Arturia has announced a new version of their popular plugin instrument Pigments. The synth covers many aspects of synthesis including subtractive, wavetable, and additive, and version three adds some new features including a new harmonic oscillator, 64 new wavetables, four new FX including pitch shift delay and a new type of flanger, a modelled Jupiter-8 filter from Arturia’s V Collection clone and new FX and filter routing.
Apple introduced a new model of iMac featuring their M1 chips at their Spring Loaded event on April 20th. The new iMacs come in a redesigned slim model, with seven different colours and an improved 1080p FaceTime camera. The base model features 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage and can be upgraded to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD. The entry-level model has two USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, with a higher-end model adding two more USB-C ports. The headphone jack also remains. The new power cord also features an Ethernet port.
Technics has introduced a new direct drive turntable to their SL range – the 1200MK7. The new model is identical in feature set to the 1210MK7 introduced back in January 2019, but this new model features a silver faceplate as opposed to the 1210s matte black finish.
Beatport is now accepting bitcoin as payment on its website from June, and has teamed up with Crypto.com on a new A/V NFT collaboration with Boys Noize, Charlotte de Witte, Sasha, Third Son, Sama Abdulhadi and more. The NFT collection will feature unreleased tracks from the artists involved alongside visual art from Berlin-based artist Leif Podhajsky who’s worked with Bonobo, Tame Impala and the Sydney Opera House.
Richie Hawtin has teamed up with soundscape app Endel, under his Plastikman alias, to create a new AI-driven audio experience to help listeners focus. Endel is designed to promote deeper focus, better sleep, meditation and relaxation, and has previously teamed up with Grimes on ‘AI Lullaby’ for assisted relaxation for adults and children. Hawtin’s collab is called ‘Deeper Focus’ and is “a personalised, real-time adaptive soundscape that is infused with his trademark production, resulting in a spacious, stripped-back soundscape that improves users' focus and productivity.”
Facebook is launching a new series of audio products in Summer 2021. The new products include a competitor to the upstart audio-only social media platform Clubhouse called Live Audio Rooms, a new audio feed called Soundbites and a partnership with Spotify that lets users stream podcasts directly through Facebook using a new integrated player. Facebook will also recommend podcasts to users based on their Likes and listening habits.
UK house music institution Defected is hosting a livestream event to raise money for the Ibiza Food Bank (IFB) charity. DJs including Danny Rampling, David Penn, Roger Sanchez and the Melon Bomb crew will be performing from various locations including the roof of Ibiza club EDEN and the famous Wild Corner in Hï Ibiza. Manu Gonzalez will stream with views of Dalt Villa in Ibiza town.
The stream is part of Defected’s Press Play series that’s seen DJs like Folamour, Riva Starr, Monki and many more play varied sets on their Twitch channel.
Reloop has announced a new, small two-channel controller for Serato called Ready. The new unit is designed to sit over your laptop keyboard and offers two deck control with eight pads per deck, three-band EQ, dual-band filter per channel, tempo sliders, transport and FX control and mini jog wheels.
Serato has announced support for Apple’s latest macOS Big Sur and their new Silicon M1 chips. The new update – version 2.5 – includes support for the operating system released last year as well as Apple’s new in-house, tailored microchips, the first they’ve built themselves. The result is a much faster, smoother Mac experience, without a huge price increase. Many pro audio and DJ companies initially advised against updating to the new system while they updated their software and hardware for the new chips.