THE MUSIC CORNER by Frank Lemmen
This month in the corner we have two great releases of
Eidersoft. And I will look at the update of Twentyfour 2.1
"Pro Light" and "Pro Midi" are two recent releases of the
software house Eidersoft in England. Both programs are developed
to work with their hardware soundsampler "Pro Sound Designer".
This piece of software is a software emulated light organ like
those used in modern discos and pubs.
The program gets the sound data from the PSD (Pro Sound Designer)
and uses this data to animate the colours of the picture. This
picture can be drawn in "DEGAS" or "Neochrome"; both formats can
be read by the program.
Another option is a sort of spectrum analyzer. This analyzer
reacts on certain frequencies and displays them into bars on the
screen. The operation menu is again well drawn and very user
I see no use for this program at all. It's fun to see and to play
Tip for Eidersoft: Try to combine this piece of software with a
new piece of hardware wich steers a real light organ so that you
can change the parameters with the computer and that you can make
your own light show with it. And take it into discos, etc.
"Pro Midi" is the second (and best) release. Like the program's
name says, it uses the Midi-ports. If you want to use the program
you must not only have the PSD but also a MIDI compatible
You can load a sample made with the PSD and use it with "Pro
Midi". The sample must be less or equal to 64 KB, this because
the program's bank size isn't bigger. Now, if you have loaded a
sample and you set the program into to play mode you can press a
key on the Midi keyboard and you'll hear the sample played with a
certain speed, if you press the C0 key you will hear that the
speed of the sample is lower then if you press C2. So if you make
a good sample you can create your own mix. The program can load
up to 10 different samples and set them onto your Midi-keyboard
by using the keyboard split option, with this option you can have
all ten samples under your synth's keys at the same time.
The program looks great and is very userfriendly; the work screen
looks great, too (just like the PSD-software).
The program is great if you have all the required hardware. But I
think that only a few people (like me) can use the full power of
this package because of all the hardware necessary.
I see a good use for this package for sound-amateurs who like to
make their own mixes. Eidersoft gives them a nice option if you
look at the prices.
With these two sofware releases, Eidersoft is fulfilling the
promise that they will keep on writing software for their
hardware sound sampler.
There are now three programs from them that support the sampler
and one program (written by a friend of mine) called "Pro Drum
Eidersoft is also to release their own Pro Drum Designer and the
Pro Sound Programmers Toolkit. If Eidersoft sends me these two
packages I will review them for you. Keep up the good work,
I recently got a letter from Eidersoft in which Clive Wood
promised that the monochrome version of the Pro Sound Designer is
ready to be sent to me by the end of this month.
So this is another example of the good support of Eidersoft!
Please note the new address of Eidersoft:
Pro Twentyfour 2.1
Yes, here I am again with the latest news about this magnificent
program. The new version of Pro-24 has some great options. The
new options are:
- The score edit now also works on colour systems.
- On the 'arrange song' option, you can put the track patterns
active in any order you wish. This screen gives you a good look
at the song.
Another option is 'logical edit'; with this option you can create
a sort of 'what-if' loops and setups.
The 2.1 version is the third generation of this fantastic program
and I have heard that the new version (2.4) is coming out this
month; I can hardly wait to get my musical fingers on that.
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