Xbox 360 Launch: A New Digital Music Platform is Born

Xbox 360 is here — and with it has brought major hype, major shortages, and armed robbery of new systems. We’re going to assume that must mean it’s a big deal. Resident gaming expert W. Brent Latta looks at what the Xbox 360 might mean for digital music with a roundup of past coverage. But […]

Fender’s Keychain Pocket Tuner; Guitar Tuner Roundup

You’ve officially lost your excuse for being out of tune. Thanks to the wonders of modern science, you can now tune with your: iPod, via iRocker Mac/PC guitar effects software using tools like the built-in tuner included in Guitar Rig 4-track digital recorder thanks to Korg’s D4 Portable audio recorder using the built-in tuner included […]

Lounge Lizard EP-3 Modeled Electric Piano Coming Soon

Updates to favorite keyboard soft synths — always a good thing. In addition to looking forward to Native Instruments’ sequel to their B4 organ synth, another modeled-instrument fave is getting a big upgrade soon: Lounge Lizard EP-3 The current Lounge Lizard is already a joy to play: Applied Acoustics nails the feel and sound of […]

Happy Thanksgiving, America!

To our American readers, a very Happy Thanksgiving! And to everyone else, we’ll be having an extra slice of pumpkin pie for you. Synthesizer lovers, yes, you can find Thanksgiving music arranged for synthesizers. God Bless the Internet. But Thanksgiving has another deep significance for us at CDM: it’s a celebration of lip-syncing. Or, at […]

Native Instruments B4 II Organ Soft Synth

Native Instruments’ beloved B4 organ soft synth now has a sequel, available now. The B4 II is a major overhaul of emulated organ, with a new “more authentic” sound and features. Building on Native’s success emulating amps and effects in Guitar Rig, B4 II has a new emulated tube amp, spring reverb, and studio reverb. […]

Superstar VJ: The Animated Comic!

The day after I do a VJ roundup, my friend Holly Daggers has turned VJing into a graphic novel. It’s wetcircuits presents VJ comix, a Flash-animated color comic book about the on-the-road life of a superstar VJ. Busta Rhymes, Miri Ben Ari, and All Mighty Senators are featured, plus a tour of unknown origin by […]

Music Luggage: Moog Gig Bag

The life of a mobile musician one can be a trying one: you always wind up with a few extra pieces of gear that don’t quite fit in your bags. That’s why, even if you don’t own any Moog gear, the new Moog multi-purpose gig looks promising. Thick foam dividers and shell keep your musical […]

Take My Breath Away: Waves Vocal Effects Bundle

Waves, the people behind some highly-respected, extremely high-end audio processing effects, have turned their attention to singers. The new Vocal Bundle includes some old favorites, plus relatively new automatic tuning and pitch correction and breath removal plugins. The bundle includes: Tune Automatic pitch correction and “melody transformation.” (also available separately for US$600 list) DeBreath Breath […]

Miniature Studios: Gear Lust Meets Toys ‘R Us

Music thing, you’ve got us beat on this one. Our friend Tom Whitwell has gone completely crazy for miniature synthesizer toys. I’m almost scared to look at your site for fear of what freakishly detailed toy synth setup will appear next, Tom. I’ve got nothing on this, so let’s just look at CDM’s toy moments […]

Live Visuals / VJing Resources Mega-Roundup

Welcome, Keyboard Laptops Live and Computer Music Readers! Feel free to say hi and check out the rest of the site. Photo: Vello Virkhaus with Red Hot Chili Peppers in London (thanks, Vello!) Live visuals for keyboardists? Absolutely: if you’ve got MIDI chops, slick new tools can help you tickle projected imagery while you tickle […]