Totally tube-ular: weird and wonderful sounds of Erica’s new Fusion modular system

The synth world may be quieter this April, but that isn’t stopping the saturated, screaming sounds of tubes. Erica Synths have both a new system and new modules, true to their post-Communist, tube-loving legacy. I’m going to say some words, but let’s marvel for a moment at the grungy, powerful industrial instrumentalism here first: Tubes […]

Free modular: open source Mutable Instruments ports expanded in VCV Rack

As the TV car ads say – no money? No problem. VCV Rack can get you into some extraordinarily deep sound making for free. And thanks to a crowd funding effort, what’s available in the Audible Instruments range has expanded.

Free IAP sale: make your own split-screen music videos with Roland 4XCAMERA

You’ve seen those split-screen music videos. Now an app helps you make your own – and its normally paid in-app purchases are free for a limited time.

Where to start in Eurorack? This video makes you a Buchla Music Easel-style rig, but in modules

Eurorack may be known for its addictiveness, but some synth lovers suffer just as much for tyranny of choice. This tutorial cures both that and Buchla Music Easel envy.

When these 3 orchestras couldn’t play Beethoven in person, this artist took them to 360 VR

Three orchestras in Berlin had a concert that was the victim of social distancing. Artist Lucas Gutierrez was able to give them a new, virtual home together – and it’s Pastoral gone pastel, in 360 degrees.

Free software lets you recreate the MPC2000XL drum machine

If you miss the classic MPC – or never owned one and want to experience it for yourself – this is the nearest thing to having the hardware in front of you, for free.

Free book traces the revolutionary link of graphic to sound, in Xenakis, UPIC, and legacy

Electronic sound is in theory a limitless blank canvas. Iannis Xenakis and his work imagine what image of sound could fill that page – and leaves a legacy that’s still radical today.

Elektron’s Overbridge 2 is here, promises to deliver on ambitious machine-computer integration

For Elektron’s flagship instruments, Overbridge has evolved from a way of solving routing to a full-functioning computer portal to their machines.

Adam Jay on building live techno sets on Elektron gear – and why you should stay punk

The system has failed us, but not Adam Jay. He’s here to show us how he rigs up his latest live techno sets. And he can make 3 tiny waveforms on a $300 Elektron make you want to dance.

Rekordbox 6: Ableton Link, sync with Dropbox and Beatport and promos, find lost tracks, more

Pioneer’s Rekordbox continues its play to be the DJ software to beat – and there’s a ton of stuff in the latest release pretty much everyone will want, from cloud and mobile sync all the way up to some powerful live visual features. There’s a ton of stuff here, whether you’re primarily using Rekordbox as […]