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Monday February 20, 2017. 05:52 PM
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Tatsuya Takahasi has changed the face of the modern synth industry. And I can even say that literally. “Tats” has become a household name in the international synth community in a way no other Japanese engineer, designer, or leader has....
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You might think that rigging a giant rack of modular synths and burying them in a tangle of synth cords and then live streaming a performance jam on them for nearly twelve hours straight is self-indulgent and overkill. And you’d be right. But if you also thought it would be...
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Native Instruments has released a feature-packed new software update for their acclaimed MASCHINE family of music-making tools. The MASCHINE 2.6 update, free to all registered owners of MASCHINE 2 software, brings several innovative features to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE MK1...
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Friday February 17, 2017. 04:18 PM
“I’m the operator with my pocket calculator…” — and now you’re the engineer/builder, too. This excellent, copiously documented project by Hamood Nizwan / Gabriel Valencia packs a capable drum machine into a handheld, calculator-like format, complete with LCD display and...
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Voxengo is happy to release a new major version 3 of its Polysquasher plugin. Polysquasher is a mastering compressor plugin for professional music and sound production applications, available in AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plugin formats (including native 64-bit support), for...
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Thursday February 16, 2017. 10:03 PM
Most hardware and software for music making has generally gotten better, but not the dedicated audio editor. This once-proud genre of music software has fallen on hard times. Tools have been acquired, discontinued, received too-few updates. Some of the better tools we’re...
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Wednesday February 15, 2017. 06:29 PM
There are some questions about just how Maschine 2.6 works with MIDI gear after our story yesterday. Well, the fine folks at ADSR tutorials have gone and made a really clear, step-by-step walkthrough – and they even chose our very own fire engine-red MeeBlip triode to use as...
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Confusion Studios debuts dedicated iPad MIDI controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX...
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Tuesday February 14, 2017. 04:24 PM
Scarlett OctoPre provides eight Scarlett preamps with up to 192kHz conversion and ADAT connectivity and Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic adds analog compression and eight-channel D-A conversion...
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There are those things in music making that are just pure joy. There’s finding a particularly nice groove or pattern, or getting that really juicy synth or effect parameter to morph just so. And there’s getting to use all those toys and external gear you really love. So,...
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Digital media is a double-edged sword. Digital data itself can be duplicated an unlimited number of times without any generational loss – meaning it can theoretically last forever. But digital storage on physical media is subject to failure – and that failure can render the d...
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Monday February 13, 2017. 11:05 PM
Few people could make circuits into art quite like Walter Giers. He made them into visual objects, into aesthetic and design statements, into loud and even “annoying” performative constructions, into instruments. They aren’t simply utilitarian means to an end, but...
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And hello, spring semester. Here’s an exhaustive (and fascinating) lecture on the history of sound art – by a philosopher. Philosopher Christoph Cox traces the history of sound art from the invention of audio recording in the late 19th century to the genre-bending...
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So, we’re fresh off of hosting a MusicMakers hacklab in Berlin on the theme of Emotional Invention. And in an accidental synchronicity, this week Blitzkickers talk to the creator of an interactive installation for last year’s Amsterdam Dance Event that used sensors to...
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Friday February 10, 2017. 10:47 PM
Focusrite is debuting two new Scarlett OctoPre mic-pre units: the standard Scarlett OctoPre and the Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic. With eight channels of Focusrite's second-generation Scarlett preamps and built-in Focusrite precision 24-bit / 192 kHz conversion, Scarlett OctoPres ...
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The workstation keyboard hasn’t died in the age of the computer and the analog revival. Instead, it’s just gotten, well, more workstation-y. Advances in embedded computation have gone alongside general purpose computer hardware, making the workstations from Japanese giants...
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Thursday February 9, 2017. 07:24 PM
Sync02 is the second in what is apparently going to be a yearly 1st-Saturday-Of-March affair. Last year's event went off well enough that we decided to do it again, despite the torential rain. As you may remember if you attended, Sync01 took place at JWZ's excellent CodeWord ...
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The Elektron Digitakt sampler/drum computer may have been sitting silently under glass at last month’s NAMM trade show. But no matter: it was still the gear generating the most buzz. The thing is, we’re already hearing enough about the Digitakt to pique our interest. ...
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Touch Innovations announce availability of touch tech-driven, workflow-enhancing ergonomic controller
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BOMG Publishing today announced the release of the fully updated fourth edition of Bobby Owsinski's The Recording Engineer's Handbook, a complete compilation of the best recording techniques currently used today. Along with the rich treasure trove of information from the...
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