It's been a fairly turbulent month for Behringer. A recent and now-deleted post on audio gear aficionado website Gearslutz saw founder Uli Behringer have a very public debate with Devil Fish founder and co-303 enthusiast and clone maestro Robin Whittle, posting private emails between the pair in advance of the release of Behringer's 303 clone the TD-3.
UK label Ninja Tune has announced a new app called Jamm Pro. An update of their previous app – Ninja Jamm – that reached over 600,000 downloads, Jamm Pro is a performance and production app that allows you to trigger samples and manipulate them through a series of buttons and X/Y axes. Designed by Coldcut and label co-founder Matt Black, Jamm Pro has four main channels, each with nine sequencers — six modulation sequencers, a slice sequencer, a pitch/reverse/drill sequencer and a gate sequencer — and up to 64 patches.
Spotify have announced the beta of a new Songwriter Pages concept that lists songwriting credits, and lets listeners find more music by the same songwriters. The new clickable Songwriter Pages will be available on iOS, Android and Desktop apps by clicking on Song Credits and scrolling to the Written By section.
SoundCloud has announced that it's received a $75m investment from Sirius XM, one of America's biggest radio station and online streaming conglomerates. The investment comes off the back of a strong performance in 2019, which saw SoundCloud's revenue reach over $200m, having turned over $108m just one year previous.
Teenage Engineering and IKEA’s furniture and lighting collab, focused around creating a house party vibe in your front room, is finally available to buy. The set that was first previewed nearly two years ago, features LED spotlights as well as an LED wall-style cube, that responds to music, as well as different coloured covers and cases.
Software company Output Sounds and high-end speaker crew Barefoot Sound have teamed up on a new monitor range. Costing $699 per speaker, and available from summer 2020, the new speakers will feature 6.5-inch concentric drivers and a fetching wooden case. That's about all we know so far, but given Output's quality products to date and Barefoot's reputation for high-end speakers, we're expecting them to make a splash when they land later in the year. At $699 each, it's a good chance to own a slice of Barefoot for cheaper than ever.
Sennheiser have announced a cheaper version of their popular DJ headphones, the HD-25s. The HD-25 LIGHTs cost £87 rather than the £129 of the 25s or £179 for the 25 PLUS model. The LIGHTs seem to have less replaceable parts – something that made the originals so popular in the first place – instead opting for a fixed headband and a dual-sided detachable cable rather than the usual two-pronged connectors.
Beatport have released a new infograph to coincide with their 16th anniversary, charting their legacy and influence via a series of key stats and figures. The numbers include the surpassing of 250 million downloads – 259m so far – as well as having paid out $300m to independent labels, while hosting over 74,000 indies, having added over 420,000 playlists to their Beatport LINK streaming service which launched in 2019.
Octo Octa has launched a new guide to setting up a home studio. The epic, 30-page PDF is titled 'AKA a journey of mistakes' and outlines Octo Octa's journey through trial-and-error studio experiences over her 18-year career, including a guide to her own hardware, using a DAW, connecting and syncing machines, what gear to buy and advice around choosing things like studio monitors.