The RØDECaster Pro promises to pack a broadcast sound studio into a box

It seems like everybody is scrambling to make gear for podcasting and streaming. But RØDE has done something unique and self-contained and a firmware update makes it look like a serious tool.

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Honoring Florian is a free library of Kraftwerk-inspired sounds for Ableton Live, TR-8S, more

This has been a season of obituaries, but when it comes to music, tributes can’t be silent. Francis Preve has a special set of free sounds on his Symplesound platform.

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Make a 909 kick on the Make Noise 0-Coast, and more drum modeling fun

Forget even all the music that was made with it for a second. How the sound of a TR-909 kick was made can open new doors.

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Yaeltex V2: realizing the music and visual controller hardware you wanted in your head

Finally, an open browser tab can bring you something good for your music and performance – like helping you build your dream controller, visually. A first look at Yaeltex V2.

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Akai’s next-gen MPC matures as your gear hub, with new MPC Live II hardware and 2.8 software

Akai’s recent 2.8 software offers some powerful new features – and a revised MPC Live II could be a sweet spot in hardware, with expanded connectivity and built-in speakers. And finally, you get MIDI multi capability, like on the classic MPCs. Here’s the rundown. The demands for a digital drum machine/production workstation are now pretty […]

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Stay home, patch stuff – watch Eden Grey walk through lovely, layered modular sounds

Musician and community organizer Eden Grey is sharing some of the sounds she’s patching together, and talking about how they’re made.

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Apple sticker shock? Try this simple experiment – look at Razer’s configuration page

Sometimes an online configuration and spec sheet is worth 1000 words. And yeah, if you want to see why some users in the pro market are switching OSes – this sums it up.

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Apple’s sweet spot: which MacBook do you want for music making now?

Every price point in Apple’s notebook lineup has recently gotten an update, with revisions to the 13″ MacBook Pro this week. And they’ve fixed the keyboards. So if you’re in the market for a Mac, which should you get? We know from sales figures that even in the midst of dueling economic and health crises, […]

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Make Noise 0-CTRL is the controller-sequencer followup to 0-Coast

There have been few surprise hits in the world of patchable instruments like Make Noise’s 0-Coast. But they just might have another hit – a tabletop, patchable, clockable controller-sequencer. And it’s adorable – and US$399.

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How to bang: a deep dive into a live techno set from Berlin’s Florian Meindl

We can’t dance to these sets in a club at the moment, so let’s use this opportunity to really watch what’s happening. Techno madman Florian Meindl takes us inside the craft of playing his fully live, all-hardware set. We’ve got detailed answers from Florian about how he works and plays, and copious links to all […]

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