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NEWS NOVEMBER 29 , 2000
Native Updates B4, Reaktor, Dynamo
Bug fixes, new features in free upgrades

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Native Instruments has posted updates to a number of its Mac audio titles, including B4, Reaktor and Dynamo. An update of Pro-52 is also forthcoming.

B4 is Native's tonewheel organ synthesizer. The B4 is a VST-compatible B3 and rotating speaker emulator that the company says produces sound "virtually indistinguishable from the original hardware." It's based on the same NSP technology as the company's Reaktor modular system for synthesizing and sampling sounds, as well as producing effects. Changes in the new version, 1.1, include:

  • Snapshots and any buttons now are adjustable from the computer keyboard;
  • Undo now works correctly;
  • Controller dump inaccuracy fixed;
  • Changing the Sample rate in MOTU Digital Performer or in Digidesign Pro Tools doesn't change the pitch of the B4 anymore;
  • In ProTools now there is also a stereo channel available for the B4 Input Plugin.

The new version of Reaktor, 2.3.3, also includes a number of enhancements, as well as bug fixes. Improvements include:

  • The MIDI-Settings dialog now allows filtering of specific MIDI events and MIDI through for all incoming MIDI data.
  • The MIDI send channel automatically adapts itself to the Receive channel when altering it using the toolbar's control box.
  • Changing the Sample rate in MOTU Digital Performer or in Digidesign Pro Tools doesn't change the pitch of Reaktor ensembles anymore.
  • There are some improvements for Emagic Logic users that enable Program Changes as well as synching Reaktor sequencers and tempo-based effects to the tempo of the Logic song, although Logic actually doesn't support these functions directly for VST plugins.

The Dynamo update (version 1.0.3) adds several enhancements for working with Logic Audio and Cubase VST. Changes include:

  • The MIDI Settings dialog now allows filtering of specific MIDI events and MIDI through for all incoming MIDI data.
  • The MIDI send channel automatically adapts itself to the Receive channel when altering it using the toolbar's control box.
  • Samples and Sample maps can be loaded directly in the VST plugin window by double clicking the sample slots in the panel.
  • Dynamo now sends and receives MIDI data as a VST effect.
  • Dynamo now runs as a VST plugin under Logic.
  • There are some improvements for Emagic Logic users that enable Program Changes as well as synching Dynamo sequencers and tempo-based effects to the tempo of the Logic song.
  • FreeMIDI and FreeMIDI Interapplication support: you can select Dynamo as MIDI destination in Digital Performer.
  • MOTU Audio System (MAS) Input Plugin support: stream Dynamo audio signals directly into Digital Performer.
  • Better OMS-Support.
  • SoundDesigner II file import.
  • DirectConnect now also works with ProTools LE (RTAS).
  • The synchronization of Dynamo's internal sequencers to Cubase's clock is improved.
  • The pitch of Dynamo instruments is no longer affected by changing the sampling rate of the VST-host.

For more information about Dynamo, Reaktor, B4 and Pro-52, visit http://www.nativeinstruments.com.

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