MiniBrute V, a modeled software rendition of Arturia’s baby wonder

Arturia’s virtualization of its instruments continues. Following MiniFreak V, they’ve now turned to the compact analog MiniBrute keyboard, modeling the synth’s analog circuitry and adding polyphony and digital effects.

CRUM2 “generative percussive harmonic device” with lush design

A dream team of designers has gathered in the north, producing a swoon-worthy, ultra-sexy instrument that looks straight off the set of a high-budget new sci-fi show. CRUM2 is just a series of images but with Analog Sweden, Hultén, and Nyström signed on and these pics, who can resist?

Remake Live 12 with retro refinement: updated workstation, ultra-dark themes

If you’re staring at Ableton Live for extended periods of time, why not dress it up so it has all the panache of a high-end 90s UNIX workstation? DeafMan’s retro-chic theme collections have now been rebooted for Live 12, where they look better than ever.

RNBO 1.3.0, now a powerful RasPi raw MIDI tool – plus, chats with Max artists

Cycling ’74 quietly released an update for RNBO, their tool for patching sound for web, plug-ins, and hardware. Here’s a look at what’s new, plus their lovely Office Hours series with artists like Jessica Ekomane and Suren Senevirante (My Panda Shall Fly).

Landscape’s Ferrous, an electro-mechanical resonator for strings

In collaboration with SF builder and experimental sound artist Victoria Shen, Ferrous from Landscape is a “Spinning Magnetic String Resonator.” It works by making a disc with magnets whirl around, activating strings on various instruments.

Analog Waveguide module uses 1971 theory to make a killer resonator

It’s 2024’s newest Eurorack module from CHAIR, The Center for Haptic Audio Interaction Research. But the inspiration dates back to some 1970s magazines and analog signal processing theory. What you get is an amazing physical modeling resonator for patching that sounds extraordinary. In a world of sound-alike gear, this is just the sort of experimental […]

Orange dots, begone! Apple adds privacy indicator hiding in Sonoma 14.4

Live visual artists, visual producers, media artists, VJs – the best news from Apple this month for us is that the company has added the ability to turn off the orange dots that appear when an audio input is active.

Arturia PolyBrute 12: 3-mode poly aftertouch expression, 12 voices

You dreamt of it; it’s here. Arturia has unveiled a beast of a flagship. More than just a 12-voice version, the PolyBrute 12 is a deep instrument with 3-mode poly aftertouch and MPE for expression and imaginative morphing and control.

Rekordbox 7: cleaner UI, “vastly improved” CPU, easier prep

Rekordbox 7 from AlphaTheta (née Pioneer DJ) promises to address the biggest needs for the popular DJ software and CDJ prep tool. The UI is cleaned up and more flexible, prepping cues is less of a chore, and at last the company says it won’t slam your CPU like past versions. And yes, this is yet another music software update touting machine learning functionality, though what’s there looks potentially useful.

Polyend Tracker+: stereo everything, USB audio, more engines, more

Polyend’s Tracker+ completely enhances the standalone stereo sampler, sequencer, synth, and drum machine all-in-one. There’s more of everything: stereo sampling and playback, USB audio, more synth and drum machine engines, and expanded tracks and memory sample. At $/€799, it’s looking really competitive – and those new engines with this full-sized grid also bring back some of what was great about Polyend’s classic Medusa.