AIMP is the MP3 player, reborn – and it’ll look like a gorgeous vintage Soviet tape player, too

2020 is the year enthusiasts revived their love of downloaded music – thanks, Bandcamp. So now we just need a player to match, whether you miss Winamp – or even if you miss vintage Soviet hi-fi machines.

Music-making platform Output just got a $45 million investment

Software maker Output got a very big investment for growth – $45 million Series A funding from Summit Partners. Here’s what it may mean, direct from the source.

The most from the least: looping, sound creation, modules, and more with Václav

With beautiful sounds to dream away this autumn, tutorials in both fundamental techniques and “cheap tricks,” our dear friend Václav Peloušek from Bastl Instruments is here with inspiration for your music-making adventures.

Hidden sound wonders of the Prophet-5, in videos

It might be a 1978 creation, but in its authentic reboot, the Sequential Prophet-5 still has sonic territory to discover. We turn to our friend Chris Stack of ExperimentalSynth to take us to those outer worlds.

This bulbous-looking instrument is made for music therapy and inclusive design, too

Musicians already know well this feeling of expressing with an instrument what words cannot. The open Omniphone instrument does that for some of the people who may desire it most – but who are too often left at the sidelines of music technology.

Premiere: Take a contemplative minimalist moment with Saele Valese on NOTON

You deserve a break. Make it happen with some chilled-out, pared-down percussion (courtesy Saele Valese) with flickering, Aurora Borealis visuals (via Markus Heckmann) on NOTON, Carsten Nicolai’s imprint.

The Theremin is 100 years old, and Moog is celebrating with new Claravox instrument

The Theremin blew up 100 years of electronic musical instruments, so what better way to celebrate than honoring its grand diva, Clara Rockmore?

Deep dive: Modulation and technique, with Moog Matriarch

Understanding modulation allows you to explore a new synth as an instrument. We invited artist Lars Hemmerling to patch Moog’s Matriarch – both as a showcase for what it can do, and to see techniques that can apply to electronic performance in the broader context.

Deep dive: Master the Moog Matriarch – Guide

The Moog Matriarch is a unique encapsulation of Moog’s modular history in an instrument. Following up on our conversation with the engineers, here’s a guide to getting its capabilities underneath your fingers.

Novation-Aphex Twin AFX Station synth is here – so what is it, exactly?

After weeks of teasing, Novation and Aphex Twin have revealed their collaboration, the limited edition AFX Station synth.