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Cycling '74 Expands Audio Software Line

Extension, plugins, updates debut at NAMM By Dave Nagel
At the NAMM convention in Anaheim, Calif., Cycling '74 today announced a wide range of new and updated audio tools. These include five new plugins, an extension for Mac OS X, a new sound library and an update to Pluggo. The company also launched M, an algorithmic compression application for Mac OS X.

Included in the announcements is the release of Pluggo 3.1 for Mac OS X, which debuted at the AES convention back in October. Pluggo is a native audio processing plugin. Version 3.1 adds compatibility with Mac OS X and also gains support for Audio Units, making it compatible with Emagic Logic Audio, Apple Final Cut Pro (and Soundtrack) and MOTU Digital Performer 4. It includes more than 100 real-time audio effects, as well as a set of synthesizers and samplers. Pluggo effects include filtering, delay effects, distortion, granular synthesis, audio routing, sampling and synthesis, reverb and sound localization. It also offers modulation, synchronization and audio and control routing capabilities between plugins, according to the company. It's available now for $199 and as a free update for Pluggo 3 users.

The company has also released M 2.6, an update to the algorithmic compression program released originally back in the 1980s by Intelligent Music. M is an interactive composing and performance system that manipulates notes and chords to create musical compositions during live performances. The new version gains Mac OS X support for compatibility with Apple's Core MIDI technologies. It's available as a free update for current users, with the full version running $74.

Cycling '74 has also released Soundflower, an extension for Mac OS X that allows for the routing of audio between Core Audio applications. It was developed as a means of processing audio in applications developed in Max/MSP from other applications but can also be used for more general audio routing tasks. According to the company, it can patch 2- or 16-channel data at 32-bit sample depth between any applications that support standard Core Audio driver selection. Soundflower can also be selected as a "default device" in the Audio/MIDI Setup utility for programs that do not allow the selection of a specific output device. Soundflower is available as a free download for Mac OS X 10.2 or 10.3.

Also released is the company's first installment in its Cycles series of audio source libraries called "Sustained Encounters." The library includes "surreal stylings" from Ron MacLeod, who is also the producer of the series. The collection is offered in 24-bit/48 kHz .wav format. It also includes 44.1 kHz versions and a sampling of 5.1-channel piece. It's offered as a dual-disc set (one DVD and one CD) and is available now for $99.

Cycling '74 has also introduced five new plugins in its forthcoming Mode collection (three instruments and two effects units). These include Bang, a single-voice percussion module that combines sample playback, FM synthesis and analog modeling drum synthesis; Mono, a monophonic synthesizer; Poly, a polyphonic synthesizer based on DCO synths; Spin, a rhythm-based effects processor that offerss a state-variable filter, panning effects, rhythmic gating, delay, distortion and bit-reduction; and Wash, an effects processor with six recirculating delay lines. The Mode collection is expected to be available this quarter for VST, Audio Units and RTAS hosts. It will sell for $199.

Finally, the company has also announced that it's porting Jitter to the Windows platform. (The software is also ready available for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.) Jitter is a set of 120 new objects for Mac/MSP graphical programming environment that includes components for working with video and 3D graphics, as well as matrices for expressing data in rows and columns. (These can include text, video, still images, OpenGL-based 3D geometry, particles, voxels and audio. The software is real-time and interactive and supports DV I/O and camera control. It also provides multiple monitor support and the ability to create standalone applications. It's expected to ship for Windows this quarter for $395 or as a free crossgrade for users of the Mac OS version.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, 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 [email protected].

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