Open music gear: Bastl Instruments schematics on GitHub

Music gear and modular maker Bastl Instruments have been dedicated to DIYers and open source hardware since the start. But today they’ve done a major dump of circuits that tinkerers will want to check out.

Free VCV Rack modular platform adds plug-in DAW integration, more

VCV Rack is still in a pre-release, beta cycle – but it’s already up and running with a vision of what an open platform for software modular could look like. With 0.6.0, the software integrates with your DAW and manages third-party modules more easily.

SoundCloud adds scheduled releases, in creator and podcaster focus

SoundCloud last summer rescued its future financially and promised a renewed focus on creators. The first small steps of that creator focus are starting to appear – including one small but useful addition.

Korg’s Monopoly board game crossover isn’t even an April Fools’ joke

Happy 1st of April! Mono/Poly synth, Monopoly board game – get it? Oh, wait. Actually, they’re serious. KORG are doing a complete reskin of their Mono/Poly synth for iOS to look like the classic board game.

Inside a new immersive AV system, as Brian Eno premieres it in Berlin

“Hexadome,” a new platform for audiovisual performance and installation began a world-hopping tour with its debut today – with Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers the opening act.

Route audio from anywhere to anywhere in Ableton, free

The quiet addition of arbitrary audio routing in Max for Live in Live 10 has opened the floodgates to new tools. This one free device could transform how you route signal in the software.

At Superbooth, expect new synth news, and grand instrumentalism

From a crowded stand in Frankfurt to a sprawling show in East Berlin, Superbooth has become a modular mecca and the premiere synthesizer summit on the world calendar.

Watch an Ableton Loop talk that connects polyrhythms, synesthesia

How are the Harmony of the Spheres, Isaac Newton, and polyhythms connected? Strap in for a journey with musician Adam Neely.

Moog recreate their 70s Minimoog Model D as an iOS app

Knob for knob, detail for detail, the new Minimoog app looks like the original and models the model D circuitry. But the iPad/iPhone recreation also adds some new tricks.

Finally, a new controller for your feet, for software or hardware

Until we evolve more arms, foot controllers are very necessary. So it’s nice to see a new entry for both software and hardware control, in the form of the Nektar PACER.