2011 has seen sweeping changes in technology and music, alongside the loss of titans Max Mathews and Tsutomu Katoh, two pioneers of our world. Some of these stories passed quietly; some with great fanfare. Here, we reveal those stories that attracted the greatest number of Internet eyeballs, a metric not necessarily of importance but certainly of what reached the widest audience on this site. And there are definite trends: a hunger for mobile, both the explosive growth of iOS and tablets, but also a resurgent interest in MIDI (not to give away the end) and a desire by owners of devices powered by Apple’s rival Android to find tools themselves. Traditional tools, too, make a strong showing – people still care about DAWs, about production. And affordable, do-everything tools fare well.

Hidden from this list are many other stories significant to me, though remembering just which occurred between January the first of last year and now strains my brain. (CDM is external memory.) If you recall a story that was significant to you on this site – or even one we missed – let us know.

In the meantime, here’s what the eyes of the Internet watched – ranked by page views in our analytics tool:


The Handheld Studio Evolves: Beatmaker 2 Developers Explain their iPhone Workflow


Touchable Music: At Last, Lemur’s Interactive Touch Controls Make it to iPad (Videos)


Music Patchwork: Ableton Makes Max for Live Cheaper, Showcases Creations by Henke, Hawtin, More


Spectral Layers Audio Editor Focuses on Editing Sound Visually, a la Photoshop


Mixing and Audio Interface, in the $450 MOTU Audio Express


Euclidean Rhythms in Ableton MIDI Clips for Polyrhythmic Good Times; Microtonal Operator


Tsutomu Katoh, Korg Founder and Chairman, Has Passed Away


Rumors Mounting for Imminent Logic Pro X, a la Final Cut Pro X; No-Brainer Speculation

Yup, those no-brainer predictions were … no-brainer predictions. Spoiler alert: Logic 9 and Updated MainStage on App Store, at Cut-Rate Prices


Mobile Korg Fun: Monotribe Adds Patterns and Sync, Wavedrum Mini is On-the-go Drum; Impressions


FL Studio Mobile, Now Available on iPhone, iPad; Sampling, Android Support to Come


Modeling Analog in a Digital Age: A Conversation with Universal Audio’s Chief Scientist; Gallery


Playing the City: An Eindhoven Pianola Makes Urban Landscape into Music


Expanding Touch and MIDI, Mobile iOS Control Gets More Mature in New and Updated Apps; Round-Up


Akai Turns an iPad Into a Full-Sized Music Keyboard: Akai SynthStation49


FL Studio “Fruity Loops” 10 Adds 64-bit Savvy, Smarter Editing, New Pitch, Time, and Harmony Add-ons


Apple Gets Into iPad Music with $5 GarageBand


Cubase 6: Amidst Familiar Leapfrog Features, A New Approach to Note-by-note Expression Editing


KORG monotron DUO, monotron DELAY Bring Fun Back, via Mono/Poly, MS Circuits and Pocket Size


Tempest, Roger Linn + Dave Smith Analog Drum Machine, is Official


Virtual DJ Controllers: New Hardware for Serato, Traktor from Pioneer, Numark


Useful Music Tools for Your Android Phone, and a New Sketchpad Joins Groovebox


Making Music with Free and Open Source Software: Top Picks from Red Hat, Dave Phillips


Learn Mastering Technique in Free Videos: Limiting, M/S, Dubstep Bass


Reason 6 Combines Record Features, Adds Effects; New Bundles and First Props Hardware Interface


First Look at Roland Jupiter-80, Images, and Reflections on the Jupiter Legacy


Native Instruments’ Razor Synth: Dubstep to Ambience, Free Tutorial and Loops


Android Adds USB Host + Audio, Open Hardware ADK with Arduino; Good News for Mobile Music


A Flute Made on a 3D Printer, and the Possibilities to Come


A Few Good TouchOSC Layouts, from Waldorf to Traktor to Ableton, and a Brief Rant


How to Use MIDI to Make an iPad More Musically Connected, Productive: Video, Resources

  • Jamsire Ernoir

    No Kronos????

  • Jamsire Ernoir

    Well, now that I think about it – you did give Korg some serious mentions!

  • peterkirn

    Uh, okay, like the headline and the body say — this is purely what people read, ranked by the number of views on individual articles. I can't control what people read. 😉

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  • Tony

    What about the Endeavour evo ? The Keyboard with multitouchable keys … I think this is a truly Innovation in 2011 all the other Things are just Updates on tech which has been there before. But a Keyboard like the evo has Never ever been there before… It is a truly innovation … Think of it!

  • Tony

    Oh Sorry … I did Not read that Ranking stuff … I reject the previous reply

  • So I would on the basis of this ranking dub 2011 "The Year Of A Ton Of People Bought An IPad And The Software That Rushed Into The Vacuum Thereby Created."  

    I think it was an excellent year for CDM, and I hope that it will continue to be successful and interesting.

  • Spazmatron

    I think the lesson here is:  if you want to increase traffic, do more “how to” stories. I read most of them already, but others might find cdm by googling “how to…”. 

  • technician4

    a little surprised the op-1 isn't there…

    • peterkirn

      Yeah, that's more that we didn't have a good story to attract lots of eyeballs. 😉 But we'll talk more about OP-1 in 2012.

  • John C

    we sadly lost Rei Harakami as well this year… but agreed it was leaps and bounds for what we do!

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