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Posts from February 2007

Novation ReMOTE SL and Windows Vista Drivers


I just verified with Novation support that ReMOTE SL drivers are compatible with the Windows XP SP2, XP X64, Vista and Vista X64.  According to support, the drivers have not yet passed Windows logo testing, so for those using Vista X64, hold down F8 during startup to disable driver signing. They indicated that logo testing should occur within the next few weeks.

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Two announcements from Ableton - live 6 on vista and 6.0.5 update

(March 4, 2007 - Article update: Ableton has done more testing. They report that 6.0

- The drawing of the status bar in the Splash screen does not work  properly

Ableton has released information on compatibility of Ableton Live 6 on Windows Vista. They also have announced a new update for all platforms.

According to a recent announcement on Ableton's forum,  version 6.0.3 will run on does so with some limitations such as:

  • Starting Live 6.0.3 will temporarily disable the AERO Glass
  • The drawing of the status bar in the Splash screen does not work properly
  • First time decoding an MP3 (or similar) file requires administrator rights

For a full list of the limitations click here.

More importantly though, Ableton has announced a new update, version 6.0.5, which not only has minor bug fixes but also includes some fixes to address Vista compatibility.  Some improvements listed are:

  • Improved the 'Best' interpolation setting of the Sampler instrument.
  • Starting Live on Windows Vista would not longer disable AERO Glass.
  • More...

So whether you are on Windows XP, Mac, or Windows Vista, I recommend you download the latest update here.

Image Line software has released FL studio 7 - get 10% off


Image Line software has released FL studio 7. The update is free for existing customers (for those not familiar with Image Line’s lifetime free updates, visit this link). New users can get 10% off of FL Studio by using this link

New features include: 

  • Pattern Clips - a new method for creating audio, MIDI, and automation clips in the playlist. 
  • The Edison Audio Editor – an extremely powerful and fully integrated audio editor and recording tool replacing the wave editor. Edison loads into an effect slot (in any mixer track) and will then record or play audio from that position.


  • Love Philter - Love Philter consists of eight identical filter units, each able to be feed to the next one in the chain. It can create complex delay, gating and filtering effects.


  • Parametric EQ2 - an advanced 7-band parametric equalizer plugin with spectral analysis.


  • Smart disable mode added for Generators/Instrument plugins (it was previously only for Effects plugins). 
  • Multithreading - Some generators can now be threaded for CPU gain on dual cores. 
  • Mono source recording. 
  • Support for Apple AIFF loops 
  • Bug fixes updates to existing plug-ins 

For more details and a demo version visit Note all FL Studio demo versions are fully featured allowing you to create new songs and export them to WAV or MP3. However, save project is disabled. 

In upcoming posts I will discuss some of the new features and plug-ins in more detail.