Behringer have shared a video previewing their new clone of Roland’s classic drum machine, the TR-808.
Dutch production savant Legowelt has invented his own DIY instrument, which he’s titled the Star Shepherd. The new invention has been made from old guitar pedals, a Casio Keyboard from 1981 and a small AM radio.
Speaking about the Star Shepherd, Legowelt said that it was “very noisy, crackley and sometimes starts doing its own thing like some sentient synthesizer being that is alive. This makes it quite an adventurous experience”.
Ableton and Envelop have released a set of free spatial sound tools you can use in popular music production software Live 10.
Non-profit Envelop — directed by Christopher Willits — are working to open up a space for exploring 3D sound in music. Now they’ve collaborated with Ableton to release “a set of Max for Live-powered devices for working with spatial audio production and live performance.”
Envelop for Live is most useful for those looking to work in spatial audio and live performance. You will need the full version of Ableton Live 10 Suite to run it.
Don Diablo has launched a new cryptocurrency titled HEXCOIN. The currency, announced during Austin, TX’s South By Southwest music and technology event, will allow users access to HEXAGONIA — a new digital "ecosystem" designed by Diablo.
Powered by Gaze Coin, the currency will be used to purchase Diablo’s music and merchandise, as well as greater explore the HEXAGONIA platform.
Technics new high-end SL-1000R model will reportedly retail for $20,000 ($US). The turntable was revealed during the CES Conference this week in Las Vegas, NV.
Stranger Things theme song composers Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon (of Austin, Texas synthwave group S U R V I V E) have seen their careers reach new heights thanks in part to the success of the Netflix franchise.
The duo has now revealed some of the details and technique behind the award-winning composition in an interview with well-known music podcast series, SONG EXPLODER.
“The Duffers reached out to us ‘cause they used our music in a mock trailer,” said Stein on the pair’s relationship with the show’s creators (Matt and Ross Duffer).
Every now and again up pops a device, a piece of kit that can be used by different individuals for so many different applications. Sound Devices’ MixPre is one of those. A compact ultra-portable unit that fits into any backpack, the MixPre 6 is a six- channel high-resolution audio recorder that just so happens to be a mixer and USB audio interface at the same time. DJs, producers, podcasters, videographers and more can all make use of this hand-sized audio recorder.
What was the first bit of hardware that you acquired?
Jon: “The first actual piece of hardware was a Yamaha CS2x. I'd seen Sister Bliss from Faithless using one and then Depeche Mode using one live and that was my mind made up. Actually, I still have it in storage at the studio. Might have to dig it back out...”
What is your favourite bit of kit at the moment?
Aphex Twin has uploaded a video showing how his track ‘Vordhosbn’ was made using now discontinued tracking software PlayerPro.
In a clip uploaded to his official Vimeo channel, the producer plays through the track in the retro software, showing the MIDI notes, waveforms, drum sounds and more.
Sadly, it doesn’t go into detail on his more intricate drum programming, but it’s still a rare glimpse behind the curtain from the once-secretive producer.