Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH has announced Hypersonic 2, the update to its Hypersonic music workstation product. Featuring 1.7 GB of top-quality sounds, 1,800 factory presets and four sound generation engines, Hypersonic 2 will be available in November 2005.
Hypersonic 2 features not only a 1.7 GB sound library but also four specially engineered synthesizer engines. Over 1,800 factory presets offer a range of sounds that covers modern and classical instruments and sound sources, including pianos and keyboards, strings and wind instruments, drums and percussion, guitars and basses, drum loops, sound FX and more.
Hypersonic 2 has been engineered to run at maximum CPU efficiency, and features a lossless playback engine. Up to 1024-voice polyphony across a maximum of 32 outputs is available per instance, with further "under-the-hood" enhancements providing low CPU load, RAM usage and patch loading times.
Hypersonic 2’s mixer panel provides full control for panning, output channel and FX levels per patch, while the new patch editor allows speedy access to every sound-shaping parameter. Hyperphrase, a new polyphonic arpeggiator with MIDI file import, is also included. Hypersonic 2 also features the HyperKnobs editing concept first seen in Hypersonic 1, offering tailored controls for each patch.
A new live play mode allows the dynamic loading of patch sets into memory while another set is being played. Because the patch change can be triggered with any MIDI controller such as the Mod Wheel or any key, keyboardists playing Hypersonic 2 live can integrate new sounds directly into their performance without having to look at the computer screen.
Hypersonic 2 is Windows XP and Mac OS X compatible and supports the VST, DXi and AU standards; ReWire support allows integration into Pro Tools software. A standalone version is also provided.
Hypersonic 2 will be available in November 2005 for $399 MSRP. Existing Hypersonic customers can update to the new Hypersonic 2 version for $129.
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