Behringer have announced the Poly D, a four-voice version their Minimoog clone. The new synth can still be used in monophonic mode, but now features an extra three voices for playing chords as well as unison mode to stack the voices. Extra feature on top of the usual envelopes, LFO and 24dB ladder filter include a new analogue chorus effect modelled on the classic Juno sound, a 32-step sequencer and arpeggiator.
A new mod from Love Hultén turns the Korg Minilogue synth into a retro-styled synth with a detachable keyboard and wooden panelling. The mod, called carrier37, is styled around a classic Commodore computer and was made by Love Hultén in Sweden, who's previously created custom retro objects, usually as a one-off, though some of his items are for sale on his store.
Behringer have announced WING, a futuristic new mixing console. The new device features eight MIDAS preamps, 24 motorised 100mm faders, 11 colour TFT screens to display parameters, a 48-ins/48-outs USB audio interface with HUI control for your favourite DAW and the option of another 64 I/O via Ethernet, supporting WAVES Soundgrid. There are also two SD cards for recording straight to disk.
London Music Conference (LMC) has confirmed its first speakers for the 2020 event, including panelists from FMLY, BBC Radio 1, Beatport, PRS for Music, DAZED, Point Blank Music School, as well as artists like Scuba, Ben Pearce and Stefano Riterri. Steven Braines of He.She.They, Firas Waez from Waze & Odyssey and Alex Warran aka Kiwi will all be giving their input across panels, workshops and talks over two days in January 2020.
Facebook has launched a new app called Aux. Currently in beta and only available in Canada, the new app is the first creation of Facebook's new experimental NPE team, and works by users adding songs to the app, which are then up-voted Reddit-style with 'claps'.
"The app is aimed at school-aged kids and teens who join a party in the app every day at 9 PM. They then choose the songs they want to play and compete for the 'AUX' to get theirs played first. At the end of the night, a winner is chosen based on how many claps are received," says the NPE team.
Pioneer DJ have announced a new all-in-one unit the XDJ-XZ. The new unit is their flagship all-in-one, with all the features you'd expect taken from the DJM900nxs2 mixer, including all the Color FX and 14 Beat FX, as well as a new three-band EQ on the master channel, ideal for mobile DJs playing in less-than-ideal acoustic spaces. There are four channels in total, allowing users to add two sources on top of the two in-built channels.