Creative Commons Sampling: Online, On Flash Drive

Tired of getting sued for sampling? Creative Commons offers licenses for pro musicians that lets them keep their copyright while giving people the right to sample or use their sounds. Artists choose how much control you have, but if they opt for a sampling license, you can get access to sample sources free. I was […]

USB-to-Real World Sensor Interface

No, not a USB interface to MTV's Real World. The Muio is a new interface to real-world sensors and devices (motors, robotics, etc.). It works via USB, and sends and receives MIDI, OSC, and a socket/UDP stream using XML, accessed via Windows DLL or Mac OS X Framework. (CDM issues an 'if you have to […]

Sex Album Creator Interviewed

Synthtopia today interviews NYC multimedia artist Jessica Vale, creator of The Sex Album — recorded sounds of people having sex manipulated into electronica with vocals by Bale on top (pun intended). So how's the album? Well, while some of the found sounds are recognizable, others get mashed into undistinguished digital mush, so with the addition […]

WMC Ultra Music Festival 2005 Lineup

CDM welcomes new contributor Liz who's going to allow us to live vicariously through her and make believe we're in sunny south Florida. Here's the latest on the Ultra Music Festival lineup: The lineup for the seventh annual event, now an official Winter Music Conference closing event, is unbelievable. Timo Maas is will be performing […]

Sonic Devastator: Megaphone of Pain

Gizmodo scoops CDM today for latest riot-control technology with the Sonic Devastator (though, um, some spelling issues with the product?) This ain't just for your German punk band, kids: it's a real DIY weapon. Create an ultrasonic blast capable of "inducing intense pain and discomfort in humans and animals." Oh, and it even has adjustable […]

M-Audio Trigger Finger Control Surface

Happiness is a 4×4 grid of buttons. Why should Akai owners have all the fun? Add Ableton Live, and life is good: tap away drum beats with your fingers, trigger samples, and (perfect for Live) trigger audio and MIDI patterns and loops. M-Audio's new Trigger Finger should cost around US$199 and features: (see original story […]

Finding Your Dream DAW: Logic Express Free Trial

Jeremy from Nashville points out that Apple's Logic Express is now available in a free trial, which I believe is new. (Pro isn't available in trial as it requires hardware copy protection.) So, if you're tired of having to listen to message board arguments about whether Logic is the app to get, give it a […]

CDM at South by Southwest Interactive

I'm traveling to the legendary geekfest that is South by Southwest Interactive Saturday through Tuesday. Going to Austin? Drop me a line via the CDM contact link and let me know; I'd love to meet some CDM readers! Hopefully some of you are geek enough (and, er, expense account-ed enough) to make it! Don't miss […]

Apple Can Read Online Journalists’ Email, Rules Court

A preliminary ruling last week is now final, reports According to the ruling by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg, Apple may subpoena email records from, email provider for CNet reports the court did not answer the question of whether writers for online 'enthusiast' sites are journalists. (The Electronic […]

Previewing Altiverb 5 Convolution Reverb

Sure, it's fun playing around with convolution reverbs like Apple Logic's Space Designer, but if you really want ultimate flexibility and realistic space modeling, you need Altiverb. It was the first software plugin to feature convolution, and with upcoming version 5, there's no question it's the Rolls Royce of reverb. Check it out: Multichannel IRs […]