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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Notch visual tool now does streaming, keying, and more interactive control

Notch is a wonder – another example of how real-time visuals continue to advance to the point of being as expressive as instruments. And the latest update makes it more capable, from input to keying to streaming.

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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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Death and failure, electronically: how vintage games sound when you “die”

In 2016, Johannes Kreidler examined the compositions signaling your demise in a dizzying array of vintage video games. As even our phones “gamify” pandemics, it seems weirdly relevant. The conversation came up as Johannes asked what sorts of musical cues should be composed for integration into COVID-19 pandemic notification apps. (The German government this week […]

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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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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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