The Pro-52, Native Instruments' analog synthesizer emulation of the Sequential Circuits Prophet V synth (see our review, has just reached version 2.5 which offers three new interfaces to achieve compatibility with all common sequencer and recording environments. In addition to the previous VST® interface, DXi, MAS, and DirectConnect have now been added for integration into Cakewalk SONAR, MOTU Digital Performer, and Digidesign® Pro Tools systems.
DXi supports the operation and full automation of virtual sound generators under SONAR. Through MAS and DirectConnect, the audio signal of the Pro-52 can be routed directly into mixer channels of the host programs to be mixed with the internal effects of Digital Performer and Pro Tools, respectively. Of course, the Pro-52 will also retain its VST® implementation.
In the MacOS standalone version, version 2.5 of the Pro-52 will allows up to 8 instances to be used at the same time, each with its own MIDI channel. Version 2.5 now supports variable sample rates. Of course, all features of the recently released version 2.2 are included, including microtuned scales, modifiable controller numbers, direct program selection with the keyboard, and more.
The Pro-52 will be distributed worldwide by Steinberg, and first deliveries will be made in August. Registered Pro-52 users can download the 2.5 update for free as soon as it is available.