May 18
Retro AS-1 2.0, Unity 2.0 Now Shipping
Both apps get Velocity support

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

BitHeadz has begun shipping Retro AS-1 2.0 and Unity DS-1 2.0. Retro is a software virtual analog synthesizer that works with or without MIDI equipment to reproduce the sounds of synthesizers past. Unity is a real-time digital sampler. Both versions are available for Mac OS, with support for Windows on the way. Both software suites are optimized for the G4 Velocity Engine.

New features in Retro AS-1 version 2 include:

  • Increased voices to 64;
  • DirectConnect support for ProTools integration;
  • Stereo signal path for oscillators and insert effects;
  • More oscillator types and improved oscillator resolution and fidelity;
  • External audio input to ring modulator, filters, and trigger;
  • Stereo individual channel outputs via Rewire;
  • Ring modulator;
  • More filter types, slope, threshold, comb;
  • Delay parameter for all modulators;
  • More insert effect types, including pitch shift, multi-tap chorus, and degrade;
  • Automatic publishing of OMS and FreeMIDI names;
  • More than 1,400 patches including presets by Sound Burst;
  • Audio input/output matrix for ASIO and Direct I/O devices allowing 32 separate channelized outputs;
  • Eight assignable controller remappings: any controller to any other controller.

New features in Unity DS-1 2.0 include:

  • Increased maximum number of voices to 128;
  • DirectConnect support for ProTools 5 integration;
  • More filter types, slope, threshold, comb;
  • More insert effect types including pitch shift, multi-tap chorus;
  • Improved reverb algorithm, (early reflections);
  • Automatic publishing of OMS and FreeMIDI names;
  • Support for up to 128 MIDI channels with OMS and FreeMIDI applications;
  • Adjust sample tempo without changing pitch;
  • Sample markers user-defined for oscillator stretching;
  • Phat.Boy support;
  • Load bank programs individually;
  • Eight assignable controller remappings;
  • Audio input/output matrix for ASIO and Direct I/O devices allowing 32 separate channelized outputs;
  • Micro-tonal tuning per program, up to 128 notes defined;
  • Zone crossfading in addition to version 1 cross switching;
  • Editor can audition through sample engine.

Registered users of Retro AS-1 1.x can upgrade to 2.0 for $99. The full price is $259. Users of Unity DS-1 1.x can upgrade to 2.0 for $149. It retails for $449. For more information, visit http://www.bitheadz.com or read our review of Retro AS-1 2.0.

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