BitHeadz is now shipping Unity 3 Session, which combines and expands upon Bitheadz' Unity DS-1, Osmosis and Retro AS-1 applications. The new 3.0 plug-in

BitHeadz is now shipping Unity 3 Session, which combines and expands upon Bitheadz' Unity DS-1, Osmosis and Retro AS-1 applications. The new 3.0 plug-in architecture allows the combination of sampling, synthesis and physical modeling, with real-time audio manipulation. The upgrade can play back samples loaded into RAM, while simultaneously streaming larger samples off the hard drive and convert multiple sample formats. Unity Session will now detect MAS, VST, RTAS or DirectConnect setups automatically and configure itself. List is $64; for a full feature list, visit www.bitheadz.comSteinberg is beta testing Nuendo for OS X, and at press time, was preparing to start a public beta program for registered Nuendo Mac users; visit www.nuendo.com. In other Steinberg news, Steinberg and Wizoo have released the first titles in the HALionized CD-ROM Series of factory libraries for Steinberg's HALion software sampler. Check out Techno Guitars, which combines guitar, synths, processing and music by Craig Anderton; Latin Percussion, the HALion version of Wizoo's similarly named Platinum24 title; and mixTended, based on material produced by Bitbeats with five drum kits. All HALionized titles are two-CD sets and list for $99.99… Midiman Inc. (www.midiman.com) announces the M-Powered Artist program, which highlights the work of musicians — both signed and unsigned — who use Midiman and M-Audio products. The program's first release, M-Powered Artists CD — Volume 1, is a compilation of tracks from BT, Mark Isham, Jonatha Brooke and other well-known artists; future volumes will also include tracks from up-and-coming artists. The release is an Enhanced Audio CD with a multimedia component that includes artist bios and links…GMEDIA Music announces the release of a second set of sounds for the M-Tron VST plug-in instrument. M-Tron Tape Banks Vol. 2 provides M-Tron VST owners with 24 rare sounds, including custom tapebanks recorded for Tangerine Dream, Frank Zappa and Yes, plus a tapebank faithfully re-creating Genesis' Watcher of the Skies string, brass and bass accordion pad. GMedia is distributed in the U.S. and in Canada by Q Up Arts, www.quparts.com. M-Tron Tape Banks Vol. 2 is available for $59.00 USD…Keys to the City is a CD-ROM library of synth and keyboard grooves organized into multitracked compositions from ILIO Entertainments. The collection was created and produced by Michael Bearden and includes a variety of genres. Visit www.ilio.com for more information… Yamaha released free, downloadable MIDI remote templates for the industry's popular computer-based music recording and production software, specifically designed for the AW4416 and AW2816 Professional Audio Workstations. Downloads can be found on the AW4416 and AW2816 Websites at www.aw4416.com/e/download/download.html or www.aw2816.com/e/download/download.html, respectively.