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(Modulate This) Sound Design

Sonar 8: Pre-Orders Start Sept. 22, 2008 + $99 Deal on Dimension Pro or Rapture

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I just popped over to www.cakewalk.com and saw a few items of note.

First, Cakewalk will be taking pre-orders Sonar on September 22nd. I couldn’t find any information on their site about what is going to be in version 8 – just the banner you see above. Revised: Cakewalk has now officially announced. You can see a list of new features on their web site here.

I composed and produced a lot of commercial music between 2002-2006 using Sonar including my song "Flight" which appears as an extra feature on the DVD and on the soundtrack for the film "One Six Right". In 2006 I switched to Ableton Live as my primary DAW because the non-linear workflow of Live suits how I compose electronica music. I still keep Sonar on my system and do use it and recommend it for those who are looking for a more linear virtual recording studio. It’s top notch, especially it’s deep midi editing capabilities, fantastic slip editing and automatic cross-fade features.

Second, I saw a press release  on their site documenting a deal on Dimension Pro and Rapture. I’ve had Dimension Pro for years and as Rompers go I’ve been pretty happy with it. Here is an excerpt:

"Owners of Apple’s Logic Pro and Garageband, MOTU Digital Performer, Steinberg’s Cubase and Nuendo, Digidesign Pro Tools LE/HD, Ableton Live, Image Line’s Fruity Loops, and Magix Samplitude Pro can purcahse Dimension Pro or Rapture for only $99 at select retailers through October 31st."

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com

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(Modulate This) Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

New book – Cakewalk Syntheizers: From Presets to Power User

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=newechoproduc-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=1598633147&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Those of you looking to learn about and/or dig deeper into Cakewalk virtual instruments will want to check out this new book Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User.

The book is written by
  Simon Cann, a musician and writer based in London.

According to the press release – "Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User will show you how to
operate and get the best results from Cakewalk™s complete range of
synths, from those that are bundled with Cakewalk’s main products
(including SONAR, Project5, and Kinetic), to the rgc:audio synthesizers
(such as Z3TA+), to Cakewalk’s newest synthesizers, including Dimension
Pro
and Rapture."

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(Modulate This) Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

Free Expansion Packs for Dimension Pro and Rapture Virtual Instruments

Cakewalk has released a second series of free expansion packs for their virtual instruments Dimension Pro and Rapture for registered users. Below you’ll find links to all free expansion packs, free updates, demos, and links to these items on Musician”s friend who is selling these instruments at a discount.

Cakewalk Dimension Pro Virtual Synthesizer

Links to Free Expansion Packs | Free 1.2 UpdateBuy Dimension Pro at Musican’s Friend and save $109

Cakewalk Rapture Virtual Synthesizer   

Links to Free Expansion Packs | Download Demo | Buy Rapture at Musician’s Friend and save $89.

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(Modulate This) Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

Cakewalk Rapture Virtual Synth is shipping – good deal at Musicians Friend

Cakewalk_rapturesm_1Cakewalk is shipping their new new virtual  synthesizer.

Musicians' Friend is selling it for for $199! (save $89)

Rapture Highlights:             

  • Wavetable synthesizer with cutting edge sound manipulation capabilities, well suited for electronica-related music styles
  • Non-aliasing resampling engine for pristine sound quality
  • Over 500 professionally-crafted sound programsSix fully-programmable, stereo sound-generating Elements
  • Multi-waveform Oscillators with ring modulation
  • Two 16-mode filters per oscillator with LoFi and Drive
  • Over 40 Envelope Generators, LFOs, and Step Generators for superior parameter modulation
  • Comprehensive MIDI Modulation Matrix
  • Mix and modulate all Elements through global FX and dynamic Step Generator
  • Superbly designed graphical envelope generators and LFOs for ease of use
  • Expandable with native support for SFZ sample formats
  • Mac formats: AU™, RTAS®, VSTi™
  • Windows formats: DXi (32-bit & x64), RTAS, VSTi
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(Modulate This) Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

Cakewalk introduces Rapture – a new virtual synth

Cakewalk_rapturesm_1 The National Association Music Manufacturers conference was Jan 19-22. Consequently a lot of gear hit the market.  This is the first of many  posts  offering highlights.

Cakewalk announced a new virtual  synthesizer (official press release). Sonic state has a video of this synth in action.

The software has released and is available on Musicians’ Friend for $199! (save $89)

Rapture Highlights:
            

  • Wavetable synthesizer with cutting edge sound manipulation capabilities,
                    well suited for electronica-related music styles
  • Non-aliasing resampling engine for pristine sound quality
  • Over 500 professionally-crafted sound programs
  • Six fully-programmable, stereo sound-generating Elements
  • Multi-waveform Oscillators with ring modulation
  • Two 16-mode filters per oscillator with LoFi and Drive
  • Over 40 Envelope Generators, LFOs, and Step Generators for superior
                    parameter modulation
  • Comprehensive MIDI Modulation Matrix
  • Mix and modulate all Elements through global FX and dynamic Step
                    Generator
  • Superbly designed graphical envelope generators and LFOs for ease
                    of use
  • Expandable with native support for SFZ sample formats
  •                 Mac formats: AU™, RTAS®, VSTi™
  • Windows formats: DXi (32-bit & x64), RTAS, VSTi