Image-Line News

11-02-2010


We're proud to announce the public beta 4 of Drumaxx :

 


Find out more & download the PC & Mac versions here.

 

 

It's limited to Image-Line customers only for now until it proves to be stable.

We will release it as "pay what you think it's worth" with a €9 minimum of which we give €1 to a charity in Haiti.

 

Discuss it here.

Enjoy!

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09-02-2010


If you are writing music for the dance floor then nothing will help you more than trying to mix your own beats. Image-Line make Deckadance the DJ mixing application featured in the video below. So, even if you never plan to DJ, grab the demo and play your tracks in it, trying to beatmatch them.

 

 

This video used the latest version of Deckadance (1.63), check out the new stuff here. The tracks used in this video are included with the latest demo.

 

Probably the first thing you will notice, if you haven't thought about what DJs need to do, is your intros and outros need to be a lot longer and simpler. 16-24 bars of basic beat with some embellishments (e.g. splash cymbal) every 8 bars to let the DJ know where they are then a clear buildup to the start of the main track. On the outro you really can't go too long, the DJ will kill the track when they are ready. Again just keep it simple.

 

Remember it's these little things that will make your tracks more appealing and so more likely to be picked up by DJs.

 

PS: Put the BPM somewhere in the title too.

 

Regards Scott

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08-02-2010


We're pleased to announce Deckadance 1.6.3 which features support

for iTunes playlists and has a built-in DVS Control signal :

 

 

Download the new release here.

 

Features :


    1.63

  • [new] - Added support for Dj-Tech 101 series [DD-221].
  • [fix] - Fix a problem with setup and itunes buttons in LE version [DD-222].
  • [fix] - Fix a crash problem at BPM analysis with a few rare sound files [DD-223].
  • [fix] - Fix a problem with the VCM-100 midi mapping [DD-224].

    1.62

  • [fix] - Fix "Drag & Drop" problem from iTunes on Mac OSX [DD-217].
  • [chg] - Changed Key slider behaviour. Now, moving the slider changes the key in semitones (shift+move = fine adjustment) [DD-218].
  • [imp] - Improved minihost support for some soundcards (Windows) [DD-219].
  • [imp] - Improved support of MsPinky vinyls in absolute mode for side B [DD-220].

    1.61

  • [new] - New BPM detector engine with improved beat tracking (...remember to re-analyze your library) [DD-210].
  • [new] - New search function for playlist and itunes panels [DD-211].
  • [new] - New playlist archive history. DD saves automatically the last playlist played to the "playlists" folder [DD-212].
  • [new] - Added support for Reloop Digital Jockey midi controller (FW 2.6) [DD-213].
  • [imp] - Improved search input boxes (unicode support) [DD-214].
  • [fix] - Fixed some folder installation problems [DD-215].
  • [chg] - Changed DownBeat button behaviour. Now, it's possible to move the beatgrid in 1/8 note length [DD-216].

    1.60

  • [new] - Itunes integration panel. You can browse your iTunes Library and drop songs onto playlist from this new panel [DD-189].
  • [new] - New Deckadance Control CD Creator to generate an ultra-accurate timecode file for cd players [DD-192].
  • [new] - Added support for Dj-Tech iMix MKII [DD-193].
  • [new] - Added support for Numark Omni Control [DD-194].
  • [new] - New Audio Setup panel with different configuration options for inputs & outputs and intelligent auto-mapping behaviour [DD-190].
  • [new] - New Setup Global Options with improved design and extended options [DD-191].
  • [new] - Added support for Japanese glyphs in playlist/browser items [DD-195].
  • [chg] - Simplified version numbering (X.XX format) [DD-197].
  • [imp] - Improved multi drop files from Finder onto Deckadance (Mac OSX) [DD-198].
  • [fix] - Fix DVS absolute mode position detection bug introduced since 1.50.2 [DD-199].
  • [fix] - Fix some problems in the MIDI kernel engine [DD-200].
  • [fix] - Fix drag and drop files from Explorer with non ASCII characters (Windows) [DD-201].
  • [fix] - Fix playlist Open & Save problems with non ASCII characters (Windows) [DD-202].
  • [fix] - Fix midi setup Open & Save problems with non ASCII characters (Windows) [DD-203].
  • [fix] - Fix importing iTunes playlist with non ASCII characters (Windows) [DD-204].
  • [fix] - Fix some problems when beatmarks are saved [DD-205].
  • [imp] - Improved loading of OGG & WAV files [DD-206].
  • [imp] - Improved VSTi plugin support for Mac host applications [DD-207].
  • [chg] - Change shortcut for mouse fine pitch control to "SHIFT" key [DD-208].
  • [fix] - Fix "CTRL+key" shortcuts problem on Mac OSX [DD-209].

 

Enjoy,

 

The Image-Line Team

 

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08-02-2010


In this instalment I discuss sidechaining in the FL Studio Mixer. Sidechain sends were introduced with FL Studio 9, so if you are using an earlier version, time to grab an update.

 

 

Download the project shown in this tutorial here in Looptalk, I have added some extensions to show the effect of the sidechain more clearly.

 

In this tutorial I explain what sidechaining is and how it works in the FL Studio Mixer. I sidechain a KICK to Fruity Limiter and use that to pump the volume of a PAD sound (sustained chord) routed through Fruity Limiter.

NOTE: Sidechaining is just another term (and use) for multiple-input effect plugins, FL Studio supports both multiple-input and multiple-output plugin instruments and effects.

 

Other uses for multi-input effects are things like vocoding, see Vocodex or Mid/Side stereo encoding or decoding, see Fruity Stereo Shaper.

Of course, the most common use is seen in multiple-output instruments like FPC or Slicex, where you can route each drum pad or slice to a unique mixer track for separate effects processing.

 

Regards Scott.

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