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  Users of the well-known Cakewalk PC sequencer can now take advantage of a nifty new Russian MIDI plug-in. NTONYX, based in Novosibirsk, have developed Style Enhancer Micro, a sophisticated MIDI manipulation tool which implements the fruits of research into the computer modelling of musical performance (dubbed Performance Modelling). With the help of special rules, SEM analyses MIDI sequences and inserts and changes MIDI commands and controllers - such as velocity, volume and pitch-bend. The result of the transformation is either a simulation of a live musician playing a real instrument, or a performance with a "new, unreal" character. The transformation of MIDI data is undertaken in real time, and a control panel gives users access to a large number of performance parameters; it's also possible to influence the transformation of data using any hardware MIDI controllers. A library of 100 musical style algorithms is included.

System requirements are a Pentium 100MHz or better running Windows 95 or 98, 16Mb RAM, a compatible soundcard and/or MIDI interface, or a Pentium 120MHz with Windows NT 4.0, 32Mb RAM, NT 4.0 compatible soundcard and/or MIDI interface. Further info and demos of NTONYX software can be obtained from the company's web site.

Web site: http://www.ntonyx.com
E-mail: info@ntonyx.com
 

Sound On Sound, January 1999