Rob Papen has releases the Windows version of RP-Dock, a standalone host application for Rob Papen products.
There are handy features like tempo setting and an audio recording/playback facility.
The audio setting for sample rate can be selected from 44.1Khz up to 96Khz(depending on your soundcard/device). Midi input offers merging of all connected Midi controllers and also included is an optional midi channel selector.
A great tool if you are playing live or in the studio or… simply cool if you just like to play around with the synthesizers or effects.
RP-Dock is now available to download for Windows and Mac, free of charge.
Hypercube Softwares has updated VSTWrapperBuilder, a freeware plug-in adapter, to version 2.0.
Changes in v2.0:
VSTWrapperBuilder is a tool designed to get rid of common issues with VST plug-ins.
Giant menu with VST Shell. Using such thing inside Nuendo or Cubase is a nightmare. Here the solution: Use VSTWrapperBuilder to extract all plugins from the shell and organize them properly on your hard drive. You can define some rules to specify where a given effect must belong to.
Old plugins require the audio buffer to be cleared by the host. With recent hosts this is not done so your famous old plugin can no longer be used. The solution is simple: generate a wrapper with VSTWrapperBuilder checking the column “Old” and that’s all. It will work. The wrapper will fill the audio buffer properly.
Some VST Hosts don’t send effSetSpeakerArrangement to surround plugins. Because of that, they acting in mono most of the time. The solution is also simple: generate a wrapper with VSTWrapperBuilder checking the column “Surround” and that’s all. The plugin will receive automatically a 5.1 configuration. Of course you have to use it on a 5.1 track.
Scooty targets the entry-level hobbyist with a midi hardware keyboard who wants to explore the VST world but doesn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for a commercial host sequencer sporting features designed for the professional. Scooty is an unlimited track, stereo midi/audio ASIO sequencer supporting up to 32 VST instruments/effects. Scooty manages all compositions in a tree view, uses splitter panes and panels to maximize workspace, and has features such as creating speech using Windows’ built-in SAPI 4 and 5 speech APIs, and singing using your singing application (one is available on the author’s website).
- Added option to run a post-process program when creating singing clips. This was needed because FestivalFlinger creates 16000Hz files, and Scooty needs 11025, 22050, or 44100 Hz format.
- Runs your audio conversion program for wave files that are not in 11025, 22050, or 44100 Hz format.
- Track groups, increases total number of tracks to unlimited.
- Create separate files for each VST during export.
- VSTs that fail to load will blink red in the VST listbox, instead of automatically removing them.
- These features have been removed for various reasons: throttle, overdub, export to record, set to memory, button decals.
- Playback sound now cuts out (instead of gramaphone skipping) when computer can’t keep up.
- Snapins, to move some of the code into on-demand DLLs and to provide a way for others to add their own simple functionality to Scooty.
- Removed PNG support. Scooty now uses only the BMP graphics format.
- Very limited support for more than two channels (multichannel).
- Organize VSTs by user-defined categories.
- Small clip view.
Scooty is a freeware.
Steinberg recently released a maintenance update for all three versions of WaveLab 7. The 7.2.1 update addresses some crash bugs and other issues.
Issues fixed in WaveLab 7.2.1:
- Play: While playing a mono file, clicking on the bottom part of the waveform could cause distortion sounds.
- Compatibility issue with Waves plug-ins: Unloading a Waves plug-in could cause an error or crash in WaveLab. Using Waves plug-ins in the batch processor could lead to a crash. If the marker was placed beyond the end of the last clip, it was not always possible to change its time value.
- Using Control+Click to reset a slider: Master Section’s Leveler and Peak Master plug-ins: using Control+Click to reset a slider to its default value could cause the mouse pointer to move to the expected position, but the parameter itself would not change.
- Show/hide: Showing and hiding plug-ins several times could cause a shift of the graphics by one pixel (Mac only).
- Show/hide: After hiding certain Master Section plug-ins (“Carbon” plug-ins), switching back and forth from WaveLab to other applications could cause a graphical error within the plug-in’s user interface (Mac only).
- Direct X: Direct X plug-ins could not be rendered (Windows only).
- Master Section/Audio Input: Removing the “Audio Input” plug-in from the Master Section slot could cause a crash.
- MP3 encoding with Lame: Choosing Lame encoder within the encoder dialog could cause a crash (Windows only).
- Batch-processing workflow: Each time when double clicking on a batch-processor document, a new batch-processor workspace was created, rather than opening an existing batch-processor workspace (no matter if WaveLab was already running or not). The same program behavior applied to podcast documents.
- Spectrum editing: When selecting a frequency range containing 0 Hz (lowest possible frequency) and applying a LowPass filter to the process, the resulting audio signal could end up in distortion.
- Audio Montage plug-in parameters: Editing a VST 3 plug-in during playback was not possible in the Audio Montage. Closing the plug-in window did not save the changes made (Windows only).
- Reordering plug-ins within the Audio Montage: Having some plug-in windows opened, a crash could randomly and asynchronously happen after re-ordering plug-ins within a clip or on a track.
- CD Wizard dialog: selecting the last three marker naming modes from the menu did not enable the name text field.
- Plug-in menu: A plug-in menu could appear partially out of screen in case too many plug-ins were listed.
- Localization: Two localization errors in the German start-up screen have been fixed.
The 7.2 update provided seamlessly integrated remote control support for Steinberg’s advanced CI, CMC and CC121 models and also supports up to three MIDI-compatible hardware devices. Other highlights include 64-bit versions for Mac and Windows platforms, an Export-to-SoundCloud function, an updated version of the Dirac 3.5 time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithm and several workflow and user interface improvements.
Features (selection) at a glance:
- WaveLab 7.2 comes with a comprehensive remote control support for CC121, CI series, CMC and others*.
- The WaveLab family is now available in 64-bit versions for Mac OS X Lion and Windows 7 platforms.
- WaveLab 7.2 comes with a new optional start up dialog**.
- DIRAC 3.5 – The latest version of the award-winning Dirac timestretching algorithm.
- Direct Upload-to-SoundCloud functionality – share your music with people around the world.
- WaveLab 7.2 features an enhanced DDP file workflow**.
- Easily create and name markers and regions in your project**.
- WaveLab’s “Save As” function now includes a useful “Save Copy” option.
- Improvements with regards to the CD Wizard and CD tool window.
- Several workflow improvements and fixed issues (please see full version history).
Price: EUR 599.00
DarkWave Studio is a free modular virtual studio for the synthesis of electronic music. It has a built in pattern editor and sequencer. It allows you to load various machines such as virtual instruments and effects and connect them in a modular and straightforward fashion. DarkWave can load VST instruments and effects and it can also load machines using the DarkPlug API, which was custom made for DarkWave.
DarkWave natively supports both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) versions of Windows with native binaries compiled for each platform. The x86 and x64 versions can each only load plugins for that platform, i.e. the x64 version only loads 64-bit VST and DarkPlug plugins.
- Fixed A Crash Loading Project With Missing PlugIns.
- Fixed Incorrect Storing Of VST PlugIn Unique ID.
- Added A Warning When Saving A Project That Was Written In An Older File Format To The Current Version Of The Program.
DarkWave Studio is a free, open source, Digital Audio Workstation for Windows. Featuring a modular Virtual Studio, Pattern Editor, Sequence Editor and Multitrack Hard Disk Recorder. It has support for VST/VSTi instrument and effect plugins. The virtual studio has a modular design allowing machines to be connected in an ad-hoc fashion. The pattern editor enables the quick creation and modification of patterns by clicking to add or delete notes and dragging notes to move or resize them. The sequence editor allows you to queue patterns to play for each control track in any arrangement, enabling reuse of patterns and quickly remixing projects. The Multitrack Hard Disk Recorder allows you to record the output of any machine and record it to 16-bit Integer of 32-bit Floating Point PCM encoded .WAV files for full-quality post-production editing or for conversion to MP3/FLAC/etc.
- Fixed A Timing Bug With Null (Silent) Audio Output Driver.