is showing version 2.0 of Storm Music Studio, a virtual studio, at this week’s Musikmesse music-technology show in Frankfurt, Germany.
The new version adds Mac OS X compatibility and “The Hall,” a set of interactive, online features that lets you join the community of Storm users while they’re working live in their respective studios. Services available in this first version of the Hall are news, chat, file sharing (on a peer-to-peer basis), tips, and tutorials.
Storm Music Studio 2.0 also has a new Composition Wizard that helps you compose and arrange their songs. Different song templates and tutorials will be available for each style of music. New modules (Shadow, Vocoder, and Compressor) are now included as standard modules (Storm Music Studio now hosts 23 instruments and effects).
The sound synthesis algorithms in some modules has been redesigned to improve sound quality. All graphics in Storm Music Studio are now “homogenized.” In other words, all modules will have the same graphical design to simplify use. Storm Music Studio 2.0 adds the ability to launch and synchronize two Storm studios together on the same computer.
Other new features include: improved sample libraries, an enhanced registration procedure, audio samples, the ability to import several samples simultaneously, the capability to import samples into the studio by drag & drop, and improvements in EZtrack (such as the ability to choose the audio source with one click). The price of Storm Music Studio is US$199.