Review: Arturia FX Collection 5, with new Bus PEAK, EXCITER-104

Arturia’s FX Collection has now hit version 5, bundling all the latest releases, refreshing existing plug-ins, and revealing two all-new effects: a clipper/limiter and an exciter.

Here, have the Chipmunks singing Philip Glass’ composition Koyaanisqatsi

Philip Glass’ score for 1982’s Koyaanisqatsi is deeply moving, sombre, arresting – but have you really even heard it until you’ve heard it performed by Alvin, Simon, Theodore?

22 epic, unreleased tracks from Kenya’s SLIKBACK, digital and vinyl

Speaking of Kenya and things happening this week, yesterday Kenya’s fiercely creative producer SLIKBACK dropped some 22 new tracks. Vinyl just arrived, but you can also soak in these in digital – either way, you have to hear them.

Juneteenth Liber8 is streaming now with Black Techno Matters

You can bring Juneteenth Black Techno Matters energy directly to your screen from live events across the US and an international livestream (Liber8URL). (Or if you’re in a host city, go in person.)

Gamepad Control for Ableton Live unlocks gamepads for music

Those Switch Pro, PlayStation4, PlayStation5, and Xbox Xs controllers are just sitting there, waiting to be used as a music input, right? Enter Gamepad Control, the latest Max for Live invention.

Geert Bevin, MPE innovator, tours Osmose keyboard and expression

Geert Bevin contributed to MIDI Polyphonic Expression’s development and helped champion its use. So who better than to try Expressive E’s unique Osmose keyboard and synth?

Review: Arturia AstroLab, the stage keyboard with Arturia instruments

Arturia’s first foray into integrated software and hardware has arrived, effectively packing the V Collection into a standalone keyboard. We turn to guest reviewer Benjamin Weiss for an independent perspective on how this instrument performs.

Erica Synths made a perfect Eurorack-ready breadboard DIY playground

Ready to play with (or teach) circuit design, experiment with Eurorack invention, or just learn more about sound and voltage? Erica Synths has outdone itself this time on its DIY line with a beautiful prototyping board complete with power, breadboard, and built-in functionality.

Enough!, compilation for Gaza, joined by call to sound from Dr. Ghassan

As the preventable crisis of starvation and death continues to play out in Gaza, the compilation “Enough!” begins with the words of a mother whose children were murdered. Mayss Naber from Jordan has assembled a massive roster of international and emerging artists, but crucially, this compilation also comes with a message from Dr. Ghassan Abu Sittah.

With Beam for Max, designing your own lighting instruments is a reality

Light, sound, and visuals finally come together in Max as people imagined. Beam for Max from Showsync is now in the Max Package Manager. And it fully integrates lighting instruments in your Max patches.