djay Pro adds real-time AI separation on Apple’s Bionic chip – and producers will want it too

AI was going to take the fun out of DJing – selecting and mixing for you. But the reason you’ll use it could be to make music more fluid. Algoriddim’s latest is a showpiece of Apple’s custom silicon – and a possible secret weapon for the rest of us.

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Apple’s platform squeeze holds back music and creativity, too – so will there be consequences?

Apple’s desire to tax and control its app ecosystem is earning outcry from developers, government, and outside observers. It’s a stand-off musicians and creators should watch closely.

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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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Fundamental puts a rich, vintage tube oscillator studio in a plug-in, from sonicLAB and Hainbach

Make eerie, modulating drones like it’s a disco in the Exclusion Zone. Or delve into the sound tools of Stockhausen. But for anyone who loves finding shifting, nuanced colors in oscillators – Hainbach and Sinan Bökesoy have created something for you.

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Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them

It’s not waiting for someone to be “offended.” It’s about why anyone would be defensive about clinging to terrible terms based on horrific inhumane things. Let’s just fix this, finally. And yes, if you think this might be coming up now because there is a global conversation about racial injustice, you’re right. That seems like […]

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How to get into a creative flow with FL Studio – and what could make it worth it

FL Studio’s reputation is deceiving: this is one of the richest, most surprisingly open-ended tools for music-making. But long-time users may miss some of its recent improvements – and newcomers may not be clear on how to start.

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The newest sound-making device is the trampoline – and here’s a synth made for bouncing on it

Buttons, knobs, faders – yes, they’re decent. But you can’t jump on them, not without serious consequences. What you need is a trampoline.

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Free modular recipes for sound and sequence in VCV Rack, with the creator of JW-Modules

Part of the beauty of software modular is the ability to share ideas. Here are just those kinds of tips and tricks, and you can try them right now – free.

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Electronic virtuoso Thomas Piper’s insistent voice delivers in honest, powerful “Permission to Live”

Thomas Piper’s Permission to Live is a powerful, personal statement. It comes from one of the few people who plays Ableton Push like his main instrument, from an artist who draws from a hundred skills.

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Pd patching, IRL: 3dPdModular is a Eurorack modular synth with Pd, RasPi inside

Hard patching, meet soft patching: it’s Eurorack modular, but with a Raspberry Pi and Pure Data inside each module – which means you can mod and make your own modules, too.

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