Adobe Creative Suite 3 – World Exclusive Preview!

Adobe Creative Suite 3 world exclusive preview by MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi

Those of you who read my blog will know that at the end of January, I spent half a day at an exclusive press event (and a further half day at a follow up event a couple of weeks ago). Since both events were under Non Disclosure Agreement, I was unable to say anything more until now…when I can exclusively reveal that they were previews of Adobe’s Creative Suite 3, which will be formerly announced today. Continue reading “Adobe Creative Suite 3 – World Exclusive Preview!”

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Ableton Live 6

MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Ableton Live 6 in The TechnofileEveryone’s favourite audio application is back with a brand new version and having spent some time putting it through its paces, I have to say, it rocks!

Often, when manufacturers release a new version of their software, it’s with a brand new interface, which is necessary because the old one sucked…not that the new interface is generally any better, it’s just different…and by the time you’ve finished learning how to use it…and all of its new and overly complicated functionality…the manufacturer has released a new version of the software…with a brand new interface…because the old one sucked… Continue reading “Ableton Live 6”

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Cakewalk Sonar 6 Producer Edition

Cakewalk Sonar 6 Producer Edition reviewed in the Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping RabbiIf you want to run an old school DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) package on your PC, you have a choice of three applications, Cubase, Pro Tools and Sonar. Of these, Sonar is, relatively rapping, the new kid on the blog, but don’t underestimate it…though it doesn’t have quite the same pedigree as its two main rivals, it costs half the price, offers a very similar feature set and has some unique tricks up its sleeve, that make it worthy of serious consideration. Continue reading “Cakewalk Sonar 6 Producer Edition”

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Adobe Releases Photoshop CS3 Beta

This year, Christmas is coming early, courtesy of Adobe, who have decided to release a public beta version of Photoshop 3. According to the company, this is to “enable customers to more easily transition to the latest hardware platforms, particularly Apple’s new Intel-based systems.”

You can download the beta, which is available as a Universal Binary for Macs or as a Windows XP/Vista compatible version, from http://labs.adobe.com, but in order to be able to do so, you’ll need a serial number from either Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Creative Suite® 2, Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio, Adobe Design Bundle, Adobe Web Bundle or Adobe Video Bundle. If you don’t have a serial, you can still download the software, but it will expire after two days. Whether or not you have a serial, you’ll need to register online with Adobe or have an existing Adobe.com membership account to access the download.

Adobe claim that Photoshop CS3 is “packed with new features,”  including a pre-release version of a major upgrade to Adobe Bridge and the brand new ‘Adobe Device Central’, which, Adobe  say, can be used to “design, preview and test compelling mobile content, created specifically for smaller screens.” 
Though Adobe say there will still be some surprises in store when the final version is released, you’ll have to wait ‘till a yet unnamed date in Spring 2007 to find out what they are.

More info: http://labs.adobe.com

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Zero G ‘Koncept and Funktion’

MC Rebbe the Rapping Rabbi reviews Zero G Koncept and Funktion in The Technofile

Back in the day, when Zero G were just starting out, I used to review their products regularly in my column in Mixmag…which obviously explains how they got to be so successful…well, that and the fact that they have consistently delivered the goods, at the right price…and the fact that I used to review their products regularly in Mixmag…

Since those halcyon (and Houseian) days, they have become the world’s most prolific producers and distributors of beats, break, scratches and pretty much every other sound imaginable. They have also branched out into virtual instruments, which is what ‘Koncept and Funktion’ is…sort of… Continue reading “Zero G ‘Koncept and Funktion’”

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Resolume 2.4

Everyone’s favourite VJing app, Resolume, is back with it’s latest and greatest 2.4 upgrade. But don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s only a point upgrade, rather than a full one, as this new version sports both a complete rewrite and added functionality…and what’s more, it’s free to existing 2.x users!

MC Rebbe the Rapping Rabbi reviews resolume 2.4 in the Technofile

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Cakewalk Rapture

Cakewalk Rapture reviewed in the Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping RabbiRapture is the third in Cakewalk’s trilogy of soft synths (as opposed to their soft synth, trilogy) and builds on its forerunners Zeta and Dimension Pro, by combining the superior sounds of the former, with the superior programmability of the latter. Intended primarily for electronic musicians, it ships with over 500 presets aimed squarely at the dance floor…the ambient…and everything in between.

Unfortunately the copy I was sent was missing its manual. Fortunately though it has a well designed, easy to use  interface that’s very similar to the big Z and DP, so I felt immediately at home. Continue reading “Cakewalk Rapture”

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Edirol / Digital Stage Motion Dive .Tokyo Console Edition

Edirol Digital Stage Motion Dive Tokyo Console Edition reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe the Rapping Rabbi

According to legend, back in 1998, Tomoyasu Hirano (now the CEO of Digital Stage) had a VJing gig. At the time most Japanese VJs did their thing with video tapes, but since Hirano’s  repertoire was entirely computer generated, he, quite logically wanted to find a way to output direct from his computer, so he wrote some software…in one evening (the evening before the gig no less)…and so Motion Dive was born, which, as it evolved, gained the suffix ‘.Tokyo’, in reference to the scene out of which it had grown.

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