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APPLIED ACOUSTICS SYSTEMS LOUNGE LIZARD EP-3
Lounge Lizard EP-3 updates AAS’ modeled electric piano with an new preset library, new multi-effects, support for micro-tuning and more realistic emulation of the tine bars and pickups. The effects section now provides EQ, chorus and reverb, as well as tremolo, chorus, wah and phaser. An integrated audio recorder lets users capture performances on the fly. Lounge Lizard EP-3 runs stand-alone; as a VST, RTAS, or AudioUnits plug-in on the Mac; and as a VST or DirectX plug-in on the PC. Price: Mac/Win, $249; upgrade, $49. NAMM booth: #6724.
www.applied-acoustics.com

ARTURIA BRASS
This physical modeling program simulates trumpet, trombone and sax, surpassing sample-based instruments by offering real-time user control of dynamics, articulation and expression. Controllable parameters include attack, pressure, noise and vibrato, along with changing materials from brass to wood to glass, picking three sax mouthpieces and five trumpet/trombone mutes. Some 500 preset riffs range in musical styles from soul and salsa to military and Motown. Brass runs stand-alone and as a VST, DirectX, RTAS or AudioUnits plug-in. Price: Mac/Win, $349. NAMM booth: #6905.
www.arturia.com

CAKEWALK DIMENSION PRO
A cross-platform, soft synth plug-in, Dimension Pro supports AudioUnits and VST in Mac OS X and DirectX and VST in Windows XP. Dimension Pro has a 2-DVD library of multi-samples, grooves and more than 1,500 programs. Users can drag-and-drop grooves into a host sequencer to edit their MIDI content, and Dimension Pro lets users blend multi-sampled instruments with physically modeled components and use vector mixing to morph between four elements produced by waveguide generators and wavetable oscillators. You also get 20 tempo-synched LFOs, 20 envelope generators, three bands of parametric EQ and an extensive selection of multi-stage effects. Price: Mac/Win, $359. NAMM booth: #6800.
www.cakewalk.com

E-MU EMULATOR X2
This desktop sampler for PC features SynthSwipe™ automated hardware sampling, TwistaLoop™ non-destructive audio manipulator, Morph Filter Designer, Multifunction Generator for advanced LFO/envelope/arpeggiator programming, advanced Transform Multiply convolution DSP tool, real-time control of multiple loop points, REX2 and MP3 import and much more. It ships April 2006, with a 2-in/2-out USB MIDI interface and some 3 GB of sounds, and will also be available as an add-on for any E-mu Digital Audio System or Xboard USB/MIDI controller ($279.99), or as an upgrade for existing Emulator X owners ($79.99). Price: $299.99. NAMM booth: #6940.
831/438-1921
www.emu.com

FXPANSION BFD JAZZ AND FUNK
New expansion library for BFD drum system. 55 GB of tight, jazzy, funky drums by Gretsch, Slingerland, Yamaha and others, played with sticks, brushes, mallets and hands. Price: $249. NAMM booth: #6910.
207/729-7888
www.fxpansion.com

IMMERSIVE MEDIA RESEARCH VORTEX SURROUND MIXER
The Vortex Surround Mixer uses ReWire to interface with other applications such as Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason. It allows the user to build complex surround mixes using libraries of preset or custom-designed spatial motion paths, and it incorporates features never before seen in commercial mixing applications such as algorithmic mixing (chaotic, nonlinear, flocking, etc.). It supports real-time control via an assortment of USB and MIDI controllers. Flexible busing allows for up to 24x8 channel mixing. Price: $199.
858/735-0963
www.vortexsurround.com

KORG LEGACY COLLECTION—DIGITAL EDITION
Legacy Collection—Digital Edition is a software suite containing virtual versions of two Korg synth masterpieces: M1 and Wavestation, plus Korg’s MDE-X multi-effects. Both synths are updated from their hardware counterparts. The M1 adds a resonant filter, insert effects, the 19 sound expansion cards and the classic T Series synths PCM and sounds. Wavestation contains all the SR model’s sounds, plus the six rare expansion cards. All three plug-ins support RTAS, VST and AudioUnits formats. Price: $199. NAMM booth: #6440.
631/390-6500
www.korg.com

MOTU SYMPHONIC INSTRUMENT
A simple-to-use instrument for creating complete orchestral recordings. From solo instruments and small ensembles to full orchestral masterpieces, the MOTU Symphonic Instrument provides a massive 8GB library of sounds from world-class orchestras and musicians, recorded with pristine audio. New Version 1.1 features for NAMM 2006 include a new stand-alone version for both Mac and PC, disk streaming, multiple outputs, 64 parts (instruments) per plug-in instance and support for 64 MIDI channels. Price: $295. NAMM booth: #6410.
617/576-2760
www.motu.com >

NATIVE INSTRUMENTS B4 II
NI has delved into the finest details of the original Hammond B3 organs and sidekick Leslie rotating speakers for Version II, beginning with an improved sound-generation engine that now features adjustable characteristic tonewheel leakage and emulating the tube amplification stage in the venerable Model 147 speaker. Also new is a Pedal Bass Legato function and a String Bass option based on a popular mod made in many of the original hardware units. B4 II includes B3s of different age and condition and emulations of other classics, including the Vox Continental, Farfisa and Harmonium. Price: $299, new; $99, upgrade. NAMM booth: #6920.

NATIVE INSTRUMENTS BANDSTAND
BandStand is a Mac/Win soft synth that features a General MIDI Level 1 sound set. Built around the Kontakt 2 sound engine, BandStand provides more than 2 GB of 24-bit samples comprising 128 instruments and nine drum kits. An easy-to-use graphical user interface puts 16 simultaneous instruments at your fingertips. A Quick Edit bar lets you tweak each instrument’s tuning, pitch-bend sensitivity, velocity curve and other parameters, and an automatable mixer provides level, EQ, effects and panning of each instrument. Choose from six chorus effects, six reverbs, 10 EQ curves and five limiter presets, and edit user parameters for each. BandStand runs stand-alone or as a plug-in that supports VST, RTAS, DirectX and AudioUnits formats. NAMM booth: #6920.
www.native-instruments.com

OZ MUSIC CODE ALPHABET SOUP VERSION 2
This simple, yet powerful sample/MP3 player, editor, effects processor and mixer is aimed at live performances (e.g., DJs, theater, radio, backing tracks) and education, without requiring external musical equipment. Its low-latency performance lets you play your computer. Version 2 supports AudioUnits plug-ins, QWERTY and MIDI input, supports more than a dozen files types and continuously saves your mix as you play. Price: $59.
973/655-1741
www.ozmusiccode.com

STEINBERG VIRTUAL GUITARIST 2
Virtual Guitarist 2 lets you control real recorded tracks of electric and acoustic guitars and control the actual parts and chords played. VG2 features 81 styles to suit any present musical style, and the new riff page allows you to freely edit the riffs of VG2’s players. Three new amp models and world-class virtual guitar effects can be used to process VG2 tracks, as well as a stand-alone VST effect. Price: $249. NAMM booth: #6524.
877/253-3900
www.steinberg.net

TASCAM GIGA VIOLIN
Fusing the realism of sampling with the power of convolution-based modeling, GigaViolin lets you use different violin bodies and different mic placements to get the best violin sounds possible. From the people who brought you GigaStudio. Price: $299. NAMM booth: #6491.
323/727-4739
www.tascam.com

VSL VIENNA INSTRUMENTS
Vienna Instruments, VSL’s new virtual instrument (in stand-alone and VST and AudioUnits plug-in formats for Windows XP/Mac OS X) blends easy-to-use software with a vast array of samples. In a single preset, the software automatically summons from hundreds of articulations as the notes are played. The Symphonic Cube has 10 sample-based instruments—some 800,000 samples (550 GB) with trills, arpeggios, performance nuances, harmonics and more. Each collection (solo and ensemble strings, harps, woodwinds, brass and percussion) is priced from $200 to $550. NAMM booth: #6724.
Dist. by Ilio Entertainments
www.ilio.com

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