Don’t overlook the UNO Synth Pro. This digital-analog hybrid synth is accessible and full of character – and it’s discounted now. So that’s a perfect time for a full guide to what it can do. We’ve partnered with IK Multimedia to give you detailed tips on working with this instrument.
Free Touch Me gives you instant hands-on control of parameters in Ableton Live
Touch a parameter in Live, then take control with MIDI – one at a time. It’s on-the-fly MIDI mapping, without the MIDI maps, and it’s free in the latest ElisabethHomeland gem.
Little Radiator is free now – plus Soundtoys sale, and native Ableton UI wrapper by Elisabeth
Here’s some Soundtoys goodness to end the year. You can grab the Little Radiator modeled preamp plug-in entirely for free, there’s a sale on, plus from third-party maker ElisabethHomeland you can get a set of handy UI wrappers for Ableton Live, too.
Get Rudolph’s red nose as a free Ableton Live Pack, courtesy Brian Funk
Long-running Ableton Live guru Brian Funk has made a holiday tradition of releasing freebies. He’s outdone himself this year, by turning the sound of Rudolph’s nose in the 1964 TV special into a complete Live Instrument Pack.
“Words become plastic”: Stephen Mallinder, Cabaret Voltaire founder, polymath, interviewed
He’s been a vocalist (as a founding member of Cabaret Voltaire), a lyricist, a vocalist. But if you know the incredible Mal from his past, you don’t want to miss his latest, either – the groove is alive on the wonky disco Tick Tick Tick, ““cowbell on every track, and entirely no reverb.” David Abravanel shares words with the wordsmith and frontman.
‘Tis the season for ambient: bliss out to AV magic by SUIGETSU + DEFASTEN (with Notch)
When you think Christmas, you envision floating cyborg skulls with glowing wires and then let yourself drift off to some dense ambient pads, right? Well – this is for you. And stick around for a Notch download, visualists!
Novation Circuit Tracks update follows Circuit Rhythm – here’s what to know
Okay, this is not a drill – time to hit the studio, load up all those firmware updates, hit the books, hone the chops, work on the tracks, finish the tracks and new jams. Invite friends (uh, once the chops are up). And so we’ve got a new Circuit Tracks update (the dark gray one) with musical workflow updates from Novation, right on the heels of the epic Circuit Rhythm update (the silver one). Go!
Sinevibes Vague plug-in, binaural diffusion, is like going nuts with early reflections: review
What if you could take the early reflections part of a digital reverb, and turn it into an undulating, stereo-phasing, diffusing blurring granulating unison alchemic wonder? And what if you could give it an easy-to-grok UI? Sinevibes did just that, and the results are unlike anything else.
Emmanuel De La Paix’s Terre brûlée, scorched-earth post-ambient: interview, video premiere
Pulsing with electronic punctuation, fuzzy layers and distorted pianos across expansive introspective surfaces, Emmanuel De La Paix on Terre brûlée charts richly imaginative narrative ambient. We caught up with the Zurich-based artist to premiere the cinematic “Heathen” video, reflect on life and December breaks, and get an eclectic end-of-year playlist refresh.
Free Arturia’s MS-20 filter plug-in out now – here’s how to get started with it
The KORG MS-20 has long been the cure for the common filter. Arturia has now made their model of it available as an independent plug-in, packed with extras, so you can use it anywhere. And for a limited time, it’s free, so let’s grab it and have a look and how to get going.