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BitHeadz Phrazer 2 on the Way

Software sequencer to support Mac OS X By Dave Nagel
BitHeadz says its next-generation real-time sequencer--Phrazer 2.0--will be released "soon," though no exact date has been given. Aside from several feature enhancements and additions, the new version adds 600 MB of content and gains support for Mac OS X 10.1 or higher, along with optimizations for the G4's Velocity Engine. It will also continue to support Mac OS 8/9.

The new version of Phrazer will include a total of 900 MB of loops and will be compatible with Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Logic and Cubase, according to Bitheadz. Other new features will include:

  • Ability to create a master project folder that contains sequences and duplicates all samples and QuickTime movies;
  • New pitch and tempo matching algorithms;
  • Multitrack audio editing and playback;
  • Assign multiple loops and DSP effects to each track;
  • Built-in sample editor with DSP;
  • Ability to import ACID I and II files, Unity DS-1 samples, AIFF, Sound Designer II WAV files and CD-Audio;
  • Tempo calculation to set tempo based on sample length;
  • Ability to stream audio from hard disk or load audio into RAM;
  • Support for ASIO, DirectConnect, Direct I/O, MAS 2.0, ReWire and Sound Manager for output;
  • Sync to MIDI clock;
  • Roland PC 300 USB MIDI keyboard support;
  • Two send effects available per track, including Phrase, Flange, Chorus, Degrade, Distortion, Filter, Dynamic filter, Compressor, Delay with MIDI sync, Shelf/Parametric EQ and Reverb.

  • Bitheadz is offering a free upgrade to version 2.0 for those who purchase the current version of Phrazer now through the release date. It sells for $299. For more information, visit

    Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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