Max/MSP Resource Roundup: Computer Music Special [Updated]

Welcome, Computer Music readers — feel free to drop me a line. Here’s a roundup of Max/MSP resources, as a companion to the feature story on Max I wrote for Computer Music Magazine. Max is a deep, deep program, but to get you started, I’ve lined up: Unusual controllers for performance (tablets to game controllers) […]

Build Your Own Minimoog; What Makes it Special

Little late on this, but Matrixsynth last week points to a DIYer who built a Minimoog clone. Doesn’t look entirely completed, but it’s certainly an interesting idea . . . except that if you’ve got this much time, why not build something new? The Packrat cartoon by David Lovelace has something to say on the […]

Yale School of Music Free; Rest of Students in Rising Debt

Going to The Yale School of Music? Here’s some good news: the Associated Press reports that, thanks to an anonymous $100 million donation, advanced music studies will be tuition-free. (via) The 200-student school was already an elite institution; now you can expect it to be more so. Yale isn’t the only institution to have free […]

Guide to Free VST Instruments and Effects: Rocketloop

While we’re on the subject of free, here’s a massive collection of free VST plugins for Mac and Windows: Rocketloop It’s really great to see everything in one place; makes it much easier to navigate to what you need. Unlike some other sites, Rocketloop is perfect for window browsing. You’ll stumble across imaginative synths like […]

Video of Music-Synced Christmas Lights; How to Do It?

Kevin of The Nettles has this quandary about music-synchronized Christmas lights: There’s this Xmas lights video (make sure that you have your sound on): Wizards of Winter [new, better link] Lots of other video links to crazy Christmas light displays [Ed: Updated those links; thanks Afro! -PK] Do you happen to know the origins of […]

Best of the Rest: Baby Synth Lovers, Keytar Swords, Synth Holiday Cheer

If I ran a giant blogging empire like Weblogsinc or Gawker, I’d have to pimp my other sites right now, like “Here’s the hottest news from the Facial Tissues Blog” or something. I’m glad I don’t have such an empire, because instead we can waste productivity looking at this great stuff: Tiny Tot Synth Lovers: […]

DEMX Awards Honor (Dubious) Digital Music Tech

GarageSpin has been covering the Digital Entertainment & Media Excellence Awards in the music category. Awards for digital innovation? Great idea! The only problem: the winners make no sense. Motorola’s iRadio wins the radio category, for instance, even though it’s basically marketing at this point — there’s no shipping product. It still managed to beat […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Best Digital Music Picks from

Online exclusive: Kicking off this week’s guide to holiday gifts, Theresa Orlando joins us from Female Theresa’s site and studio help young female musicians like vocalist Ashley Jewdy (shown) hone their craft and digital studio skills. Theresa brings us some of her favorite picks for musicians, including a book/video on breathing technique for singers, […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Best Gift Guides on the Web

Readers sent in so many ideas for gifts that I’m still digging through them; watch today/tomorrow. But here’s the latest from some of CDM’s favorite sites. And if your favorite gifts didn’t make the cut, there’s still time to email me / hit comments. Music thing Gift Guide (pictured): Just in case your wallet escaped […]

Blogger-sphere Down?

Matrix from the Matrixsynth blog tells us his site (and other sites like Music thing) are down, kaput, inaccessible. I’m having the same issue with their sites. Matrix asked me to pass this along to the rest of you, so here you are.