For Nolan, Zimmer, creating suspense in time with sound design

From timbre to form and even pitch, everything we do in sound and music is about time. And hit movie Dunkirk offers some accessible examples of that.

Syntronik is the new monster softsynth from IK; hear from its creator

IK Multimedia’s all-new Syntronik isn’t just one vintage synth – it’s up to 38 of those, plus loads of filters and effects, in one plug-in package.

Skinnerbox get their hands on Roland’s SE-02, which isn’t a Minimoog

Our friends Skinnerbox get their hands on Roland’s SE-02 – the Boutique series collaboration with Studio Electronics. Just don’t call it a Minimoog clone.

Roland’s SH-010 looks like a 101 reboot, latest Boutique

It seemed inevitable since Roland first announced its Boutique series: of course Roland would at some point remake the SH-101.

Learn how to make trippy oscilloscope music with this video series

Call it stimulated synesthesia: there’s something really satisfying when your brain sees and hears a connection between image and sound. And add some extra magic when the image is on an oscilloscope. A new video series on YouTube shows you how to make this effect yourself.

Open thread – methods for backing up and archiving work

In this age of fast connection speeds, dirt-cheap drive costs, and commodity online storage and bandwidth, why would anyone not have a backup routine?

How sound takes Lvis Mejía from Mexico to a collective unconscious

In Mexican artist Lvis Mejía’s imagination, the ritual of sound blinks from Peruvian shamans to the Berlin zoo. We talked to him about his new work. It’s an experience of shared culture, collective unconscious – and a tale of assembling a career and collective between Mexico and Europe. Born in Mexico but with his career […]

SoundCloud tries to allay fears, but streaming needs a business model

SoundCloud’s CEO published a post saying SoundCloud is here to stay and uploads are safe. But it isn’t just SoundCloud’s business that’s troubled.

Here’s how to download your own music from SoundCloud, just in case

SoundCloud’s financial turmoil has prompted users to consider, what would happen if the service were switched off? Would you lose some of your own music?

With Japan’s latest Vocaloid characters, another song from the future

It’s a cyber-technological future you can live now: a plug-in using sophisticated samples and rules that can make a plug-in sing like a Japanese pop star.