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PreSonus releases Channel Strip Collection and Studio Grand Add-ons for Studio One 3

Friday, September 18th, 2015

PreSonus has released the Channel Strip Collection and Studio Grand Add-ons for Studio One 3 Artist and Studio One 3 Professional, the latest in a series of Add-on products that enhance Studio [Read More]

Planet-H updates G-Stomper Studio for Android to v4.4 – MIDI Export and other Features

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Planet-H has updated G-Stomper Studio for Android to v4.4. This new release brings Pattern MIDI Export, 4 new 8-Band Vocoders, a new Compressor/Limiter, a Gate and a Transient Shaper Effect, [Read More]

ExperimentalScene updates DarkWave Studio to v4.9.5

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

ExperimentalScene has updated DarkWave Studio to v4.9.5. Recent Changes: v4.9.5: Added support for MIDI messages other than note on, note off, and control change. v4.9.4: Added warnings for [Read More]

Bitwig offers 1.2 Beta for Bitwig Studio (+1.1.11 update released)

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Bitwig has given Bitwig Studio license holders access to the latest beta version in anticipation of the official release in October 2015. The entire Bitwig community can now test the new features [Read More]

Bitwig offers 1.2 Beta for Bitwig Studio

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Bitwig has given Bitwig Studio license holders access to the latest beta version in anticipation of the official release in October 2015. The entire Bitwig community can now test the new features [Read More]

Sundog Scale Studio – Music Creation Helper

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Most of my music creation is on my iOS device. To my surprise, Sundog Scale Studio was a breath of fresh air when I started using none of my touch devices for music creation.

Its design is just as intuitive as most iOS apps. I caught myself wanting to touch the screen of my MacBook. With a few clicks and your favorite DAW, you are off and running making melodies, chord progression, bass-lines, or whatever you want.

So what is Sundog Scale Studio exactly? It is a MIDI melody and song creator laboratory for OS X and Windows.
It can help with overcoming creative block or give you that inspiration you have been looking for.
It also takes the repetitiousness out of clicking in MIDI notes for simple and complex melodies.

Getting Started
Getting started is pretty easy. Make sure you visit their website to see how easy it is to connect to your favorite DAW.

Pick a root key to work with and a scale. It has over 300 scales to choose from out of the box. Setup a few virtual instruments inside your DAW and click the play button inside of Sundog. You are just a few clicks away to easy chord progression and melody lines. It helps take the guesswork out of the equation and lets you focus on dialing in the sounds.

It simply sends MIDI notes to your DAW and lets you hear the sounds before making a commitment to hours of programming in MIDI notes. It works seamlessly with any iOS device using the app Midimux. I have also tested it with Ableton Live Lite and Logic Pro X. Both DAWs work great.

Some basics in the layout
It has 15 blocks in the middle of the screen labeled instruments, but I would consider them MIDI loops. Each of the 15 blocks can send MIDI to a different channel, and each can have different settings as well. So I guess calling them instruments does fit since each could control a different instrument.

At the top, you have different song parts, which is its own set of 15 instruments. You can arrange an entire song or create a bunch of different parts to change between on the fly. Each of the song parts can vary from 1 to 16 bars in length. It has several MIDI export options available as well. Both the song parts and the instrument blocks can be labeled.


Capturing the MIDI
Once you have some chord progressions and melodies that strike your fancy, you can easily just hit record in your DAW and capture it the MIDI or just record the audio output. You could also export the MIDI data for later use.

Dragging the MIDI symbol either in the main screen or the chords screen will copy the current MIDI pattern or chord progression to your DAW. The developer has created an extensive online manual and a great getting started video.

Compatibility and price
It works with Windows Vista, 7, 8 and up + Mac OS X 10.7 (64 bit processor). The nice thing is, you can try it before you buy it. So you are able to test the compatibility and its function.

The price of the application is $ 45/39 EUR. I think it is a very fair price for what you get. Having the ability to quickly and easily create chord progression, melodies and bass lines is well worth the price.
It is also a great addition to anyone with an iOS device and a computer. It gets my full recommendation.

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Image Line updates FL Studio to v12.1.2

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Image Line has announced that FL Studio 12.1.2 is now available. New in 12.1: 4 high quality FPC drum kits. 2 high quality Piano instruments (Close Grand and Stage Grand). Added FL executables [Read More]

PreSonus releases Free “Studio One 3 Prime” and updates Studio One to v3.0.2

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

PreSonus has released Studio One 3 Prime, a free, entry-level version of its powerful yet easy-to-use music recording and production software for Mac OS X and Windows. The company concurrently [Read More]

ExperimentalScene updates DarkWave Studio to v4.9.0

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

ExperimentalScene has updated DarkWave Studio to v4.9.0. Recent Changes: v4.9.0: Fixed a bug causing the program to close when an attempt to save a project fails. v4.8.9: Fixed a bug causing [Read More]

A powerful version of the Studio One DAW is now free

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015


The very fact that a tool is called a “digital audio workstation” rather than “music making software” tells you something. Historically, these have been tools that do a lot of things in a fairly complex interface. And so a lot of DAWs seem to be counting how many windows and views and tools they can provide.

PreSonus’ Studio One is among a handful of tools that has bucked the trend, putting everything in a streamlined single window view. The notion is to provide the multitude of features producers demand, but keeping everything close at hand and operating quickly.

And now, you can try it free — not as a demo (though there’s one of those, too), but in a surprisingly full-featured version that costs nothing.

First, the bad news: you don’t get VST / AU for instruments and effects, or ReWire support. (Well, they had to leave out something in order to lure away your money.)

You do, however, get instruments that you can play with right away. And beyond that, this software does quite a lot — enough so that you could put it to the test by making some actual music. And there aren’t any pesky limits on the number of MIDI or audio tracks or automation, as in some stripped-down free software. Nor is there a nag screen asking you to buy. (If you want genuinely free software, do check out the fully free and open source Ardour, which also runs on Linux — but its UI may not be for everyone.)

What you do get:
Everything is modern looking and drag and drop is everywhere.


There’s multitouch support, making this very nice indeed on those new Windows machines. It will happily extend across multiple displays, too — not just one or two.

Time stretching and pitch shifting, plus a sampler (complete with 1.5 GB sample library) are onboard. That sampler supports EXS, Giga, and Kontakt libraries, too, in the Pro version.

For recording MIDI and audio, you get pre-record features, easy MIDI routing and multitracking, step record, looping, and more.

So, what do you lose in the free version?
There’s no Arranger Track / Scratch Pads, which I think are one of the cooler features. You can’t do transient detection and groove extraction.

There are basic effects, at least: a guitar amp, tempo-synced delay, a really powerful channel strip, chorus, flanger, MIDI input filtering, reverb, phaser, analog-style distortion.

And, amazingly, you do get the sampler and its library. Side-chain routing, latency compensation, and MIDI mapping are included, too.

The “Artist” and “Professional” editions are worth a look, too, of course.

Each adds a bunch of effects, and the Artist edition has a set of instruments including drag-and-drop sample (an idea borrowed form Ableton, of course), a subtractive synth, a polysynth, and a drum sampler.

The Pro version also adds some powerful workflow features, including a Project page for mastering your project. Finally, you can meter and master in the DAW and even burn CDs ready for production.

There’s also a feature called Scratch Pads that lets you try “what if” scenarios with your arrangement.


And there’s digital console style mixing with all the tools you’d want.

In fact, for anyone who ever wished Ableton Live were built around just Arrange view and then made deeper for linear arrangement, this might be what you were imagining.

Here’s an overview of what they added in version 3, added in May:

I think it’s one of the most interesting production tools at the moment; we’ll definitely give it a closer look. But because often making something is a better way to see if a tool is right for you than trying a demo or reading a review, let us know what you think of this free version.

Studio One is available for OS X and Windows.




Download the free Prime version

Don’t want to test without plug-in support? Look to the 30-day trial instead, which has plug-in support as well as their full “native” suite.

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