PitchWeb: Jam Online Tonight

Sorry for the late notice, but just found this myself: tonight 6-8 pm Eastern USA time, you can jam along with other online musicians via the Web-based instrument PitchWeb. Let us know if you try it, because up until moments ago I knew nothing about this. This doubles as a virtual book launch party, to […]

Mailbag Monday: Mastering on SONAR instead of Pro Tools

Pierre Hilaire writes: Thank you for taking my e-mail. I am a Recording Engineer who has [Cakewalk] SONAR Producer Edition Software. Can I Master songs on SONAR? I know the ideal mastering tool is Pro Tools, but how about SONAR? This sounded like an important opportunity to correct some common misinformation — namely, that Pro […]

Hunting the Drum Buddy and Miss Pussycat

We’re going to need a “Where are they now?” edition for bizarre instrument design projects. Case in point: the Drum Buddy. Reader “fer” writes, succinctly, “wassup with this?” The answer, fer, is wassup indeed. This strange light-powered instrument had its fifteen seconds of fame on the Music Thing blog last summer, but its whereabouts now […]

Ecler NUO4 DJ Mixer IS Mac-compatible

Good news, Mac fans. The Ecler NUO4 DJ mixer we covered last week in fact has Mac software, according to Ecler. That means you can easily assign the NUO4’s fabulous MIDI-capable knobs to whatever you want. This thing is seriously drool-worthy for Ableton Live and Native Instruments Traktor DJ, among others, so I hope I […]

Remix and Mash Nine Inch Nails: Now on Multiple Windows/Mac Apps

Artists letting you rethink or destroy their work? You bet — Trent is at it again. When Nine Inch Nails released their single The Hand That Feeds in GarageBand 2.0 format, it was a huge hit. Hundreds of fans posted remixes in the first week after the release. But Windows users — and even GarageBand […]

iControl for GarageBand Shipping ($179.95); Whither Asteroid?

The mighty Associated Press is reporting M-Audio’s knob-filled USB interface for GarageBand, iControl, is now shipping. Or, in the words of the article, M-Audio is “expected to launch” early next week at Apple Stores in the US. Price: US$179.95 MSRP; a pretty decent, low price. Only bad news: you’ll need a separate audio interface for […]

Tiger + Music: Pro Tools LE (Mbox, 002) on Tiger

Digidesign Pro Tools LE 6.9.2 now supports Mac OS X 10.4.1 Tiger (LE is the Pro Tools software that runs on Mbox and 002 hardware.) (via Harmony Central) Pro Tools TDM software already supports Tiger for Pro Tools|HD systems; non-HD systems have been unsupported for some time. So, what’s missing? There’s no support yet for […]

UAD-1 DSP System: Tiger Support, Roland Boss Stompbox

Contrary to popular belief, Digidesign ain’t the only game in town when it comes to hardware DSP for effects and instruments. Universal Audio writes us to say that today they’ve updated their UAD-1 DSP system; version 3.9 adds support for Mac OS X Tiger. Users of Logic Pro 7.1 and the upcoming Live 5 will […]

Jamie Lidell Interview: Trancing on Theremin, Rocking MPC and PC

Singer and electronic one-man band Jamie Lidell has a great interview from Belgium’s Domino Festival. Jamie speaks from the back seat of a Volvo station wagon to a phantom interviewer. He reflects on performance, trance states (people tell him he does weird things with his eyes onstage), and getting “deeper” live. There’s also some great […]

Musician’s Friend Buys Harmony Central: Whither Independence?

Harmony Central, the highest-traffic music tech site online, announced yesterday it had been acquired by music catalog outlet Musician’s Friend. For their part, Harmony Central’s founders remain onboard and claim the site will remain an “independent publisher and forum.” But wait a minute: while it’s great to hear the most-read site on the Web for […]