Upgrades and Updates

Universal Audio (www.uaudio.com) released three new versions of the SmartCode Pro TDM plug-ins, all compatible with Digidesign Pro Tools|HD. The Surround

Universal Audio (www.uaudio.com) released three new versions of the SmartCode Pro TDM plug-ins, all compatible with Digidesign Pro Tools|HD. The Surround Encoders for DTS and Dolby DVD have been upgraded along with the DTS CD version. Existing users can upgrade for $99…FirstCom Music (www.firstcom.com) announced an agreement with Noise Pump Music (NPM) to provide material for the FirstCom Music Library. The Noise Pump debuted in January with an initial 10 volumes, including New Jazz Incantation, Dramascore, Orchestral Phantasia, Jazz Misery in Twelve Bars and more…Native Instruments now offers Absynth Sounds Vol. 1 — Sonic Expansion, featuring 256 new sounds. Go to www.ni-soundline.com for details…Digidesign announces the availability of Mbox on Windows XP, with Pro Tools LE 5.3.3. Pro Tools LE 5.3.3 also includes the Digidesign ASIO Driver for Mbox; visit www.digidesign.com for upgrade and purchase information…Access Music released a 130-page synth-programming tutorial. Written by Howard Scarr, the book contains hundreds of tips and tricks to program a virtual analog synthesizer. Download your free copy at www.access-music.deSteinberg's V-Stack is a virtual 32-bit mixer and rack for up to 16 VST Instruments, usable in stand-alone mode or in conjunction with other computers via VST System Link. V-Stack supports VST, VST 2.0 and DirectX. The software is available for $59 or as a download for $49 at www.steinberg.net. In other news, Steinberg and Wizoo introduce the HALion String Edition library. Visit www.steinberg.net to find out more…Line 6's Amp Farm now supports sample rates up to 96 kHz, and its sounds are now available for the Pro Tools|HD platform. Visit www.digidesign.comNeutrik's (www.neutrik.com) Speakon™ SPX Series amp/speaker connectors are based on the NL4FC, and offer increased power handling, connection security and flexibility…Elemental Audio's Firium, Eqium and Inspector plug-ins support Mac OS X; demo versions of Firium and Eqium are available now, and the full version of Inspector is available free for a limited time. Check out www.elementalaudio.com for more information…Belden Electronics Division introduces a new addition to its Brilliance line: Multimedia Touch Panel Control cable for either analog or digital system controllers and all aspects of building-management applications such as PC, A/V and Internet integration. Visit www.belden.comLynx Studio Technology is now shipping two LStream expansion cards that increase the I/O capacity of the LynxTWO and L22 digital audio cards: The LS-AES and LS-ADAT provide multichannel AES/EBU and ADAT connectivity at sample rates up to 192 kHz; visit www.lynxstudio.com for specs…Anwida released the L1V limiter/maximizer plug-in for VST. Visit www.anwida.com…Mobility Electronics, developer of the Magma (www.magma.com) Series of PCI Expansion Systems, announced that the newest version of Apple Computer's Mac OS X Operating System (Mac OS X Version 10.2.2 Jaguar) supports MAGMA CardBus-to-PCI Expansion Systems…The third edition of In the Right Direction — A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Record Label is now available; visit www.FutureMix.bizDigigram (www.digigram.com) is making available the source code for its VX line of professional sound cards under Open-Source licensing.