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Duet and Quartet for Pro Tools compatible with OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Avid has qualified the latest drivers, version 2.10.2, for the Pro Tools Duet and Pro Tools Quartet interfaces for use with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Note that these drivers have only been tested with... Read more »

Avid Qualifies Pro Tools 12 for OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Avid has now qualified Pro Tools 12 for use with the latest Macintosh operating system, OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The current list of system requirements for Pro Tools 12 are: Mac: Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.8.5... Read more »

Line 6 USB driver 7.3.8 and El Capitan

Line 6 has released the following statement regarding the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of their USB driver version 7.3.8: "We have discovered an incompatibility of the Line 6 USB audio driver version 7.3.8... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools Version 12.3

Avid has updated Pro Tools to version 12.3, adding a host of new user requested features. The highlight of the update is Commit Track, allowing Pro Tools users to render tracks to disk with the following features:... Read more »

Stay In The Flow When Recording

When you're recording — especially if you're recording alone — it can be tempting to stop as soon as you've made a mistake, undo the record pass or delete the offending performance, and start again. That... Read more »

Ableton Release Live 9.5

Ableton has updated Live to version 9.5. Live 9.5 boasts new analog-modeled filters, new waveforms and metering displays, and new sampling capabilities. In addition to bug fixes and general enhancements, Live 9.5... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates MASCHINE to v2.4

Native Instruments has released MASCHINE 2.4, which features deep integration with third-party plug-ins via Native Instruments Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) format, first introduced with KOMPLETE KONTROL. With NKS... Read more »

Slate Digital Updates Virtual Mix Rack to v1.0.10.4

Slate Digital has updated its Virtual Mix Rack to version 1.0.10.4. New to this version: A fix for the VCC Group ParameterYou may now isolate the input and output gains from a GroupVU meters are now calibrated with... Read more »

Two Notes Engineering Updates Torpedo Remote to v3.1.3

Two Notes Engineering has updated their Torpedo Remote desktop software for the Torpedo Live and Torpedo C.A.B. hardware cabinet simulators to v3.1.3. This version adds a new "Arcade Mode," a simplified interface... Read more »

PreSonus Updates Studio One 3 to Version 3.1

PreSonus has released an update to Studio One 3 bringing it to version 3.1. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the new version includes: Support for PreSonus Studio 192 USB 3.0 Audio Interface and DIGIMAX DP88New... Read more »

UVI Workstation Now Compatible with El Capitan

Apple's recent OS X 10.11 update (El Capitan) introduced an issue that caused some Audio Units plug-ins to fail validation, including UVI Workstation, a free player that drives many of UVI's products. UVI has... Read more »

Antelope Audio Announces Compatibility with El Capitan

Antelope Audio intitially noted compatibility issues between their interfaces and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. However, a new driver release resolves those issues, and all Antelope Audio products have been cleared for use... Read more »

Acoustica Mixcraft Updated to 7.5

Acoustica has announced the release of Mixcraft 7.5 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7.5 updates. The update features numerous enhancements such as FLAC file support (including recording directly to FLAC), improved mixing... Read more »

U-he Updates Everything

U-he has updated their plug-ins with various common enhancements and fixes. They include: UI Improvements All plugin UIs now have 10% scaling, from 70% to 200%.The ACE UI is now clearer and has new modulation... Read more »

Avid releases Sibelius 8.0.1

Avid has updated Sibelius to version 8.0.1 with over 100 enhancements, including: Fully localised editions of What's New, Tutorials, and Reference guidesThe mouse cursor now changes to a Pen icon when entering... Read more »

Slate Digital VMR and OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Slate Digital has released the following statement regarding the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of their Virtual Mix Rack plug-in: Our team has thoroughly tested the Virtual Mix Rack on El Capitan, and due to... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.2.1

Avid has released Pro Tools 12.2.1, a bug fix release that addresses over 70 bugs and known issues. This is a free update for registered users.

Native Instruments and El Capitan Compatibility

Native Instruments has released the following statement on Apple Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan Compatibility with their software: In Mac OS X 10.11, Native Instruments Audio Units plug-ins will not pass the AU... Read more »

Nektar Panorama and Impact and El Capitan

Nektar has released the following update on the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of the Panorama series of control surfaces/USB-MIDI controller keyboards: "We have found some issues during the process of testing... Read more »

Propellerhead and El Capitan

Propellerhead Software has announced that all of the latest versions of their products, including Reason 8, Reason Essentials 8, and the Balance audio interface have been tested with no problems found, and are... Read more »

Updating to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Today (September 30, 2015) Apple is releasing the latest update to the Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 "El Capitan." It offers many compelling new features for general use, such as improved performance, split... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases “Ipswitch” SONAR Update

Cakewalk has unveiled its latest update to SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. Dubbed "Ipswitch," its new Direct Synth Recording option offers real-time, sample-accurate virtual instrument... Read more »

What is the YouTube -13 LUFS Loudness Reference Level?

LUFS (Loudness Units before Full Scale) is a synonym for Loudness, K-weighted, relative to Full Scale (LKFS), which is a loudness standard that aims to normalize loudness levels across broadcast mediums. In other... Read more »

Looking for Inspiration? Create Your Own Presets!

So you just bought a new synthesizer, programmable effects processor, or plug-in, and you love the presets. You're thrilled with how it sounds. You explore every preset, tweaking them to your taste and it's... Read more »