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spitfire tape piano

Spitfire Audio has released a new plugin that’s available for free. The plugin is called Tape Piano and is based on a classic upright piano...

Roland AIRA T8 review

The mini AIRA emulates some iconic Roland drum machines in a small package. But is it a worthy addition to a working studio, or a good first venture into outboard gear? DJ Mag's digital tech editor Declan McGlynn finds out

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say Roland’s iconic instruments define the sound of house, techno, acid and electro. Their original TR range of drum...

Piano de Voyage

Piano de Voyage have released a portable 88-note MIDI keyboard that will fit in your backpack.


Designed for travelling, the modular, full-size, piano keyboard can...

mixon 8 pro

Reloop has released a new flagship controller for Serato DJ Pro and Algoriddim djay. The Mixon 8 Pro features four channels of control, on-jog displays...

Dave Smith

Dave Smith, founder of Sequential Instruments, which created the Prophet-5 among other influential synths, and the co-inventor of the MIDI protocol still in use today...

Groovestation

Playtime Engineering has unveiled two new music makers for kids.


The easy-to-use SK2 synthesizer and the myTRACKS production groovestation have been added to the US-based...

pioneer dj djm-s5

Pioneer DJ has launched a new affordable DJ battle mixer aimed at turntablists called the DJM-S5. The new two-channel unit is modelled on their flagship...

In the second episode of our Beat From Scratch series, rap producer R14 makes a melodic UK drill beat from scratch in FL Studio at Signature...

Pioneer new desktop speaker

Pioneer DJ has unveiled a new trio of affordable desktop speakers.


Expanding on the brand's DM Series, the three new models – DM-40D (£149), DM-40D-BT (£169)...

plugin subscriptions

As subscription models have begun to make their way into our DAWs, we look at the three different models for using plugins — outright ownership, continual rent, and rent-to-own. Here, Declan McGlynn asks: are subscription models better for producers? And are we heading towards an even heavier onslaught of abundance over efficiency? 

Subscriptions are everywhere, whether we like them or not. In fact, a report ominously titled The End of Ownership in 2020 said that 78% of...

Tileyard

GearFest UK is a new exhibition and demo event taking place at Tileyard in King’s Cross, London, showcasing the best of hardware synths, drum machines...

SONOS Ray

SONOS has launched a new voice control system for its speak range, allowing users to control their music, including SONOS Radio and streaming apps, using...

oberheim obx8

Oberheim has announced the launch of a new polysynth called the OB-X8, featuring sounds from some of Oberheim’s most iconic synths, such as the OB-X...

Arturia V Collection 9

Arturia has announced the latest update to their popular V Collection suite of virtual instrument plugins. Version 9 comes with new plugins to add to...

Roland AIRA Compact

Roland has announced a new affordable hardware drum machine, polysynth and vocal processor in the form of a new AIRA Compact lineup. The T-8 is...

Self-releasing your music in 2022: which distributor is right for you?

When starting out in the industry, musicians and producers have what can often seem like an insurmountable number of new skills to learn outside of making music. With seemingly countless distributors offering widely varying features and products, choosing how to get your music on streaming services can be confusing. This guide seeks to demystify one of the most confusing aspects of releasing music

Digital distribution is the process of releasing your music to various digital streaming platforms (DSPs) and services. In the past, distributors would take care of...

splice coso

Splice has announced a new app called CoSo (short for Compatible Sounds) which uses AI to quickly identify sounds that work together using Splice’s library...

Roland Juno-X

Roland has unveiled a new hardware polysynth called the Juno-X. Based on Roland’s hardware polysynth classic, the Juno-106, the Juno-X features a similar layout and...

SoundWide

Native Instruments and iZotope have formed a new umbrella company called Soundwide. The new company has also acquired long-running plugin developers Brainworx and their plugin...

spitfire polaris

Spitfire Audio and BT have teamed up on a new sample instrument called Polaris. The new plugin is designed to create epic, spacious and modern-sounding...