Moog has launched a new book in collaboration with artists Kim Bjørn called Patch & Tweak with Moog, a Moog-specific follow up to his 2018 book Patch & Tweak. The coffee-table book looks at the fundamentals of synthesis, specifically around modular synths, as well as understanding the theories behind patching and routing signals.
Apple has announced a new bundled subscription model called Apple One. The bundle includes Apple Music, Apple Aracde, iCloud storage, Apple TV+ and their newly announced Apple Fitness+. The basic tier starts at only £5 more than Apple Music alone was previously, offering Music, Arcade, TV+ and 50GB of iCloud storage for £14.95 a month. Other Family and Premium bundles are also available.
Arturia has introduced the PolyBrute synth, a six-voice analogue-digital hybrid poly with the same matrix modulation system as their popular MatrixBrute synth. Based around two of Arturia’s own Brute oscillators, distortion, wavefolding and FM control, the signal also runs through two filters and can be modulated with multiple LFOs. It also features a version of Morphée’s modulation pad, which offers an alternative to the traditional pitch and mod wheels.
Mixcloud has added a feature letting users archive their streams on their Live feature. Previously, live streams could only be viewed when they were being broadcast and once they ended, were not available to be watched back. Now, streams are archived on the user’s profile.
Facebook has clarified its rules around DJ sets on their platforms – including Instagram – after it was widely reported the social media service was making it harder for DJs to stream from October 1st. In an email to DJ Mag, Facebook clarified that their terms of service will not be changing from October 1st and re-issued some guidelines they initially released in May 2020, specifically for DJs and music makers streaming on their platforms.
Facebook is potentially changing the way it deals with live-streamed DJ sets from October 1st. The social media site has updated its terms of services to make ‘music listening’ live streams a bannable offence. The full updated text reads:
Pioneer DJ has announced the next-gen industry-standard DJ player the CDJ-3000. The new player – which has removed the optical CD drive – features a new, bigger, brighter nine-inch touchscreen. Below it there are now eight coloured hot cue pads, and a newly designed jog wheel with on-jog display, dedicated Beat Jump buttons, extra loop buttons for four and eight-bar lengths and a new aluminium faceplate.
Native Instruments has introduced an all-in-one standalone production unit called Maschine Plus. Operating without a computer, it’s the first standalone Maschine product since it was launched in 2011. Maschine Plus features the usual Maschine MK3 form factor, with 16 pads, two screens, macro knobs, but now features instruments and effects onboard the hardware rather than controlling the software.
Denon DJ has added new features to their PRIME range via an update to Engine OS. With v1.6, you can now use your own personal Dropbox folder as a media source on their PRIME devices, or any unit that supports Engine OS. They’ve also added the open-format streaming service Beatsource LINK as well as flexible beat grids for tracks with multiple BPMs.