u-he Hive Synth Goes Live

u-he Hive has been finalized and set for release on June 2. Hive is a synthesizer with a huge sound, yet it’s engineered to be light on CPU, and it won’t slow you down while you work. The streamlined single screen UI lets you fly into sound creation immediately. Hive is fundamentally a 2 oscillator synthesizer, with 2 sub-oscillators, up to 16x “super” unison mode, 2 multimode filters, 4 ADSR envelopes, 2 LFOs, a 12 slot modulation matrix with 2 targets per slot (and it can target just about anything), a step sequencer and arpeggiator, and 7 built-in effects. You really need to hear Hive, and then see how lightly it sips CPU power, in order to believe it. Hive is available now as a “release candidate” download for $99. When officially released, the price will be $149. It requires OS X 10.5 or newer and a DAW that supports AU, VST or AAX plug-ins.


Apple Jogs 15-Inch MacBook Pro and 27-Inch iMac

Apple 27-Inch iMac (2015) and 15-Inch MacBook Pro (2015)

Apple today updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics, delivering even more performance and capabilities to the MacBook Pro line. Apple also today introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display featuring a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, quad-core processors and AMD graphics, and lowered the price of the top-end iMac with Retina 5K display to $2,299.

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Wave Arts Debuts Efficient New Tube Saturator 2

Wave Arts has released Tube Saturator 2, a super accurate circuit simulation of a tube pre-amp with analog EQ, which can be overdriven gently for warming effects, or cranked for fat distortion. Like its predecessor, Tube Saturator, TS-2 is based on circuit simulation techology to capture every nuance of an analog circuit. But while the original consumed large amounts of CPU power, TS-2 is now super efficient. You can also switch between 12AX7 and 12AU7 tubes for different harmonic characteristics, the EQ can be switched to run pre or post saturation, saturation and EQ are separately switchable, and more. Tube Saturator 2 is available now for $99. Upgraders save 50%. It requires OS X 10.6.8 or later and a host DAW that supports AU, VST, or AAX plug-ins.


Sinevibes Fraction Slices and Dices for Rhythmic Effects

Sinevibes has released Fraction, an effect plug-in with 8 slicers that record and repeat small portions of the input audio at defined points in time, slightly or radically changing the rhythmical arrangement. Each slice has three dedicated effect processors with a wide range of algorithms, and their parameters can be animated in perfect sync with the slice repeater. Rolls, stutters, fills, breaks and transitions can be done with unprecedented ease. Fraction promises to create whole musical pieces out of almost anything. Fraction is available as an AU plug-in for $69. It comes in 32/64-bit format for Intel Macs running OS X 10.6 or later, and supports Retina screen resolution.


FIR Engine Waves H-Reverb Now Available

Introduced at NAMM in January, Waves Audio is now shipping H-Reverb. The hybrid FIR (Finite Impulse Response) engine that powers H-Reverb lets you shape and customize the reverb decay envelope beyond the standard linear forms. That means gated, real reverse, and dense reverb tails that won’t muddy up your mix. H-Reverb also incorporates Waves’ advanced analog modeling along with a drive control, offering signal behavior that until now was found exclusively in high-end hardware reverb devices. This unique design also enables “input drive”, a technique favored by many top engineers. Waves H-Reverb is available now for $349, with a $199 introductory price. It requires OS X 10.7 or later, a 2.3 GHz Intel Core Duo processor or better, and a host DAW that supports Waves V9 plug-ins, currently in AU, VST, RTAS, AAX and Audiosuite formats.