The UK government has recommended the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that it consider an investigation into the UK’s leading major labels – Sony, Warner and Universal Music. It’s also recommended the CMA investigate YouTube’s dominance in the streaming market.
Due to a number of significant developments over the past 18 months, DJ equipment is proving harder to get, and is costing more. That’s the findings of DJ Tech Tools’ latest report in which they outlined why DJ kit’s supply chains have been affected by a perfect storm of chip shortages, component and labour price increases, the return to live events and more.
Aimi – the AI app that creates endless music that never repeats using stems from producers – has added a new series of artists to its roster. Joining Black Loops, Shanti Celeste, Roska and more are Soul Clap, Man Power, Max Cooper, Big Miz, DJ Haus, Joseph Ashworth and Scuba.
Arturia has added another synth to its V Collection series – the Ensoniq SQ80. The ’80s classic has warm tones matched with early digital grit, giving it a unique sound used by everyone from John Carpenter to Adamski.
Focusrite has launched a new range of interfaces – Clarett+. The new range will feature multiple input, output and preamp options ranging from ten ins, two pres and four outs of the 2Pre to the 18 ins, 20 outs and eight pres of the 8Pre, which features an extra ADAT output.
The Clarett+ is USB powered and includes the Air feature from the previous Clarett range, which adds clarity and presence by emulating a classic Focusrite pre from their older consoles.
Roland has launched a new apparel series including a 909 bomber jacket to celebrate 909 day – Sept 9th. The new accessories include hats, t-shirts, hoodies, hats and specially designed headphones in collaboration with V-MODA.
All items feature the classic 909 colour scheme of orange, grey and black – sporting a retro vibe, just like the previous apparel release around their equally legendary 808.
Two iconic drum machines have been added to Roland’s Cloud synth subscription service. The 727 and the 707 aren’t quite as famous as the other instruments in the TR range, namely the 808 and 909, as they used PCM samples exclusively, and didn’t feature any synthesized sounds. Given the restrictions of PCM sampling at the time, they are comparatively thinner, but have their own distinct character that saw them used in early Madonna records as well as tracks by Luke Vibert and Aphex Twin.
Technics have released a new 1210 model of turntable, the SL-1210G. The new player is aimed at audiophiles though also maintains some of the features 1210 users will be familiar with. Described as a twin sister to the GAE model that came out in 2020, the 1210G features a new “iron-coreless direct drive motor, a hybrid encoder for rotational speed detection, using digital and analogue technology to allow for enhanced stability, a three-layer platter with high vibration-damping performance and high-damping silicone rubber insulators to minimise vibrations.”
Reason 12 is now available to purchase and download. The new version, which was announced back in May and has been in beta since saw a new sampler introduced as well as a higher res interface for extra crisp GUI for the famous Racks. In fact, according to the team: “Reason 12 had one big goal in mind: level up the Rack experience.” Reason Racks are some of the most legendary virtual instruments in electronic music, emerging in the ’90s as some of the earliest usable plugins.