Here’s an unexpected reissue: Japanese music maker Suzuki is celebrating the company’s 70th anniversary by bringing back the Omnichord, a unique 1981 electronic answer to the autoharp.
Synplant, mutation-based synth, to get alien-level cool Genopatch update
Sonic Charge’s Synplant, a plant-breeding instrument with a alien lab UI, remains one of the coolest soft synths of all time. And this year its developer promises an update with even more ways to grow your own patches. Meet Genopatch 1.0.
Waves goes subscription-only; upgrade plan renewals to end
Plug-in behemoth Waves has switched overnight to a subscription-only model. It’s also terminating its existing upgrade plans once they expire.
Today is the last day to get KORG M01D and DSN-12 for Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo is sunsetting its online shops for DS, 3DS, and WiiU today – which means it’s the last chance ever to grab two handheld synth gems from KORG and Detune.
Combining TouchDesigner and Ableton Live: free online workshop from Music Hackspace
What happens when you put the modular and generative visual powers of TouchDesigner together with the ubiquitous Ableton Live? Looks like you’ll have a chance to find out in a free workshop Saturday from London’s Music Hackspace, available online anywhere via Zoom.
Brahmaputra to AI: debashis sinha on practice, body, humanness, and his double release
Composer, producer, and percussionist debashis sinha delved into spiritual spaces of his ancestral India in a double-release from late last year. These projects interweave rhythm, mythology, decolonization, and artificial intelligence. We talk to Deb about his take on machine learning – uniquely humble and human just when we need it – and the significance of the sonic imagery on this album. He reflects on the process of making and meaning for these gorgeous releases.
Speldosa is a virtual music box from Klevgrand and Marble Machine creator Wintergatan
Production tool or stress relief? Maybe it’s both. Swedish artist Wintergatan, best known for the physical Marble Machine instrument, has worked with Klevgrand to create a software music box in plug-in and app format, and it’s just $6 during the intro.
Georgian-made Ambient audio is bringing home-grown modular to the Caucasus
Buy local: the world of gear for musicians is opening up to independent makers in more places. That includes Tbilisi-based Ambient audio, who are making everything from glowing and recycled patch cables to modular kits.
Noise Engineering’s latest Versio is Yester: three-tap delay with tons of controls
Yester Versio adds a bunch of sound-shaping and performance controls to a three-tap delay it what looks like a promising package. It’s the latest addition to Versio, their stereo module line that lets you swap firmwares at will – meaning you might just get this for free when it arrives this week.
ASM Hydrasynth 2.0: bit reducer, per-voice modulation, quantized LFO and ENV, more
ASM’s Hydrasynth is one of the most capable sound design instruments available now, packed with modulation features for its polyphonic architecture. Version 2.0 packs expanded memory and new modulation and envelope tools, including quantization and the ability to advance one at a time through their unique LFO Steps.