CDM Non-Daily in January

As I'm at the Yaddo Colony working on a collaborative project with choreographer Christopher Williams, updates will be more sporadic in the month of January. I have a lineup of guest writers, particularly for the weeks of Macworld and NAMM (including writers at the show), and will write when I can. February 1 CDM will again be publishing daily. We'll have at least once-weekly roundups of news as well plus my Gizmodo feature. If you'd like to be kept up to date on this and other matters, register on the site and you'll be added to an extremely infrequent mailing …

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Macworld Rumors: GarageBand 2, Orchestral Jam Pack

Times have changed: some of the Macworld Expo rumor mill's hottest buzz is all about audio. Think Secret reports that the Mac shindig this month will be host to a new version of Apple GarageBand as well as a new orchestral loop and instrument library, Jam Pack 4. (What will orchestral loops sound like, though, I wonder?) Believability on this one is pretty high: iLife is due for an update and Apple is nearly certain to introduce an audio interface given that it's going after Web sites over that rumor. Are you going to Macworld Expo? If you are, join …

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Stewart Copeland on Inside Mac; Setup Described

Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police and leading film composer (Wall Street, Pecker, many others) as well composer for ballet and opera, talks to Inside Mac Radio's Scott Shepard in an interview posted today. [ Show notes and downloadable MP3 ] Copeland was a keynote speaker at the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, an appearance I wrote up for the February Keyboard Magazine. Copeland's setup isn't all Mac: he uses a PC to run Tascam's Gigastudio sampling software, controlled from his primary G5 tower. He is, however, a longtime user of the Mac-only MOTU Digital Performer, joining other film composers …

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Electronic Music Pioneer Dave Smith

Today on my weekly 'Economy of Scales' segment for Gizmodo, I take a closer look at Dave Smith's new analog/digital-hybrid keyboard. How did Dave earn the "pioneer" title? His background includes co-founding Sequential, makers of the classic Prophet synth, and a leading role in the creation of MIDI, as well as fathering the Korg Wavestation. Further reading: Dave Smith's history, as told through his own Ego Museum Roger Linn and Dave Smith, interview for Red Bull Music Academy Dave Smith, interview with MacMusic Sequential Circuits history at Synthmuseum Prophet 5 resources

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High-Quality iPod Recording Hack

iPods curently record at only a 8kHz sampling rate, unsuitable even for clear dialog recordings. That's kept me on a MiniDisc as my primary recording medium for music and even interviews. However, Phillip Torrone points out at hack-a-day, you can get around this limitation by installing iPodLinux on your iPod. That's a little less scary now that the hack supports choosing between Linux and Apple's software each time you start up. More interesting is why Apple disabled it in the first place: technical oversight, or intended to prevent bootlegs of concerts? Either way, let's hope this gets worked out in …

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DJing as Reality TV: Oakenfold on Spike

Reality television has finally come to DJing, with a new show on Spike TV called The Club, featuring DJ Paul Oakenfold. Oakenfold's spinning skills will be featured alongside the adventure of managing and marketing nightlife at Ice in Las Vegas. Shure is using the show as a chance to push their line of turntable cartridges — not your everyday product placement. CDM is holding out for an all analog synth version of Pimp My Ride, but until then, The Club starts January 2 on cable here in the USA. Hey, you! In the back! Stop the comments about a slow …

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Free Mackie Tracktion Download Ends 12/31

If you've been waiting to download a free copy of Mackie's incredible audio/MIDI application Tracktion discussed here on CDM, do it now: Tracktion is available free only until 12/31. After that, you're limited to downloading a demo version that introduces white noise after 2 weeks of use. (The free version is fully functional forever.) Mackie will show version 2.0 of Tracktion at the NAMM conference late in January; we'll have more details of the new version then. Tracktion Free Offer Download (Mac/Win)

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What You Really Wanted for Christmas

Based on a poll of a few weeks ago, it's clear what CDM readers wanted under the tree Saturday. So I've decided to give it to you — virtually speaking, anyway — based on the top three winners. The Readers' Choice goes to: Fairlight CMI: The original ultimate digital synth/sampling workstation (shown); while it's not worth its original $50,000 list, it's still in the "costs as much as a car" range. Read about it at Music Thing's Fairlight CMI Week, then check out the extensive details at Holmes Page. There are enough images there that you can, er, pretend you …

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Teaser: Dave Smith Evolver Analog Keyboard

'Twas the night before Christmas, that the folks at Dave Smith Instruments let their new 4-voice analog keyboard out of the bag. Like the Evolver rack, the keyboard coming at the NAMM show next month will have real analog circuitry, a MIDI-synced analog-style sequencer, and extensive effects and editing parameters. Of course, there are the stats will really care about: 78 knobs, 58 switches, blinking LFO and sequence blue LEDS, and backlit wheels. Analog synthesis remains alive and well, folks, for those who can afford it. Product name and pricing TBA; more details soon.

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Free Carillon Bell/Chime Synth (Win)

Carillon is a free Windows VST plugin from Tweakbench: analog-modeled bells and chimes plus chorusing and reverb. Sounds fantastic. Plenty of other free stuff over there for Windows users, so check it out! Yes, it's a bit late if you're ready for some Nutcracker or other Christmas bell ringing, but why not celebrate the 12 days of Christmas?

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