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08-06-2009


Hi,

 

Here's a preview of the newsletter that will be sent out later this week :

 

Main topics :

  • AUTOGUN VSTi RELEASED AS FREEWARE!
  • Deckadance 1.5 DJ Mixing Application - RELEASED!
  • UPGRADE FROM "PRODUCER" TO "XXL" FOR $99 instead of $209!
  • FL Studio 8.5 public Beta 4 - Available for testing!
  • FL STUDIO MOVED BACK INTO THE NUMBER TWO AT SOFTWARE POPULARITY INDEX
  • Affiliate System & Virtual Cash

Questions or remarks before we mail out ? Post them here.

 

Enjoy!

 

The Image-Line Team

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FL Studio 8.5 Public Beta 4!


Hi,

You can find FL Studio 8.5 (Beta 4) in your account (Fruity Edition & boxed users as well).

It will expire on the 20th of July and we'll post a new on by then (not as copy protection but to make
sure people test/use the new beta's and don't complain about fixed bugs).

Here are the issues fixed between beta 3 & beta 4:

    Additions:

  • Updated to LAME 3.98.2.
  • Improved playlist mouse wheel scrolling.
  • Right-clicking the playlist clip focus button brings a list of either audio, automation or pattern clip sources.
  • Improved "split mixer tracks" rendering filename management.
  • Edison: new "natural weighting" & improved "natural scale" for better spectral display, as well as new (slow) high quality mode that brings both time & frequency accuracy (especially in natural scale mode).
  • PEQ2, Wave Candy & FL now use natural weighting for their spectral display.
  • Added note helping lines in piano roll when notes are played.
  • Improve envelope editor's envelope smoothing tool & decimation tool.
  • New envelope filter tool in envelope editor.
  • Wave Candy: improved scale feature, and added piano kb helper to spectral display.
  • Fruity Reeverb 2: added option to process side.
  • Improved mixer's input "automap" feature (doesn't map mono inputs, and doesn't route them to master to avoid feedback).
  • Updated scripting engine used by Edison scripts (should allow VB scripts now).
  • Wrapper: now reports the sound device's i/o latency to the plugin
  • FPC: layer shows newly added item (i.e. scrolls to it)
  • FL Keys: high notes are now always decayed on release, instead of released immediately

    Implemented & removed:
  • Right-clicking playlist items no longer deletes them (hold halt to do so). (thrown, user complaints)
  • Can now middle-click working area to "pan" plugin windows (ONLY plugins, as it's designed for oversized VST's). (thrown, too many annoyances)

    Bugfixes:
  • Wave Candy: Auto visual mode state now properly restored, some other bugfixes.
  • Slit pattern by channel now preserves pattern's beats per bar setting.
  • Fixed some common window-related weirdness (windows covering others while they shouldn't, etc).
  • Fixed troubles with snapping grid with specific PPQ settings.
  • Fixed minor bug in envelope smoothing tool.
  • Edison: fixed problem when reloading a state that had envelopes not mixed down.
  • Fixed problem with FL's hint bar sometimes not refreshing when loading things.

    DirectWave:

  • added control to set maximum release time for sampled notes
  • implemented new downloader interface, modeless
  • click on empty area in scrollbar(s) to go to that position
  • Updated CT dll
  • Reduced max polyphony to 256 to reduce cpu usage when idle
  • cache results of product code registration check to speed it up a bit
  • implemented ilreg system
  • improved filter speed
  • only filter when filter text is at least 3 characters
  • Implemented delete, move up and move down for items in manager's list
  • ToxicBio, Sawer and Morphine downloads can now also be downloaded from the selector (if the plugin is installed!)
  • improved "last view" behaviour a little bit
  • flush plugin if a sampled note didn't reach silence
  • all zone parameters are now changed for all selected zones, when "current selection" switch is on
  • mod reset now works for multiple selected zones
  • fixed the way a soundfont property was counted on import
  • Overwrite existing wave files when sampling a vst (but only .wav files)
  • make sure the samplerate is sent to the plugin before processing a vst plugin
  • DW no longer steals keyboard focus, except for edit controls
  • Loading a DWB file now tries to load a sample from file if it's not in the DWB
  • DWB files now save a reference to the file instead of the sample data when total recall is off
  • fixed acm import - sample length wasn't adjusted after conversion (was sometimes less than predicted)
  • Fixed mouse position inaccuracy for pitch bend and mod sliders (multi tab)
  • put critical section for sample preview slightly earlier

    Downloader:
  • store location in global registry during installation, instead of just in local registry
  • fixed some crashes when the downloader couldn't find the download dll
  • selection window now has minimum size
  • fixed bug that caused downloads to start again after being finished
  • fixed download location calculation in manager

    Wrapper:
  • Ampersand was shown as a shortcut underline in the options window (info section)
  • Fixed a bug loading Arturia AnalogFactory settings
  • midi port changes after a plugin was dragged didn't make the wrapper ask the host to enable midi input
  • Added code to load shell plugins from different filename than when they were saved
  • use different way to determine if a plugin is VST1 or not
  • removed first check for value of FruityPlug in UpdateSize to make sure editor size is updated when loading the plugin fails
  • don't get parameter labels and value for shell plugin (waveshell) to prevent crash
  • fixed buffer (effect version) now doesn't zero output buffer and takes into account plugins without inputs
  • fixed assumption that an effect would have inputs
  • "onlysavefirstprogram" workaround for Blood Overdrive and Compressor is now used for all VST1 plugins
Here are the issues fixed between beta2 & beta 3:
  • The browser preview mixer track can't be set higher than 64.
  • all my projects with zebra2 get noise on the zebra channel (like a full peak digital noise)
  • Loading an older project with Fruity Delays in it, now the delays are out of sync.
  • Every time when I open Riff (from tools or from Piano Roll) and turn off "show details" and then switch to "Levels" and turn "show details" back on.
  • By the way the Parameter Automation record is a bug I tried all the non FLStudio VST I have and they do the same thing.
  • janko keyboard input mode, the enter key also is translated, it's a bit disturbing.
  • BeepMap crashes
  • just a small issue in the "Scale levels" tool: the tooltip of the new center knob says "Tension".
  • Load the New Stuff FLP file. Project starts to load. Gets to Fruity Multiband Compressor and crashes.
  • garbage when last of the mixer/playlist icons was used
  • very long hovering display in browser when a drive letter was added as an extra folder
  • browser F5/F6 making it lose kb focus
  • FSC score saving being broken (was actually saving them as MIDI files)
  • display bug for piano roll note levels (I also made slide notes no more on top of normal notes)
  • reeverb 2's early reflection bug
  • bug in envelope smoothing tool in Sytrus
Enjoy!

The Image-Line Team

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Deckadance 1.5.3

24-05-2009


Image-Line Software Updates its DJ Mixing Software Deckadance to Version 1.5.3

 


Image Line Software released the newest version of its DJ mixing software Deckadance with many improved functionalities for the best DJ performance :
 
 

 

Version 1.5.3 is now available for MAC and PC, delivering a new, more flexible sound engine, easier setup and enhanced beat visualization / analysis options.

Image Line Software, the developer of FL Studio (formerly FruityLoops), released the newest version of its DJ mixing software Deckadance with many improved functionalities for the best DJ performance.

Deckadance 1.5 is available for MAC and PC and gains a new audio engine with an amazing high quality of the sound. Version 1.5 now supports batch beat-analysis of the songs (reducing load times/CPU load during a performance) and time-stretching/compression technology. DJs can enjoy new playlist design with variable font sizes, view modes and the ability to import iTunes playlists.

To aid setup, the input and outputs of the program now appear as stereo channels making installation and routing of audio inputs/outputs more intuitive. Finally, users can choose between "Auto" or "Manual" beatgrid analysis modes, on a song-by-song basis, according to their preferences and the complexity of the source audio.

The newest release of Deckadance 1.5.3 also provides:

Price and availability:


Version 1.5.3 of Deckadance could be purchased on-line with a special 20% discount applied till 20th of June, 2009. After this promotional period the product will be offered on a regular price of 179 USD (Club Edition) and 99 USD (House Edition).

A fuly functional demo version of Deckadance 1.5.3 is also available for free download.

 

Other improvements since the previous (1.3) release :
    

Deckadance 1.5.3

  • [new] - Added 14 "inverted" midi functions in the "learn" midi control system
  • [fix] - Fix a problem of distorsion in the output channels when DD is hosted by FL & Live
  • [fix] - Fix a read/save problem with beatmark files on windows computers
  • [fix] - Fix native support for Openlabs dBeat

 Deckadance 1.5.2

  • [fix] - Fix a synchronization problem when master tempo engine is active
  • [imp] - Improved audio engine
  • [imp] - Improved DVS system to get rid of "sticker drift" problems
  • [fix] - Fix visual problem in the pitch sliders in DVS mode and soundcard at 48KHz
  • [imp] - Improved double/half buttons behavior in the BPM setup panel
  • [imp] - Updated minihost

Deckadance 1.5.1 :

  • [new] - Batch analysis of songs
  • [new] - Added native support for Vestax VCI-300
  • [new] - New beatgrid move via mouse over the waveform (SHIFT+CLICK+MOVE)
  • [imp] - Improved DVS engine when elastique time-stretching is disabled
  • [imp] - Improved loop/leap exit function (more smoother now)
  • [imp] - Improved cue jump when loop/leap is active
               (it will be disabled automatically)
  • [fix] - Fix a bug when unplug midi devices at runtime on windows computers
  • [fix] - Fix several bugs and maintenance
  • [new] - Added native support for Openlabs DBeat
  • [fix] - Fix a problem with the win minihost at startup
  • [fix] - Fix a problem rendering special characters in tags
Deckadance 1.45.0 :
  • [new] - Added BPM read from ID3 tags
  • [new] - Added support to load/import iTunes playlists
  • [imp] - Improved audio engine (more faster now)
  • [imp] - Improved automix engine (fixed some problems)
  • [imp] - Improved Windows graphic render (waveforms & fonts)
  • [imp] - Improved Windows open folder dialog
  • [fix] - Fix a problem in the browser search function
             (related to case sensitive words) 
  • [fix] - Fix a problem with the "start in beat sync" feature
  • [new] - New OpenGl render engine for Windows
  • [new] - New Font size function (small, medium, large)
  • [new] - New Playlist size function (small, medium, large)
  • [new] - Added function to select "Auto" or "Manual" beatgrid mode
  • [new] - New support for ID3V1 and ID3V2 tags
  • [new] - New unicode support for playlist/browser items
  • [imp] - Improved playlist/browser drawing
  • [new] - Added support for Dj-Tech Kontrol One
  • [new] - Added support for Stanton SCS-3D
  • [new] - Added support for Hercules Dj Control Steel
1.4.6 update:
  • [fix] - Fix a problem when dropping songs into decks
  • [fix] - Fix a problem when scracthing with some controllers

 

1.40.2 update:
  • [imp] - Sampler engine improved with time-stretching (zplane elastique)
  • [imp] - Sampler engine low/high pass filter redesign
  • [new] - New setup panel design
  • [new] - New in-built support for midi streaming, it improves
               the midi latency and jitter
  • [imp] - Improved the native support of midi controllers when Deckadance plugin is
               hosted by FL Studio or Ableton Live
  • [chg] - Deckadance plugin input/outputs now exposed like stereo channels
  • [fix] - Fix a sound problem when Deckadance plugin is hosted in some audio applications
  • [new] - New sound engine with improved time-stretching/compression technology
  • [new] - New BPM setup panel and beatgrid system (Manual tempo, Tap tempo,
               Half/Double tempo, BeatGrid move, Rescan). Press 'Track' to activate it.
  • [new] - New spectral waveform color feature
  • [new] - New pitch range selection (6%, 8%, 10%, 16%, 20%, 50%)
  • [new] - New Equalization filters design with improved kill behavior
  • [new] - Added scratch and spinback native support to the following controllers :

    - Hercules (
    MKII, MP3 Console, RMX)
    - Numark
    Total Control
    - Behringer
    BCD2000/BCD3000
     
  • [chg] - Change momentary loop on VCI-100 native support to loop switch
  • [imp] - Added gain control to Synq PCM-1 native suport (shift+jog)
  • [fix] - Fix a crash bug at closing DD when the gui of some hosted vst plugins is opened
  • [new] - Autogain engine (perceived loudness algorithm).

 

 

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DirectWave 1.4.3 released


DirectWave 1.4.3 has been released today. It can be downloaded from www.image-line.com or from your user account page (for registered users).

The installer includes both the FL Studio and VSTi versions.

These are the changes since version 1.4.1...

new features
- updated import dll
- now uses modeless downloader window
- click on empty area in scrollbar(s) to go to that position
- set max polyphony to 256
- added browser preview volume knob
- added "home" button to go back to the content library
- shortened browser path that's shown (when it's in the content library path)
- added option to copy imported dwp and (temp) samples to the content library
- re-arranged config dialog
- now shows "monolithic format" warning if an external bank is imported without reference to wave files
- now searches its own library folder for missing samples as well
- the user can now choose between demo and player mode, to try all features before buying
- allow link and move drag&drop operations, not just copy
- FL version now stores samples in zipped flp file, if total recall is off
- FL version now shows selected program's name as the "short name" for the channel
- FL version now asks FL to find missing samples
- FL version: added popup menu for automatable parameters

bug fixes
- overwrite existing wave files when sampling a vst (but only .wav files)
- make sure the samplerate is sent to the plugin before processing a vst plugin
- DW no longer steals keyboard focus, except for edit controls
- loading a DWB file now tries to load a sample from file if it's not in the DWB
- DWB files now save a reference to the file instead of the sample data when total recall is off
- fixed acm import - sample length wasn't adjusted after conversion (was sometimes less than predicted)
- fixed mouse position inaccuracy for pitch bend and mod sliders (multi tab)
- prevent crash when previewing samples in some cases
- time stretch knobs are now also automatable
- fixed crash when showing long program names in progress
- fixed stack corruption around filename buffer when loading downloader dll
- fixed crash when cancelling "Browse" window in browser
- fixed loading wave files by absolute filename
- avoid "no disk in drive" error message when loading samples
- fixed event handling for hosted VST plugin, it used a fixed size event buffer
- fixed browser update after using "Browse" button
- fixed PeekMessage loop on dll unload, to prevent crash in Podium

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