Pioneer DJ Goes Software; Making QWERTY Cool

Pioneer, known for their DJ software (and their superb video scratching hardware, the DXJ-X1 as covered here previously) have opted to release a software-only solution. But unless I’m missing something, the new DJS software has little going for it other than the Pioneer name. All the basics are here: MP3 support with built-in ripping, auto […]

Apple Brags About AU Plugins; Build One in 5 Steps

Updated: The plugin pictured here, as in the Apple story, is Urs Heckmann’s Filterscape. I ommitted a reference to his site. Urs has done some truly incredible things with AU and in plugin design in general; sorry I missed that. See comments for some heated discussion from developers on AU, from a number of angles. […]

Reverbs from the Next Room, Metal Tanks, European Cars, Woods, More

AudioEase’s Altiverb remains the king of the convolution reverbs, providing highly realistic recreations of reverberations and other sounds by digitally combining your source with a recorded impulse. Lately, they’ve been going mad for impulse response recordings, the samples that drive the convolutoin process. The original Altiverb was infamous for its creation not only of soaring […]

Palm/Treo Music: BeatPad Pattern Sequencer Exports to PC; New Pro Music Suite

A powerful music workstation in a handheld? Regular readers know that subway/airplane-friendly portable music creation is a reality, and here’s another tool for you. miniMusic helped launch the handheld music creation craze, and their Palm/Treo software just got a big update. BeatPad 1.1 is an update to miniMusic’s pattern sequencer. The “point-one” is actually a […]

Avoid Generation NEX; Get a Real NES for 8-bit Music

Reports keep coming in (along with several from readers): the next-generation Wi-Fi remake of the vintage Nintendo game system looks like a complete flop. Too bad: the idea itself, adding on features like wireless control, was appealing. But some of you are probably savvy enough to hack your own 2.4G wireless into the original. Of […]

Music as Game: Guitar Hero Ships (+ Hackable Controller?)

According to the folks at Penny Arcade, Guitar Hero has started to hit stores. A look at the guitar-playing game, and hints for hacking it into Max/MSP, after the break: Guitar Hero [Official Game Site]

Audio Damage Recreates Moog Filter Bank as Plugin

One of our favorite plugin developers has just launched a recreation of one of the greatest filters of all time. It’s the 907A Fixed Filter Bank, which recreates the classic filter bank on the Moog Modular synth’s 907A module. If you haven’t had the chance to play with a real 907A, there are plenty of […]

New USB Korg Keyboard Samples on SD, Has 90s-Vintage Sound Bank? [Updated]

GearJunkies has hit the rumor mill again with photos and specs on a new Korg keyboard called the TR. Apparently, it’s real — see the Japanese spec page. Built-in USB, pattern and groove sequencing, and basic sampling features with recording onto SD media could be cool. But here’s a back to the future moment for […]

9-String Bass God, Mario Bros Musician, Interviewed

Joe at Tinfoil points us to his interview with Jean Baudin, the 9-string bass geek whose masterful performance of the Super Mario Bros. theme song launched him to Internet superstardom. He even talks about an 11-string bass. Every wish you could route all 11 strings to a different surround speaker? Now that’d require one serious, […]

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 […]