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Thursday May 9, 2019. 01:58 PM
Various devices have tried to do what the computer does – letting you play, sequence, and clock other instruments, and arrange and recall ideas. Now, a new grid is in town, and it’s bigger, more capable, truly standalone, and open in every way. composer pro makes its debut...
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Sample Logic and Soundiron have teamed up and are proud to introduce the world's most modern drum machine: Modern Animated Percussion. MAP redefines everything you know about percussion and rhythms. Built for the full Kontakt sample player, MAP contains over 6,000 sounds and ...
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Wednesday May 8, 2019. 05:56 PM
Elektron have taken one of their more inspiring recent products and added a keyboard. The result – an 8-voice polyphonic keyboard for 1320EUR, and a bunch of new playing features. So yes, Elektron continues the move away from the company that makes powerful but mysterious...
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Like the UNO synth before it, IK Multimedia’s new drum machine is a collaboration with boutique Italian maker Soundmachines, runs on batteries, takes up very little space, and it looks like a whole lot of fun, for EUR/USD 249.99. As with some of the best-known classic drum m...
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What if Novation put everything great about their recent analog and digital synths into one keyboard? That appears to be exactly what Summit is – and it looks like a show stealer. The information is leaking via German media through a couple of print and online outlets (Beat...
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Look past the modulars and wires: connecting people who make instruments and those who play them is at the heart of all Andreas Schneider’s endeavors. With Superbooth looming, we check in on Herr Schneider and his vision of what electronic instruments are about. I got a...
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Tuesday May 7, 2019. 08:34 PM
There’s plug-ins, and then there’s hardware. Well, just in time for Superbooth, here’s a hardware plug-in, from Steinberg – really. Normally, Steinberg’s Retrologue 2 is a software plug-in. And it comes from the company that developed VST and launched the plug-in revolution,...
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It’s all about voltage these days. Ableton’s new CV Tools are designed for integrating with modular and semi-modular/desktop gear with CV. And they’re built in Max – meaning builders can learn from these tools and build their own. The basic idea of CV Tools, like any software...
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Monday May 6, 2019. 06:35 PM
It may seem like there’s not much left for music making software to do that it doesn’t do already. But how about magically extracting stems from audio? The first software to do that is one you might not have thought about for a while: ACID Pro. Back in 1998 when it came out,...
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The company that launched the current modular craze with its Eurorack format continues to be the go-to for inexpensive, bread-and-butter basics. Doepfer’s new Slim Line is compact, capable, and runs 100€ or less – with a complete “miniature synth” voice for just 180€....
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Friday May 3, 2019. 06:52 PM
From Frogtown Los Angeles and the eccentric Detroit Underground label comes a new store full of “Art and Technology” and “aesthetics and identities” – which, in part, translates to these amazing, glitch-tastic video art toys! Look: Detroit Underground have made a name for...
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Native Instruments introduces SUPER 8, a new instrument that brings together vintage analog polysynth sounds with an intuitive modern interface. With more than 200 presets, SUPER 8 provides fast access to a diverse array of classic sounds and textures...
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Thursday May 2, 2019. 06:50 PM
Apple’s iTunes is not going away tomorrow, but the antiquated software seems to finally be approaching the end of the road. It’s long past time to talk about new solutions and new standards, for music lovers and DJs alike. Goodnight, iTunes 12.x. iTunes’ days are numbered...
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Wednesday May 1, 2019. 03:56 PM
SOMA laboratory and enigmatic “romantic” engineer Vlad Kreimer have already delivered the strange and wonderful LYRA “organismic” synths. Next up: a drum machine. The PULSAR-23 takes on that same “organismic” design philosophy, complete with rich, layered, deep space...
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Manage all that FM sound depth of your KORG volca – or dust it off, if you need – with this handy editor for one of the most unique little instruments from the past years. Momo Müller keeps putting out superb unofficial editors for popular gear – and the latest to get the...
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Tuesday April 30, 2019. 10:09 PM
YouTube is elevating new voices to prominence in music technology as in other fields. But the platform’s esoteric rules are also ripe for abuse – as one YouTube host claims. The story begins with around a product, the Unison MIDI Chord Pack. This US$67 pack is already, on...
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Yamaha is the one giant name that has mostly shied away from revisiting its past synth glory – but all that could soon be set to change. For better or for worse, we live in an age of remakes and reboots. Oberheim and Buchla are back; Sequential Circuits is a name again (even ...
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One of my favorite things on YouTube is the Rhythm Roulette videos on the Mass Appeal channel; I generally love process videos anyhow, and the particular strictures of the Rhythm Roulette format really push my buttons. If you're not familiar, the tl;dr version is that a...
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Monday April 29, 2019. 05:52 PM
Techno, without all those pesky human producers? Petr Serkin’s Eternal Flow is a generative radio station – and even a portable device – able to make endless techno and deep house variations automatically. You can run a simple version of Eternal Flow right in your browser:...
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Surge is a deep multi-engine digital soft synth – beloved, then lost, then brought back to life as an open source project. And now it’s in a beta that’s usable and powerful and ready on every OS. I wrote about Surge in the fall when it first hit a free, open source release:...
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