Sequencer City--Page 2
An old pic of Cakewalk Pro 3 see more on the
Vintage Sequencers Page
11/22/02 Logic 5.5 released
with the NEW EXS24mk2 code inside. If you already have the EXS24,
download 5.5 and you now have the EXS24mk2 for free.
Cubase SX Now available
2.1 is a free download
for 2.0 users
The sequencer forum at
has taken off like a rocket. Go there and read all of Tweak's
updates its plugins to include surround processing! Twont be long, Tweaks,
till we'll ALL be doing surround, with the invasion of cheap DVDR machines
about to hit. For now. the new surround plugs are Mac only. But
for PC users, there's also a Free download to 3.6 for all waves
3.0/3.2/3.5 users of the Native Gold Pack
9/10/02 Logic 5.3 released
Tweak Sez: The best yet!
announces the "Switch and Save" program for those opting to switch
to macs before Sept. 30.
8/20/02 The breaking news is
no news in terms of the apple/emagic buyout. A nervous silence?
What will be the direction of Mac-Logic? While apple struggles
along with 1 ghz processors, PCS will soon have 3 ghz processors.
Tweak says, this is a very LOUD silence.
Native announces that Kontakt
1.1 will feature EXS and Halion import. Because Kontakt
works fabulously is Cubase SX, this gives logicians another reason
Cubase SX 1.03 update
released with features to allow the use of Mackie Control and Houston.
Some major bugs are fixed.
Acid Pro 4.0 released.
Tweak reviews it here.
Some bugs abound, but that's par for the course for an x.0 release.
Now can run VSTi soft synths and do surround. Can now use
ASIO, but not as smooth as it should be on Delta cards. You
can upgrade from 2.0 to 4.0 at the same cost. The COOL thing
is you can now add your own unique basslines and arp lines in an
acid projects instead of searching forever through stacks of loops
cds trying to find a bassline that works.
Logic 5.2 released with
TONS of enhancements.
Propellerhead Reason Drum Kits Refill Collection
(Macintosh and Windows)
|The Reason Drum Kits 2
ReFill is an extensive DVD-ROM library of
life-like, multisampled drum kits for Reason's
extraordinary Combinator device. Drum Kits 2 is
more than just a set of professionally recorded
drum kits mapped out across your MIDI keyboard -
it's a live drum recording session in a Refill.
TweakHeadz Lab receives mention
in the August 2002 issue of Keyboard Magazine. WooHoo Yeah
I am putting together a
for those thinking of going Mac for the sake of Logic.
You'll see real world prices on Macs and we are going to put OS
X driver development under tweak's relentless scrutiny so you know
the best time to go pop. A lot of us are not pleased, and
rightfully so! If Tweak smells bad gas, he'll be lighting matches!
Bring your air freshener. What's the deal with OS X and VST Instruments?
Why is soft synth industry leader Native Instruments projecting
they won't have all their products updated till the end of next
year? Hmm. I don't know. But sometimes the absence of info speaks
louder than info itself.
Kontakt arrives at the
Lab. The next generation soft sampler? You bet. Unlike the
proprietary soft samplers that are only Dxi, or only VSTi, or only
a Logic-i, Kontakt plays with everyone. Proprietary thinking
is a dead relic of the 90's, IMO. Long live the new king of soft
samplers. 16 channel multi-timbral operation of the host sequencer
support it complete with its own FX rack. Read
The Tweak reviews Cubase
SX. Read and weep
Emagic to offer Free crossgrade
to Logic Mac for PC users
I had a feeling this would happen. Bloody nice
of them eh, old chap? Read about the free migration to Mac
formally announced July 5.
Apple buys Emagic!
Emagic announced today, July 1, that all PC development of Emagic
Logic Audio will be officially discontinued as of Sept 30, 2002.
This was a sad day for PC users of Logic. Apple computer has
bought the company, and plans for Logic Audio are not clear, other
than development will continue in some form on the Mac OSX platform.
If you want to work on the PC platform, the field of choices is
now less crowded. Cubase SX or Sonar anyone?
Reason 2.0 released.
The Tweak got in on the last round of beta testing. Did I
like what I saw? Yes. There's more sonic flexibility
and you can now detach the sequencer window from the rack.
Go check out the demo at
Logic 5.1.3 Released
Oh Yeah! Multiple UNDO is here! They once said it couldn't
be done. Logic 5 gets better and better.
Steinberg Cubase SX and
VST System Link details released. It's looking mighty
cool. SX comes with a new user interface, automation,
undo/redo, surround, more virtual synths and plugins and..one
of the most interesting features is support for the new VST system
link. In a nutshell, System Link is a way of networking computers
using standard digital audio cables (s/pdif, adat, tdif, aes/ebu,
etc.). You can add more computers to your studio easily and
multiply the processing power of your entire system. Imagine,
a whole computer that just does Halion, another running a mixer
and plugins, a third doing tracking and sequencing. Stick
three people in a room and they can all work on the piece together,
each on their own machine. What a production environment,
eh? Didya know that VST System Link will allow you to connect a
Mac powerbook (or any mac) to your PC VST system? Yep. The
OS will no longer matter!
Propellerheads are looking
for beta testers for Reason 2.0. If you wanted to break into
the beta tester game here's your chance. Details at
Have News for everyone?
Join the discussion in the
dedicated to this article
Live is an audio sequencer
that you can play like an instrument. Whether on its own or with
other musicians or DJs, live on stage or when remixing in the studio,
all you need is Live and a Mac or PC.
my full review. I have heard too many great things
about this program. It got a "Key Buy" award from Keyboard.
Read up at www.ableton.com.
This is a real-time music sequencer that uses loops, audio files
and outstanding effects that you can use LIVE. Works
with ReWire applications too, like Reason and Rebirth! Mine
just arrived. It is awesome! If you are on the Mac and
envy all the PC dudes using ACID, hehe, you won't anymore!
If you are on the PC and think you have yer loops covered, guess
again! This program is HOT! Get a price on the
announce Reason 2.0 with a new sampler, granular synthesis module
and new "Orkester" sample library
announces Reaktor Session
Emagic Announces BIG
News at the Messe! and read all about it in a full color .PDF.
Just to whet your appetite, there is an announcement of the Vintage
D6 (Clavinet soft synth) the Vintage B3 (oK guess what that is),
CD Burning options and a hardware addition to Logic Control called
the Phat Channel. A new audio interface, the emi6/2m (not to be
confused with the emi2/6), and there is one thing I left out...
Is released! Check out the New features: a new
Groove Sampler called Cyclone and Support for ReWire--that's reason
and rebirth! Look out Logic and VST!
Sonar has arrived at the
TweakLab for evaluation.
My 1st impression is...wow, there's power under the hood with DXi
instruments and looping and slicing facilities.
Logic 5.0 is finished and
is shipping. Logic Control is shipping.. New emagic
Unitor/AMT8 and Emi 2/6 drivers released.
Emu Soft Synth Coming It's
true, the die hard of the hardware sampler makers will be turning
out a soft sampler.
Reaction has been positive and
I suspect there will be a showing at Namm.
There's lots going on in the
sequencer world right now. Whew! Emagic's announcement has
thrown everyone off base. What the heck is a die hard logician
to do? What does all this mean? Well I've been
working overtime to get you guys the info you need to make informed
choices. I've updated my reviews of
what going to Cubase SX
would be like, and have a
Now?" page. Gee. Just when everything was settling down
from going to Windows XP, now we have issues of going to Mac OS
X. As Mac users know, we are at the beginning of this platform,
and the seas are bound to be rough for a while with driver updates
and code rewrites.
Three years ago, plugin FX
were all the rage. Two years ago, plugin drum machines and
simple synths ended up in our sequencer mixer strips. Last
year, massive full blown software synths and software samplers came
about. This year, we now have whole virtual studio racks
complete with their own sequencers landing on the platform of choice.
You can now run sequencers within sequencers if you want.
See my latest article on using
Logic. The really amazing thing is that all of it is sounding
better and better. Soft synths rival hardware synths and the
sonic difference between hardware and software samplers is really
down to taste. And the pace gets hotter.
With Logic 5 for example, users will get a full blown software automation
system and mastering tools. Sort of like having a fully automated
digital console and mastering studio on your desktop. This
brings more power to your mouse than has ever been known.
More than ever, it becomes critical that you learn about what advanced
hardware tools do so you can begin to understand their software
Speaking of plugins, your resident
Tweak just did a major plugin overhaul. I spent major cash
to get the best out there. Now I can tell you about it.
I wrote a page all
about plugins and made some recommendations. Go check
Right now, on the PC platform,
Windows XP is hot. You haven't upgraded yet? Well, it's now safe
to do so. Just about everyone has their issues sorted out.
Even the studios with massive PC based rigs have changed over.
It's already changing the game as it's making older software obsolete.
Manufacturers that had the foresight to make their applications
win 2000 compatible are smiling because their products are typically
still working in XP. Those that rely on win98 code are definitely
not so thrilled. There's still trouble in sequencer-land with
older plugins. Buyer beware. You will be safe with the
majors. Logic 4, Cubase 5 and Cakewalk Pro audio9/ Sonar.
It's just a matter of updating to the most recent version.
Read more on issues with
The whispers circulating the
web is that DAW Notebooks are on the way, and the industry is hoping
you will trade in your desktop for one of these expensive leg-warmers.
I added one to my rig, just to have a sequencer with me for the
holiday travels. I learned a lot, and tell all!
Tweak's article on
Notebook Audio Workstations, it's cool, funny, and based on
real life experiences as I put my new notebook through the rigors
of testing. Only now is it feasible, I mean really feasible,
to make the jump. In case you haven't noticed, Notebooks,
what used to be called Laptops, with 1.7 gHz processors are
here. They are no longer the sluggish, short session word processors
of the last few years. Unless you've been sequencing in a
distant barn in the backwoods, you probably already know that the
need to have a full tier rack of hardware synths and effects is
no longer. With some good
and soft samplers, a slim line audio interface, and a decent mic
you could actually work sitting on a blanket at the park. At least
that is the promise. Reality is not so willing to go along.
You're on the bleeding edge with a PC laptop. Tweak says,
Have to admit, the idea of
doing my music out on a sidewalk cafe is something to think more
about. Sort of the modern day equivalent of taking your guitar along.
Heh, maybe one could be a street musician with Logic audio, sunglasses
and a tin cup for spare change from amazed passerbys. Yes,
a new claim to fame, groupies, and new loves? (insert mental pic
of favorite sex object here) Lots of possibilities here. Connect
and amp and actually play it on a gig. (always wanted to recite
my dark poetry over extreme music and effects...hmmm...nah better
keep that in the closet, lol)
Ok, you might not be ready
for Tweak after Dark. Then maybe you will be ready, the manufacturers
hope, for a hardware front end for your sequencer
of choice. Cakewalk started this trend a few years ago with
the Peavey studio mix. Then there was the Tascam box.
Now we have...
Control Freaks, sign in...
Houston, a 9 touch sensitive motorized
faders, 8 rotary encoders with LED position indicators, Large illuminated
LCD display, Full transport controls, Jog & scrub wheel, Numeric
keypad. I've seen it, touched it, smelled it and wanted
to lick those candy coated buttons. It looks like an absolutely
beautiful piece of hardware.
Control is coming soon and looking very cool.
Simply connect Logic Control
via MIDI to get hands-on control over hundreds of MIDI and audio
functions, including the all-new automation system in Logic Audio
5. It offers simultaneous control over multiple parameters of software
instruments and plug-ins for unmatched realtime creativity.
You know Emagic has been touring the USA demonstrating these units
at Local music stores. You ought to check one out. Tell
'em Rich the Tweak sent ya. Gotta cable modem or DSL? Once
LC is officially released, come back to TweakHeadz Lab for a review.
You can read my personal
preview on the LC. Yep, I have one here in the lab right
Why do should you want a Logic Control or Houston?
Eh, let me recount a few reasons. Ever want to see
the faders move in real time to a fully automated mix? You
have 2 hands. You have 32 tracks. Need I say more?
OK I will! Into synths? Well you can have a channel
strip for each of your midi instruments within your multi-timbral
synth--beats the heck out of mousing in numbers or dealing with
tiny displays. Are you into soft samplers like the EXS 24?
Halion? Envious of megabuck studios running Pro Control on Pro Tools?
You won't be much longer. Logic Control and Houston will hook
right into the functions of their respective host sequencers for
the total DAW experience. I think we are about to see a major
change in the way we use sequencers.
Lets see, we have software that
emulates hardware, and now get hardware to control this virtual
and seemingly infinite tangle of virtual cables. There are
more than mere digital mixers. They are the surface for virtual
studios that would be next to impossible to build in the real world.
Expand your thinking on that sentence to get a clue of what such
power might do for your music.
only question regarding these new control units is which one makes
the best coffee? I think I need a little motorized bot that will
go out and buy groceries too. Then I'd never have to leave
the studio. All aside, these products will be a true
test of each platform for intuitive design and latency free control.
Can they really enhance creativity? We will soon see.
That is the touchstone of truth.
Logic Audio 5.0
Emagic writes: One of
Version 5's standout new facilities is a completely new track-based
automation system, capable of dealing with 32 Bit resolution fader
values. Automation is tied to individual Tracks, rather than Arrange
window objects such as sequences and audio regions. When Arrange
objects are moved or copied, the option exists to also automatically
move and copy the automation data. Similarly, automation data, sections,
or automation nodes, can be moved or copied independently of Arrange
window objects. Tweak:
Take a close look at the screen shot by clicking the pic.
What we have here is DAW strength automation. Read Tweak's
preview of Logic
Cubase VST 5.1
Version 5.1 will have new VST instruments and Effects plugins and
optimized program code for Pentium 3 and 4 computers and also enhancements
for Macintosh. Optimized code, written for specific CPUs is
a good thing. It allows more things to get done faster.
And as we know, speed is critical on any machine that has to deliver
music, on time, everytime.
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Q) What's the difference between
Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 and Sonar?
Read this page at cakewalk
Download the SONAR trial version now. Hey, I really
like it. Surprise, surprise! First off, don't get confused
by the name. Sonar_is_Cakewalk. A significant and needed
upgrade, but still, the same dude with new clothes, with a rather large
pocket of new tricks that jump ahead of Logic and VST in some respects.
Like "painting" loops like you do with ACID. You can now set the
track parameters a lot faster and intuitively. And its a smooth
operator in windows with well thought out right click menus. Nice
new reverb in the set too. Here
check it out (short sample mp3.format). Like that? hehe.
But that is not what i think of Sonar. Cake just hit a home run,
and the fluidity of audio operation is starting to make Logic and Cubase
look a little brittle.
Go check it out and see the way it used to be
Tweak: Works with WinXP! Do it Right. Comes with
Logic Delta and works with the full version of Logic even better.
Great converters. Punchy sound. Take it to 24 bit 96 kHz or run
it 16/44.1. It won't complain and neither will you. 8 analog
I/O and s/pdif as well. Great with audio and soft synths.
Has new 98se/win2k/xp multiclient drivers at the midiman site.
Tweak has it and is not giving it back.Tweak's
Q) Where can I find Atari Sequencing
A) Well you must check out this
Atari Page. Did you know you can run old Atari
MIDI programs on your PC? Complete with MIDI i/o? You can
by installing the Atari Emulator STEEM on your PC. It's
a free download and many of the programs you see can be downloaded
legally as well.
Superb Sequencer Sites: Logic
SonikMatter Logic Forums
A nice message board with some major league Logicians in attendance
Superb Sequencer Sites: Cakewalk
Scott R. Garrigus Web Sites
Published by Scott R. Garrigus
(author of Cakewalk Power!, Sound Forge Power! and SONAR Power!
Superb Sequencer Sites: VST
Resources A nice site
ASIO Audio Card Latency Listings
MDA-VST Some cool VSTi plugins for free