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Tuesday April 23, 2019. 08:37 PM
One of the largest forums for music tech nerd-kind this week reports the loss of its founder: Muff Wiggler’s creator, Mike McGrath, has died. The Internet responds. I want to first say, my heart goes out to all of you who have lost a friend, a family member, a personal connec...
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Monday April 22, 2019. 05:58 PM
Machine learning is synthesizing death metal. It might make your death metal radio DJ nervous – but it could also mean music software works with timbre and time in new ways. That news – plus some comical abuse of neural networks for writing genre-specific lyrics in genres...
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Friday April 19, 2019. 04:15 PM
The Behringer effect: TC-Helicon, once known for its high-end gear for vocalists, is now a badge on a line of products copying the layout and design of existing IK Multimedia products. Chinese news site Midifan has the news. (Content in Chinese language only, but the...
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Thursday April 18, 2019. 07:05 PM
AKAI’s MPK mini was already something of a sleeper hit – a simple MIDI controller keyboard that was small enough to be irresistible. But the latest revision makes it useful even all by its lonesome. MPK mini play is what AKAI are calling the latest edition. It’s actually the...
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Wednesday April 17, 2019. 09:05 PM
Fidelity? High-quality sound? No – degradation! And if you don’t have a ragged VHS deck or cassette Walkman handy, these free effects racks in Ableton Live will sort you out. Downgrade is the work of Tom Cosm, long-time Ableton guru. There are five effects: Fluffer Corrupt...
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Tuesday April 16, 2019. 06:46 PM
The Aphex Twin-ification of synths continues – and who’s complaining? Novation’s Bass Station II gets some mind-warping mental sound features, including key-by-key madness from Richard James. Bass Station II is the powerful analog monosynth from Novation, with sub...
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We’ve been waiting, but now the waiting is done. Propellerhead has added the VST performance boost it had promised to Reason users – meaning plug-ins now benefit from Reason 10’s patchable racks. I actually flew to Stockholm, Sweden back in the dark days of December to talk t...
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Monday April 15, 2019. 04:10 PM
For the first time in Reaktor, you now get patching right on Eurorack-style modules – and there’s even an edition you can use entirely for free. Blocks Base is a free edition; Blocks Prime is included with the full version of Reaktor. Here’s a first look: There are 50...
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Thursday April 11, 2019. 09:20 PM
Max 8 – and by extension the latest Max for Live – offers some serious powers to build your own sonic and visual stuff. So let’s tune in some videos to learn more. The major revolution in Max 8 – and a reason to look again at Max even if you’ve lapsed for some years – is...
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Wednesday April 10, 2019. 08:20 AM
Arturia have followed up their hit “3 Filters…” and “3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use” with the inevitable trio of compressors – but as with the other bundles, there are some twists (and lower intro prices on now). Before they expanded into doing their own MIDI controllers and...
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Tuesday April 9, 2019. 08:00 AM
Computer and modular machine textures collide with explosions of projected particles and glitching colored textures. Now the full concert footage of the duo Belief Defect (on Raster) is out. It’s tough to get quality full-length live performance video – previously writing...
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Monday April 8, 2019. 06:11 AM
Rat communication, adjusted for human hearing, makes for surprisingly musical listening. That’s right – you may enjoy the sweet serenade of an actual rat burrow on NYC’s Lower East Side. The results: some fantastic ultrasonic interspecies live performance, and an indication...
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Sunday April 7, 2019. 06:19 PM
April is a generous month for fans of unusual Ukrainian compilations – now having covered new braindance from the country, we’re directed by readers to another set, giving a tour of experimentalism and electronic composition. Flaming Pines is a wonderful label for...
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Friday April 5, 2019. 05:56 PM
AI in music is as big a buzzword as in other fields. So now’s the time to put it to the test – to reconnect to history, human practice, and context, and see what holds up. That’s the goal of the Gamma_LAB AI in St. Petersburg next month. An open call is running now....
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Thursday April 4, 2019. 06:02 PM
The letters titling the release spell out, in Cyrllic, “sh**s.” And more than just another dull compilation, this collection of tracks is a statement – in opposition to commercialism and homogeny, in favor of “braindance” weirdness. The earnest voices of the ШЩЦ...
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Wednesday April 3, 2019. 11:02 PM
pd knobs is a knob controller for MIDI. It’s built with Teensy with open source code – or you can get the pre-built version, with some pretty, apparently nice-feeling knobs. And here it is with the free software Pd + AUTOMATONISM – proof that you don’t need to buy Eurorack...
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Elektron’s Model:Samples was always appealing – some of the best bits of an Elektron groovebox, but with a smaller size and price tag. But one limitation might hold you back: six tracks, and only six samples? That changes with an update: now you can change samples inside a...
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Tuesday April 2, 2019. 06:19 PM
Well, congratulations – you’ve survived another April Fools’ holiday. At worst, it can be unfunny and confusing. At best, though, it raises a different question – should we actually start dreaming up and making more ridiculous ideas? Okay, I don’t necessarily want to be the...
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Monday April 1, 2019. 08:09 PM
What we love most about synths is wild, weird, dirty sounds – and getting our hands on them. Our new MeeBlip geode focuses on what we think is the best of our synth line. The goal, as always: make a box that’s easy to play, and that adds a unique sound and personality that...
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Thursday March 28, 2019. 06:42 PM
What’s to say a music idea can’t be both a tool and a tape, an instrument someone could play or an album they can get lost in? Puremagnetik are launching their new experimental label with two free tools that let you keep the drones and grains and ambient soundscapes flowing....
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