Video Games Live, Reviewed: Symphony Orchestra Gets Serious about Game Music

CDM’s resident game composer W. Brent Latta was lucky enough to get to see Video Games Live in Seattle, a major concert of game music, new and old. Unfortunately, concerts in other markets have been cancelled (see VGL announcement and a message from organizers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall), though hopes are high for more […]

Scoop: Future Brian Moore Guitar to Run MIDI + Audio Over USB

Since CDM broke details of the new Brian Moore USB-based guitar, many of you have been asking: if you can carry audio over a USB cable, why not simultaneous audio and MIDI data? With both, you could both record audio and control soft synths. Electric guitars, of course, don’t transmit MIDI directly since they’re analog […]

History of Electronic Music: Download the 1971 Film Strip

Ever thought you’d be downloading a film strip, as a QuickTime MPEG4, no less? Here’s a good excuse: the superb bending and DIY blog GetLoFi has posted a two-part history of electronic music film strip from 1971, authored by Nick Rossi. When they say “history,” they ain’t kiddin’: the strip starts 2600 years ago. As […]

Fake Science Launches Indie Music Store; SF Party

This Friday November 4, our friends at Fake Science Labs (home of some terrific podcasts) will be launching a new way for independent labels and artists to sell their music online. Here’s what’s revolutionary about it: $2 per EP (5 songs or less) / $5 per LP 60% of the money goes direct to the […]

Why USB Guitars are a Good Idea (And Digital Guitars in General)

If you haven’t been following the message threads about the iGuitar.USB, we’ve got a pretty good discussion going: see commentary on the original story and in response to our iGuitar.USB Q&A. So, why does a USB cable on a guitar make sense? While it’s not for everyone, basically it lets you plug and play your […]

TonePort USB Shipping; Computer Effects for Vocalists

When you hear live computer effects, the emphasis is almost always on guitarists. What about vocalists? Line6 is building vocal-centered effects into their eminently-affordable TonePort USB line, which (via Harmony Central) is shipping as of now. Starting at under US$200, a singer with a laptop and a good mic doesn’t have to balk at going […]

Review: Quantum Leap RA World Instrument Library

Film and video scoring aficionados out there, listen up. CDM’s W. Brent Latta takes on Quantum Leap RA from East West, a massive library of sampled world/ethnic instruments. As usual, it’s not just about the product itself: Brent offers some insight into music-making using this tool, and shares a really gorgeous melody he created on […]

Numark iDJ Reviewed by “Playlist”, Twice; Does Vinyl Beat `Pod?

Playlist, the iPod DJ club — and Playlist, the website, no relation — both take on the Numark iDJ iPod DJ mixer: Hands-on Numark iDJ Review by DJ Lisa Rocket, resident at the Playlist Club in London Numark iDJ Review by yours truly for Incidentally, everyone who goes to Playlist, the Philly and London […]

iGuitar.USB: More Questions Answered

A single-cable solution for connecting guitar via USB, as Brian Moore Guitars began shipping this week in the form of their custom iGuitar.USB axe, has a lot of appeal. But how practical would it be to use a USB guitar onstage or in the studio? I talked to Robin at the iGuitar factory headquarters to […]

iGuitar.USB USB Guitar Specs, Pricing, and Clarifications

Brian Moore doesn’t yet have a product page for the iGuitar.USB, but there are some details on their What’s Happening page. First off, it is Mac and Windows-compatible. And you’re not just limited to running audio through USB; via an optional RMC jack as featured on their other iGuitars, you can hookup to a Roland […]