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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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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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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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Friday April 26, 2019. 07:19 PM
The makers of the film I Dream of Wires have memorialized Mike McGrath, the legendary forum hosted and modular community builder whom we lost this week, releasing their full interview with him. In the interview, Mike talks about his early inspiration (Pink Floyd and their...
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Thursday April 25, 2019. 05:11 PM
Moog has taken the elements of their semi-modular line and given it a flagship – a patchable, calico-colored keyboard with sequencer, 4-voice paraphonic synth, and effects in one keyboard. The pitch: even before you plug in cables to the copious patch points here, you can...
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Wednesday April 24, 2019. 11:49 PM
Speaking of tools to glue together your gear and serve as the heartbeat of your studio – AUM. This iOS super-tool can serve as an essential hub for combining apps and hardware in any combination – and now it’s even more savvy with Ableton Link and MIDI. You’d be forgiven for...
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Forget for a second that Pioneer is the CDJ and DJM company. Their latest TORAIZ goes a radical new direction – making what might be the biggest mainstream hardware sequencer since the MPC and Octatrack. But a deep sequencer with MIDI and CV, for 599€ (awaiting US pricing...
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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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