Hardware

Trueno analog synthesizer on a USB stick available

WS Audio TruenoWS Audio Limited has announced the European release of Trueno, a 3 oscillator analog synthesizer with a footprint smaller than a credit card. Trueno (from the Spanish for thunder) is a 3 oscillator analogue synthesiser in a USB stick. With the same oscillator circuits found in modular monstrosities and its wild, aggressive filter; Trueno does […]

Guitars & amps from Mani from The Stone Roses available at Reverb

Reverb Mani Stone RosesReverb has announced that the first batch of gear used on Stone Roses records and from Mani’s time with Primal Scream is now available for purchase. Denmark Street Guitars have teamed up with Mani of The Stone Roses to offer fans a chance to own some of his personal gear collection. The collection includes both […]

Arturia releases firmware 1.1 update for AudioFuse audio interface

Arturia AudioFuse firmwareArturia has announced that the firmware for its AudioFuse audio interface has been updated. Version 1.1 brings latency performance improvements to Windows users, as well as other universal improvements, including a “sleep mode”. Well known for its superior audio quality, vast connectivity, and powerful features, the newly updated Arturia AudioFuse brings the superb 3ms latency […]

Universal Audio launches promos on Apollo Twin & Apollo Rack

Universal Audio Apollo Twin promoUniversal Audio has announced that a purchase of its Apollo Twin audio interface comes with free UAD Plug-Ins from Neve, Lexicon, and Fairchild, for a limited time only. Now through December 31st, producers and musicians who purchase and register a new Apollo Twin audio interface (USB or Thunderbolt) will be able to add the classic […]

HyVibe Audio introduces Smart Acoustic Guitar

HyVibe Guitar featHyVibe Audio has launched an Indiegogo campaign for the HyVibe Guitar, the world’s first smart acoustic guitar. The HyVibe Guitar uses a proprietary vibration technology and a wireless Bluetooth connection to become its own connected speaker, multi-effect processor, recorder, and amplifier, without all the cables, amps, or pedals. “Acoustic guitar players have high standards for […]

Elektron Analog Rytm MKII now available

Elektron Analog Rytm MKII featElektron has announced that its new the Analog Rytm MKII analog drum machine and sampler is now shipping. “Analog Rytm MKII is hands down the most powerful analog drum machine and sampler we have ever made. The build quality is second to none. The depth and punch of the analog percussion are stunning. And treating […]

Audio-Technica publishes The Making of the AT5047 Studio Microphone

Audio Technica AT5047 making of videoAudio-Technica is continuing its ongoing activities surrounding the introduction of its acclaimed AT5047 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, including a new making-of video and a series of rollout events around the globe. The new video, “The Making of the AT5047 Studio Microphone,” is a visually stunning, artful montage, taking viewers behind-the-scenes at Audio-Technica Japan. The clip traces […]

Mr Hyde & Dr. Strangelove synthBlocks by Analogue Solutions now available

Analogue Solutions Mr Hyde & Dr StrangloveAnalogue Solutions has announced the release of its first two table top effects units in the new synthBlocks series, which allow you to add analogue warmth, or extreme sound mangling to you music set-up. The first synthBlocks release is Mr Hyde, an analogue filter effects box used for subtle to extreme filtering and modulation effects. […]

Richard Devine reconnects with his analog roots with Manley Massive Passive

richard devineElectronic artist Richard Devine is a musical mad scientist. Whether he’s remixing the likes of Aphex Twin, designing patches for Korg and Native Instruments, scoring Nike commercials, or working on top-secret virtual-reality projects for the tech titans of Silicon Valley, Devine is in his element when he’s pushing boundaries, manipulating machine sounds and organic recordings […]

It’s Cyber Monday; here’s where to find deals on music gear and apps

Over the holiday season, developers of software and hardware for music making are offering steep discounts. Here’s where to find them.

First, it’s really a no-brainer to pick these big sales to load up your iPad, iPhone, or other mobile device with apps cheaply.

Mobile shopping: Our very own Ashley Elsdon, he of Palm Sounds, has an absolutely insane list of music apps, covering the gamut of tools from experimental soundscape generators to DJ software, instruments and effects, drums and synths, and powerful sequencers and production tools. It’s worth a skim just to see if there’s anything you’re missing that you wanted:
Black Friday means some seriously good discounts on excellent apps

Shopping for everything: Another great place to start is a thread on Reddit tracking different deals (including our MeeBlip, so thanks!):
Holiday Sales Thread! (self.synthesizers)

These tend more to software than hardware, of course, because of margins, but you’ll see even the likes of Moog, Waldorf, Audio Damage, and Critter & Guitari in there.

A few products we’ve written up recently are also discounted.

That includes Reason 10 at 25% off and Ableton’s ongoing 20% off Live sale (which includes a free upgrade to Live 10 early next year).

Accusonus is discounting Regroover.

Cakewalk’s excellent z3ta+ waveshaping synth is just US$35 – which might be your last chance to snap it up now that Cakewalk are going the way of the dodo.

Native Instruments have a huge sale on – including a great time to buy Reaktor, which I’ve been talking about lately (and, genuinely, using sort of nonstop). See discussion.

Back here in CDM territory, we’ve got deals on the stuff we’re producing.

Our MeeBlip hardware is available now for US$119.95, with all the cables you’ll need – power plus MIDI plus audio.
MeeBlip triode

And our record label Establishment has its whole catalog available for 50% off. Use code “cybersale” when you check out, through tomorrow Tuesday evening:
https://establishmentrecords.bandcamp.com/

Have a great Monday, and do remember the reason for the season – we purchase gear and apps now because the superior race of Cybermen overlords demand it of us. They’re already using the Gravitron on Berlin, where I haven’t seen the sun in eons, and I suspect if we don’t do their bidding, we will soon face full conversion to cyberpeople and see our home planet destroyed entirely as we’re hauled back to the planet Mondas. Now, happy cyber-holidays! Go shopping, because resistance is futile … especially when it comes to the need to acquire synthesizers!

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