Support the people of Beirut: music to discover, ways to give to vulnerable communities

This week saw a catastrophic explosion atop layers of existing crises in Beirut. From Lebanese artists – and their extended family of music makers around the world – comes an answer in sound, and a call for help.

Bandcamp Friday is a chance to support Iranian music artists, too

Like a peak-season bounty of fruits and vegetables, music is a haul that’s never too bountiful. So since we’ve featured a lot of music from Iranian artists lately, here are picks from Iran.

Free sounds and samples in Ableton Live, powered by commons and community

Freesound4live brings the incredible and eclectic open sound community freesound.org right into your Ableton Live session – so you can access sounds and new inspiration quickly, for free. The Max for Live device is the work of Alessandro Aylesim Miracapillo. And this is both convenient and unlike any other sample tool. You can browse, search, […]

Get your acid workout, virus be damned, with Detroit-Berliner DJ T-1000’s “Body Signal”

A lot of the hardest-working DJs and most loving dancers are grounded now in the fight against the pandemic. But don’t let that mean you miss your workout. This is the EP we need right now.

Gorgeous Hydrasynth polysynth adds tuning tables, distortion, more

The Hydrasynth’s wave morphing polyphony is yours for a street price of around $1300. Now alternative tunings and extra features make that more appealing. Here’s a look.

Make your own Launchpad instrument with Novation’s free r_cycle, step by step

Novation Launchpad hardware + free Pd software + free r_cycle library = make any control layout and custom instrument or effect you want. Part 2 of the how-to is now up.

Bastl’s new Midilooper is like a Loop Station… for MIDI jamming

After three years of development, testing, and messing around with it in their own live performances, Bastl say they’ve hit on a recipe for making audio-style looping work with MIDI.

OB-Xd 2.0: Open Oberheim-inspired synth for Mac, Windows, Linux adds loads of improvements

discoDSP just released 2.0 of their open-source plug-in inspired by the Oberheim OB-X, with new features, Linux and high-res display support, and more.

BRDG stream from Tokyo is a hyperactive extravaganza of audiovisual madness

Stream burnout is real. But Wedneday’s visual effects-heavy AV lineup from Tokyo is a shot of adrenaline mixed with sugar. On twice: Tokyo time 20:30, again Berlin time 21:00. Ted Pallas reports.

OSC/PILOT is a new Windows touch controller app – and deadmau5 is already using it

deadmau5 is releasing the app he’s torture-tested in his live shows, OSC/PILOT. It’s like a Windows-only successor to Lemur, with some powerful features, developed by one of the developers behind TouchDesigner.