Soft Sampler of the Year: MachFive 3

Calling it "truly spectacular", MusicRadar.com and Computer Music have just named MachFive 3 Soft Sampler of the Year for 2012. Why does MachFive 3 come out on top? For starters: "Sounds amazing; performance possibilities through scripting are endless; synth engines broaden sonic range; an excellent sampler; massive, easily accessible library; detailed mixer with plenty of effects." But that's just the beginning.

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Updates for MOTU virtual instruments

Do you own a MOTU instrument product? Read on for details about just-released software updates and, in a few cases, sound library updates. These are free downloads that will improve your overall experience using MOTU virtual instrument products.

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New MachFive 3 video training series from Groove 3

Are you ready to unlock the secrets of MachFive 3? Groove 3's new super in-depth series by DAW master Eli Krantzberg covers every MachFive 3 feature and function, as well as important tips & tricks during your unforgettable ride with MachFive 3. This comprehensive series of 37 tutorials comprise over five hours of total runtime, covering a wide range of topics for beginners and experienced users alike. Here's your chance to get the very most out of the state-of-the-art sampling technology that MachFive 3 offers.

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MachFive 3.1 update adds new effects, new script processors

True to its name, MachFive's new SparkVerb™ reverb module will inspire your production sensibilities with a fresh approach to synthetic reverb. From stratospheric choruses, to resonant unisons, and to lush ambiances, SparkVerb gives you a huge palette and direct control. Also new in Version 3.1, straight from the 1970's, is a meticulously engineered model of the analog ensemble effect in the Roland Paraphonic RS-505 string synth. Highly coveted, nearly impossible to obtain, now it's yours. You'll also have a blast exploring MachFive 3.1's six new script processors, like Shepard™, which produces the classic endless rising (or dropping) pitch effect. Best of all, Version 3.1 is now available as a free download for all MachFive 3 users.

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Awards are rolling in for MachFive 3

MachFive 3 is out and awards are coming in, along with praise filled with words like astounding, unbeatable, tremendous and unparalleled. Keyboard Magazine, one of the most respected music technology publications out there, is so impressed they just gave MachFive 3 their Key Buy award, saying that "...no other sampler better integrates synthesizer functions." Could MachFive 3 be the new go-to sampler for Pro Tools users? The editors of the AIR Users Blog, a leading independent Pro Tools user community, gave MachFive 3 their Editors Choice Award, saying that "MachFive 3 is by far the easiest way to get the biggest sound."

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Upgrade to MachFive 2 from GigaStudio, Kontakt and others

With unmatched sound library compatibility, industry-leading features and award-winning design, MachFive 2 is the universal sampler of choice for professionals worldwide. If you are an owner of GigaStudio, Kontakt, Structure, SampleTank or other eligible virtual sampler product, you can now upgrade to MachFive 2 for only $295. This unprecedented new upgrade offer allows you to step up to MachFive 2 at a savings of $200. There's never been a better time to switch to MachFive 2.

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And the Oscar goes to... Dario Marianelli

At the 80th Academy Awards this past Sunday, Italian born composer and MOTU user Dario Marianelli won the Oscar for Best Music (Original Score) for Atonement (2008, Focus Features), starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. This is Dario's second nomination and his first Oscar. Dario was first nominated for Best Music (Original Score) for his soundtrack for Pride & Prejudice (2005, Focus Features). Dario also recently won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for Atonement. As a prolific award-winning composer of piano, orchestral and film music, Dario uses Digital Performer, MachFive and MOTU audio interfaces in his studio.

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