The best Memorial Day deals on music gear to shop today and this week

You can BBQ and think about synths. Memorial Day in the USA is bringing a bunch of music tech discounts – including some surprisingly steep ones. Here’s a guide.

Kyoka on the new Ableton Push; approaching Push as an instrument

How does the new Ableton Push perform as an instrument – with those new expressive pads? We invited artist Kyoka (Raster) to try out Push in live improvisation.

Polish chemist Jan Czochralski, joysticks and patch points spawned this drum machine

Start with a chemical process that grows crystals and silicon for semiconductors, build a multi-layered 6-7 voice drum machine around it, cover it with patch points and clusters of knobs and joysticks, and you get the Czochralski¬†cells. It’s a complex drum machine rather unlike anything before it.

Bandcamp workers won their union – and it could be a sign of things to come

Bandcamp United announced late last week that Bandcamp workers had voted to unionize. In a year that’s bringing deep economic uncertainties and layoffs, there’s one more hopeful narrative for workers: the organizing movement is growing.

Here’s what’s in Apple’s Logic Pro for iPad – and it’s more than you probably think (first impressions)

It’s been a long time coming, but Logic Pro’s leap to the iPad is an impressive one. You get a most of the editing, mixing, instruments, and effects that you have on desktop – provided you’ve got an iPad capable of running it. And it’s a killer environment for third-party iOS plug-ins, to boot. Here’s what’s inside.

Inside the new Ableton Push: all the technical details so far, from I/O to Max for Live

The new Push represents a technical leap forward for Ableton, both in terms of its upgradeable, Intel-based standalone architecture and its new pad sensor tech. I got a chance to speak to the folks at Ableton about some of those details, and how the hardware evolved. We also have some early answers for those curious about connecting gear or developing in Max for Live.

The new Ableton Push 3, at a glance: standalone, new pads, new platform

Ableton today introduced their long-awaited third-generation Push hardware. The layout and functionality are familiar, but there’s new hardware including new pads, MPE support, and audio + CV + MIDI connectivity, plus standalone operation and upgradeability. CDM has talked to Ableton and tested the gear with prerelease software.

Dark, eerie, modular sonic adventures from Tehran and the Caspian shore: bernisaun

Sound recordist, producer, audiovisual producer, and modular experimentalist Behrooz Farahani is spinning deep ambient excursions live in modular. And sometimes there’s literal spinning.

BOSS is bringing back an 80s Roland rackmount delay in a collab with the late Eddie Van Halen

Meanwhile, at Roland… Check your bingo cards, because I’ve got … “the 1980s…” … “digital” … “Roland rackmount digital delays” … “BOSS” … “floor pedal” and … “Eddie Van Halen.” Who has bingo?

Hands on: Soundtoys SuperPlate is five plate reverbs in one – and delivers on nuance

In the midst of lots of splashy effects, Soundtoys’ latest is an exercise in subtlety and precision. These plates are as lush as you’d expect, but they stand apart in giving you detailed control over their results.