BANDSTAND, from Native Instruments is a new software instrument, announced at AES and designed as the optimal solution for
musicians, performers and producers that work with the General MIDI
format. Here's what NI have to say about it in their own words...
BANDSTAND includes a true studio-quality GM sound library
that sets new standards in terms of musical expressiveness, and is
equipped with a host of powerful and easy-to-use General MIDI
features that make working with GM-based arrangements efficient and
convenient, both in the studio and on stage. The comprehensive
selection of natural instruments and the especially intuitive user
interface also make BANDSTAND highly suitable for music education
and similar fields of music creation.
BANDSTAND is based on a powerful sound engine that draws from more
than 2 Gigabyte of professional instrument and percussion sounds.
The included 128 instruments and 9 drum kits not only set new
standards for a General MIDI instrument in terms of audio quality
and musical expressiveness, but were also specifically selected and
matched to always deliver a sonically coherent performance
regardless of musical style or genre. A host of performance
optimizations including full Direct-From-Disk functionality allow
BANDSTAND to efficiently operate on computers that are equipped with
lesser amounts of memory.
BANDSTAND can be used both as a stand-alone sound module and
playback device, or as an instrument plug-in in all common host
sequencers. The user interface of BANDSTAND is specifically designed
to be easy to pick up and use even for beginners, and offers a new
and highly visual way to work with General MIDI arrangements. All 16
instrument channels are always visible simultaneously, and
instruments can be easily assigned and replaced via a convenient
Drag&Drop system. A unique Quick Edit bar offers an arsenal of
powerful real-time performance functions that can be assigned to any
instrument to alter its playing behaviour on-the-fly, including
Quantize, Harmonize, Scale, and Micro tuning parameters.
The integrated MIDI file player turns BANDSTAND into a full-featured
creative GM playback solution for solo performers and all kinds of
stage use. Arrangements can even be bounced to disk, making it
possible to turn MIDI files into high-quality audio files. The
instrument is equipped with a practical Mixer Section that gives
quick access to the volume and effect settings for every channel,
and includes high quality chorus and reverb effects per that are
fully automatable and confirm to GM effect standards. The master
section of BANDSTAND offers an additional master EQ and limiter to
put the finishing touch on the sonic output of the instrument.
BANDSTAND will be available in November 2005 for a suggested retail
price of $ 229 / 199 Euro from authorized dealers and in the NI