music. (And PLEASE don’t mention that awful song Pac Man Fever again!) Not only was Pac Man (aka Puckman in 1980; see the game’s history) the first game that inspired mainstream gaming, but it was the first game to feature the kind of gaming sound we now take for granted. There’s something Pavlovian about the strange, iconic sounds of the original Pac Man, with a sound and music score created by Namco’s Toshio Kai. (Note that Pavlov inspired his …

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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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Tiger + Music: Digidesign, Native Instruments, M-Audio Compatibility

We’ve got a slew of compatibility updates today for would-be Mac OS X 10.4 upgraders, including official upgrade advice from Native Instruments. As always, watch our Tiger Special Report for complete coverage (and a compatibility rundown based on all we know). Native Instruments: NI has a special page explaining 10.4 support and upgrading info. Updates are needed for Traktor DJ, Traktor FS, and Komplete, but otherwise NI products are compatibile — with one important exception. Final Scratch 1.x won’t work, meaning you’ll be forced to upgrade to v2 if you want Tiger compatibility. Upgrading Tips: NI recommends that you choose …

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Tiger Compatibility: Korg, Wave Arts, Others; Reader M-Audio Reports

Reports keep coming in on OS X Tiger. Honestly, I have to say I’m impressed for such a major update to Core Audio that the transition has been this smooth – 10.4 is only on par with things like the relatively minor 10.3.8 update. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to check compatibility. It sounds like many plug-ins will have to be updated for Logic 7.1’s AU Validator under Tiger; one announcement today and you can expect more. As usual, check out the CDM Tiger Report for a constantly-updated list of everything we know about 10.4’s compatibility and features. …

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More on Quartz Composer (Free Interactive OS X Tiger Tool)

[Updated:] Check out the new QuartzComposer blog; I’ll be reading! -PK I looked earlier this week at Quartz Composer, an interactive eye candy development tool that not only creates slick RSS newsfeed screensavers, but even allows audio and MIDI input and outputs MIDI control, perfect for live performance and VJing. Developer Pierre-Olivier Latour has posted an extensive description of Quartz Composer at VJCentral. Quartz Composer is in fact a descendent of the now-defunct PixelShox, a free tool with a cult online following that is now unsupported. But there’s no need to shed tears for PixelShox: Quartz Composer is a completely …

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Reader Reports: OS X Tiger + Music, Cheapest Tiger Price?

Reader reports on Tiger continue to come in; I’ll continuously update the CDM Tiger Report as they do, so check early and often! So far, experiences with Tiger have been very positive. I haven’t heard any horror stories from CDM readers, though as usual, you’ll want to double-check your hardware compatible. Notably compatible: MOTU hardware, PowerCore DSP hardware, most software. Notably incompatible: Pro Tools (as expected), and some M-Audio devices (though others appear to work fine). We’ve also seen some major new features for music, including the ability to network MIDI over TCP/IP, better device handling, and the cool graphic/MIDI/audio …

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Tiger: Free Real-Time Interactive Eye Candy Maker — Quartz Composer

Joshua Ellis (zenarchery.com) writes us with an insanely cool discovery on the Mac OS X 10.4 developer DVD. I’m still waiting on my Tiger shipment, but this will definitely be on my install. Josh writes: So I’m playing with the new Quartz Composer in OS X 10.4, which allows you to do weird sort of graphic installation-y stuff, plus design your own screensavers. It’s basically a drag-and-drop OpenGL composer, sort of like Max/MSP for making eye candy. You can load images or QuickTime movies and do real-time graphics processing on them. In the list of controller tools? MIDI Clock, MIDI …

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Tiger: Audio Drivers Prevent Restart/Shutdown, etc.?

Compatibility reports are coming in for Mac OS X Tiger. There are underlying Core Audio changes in 10.4, so you can expect some audio hitches. I’d especially like to confirm the possibility that audio drivers might cause freezes or prevent restart/shutdown. MacFixIt reports one reader’s M-Audio Revolution drivers were causing startup/shutdown issues. As always, do a full clone of your installation before you try Tiger. But once you have, has anyone else had driver issues like this? (If you are having problems, you might follow the MacFixIt reader’s advice and remove your driver.) Edirol and MOTU have driver updates as …

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