Since it’s now April 2, the music technology April Foolishness has been revealed for what it is.

Composer/educator Steve Horelick provided a sneak glimpse of future functionality in an “unreleased” version of Apple’s Logic Pro:

Logic 303: Logic TNT

… although I wouldn’t be surprised to see Region Animation in a future version of FL “Fruity Loops” Studio.

moog_apr1_02 Moog Music claimed to introduce a Moog guitar in a video teaser segment — that video appears to still be up. Personally, I thought this wasn’t as classic as the Moogerfooger MF-433‘s “pure analog silence” — but some people did think it was real. (Hmmm… a guitar with built-in Moogerfooger effects, perhaps?) Don’t miss the MF-433 reviews, though.

Update: Okay, one slight correction on the Moog story. Did I say April Fool’s joke? That may be April Fool’s actual real product announcement. Then again, what’s real? Maybe Moog Music isn’t real, either. Ummm…

The best Moog gag of the day, though, was the Minimalmoog, as seen on Matrixsynth. I love “THE OSCILLATOR.” Ubercoolische, my friend.

Not to be outdone, Clavia introduced the Clavia Left Lead, for left-handed people.

Most amusing of all: Sweetwater’s faux vocalist plug-in, as released to CDM, was criticized for being too feasible. Yes, folks, technology has progressed to the point that readers fully expect to see a plug-in that replaces your vocalist. Well, or maybe that says something about the opinion you have of your vocalist. Point taken.

MusicMask-200-80 Updated: from comments, MusicRadar came up with the MusicMask, which reads facial expressions. Again, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone did something real along the same lines. (I was just fiddling with a new facial recognition library for Processing. Okay, I’ll stop…)

Thanks to Matrixsynth for being on top of all the 4/1 stuff. And yes, I will commit here and now: at some point during 2008, CDM will slip fake news into RSS on a day that isn’t April Fool’s, just to see who’s paying attention. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Updated again: This is my favorite yet: multi-sampled, multi-mic ReFill for Reason, “Reason Accordions.” Thanks to Wax in comments.

Introducing Reason Accordions – the hassle free, creativity sparking way of adding studio-grade accordion sounds to your mix. With Propellerhead Software’s ground breaking Hypersampling technique, we have captured these fine accordions in painstaking detail using state of the art equipment and instruments.

Too bad. Ernie Rideout would have been all over the Keyboard review, seriously. See, it used to be hard telling which 4/1 announcements were fake. Now it’s just hard keeping up. I think there were more product announcements yesterday (with a handful of real ones, for extra confusion) than on the first day of winter NAMM.

Then again, music tech announcements are often surreal as it is, so 4/1’s faux releases just seem like another average day.


  • Better than flying penguins! This was our attempt…

    Mood Technologies launches the MusicMask

  • wax

    dont forget about Propellerheads and their "multi-sampled multi-mic'd accordian reason refill" 😉

  • The Reason Accordions announcement is still on their website. Haha, nice one 🙂

  • Kri

    The Moog guitar is real!

    Coming at you from Asheville, NC

  • headquest

    Reason Accordians Demo Song "Outlandish Polka": A traditional tune that showcases the minutely sampled playing noises that gives the Reason Accordions their character. This tune uses the Musettematic Aurora and if you listen carefully you can hear the rattling of valves, the hissing of the bellows and the muffled yelps of discomfort as the player's beard gets caught in the bellows. (from the announcement, in case it gets pulled now its the 2nd)…

    I love it that the video on Reason Accordions uses the soundtrack from their previous Reason Pianos promo video, but with the word "Accordions" substituted instead of "Pianos" – classic!

  • MonksDream

    The thing I love most is that the the Moogerfooger MF-433 has no knobs or lights but multiple inputs and outputs! Particularly handy for us multi-instrumentalists.

  • Wilbo

    Somebody who posts at a forum I moderate claimed that the Moog Guitar was in fact real and that he had seen a demo of it. The person doesn't have many posts so I don't know if they sent out reps to try and seed the idea so people would believe it or if its real or not. I assume just about anything is fake if its released April 1st.

  • Matt

    I had someone e-mail me yesterday to ask if the Melodyne Direct Note Access video was an April Fool or not.

    What was it Arthur C. Clarke said about advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic…

  • synthetic

    Clavia left-handed keyboards were fake, right?

  • Kri

    You guys will just have to wait for info about the Moog. My lips have been sealed. Also I don't work there and I'm not a rep. Just in the Loop.