The Bechstein Digital Grand is an exceptionally versatile instrument and plug-in. Its tonal character is said to be close to the acoustic model. While playing with high polyphony throughout all registers, each note remains clearly defined within the arrangement. The player software frustrates.
Hedge Connect is the iOS companion app to Hedge. It allows you to receive live notifications about the state of your offloads when working on set. Hedge Connect works with both the free and premium version of Hedge for Mac.
Reason has always been about making music and innovative audio tools. With the new version, it becomes easier to create a masterpiece, even if you’ve never learned to read a note. Reason 9 has Players, easier access to editing modes and the ability to edit audio pitch. It comes with the popular Pulsar dual channel LFO — previously only available as a Rack Extension. It has more than 1000 new patches in the Reason Sounds library, including several new ones from sound designers.
GoPro’s Karma drone wasn’t a resounding success, but the company’s action camera product range is still among the best money can buy. Their latest press release states HERO5 Black sales are going well, which is encouraging to say the least. I purchased one and tested it, comparing it with a HERO4 Black in the process.
If you believe in automation on the Mac, Typinator 7 may be just the app you’re looking for. Ergonis has released its latest version of Typinator and the new version is better and easier than its predecessor by a large margin. Typinator 7 comes with assistants, interactive input fields and “Publications & Subscriptions”.
Users of an Apple wireless keyboard of the first generation know their Apple batteries will hold about 80% of their charge for often more than a year. There’s a rumour Apple AA batteries were really Eneloop cells with a different wrapper. Whatever the case, the original Eneloop has advanced over the years and is even better than the first generation.
Switcher Go is for spontaneous film making while out and about. With Switcher Go, Switcher Studio has made Facebook Live and YouTube very easy to use. Users only have to link their account once, then they can go straight into streaming from there on out.
DxO has built itself a reputation for automating RAW image editing. With DxO ViewPoint 3 you can automate the correction of image distortions such as perspective and skewed horizons and there’s one new exciting feature: a tilt-shift lens effect.
Video footage is often a little soft and sharpening details can make a world of difference. I tested Samurai Sharpen for Final Cut Pro X. This Digital Anarchy plug-in allows you to use parameters that let you easily isolate specific areas of the footage and only sharpen those areas. It’s precise and simple.
Kyno is a tool you can use on a laptop in the field, screening video files while they’re still on recording media. It allows you to create subclips and Excel shot or clip lists, convert clips into editing or delivery formats and send clips to Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro.