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Pixar showcased new rendering technologies at SIGGRAPH 2017

04.08.2017

Pixar RenderMan Showreel 2017 video Pixar Animation Studios gave a special preview of upcoming technologies at the 2017 RenderMan Art & Science Fair, including new interactive capabilities for RenderMan 22 and work on 'XPU' rendering using CPU+GPU cores together. Demonstrations of RenderMan 21.5, released July 26th, showcased break-through technologies for rendering CGI characters, including state-of-the-art skin and hair based on Path-Traced Subsurface Scattering. Presentations from Pixar and ILM revealed how feature films such as Cars 3, Coco, and Rogue One drive enhancements to RenderMan's core technology. RenderMan 22 will feature 'always-on' rendering embedded in artist applications, responding instantly to geometry, camera, light and material edits. This new live rendering mode delivers interactive frame rates with the same renderer used for batch renders. Other RenderMan 22 technologies like fast vectorized OSL shader network evaluation on Intel scalable-SIMD CPUs were also shown. RenderMan 21.5 is available for download today at renderman.pixar.com. Customers on annual maintenance can immediately begin using this major update. New purchases are 495 USD each for permanent licenses, with volume discounts and short-term loan options available. Researchers and non-commercial users can access Educational Grants and single-user Non-Commercial RenderMan, free of charge. [source]

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IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic HD 2
10.08.2017

Multimedia iRig Mic HD 2 photo IK Multimedia announced that iRig Mic HD 2, the successor to the acclaimed iRig Mic HD, is now available for pre-order. iRig Mic HD 2 is designed to put all the power of high-resolution digital audio into the hands of singers, musicians, interviewers, broadcasters, presenters, podcasters, and vloggers who are looking to capture high-quality mobile recordings anywhere with remarkable ease. The iRig Mic HD 2 feature 24-bit converters with sample rates up to 96kHz, a low noise preamp, a high-quality electret condenser capsule for wide frequency and transient response and an on-board iPhone 7-ready headphone output with volume control for direct signal monitoring. The iRig Mic HD 2 can be pre-ordered now at 129.99 USD/EUR and will be available for shipping in September 2017. [source]

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Brainworx brings British E-Series console to the masses
Plug-in developer Brainworx announced the availability of bx_console E -- their flagship plug-in that pairs a 72-channel emulation of the high-end, hit-making British E-Series console complete with comprehensive compressor/limiter, expander/gate, four-band parametric EQ, and wide-ranging filter sections, together with flexible signal routing, just like the original console. [more]
 
Nuendo 8 trial version now available
Steinberg announced the immediate availability of the Nuendo 8 trial version. [more]
 
Golaem 6 with custom AI capabilities
Golaem announced Golaem 6, giving TDs more accesses under the hood of this crowd simulation engine for Autodesk Maya. [more]
 
 
Steinberg Cubase 9.0.30 update with new video engine
Steinberg announced the immediate availability of the latest Cubase maintenance update, version 9. [more]
 
Steinberg Cubase 9 upgrade offer
Until August 31, Cubase users can benefit from exceptional price reductions on upgrades to Cubase Pro 9 and Cubase Artist 9. [more]
 
Blackmagic Design announces Fusion 9 Studio with VR and lower price!
Blackmagic Design announced Fusion 9, a major update to its visual effects, compositing, 3D and motion graphics software. [more]
 
 

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