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7.2 professional can be downloaded now in the support area.

What´s new:

Advanced Tempo Mapping

Changing tempo and tact

Version 7.2 now also supports changes to both tempo and tact within each project. All changes can be made directly in the project window with a direct visual overview of the audio material.

Linear or point-to-point tempo curves can simply be defined with markers, whereby a marker interpolates the tempo to a previously defined tempo or changes it at its present position. Tempo and tact markers can be faded out, or switched on or off - individually or as a group. Special tempo mapping functions using a special mouse mode permit direct control of all important marker properties. Tempo and tact markers are also represented in the MIDI Piano Roll Editor and can be dragged & dropped into position.

A Marker Manager comprising a list display simplifies tempo and tact marker management.

Defining musical patterns

The new tact position markers represent a very interesting development in making marker setting smarter. The musical lattice of the project can now be set at at particular positions or aligned with existing audio and MIDI events, (e.g. a referential drumbeat track) and can be manipulated at will. If you consider a musical lattice as a highly flexible net, then a tact position marker is the point at which the selected net positions are pinned down in time.

The subsequent tempo curves are processed automatically and existing MIDI /audio events are precisely positioned according to your requirements.

This marker can of course also be treated like every other marker. It is movable, can be deleted and can, if you wish, also be switched off temporarily (bypassed).

Typical applications.

• With a “free” recording of audio or MIDI tracks without using the internal Samplitude metronome, you can adapt the musical lattice very simply to this reference. Simply assign a tact position marker at the crucial “anchor” point. If for example you have recorded a drumbeat track to serve as a reference for other MIDI or audio tracks, first specify an approximate grid in the shape of the tact and a global tempo estimate. Then simply define some tacts (e.g here tact 10, there tact 20 etc.) The internal map function now adapts the musical lattice and calculates automatically all necessary changes of tempo, including those from tempo curves. When desired, existing audio objects and MIDI notes can be coupled to the fixed lattice and always keep pace with lattice position changes in relation to their musical position.

• To apply audio or MIDI to an image (e.g. a video track) selected positions can be defined as tact positions (e.g. the beginning of a scene). A simple mouse click maps the material that has already been played or recorded.

MIDI Editor

Version 7.2 offers an enhanced MIDI Editor with an integrated list display and a graphic Velocity Editor. Apart from functional enhancements, new tools, such as different sketching pens, have improved usability considerably and offers more efficient, more detailed solutions.

New tools

Besides the standard sketching pen, there are now also drum and pattern sketching pen in the toolbox. As the drum pen sketches note length and distances, the pattern pen sketches a pattern from which any combination of notes can be defined beforehand.

A Delete mode completes the toolbox. To avoid a time-consuming change of tool, a simple right mouse click now deletes existing notes. Apropos time-saving: Other tools also unite several functions. Notes can now be extended with the selection tool and shifted with the sketching pens.

Additional detailed solutions:

- A double click on a pitch within the free range selects all notes at said pitch.

- Click on a keyboard key to fade out all notes with other pitches from the Velocity Editor.

- A multiple note selection permits relative and absolute changes to the note values.

- When drawing with the drum and pattern sketching pens, hold the mouse button down and move the mouse backwards to remove notes that have already been inserted. Patterns that have been sketched incorrectly can therefore be deleted.

- Nearly all changes are applied to MIDI events. Changes of selection within a range always apply to all other ranges.

- Two small red lights (above and below the vertical scroll bar to the right of the MIDI Editor screen) indicate the existence of notes not currently visible on screen.

- Velocity Editor: The beat velocity can be changed by clicking the upper third of a velocity bar. Click the lower two third of the bar to select the associated note. It then appears in red on the editors.

- The MIDI Editor can be positioned as independent window e.g. on a second monitor. Needless to say, the contents of currently selected MIDI objects are always displayed.

Displaying filtered events

Samplitude MIDI object events can contain up to 16 channels and up to 16 MIDI tracks, making it possible to control a multi-output VST instrument across several MIDI channels with just one object. Within this object, notes in the MIDI Editor can be edited in all channels at the same time or simply in one selected channel.

Various viewing options are available for this operation. A channel filter (Options menu) allows you to indicate all or only selected channels. Notes in the remaining channels are represented in grey and cannot be selected.

Example:

The MIDI object has notes in MIDI channel numbers 1, 2, and 5. By selecting the MIDI channels in the channel filter sub menu, all notes in the 2 and 5 channels can now be accessed by the selection and editing tools, so long as both channels are selected in the menu. All non-selected (filtered) notes in channel 1 are represented in grey on the Piano Editor and List Editor.

Events in filtered channels can be hidden from view – simply select “Hide filtered MIDI data) in the Options menu.

The Lists Editor offers further display filters which only work within the List. First the display filters are initialized with the settings of the playing filters (mute settings), but then the filters can be adjusted independently.

Displaying muted events

Notes can be muted and other MIDI events can be filtered via MIDI object settings (in the MIDI Object Editor). Muted events are displayed less prominently in the Piano Roll and List Editors. Events before or after the object start and/or object end - recognizable from the blue lines in the Editor - also appear paler than events within the object.

List Editor

The MIDI Editor has an integrated list display of all events with additional viewing and edit options.

In the List Editor, note events, MIDI controllers and Sysex messages are displayed. These controllers and messages can be faded out or, during playback, muted.

To edit only certain events, the List Editor offers a viewing filter for each column. Display filters can be combined.

Real-time VST plug-ins for objects (with automatic latency compensation)

One of the defining characteristics of the Samplitude range is the innovative and unique object editor. The object editor permits each object to practically share its own mixer channel and other complex options, allowing recorded audio material to be divided into as many objects as desired, each of which can be furnished with different effects, fades, plug-ins or timestretching and/or pitchshifting settings. This opens up a unique range of possibilities not offered by conventional effects automation. Of course, all settings work virtually without changing (or destructing) the original audio data.

In version 7.2 VST plug-ins can now also be applied to objects in real-time without DirectX Wrappers. Latencies, which may occur, for example, when using a DSP card (Powercore, UAD) are compensated automatically.

A significant advantage of object-based use of plug-ins is that CPU performance is called for only if the object is played. In this way, existing CPU or DSP card resources are used more efficiently.

Enhanced hardware controller support (Mackie XT support)

Hardware controller support has been completely revised and further options have been integrated – e.g. to adapt to different controllers. Mackie Control has now been connected. Support for non-standard controllers has also been improved.

Version 7.2 can now be remote controlled simultaneously via four external hardware controllers with up to 32 faders. It can now be extend to different controllers or a basic unit e.g. the Mackie control and handle up to 3 XTs.

Partial list of supported functions in Samplitude:

-Volume fader (with scalable length and definable zero settings)

-Pan

-Solo, Mute, Aux, Rec Ready, Track Monitoring On/Off

-Play, Stop, REC, FFW, REW

-Jog/Shuttle, Scrub Wheel

-Channel select

-Set marker, delete and start up

-Track names, volume and pan values, SMPTE position of the Arranger in the external display

-Aux Sends (6)

-EQ Gain, Frequency

-Create range (Jog Wheel) and call-up range

-Cursor buttons – Reposition in Arranger

-Arranger Zoom

-Change Fader banks

-Track Automation on/off

-Enter, Cancel

-Undo/Redo

Audio/MIDI metronome

7.2 offers a flexible metronome function.

Tasks can be carried out either as MIDI or audio. Further functions include:

-Active recording and/or playback

-Switchable pre-count option with selectable totals

-User-defined samples for tact and audio metronome tact beats

-Selectable audio metronome volume levels (-70 to +6 dB)

-MIDI metronome with selectable output device and channel, as well as note value and velocity levels for tact and tact beats

Instrument and sample tuner

A new visualisation mode displays the pitch in note form (+/- percent) and the frequency of a selectable signal. It can handle live inputs – ideal for tuning instruments - or for pre-recorded samples.

The tuner can be displayed in any window size and can be displayed parallel to any visualisation windows already open.

Further features

GUI/Handling

•New and optimized skins for VIP and Mixer

•Improved handling for the Object Editor, Take Manager, Mixer and effects

•Zoom tool with drag functionality

•Option: Shift + double-click opens the Wave Editor and/or MIDI Object Editor

•New shortcuts: e.g. L (for Link All Tracks), Z (Zoom mode) and the right Ctrl key for shifting object contents with the mouse

•Link modi now available for when changing the end of an object

I/Os/Sync

•ASIO time code sync (ASIO Positioning Protocol, e.g. ADAT sync with external devices)

•Support of up to 128 stereo/256 mono channels (e.g. 2 RME HDSP MADI cards)

Mixer/Project window:

•Mixer Input Monitoring: Now displays the live input signals in the mixer

•Loads and saves entire track-mixer settings

•The number of mixer snapshots has been increased to 32. Snapshots can be organized in banks, complete Snapshot sets can be loaded and stored.

•Mixer settings are now saved while loading snapshots and can be retrieved with the new “Load Last Mixer Setting” command.

•New stereo presets in the Pan dialog

•Volume fader and Peak meter now extended to -90dB

Objects:

•VST-FX can be set in the object – for some VST plug-ins (e.g. UAD/Powercore) there is no automatic duplication while splitting up or copying objects - they must be transferred via copy & paste.

•Latency compensation in the object, including modification for plug-ins that are switched on or off

•Object Editor: Displays the latency measured in the title line

•Object Editor: partially new GUI

•Object Editor: new Nudge options (also for loops)

•Object Editor: new and old fade options now available from the menu

•Object Editor: Swap, copy or rename WAV files now possible

•Object Editor: Presets for Object-FX sequences

VST Instruments/Monitoring:

•VSTi L/R channel management now also dependent on L/R record setting

•VSTi monitoring now possible for playbacks

•VST plug-in position (master, track, object) displayed in the VST Effects Editor

•The Knobs Like Faders option is now available for VST plug-ins (but not supported by all plug-ins)

•Automation with previously activated automation curves now also from GUI plug-ins (not supported by all plug-ins/parameters)

•A new menu item, “Automate Next Parameter”, creates an automation curve for the next parameter changed in GUI

•Optional deletion of automation data when re-configuring in the Automation dialog

•Selecting parameters in the VST Parameter dialog (by holding down the Shift key) also serializes the following parameters: Copy/Paste for tact and object settings (including VST plug-ins).

Hardware controller support

•Up to 4 hardware controllers can be connected to 4 MIDI devices (e.g. Mackie Control + 3 Extender), a total of 32 tracks can be controlled (a track offset for additional devices is also possible)

•Hardware controller: optional MIDI file send during initialization

•Fader scale correction for hardware controller devices can now be configured in cps files

•MIDI Out behavior can be modified in the controller setup (no MIDI Out, normal MIDI-Out and MIDI-In Echo mode)

File system/File handling:

•Project file display outside of the project directory (warning options for loading and saving projects)

•Files in the project directory can now be copied or shifted from outside of the project directory (Menu item: “Merge tools/project files”)

•Project Status dialog: Wave Projects can be exchanged

•All objects belonging to a Wave project can now be selected

•"Save entire VIP" with new option "retain all project subdirectories"

•After manually copying project directories, all file references to new directories are corrected.

•No more "write over" warnings before recording, new takes are automatically created in existing or new files

•Objects can be loaded without the existing Wave project, the reference is retained after saving

•Reading and writing of MP3 ID3 tags and Ogg Vorbis text, Editing in the CD Text Editor

•64 bit float waves now possible

•WMA Export update to Version 9

•WAV files with *.BWF are supported

•Entries in “New VIP” dialog are name-checked

•“Save Complete VIP” recognizes Remove Unused Status

•Less memory required for working with objects, markers, tracks, and large files plus more Undo steps

•Optimization of track tempos for 24 bit files

•24 bit files are written with compatible file headers (e.g. for some hard disc recording systems)

•Trackbouncing – quality settings for sample rate modification

CD Burning:

•Better CD Import/Export handling, incl. Import CD Marker and pre-listen function

•“CD Verify“ pre and post burning

•Marker Manager: "Apply to all indices" with automatic ISRC increments (10, 100 or 1000)

Take Manager:

•Enhanced for shifted objects and for takes created with destructive effects

•Only the current object or all selected objects can be exchanged with multiple selection of objects

Sequoia & MAGIX DDP Xport Module:

•Tape and hard disc CD Text Export/Import (only for DDP 2.0)

•Log files are created for every action

•Improved import of DDP tapes from other systems

•Tape drive selection (if more than one) for import and export

Have fun

Norman

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