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FL Studio 6.1 Beta Has Released

Flstudiobeta610shotFL Studio 6.1 has released and is available for registered users.

As always, Image Line has packed this update with tons of new features. Two the require special mention are a new audio editor called Edison and a new effect called Love Philter (click the image on the left to see a larger view).

Edison is an integrated audio editing tool that replaces the old Wave Editor. In addition to being an audio editor,  "Edison loads into an effect slot (in any mixer track) and will then record or play audio from that position."

"Fruity Love Philter is the most powerful filter plugin in FL Studio. However, Fruity Love Philter can, due to its architecture perform much more than filtering effects. As the plugin consists of 8 identical filter units, each able to be feed to the next in the chain, it can be used to create complex delay, gating and filtering effects." It reminds me an advanced software version of a Korg KAOSS Pad KP2.

Here is a list of what's new:

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Superman, Cars, Pirates of the Caribbean - soundtracks on iTunes

Pirates2Summer movie season is in full swing. I always enjoy this time of year because summer release movies have enormous budgets, and as a result, the scores in the films are usually done by big names and extremely well produced.

If you walk out of the theater and can't get that song out of your head and simply must have it, I recommend you check out iTune's soundtrack section where you can Download thousands of soundtracks on iTunes.

I recently saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest which was scored by Hanz Zimmer. If you want to a glimpse into the work life of Hanz Zimmer, check out this video I found on his web site.(Windows Media Clip). You can also check out his web site here http://www.hans-zimmer.com.


Cakewalk Kinetic 2 released - only $79.99 at Musician's Friend

Cakewalk Kinetic 2

Looking for an inexpensive way to produce grooves using software? Cakewalk just released Kinetic 2 (MSRP $119, Musician's Friend Price only $79.99!). According to the press release :

"Now with Kinetic 2, making beats has just gotten easier. Kinetic 2 has a new look and exciting new features that combine everything  you need to build a track from start to finish. Just choose a musical style and then audition different sounds and professionally produced musical patterns in the Kinetic 2 browser. Once you find what you like, you can then layer patterns and sounds to start building the different sections of your song. Use DropZone to bring in your own samples and tap your computer keyboard like a drum machine using the GRID to create your own drum patterns and chords changes. Then add audio effects to your mix to sweeten the sound."

I've not used this software personally (mostly because I own more expensive solutions), but it looks promising for the budget minded. If you want to get a feel for this software, Cakewalk has produced an overview video - Click here for the Kinetic 2 Overview video [6.7 MB, right click "Save As"].

For more info visit

http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/Kinetic/default.asp

Buy on Musician's Friend Price only $79.99!