SpinCycle: Color-Tracking Turntable

Spencer Kiser, another whiz kid from NYU’s ITP program, gives CDM our first look at his SpinCycle. It’s a new take on the turntable: instead of tracking grooves on a disc, the device reads colors and produces sounds (and hypnotic colors). Check out Spencer’s flickr gallery for pics for now, but he promises more documentation […]

M-Audio FireWire Hardware Tiger-Compatible

Long-awaited drivers for M-Audio’s FireWire audio hardware are now available with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger compatibility. The drivers available for download are: FireWire 410 FireWire Audiophile FireWire 1814 FireWire Solo Ozonic (keyboard/audio interface) M-Audio lists compatibility with “10.4.1.” Interestingly, there’s nothing in the version history that suggests what was changed for Tiger support; many […]

Mac-Intel Development: Corrections and Clarifications

Apple’s announcement about Intel has left a lot of confusion and misinformation in its wake, and unfortunately, I’m not a developer. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’d like to clarify several points, based on reader feedback: XCode versus other tools isn’t the major issue: (For non-developer readers, […]

Gleetchlab: Free Glitchy Sound Toolkit (Mac; Windows soon)

Gleetchlab is a new freeware sound design tooklit, which the creators say will let you “create and manipulate drones, glitches and amazing digital noises with few mouse clicks.” Okay, disclaimer: CDM does not endorse making bad glitch music. The tools do look like fun, though (faders are a dead giveaway that this is a Max/MSP […]

Post-Production Porn: Peter Jackson’s Dream Studio

CDM reader Tim in New Zealand gets our dream 5.1 surround studio prize: 250-input Euphonix desk? Check. Actual movie theater for production? Check. Ultra-sexy mood lighting and furniture? But of course. How do you get to work in a post production studio that looks like it could double as someone’s evil headquarters in a Bond […]

Ableton on Apple-Intel: ‘Bout Friggin’ Time!

One major music developer is thrilled about Apple’s move to Intel: Ableton, developer of the wildly-popular Live software. Robert Henke, Ableton’s software “conceptualist,” long-time Max/MSP developer, and electronic musician (member of Monolake) had this to say on Ableton’s forum: “Hmm, Apple is going to use intel chips in the future. Good bye Altivec. You should […]

Apple and Intel: New York Times, Rumor Site?

By the end of the day today, we’re either going to have Intel-powered Macs or the paper of record is going to come off looking like an aimless rumor site. The New York Times technology headline yesterday was Apple Plans to Switch From I.B.M. to Intel for Chips. Not Apple might switch or is rumored […]

Xbox 360 + Music: Soundtracks vs. Your Pop Hits

While Apple goes Intel, let’s return to that machine with PowerPC guts — the Xbox 360. Microsoft’s new console has a controversial feature that requires developers to let users replace the game soundtrack with their own custom playlists. Some of you readers say that’s bad for game music, while others are looking forward to turning […]

Xbox 360 + Music: Top Composers Sound Off

See part one of Brent’s story on the Xbox 360, and Microsoft’s decision to force developers to let users replace the game soundtrack with their own custom playlists. You’ve heard from the CDM staff, and we’ve heard from you, but what do game composers think? -PK CDM took some time to speak with some of […]

DIY MIDI TB-303 Synth (New Photos)

Our friend Phillip at MAKE: Blog links to new photos of the DIY clone of Roland’s legendary TB-303 synth, the x0xb0x. This is one serious project: MIDI-enabled, and with a full synthesizer. The specs are totally public domain and available online so you can build your own. Watch jonnay build one in a flickr set, […]