Soundtoys VST3 beta (with M1+M2) arrives – here’s a round-up of sound design tips and tricks

Soundtoys VST3 public beta is here, for both macOS and Windows but crucially with Apple Silicon VST3 support on the Mac. And since I use their stuff an embarrassing amount of the time, let’s round up some tips.

Watch this video with tricks to get more out of KORG’s west-coast volca modular

It’s still some of the most fun you can get with patching on a budget – KORG’s volca modular. But if you need some new ideas, Audio Wanderer has some cute ones.

New Noise Engineering modules, new platform: multiband dynamics, drum kit

One of the most creative modular and software makers at the moment, Noise Engineering has two very desirable-looking modules hitting today. And there’s a new “platform” concept behind them, too – one that might help you keep your modules fresh.

Nina, 12-voice analog polysynth with motorized controls, now in preorders

What’s new in analog synths? Melbourne Instruments has one answer – a luscious vintage-inspired poly that adds path recall and automation. That’s motorized automation. And now they’re accepting pre-orders.

Stable Diffusion, the slick generative AI tool, just launched and went live on GitHub

You’ve almost certainly already seen a torrent of high-quality text-to-image generation pics lately. Now one of the most impressive generative tools has published code and opened up to academic researchers. It’s called Stable Diffusion – and you’ll probably be hearing a lot more soon.

Make your own MIDI-to-CV adapter in a skull, with a 3D printer and CircuitPython

Liz Clark over at Adafruit has a great DIY project. It’s compact. It’s beginner-friendly. It teaches you some simple embedded Python with Circuit Python. It’s… a skull.

ALM ASQ-1 is a cute modular step sequencer with SH-101-style, drum trigger modes

ALM / Busy Circuits out of the UK has some tasty-looking new modular gear, including a very friendly little sequencer. You’ll find dual filters and stereo multi-effects added to their range, as well.

The Daily Show takes on the Black and gay origins of house music

“You’ve never heard me say – surprise, it’s Caucasians!” The always-on-point Roy Wood Jr. tackles the origins of house music for general audiences on The Daily Show. And while you likely know that history, this one is well worth a watch.

Looom for iOS makes animating like playing a musical instrument, now with major update

It’s exactly how musicians would want to think about animation. Time loops, free or bpm-synced, and you explore visual rhythm through lines, shapes, colors, and improvisatory gestural doodles. Looom is a total gem of an app – and this summer’s update transforms it into a serious and approachable pro tool.

A DIY violin with a spring reverb tank inside

A funny thing happened on the way to the digital instrument age – builders rediscovered novel acoustic and electroacoustic inventions, too. Take this gorgeous example by builder/composer/musician David Hilowitz. And it all started with a broken amp part.