Music software-maker Steinberg recently announced
Hypersonic 2, a new version of the company’s music workstation. Hypersonic features 1.7GB of sounds, 1,800 factory presets and four sound generation engines.
Hypersonic covers a full range of modern and classical instruments and sound sources including pianos and keyboards, strings and wind instruments, drums and percussion, guitars and basses, drum loops, sound FX and much more, according to Steinberg.
Hypersonic also incorporates a range of features to aid users in editing the sounds. The mixer panel provides full control for panning, output channel and FX levels per patch, while the new patch editor allows access to every sound-shaping parameter.
Hyperphrase — a new polyphonic arpeggiator with MIDI file import — is also included. Hypersonic 2 also features the successful HyperKnobs editing concept first seen in Hypersonic 1, offering tailored controls for each patch that allow quick, effective sound tweaking for the most important parameters.
Hypersonic 2 is Windows XP and Mac OSX compatible and supports the VST, DXi and AU standards; ReWire support allows integration into Pro Tools software. A standalone version is also provided. Hypersonic 2 will be available in November 2005 for US$399. Existing Hypersonic customers can update to the new Hypersonic 2 version for only $129.