‘Easter Egg’ Asteroid Image in GarageBand

'Asteroid' / Q97 is the leaked Apple audio interface that has started a firestorm over blogging, journalism, and privacy. A preliminary ruling today declared that bloggers aren't protected as journalists, and can't protect confidential sources (see BBC News) — potentially a major blow for online journalism and even traditional journalists using email, says the EFF. […]

Jack 0.61: Linux Audio Power on Mac

An intrepid development team is quietly bringing the power of Linux audio to the ultimate flexibility of Mac OS X and Core Audio. It's called JackOSX, and if you haven't checked it out yet, now is the time: with this free software, you can route audio between any Core Audio-based Mac apps (that's basically everything […]

Free Nintendo-Style Synth: Triforce (PC)

Triforce is a soft synth from Tweakbench for producing classic Nintendo Entertainment System-style sounds. No gimmicks here: square, triangle, noise oscillator, go to town. The simplicity is beautiful, and the price is free. We've mentioned the superb stuff from Tweakbench before, but this deserves special mention. (via Brad Sucks and Future Boy) Sorry, Macsters: Tweakbench […]

Dangerous-Looking Japanese Speakers

From French-language site Akihabara News: what's a pair of speakers without a nice megaphone on top? I like it, and it looks like it may well be connected to the actual speaker, but this is only a start: can it rotate, too, like a giant Leslie cabinet without the cabinet?

Dierdre: French Electronica Vocalist Breaks Out

Dierdre, formerly singer with Ekova, is now lending her sultry French vocals to a fantastic, diverse solo debut called One. It's just hit the playlist at CDM HQ and sounds fantastic; check out a wealth of links for more information from The Suburbs are Killing Us (currently my favorite listening-to-music blog). Check the North American […]

BetaBugs and Other Free Plugins and Hosts Roundup (Windows)

Hey, kids, you know what time it is? It's Free, um . . . Wednesday. In which we try, mostly unsuccessfully, to keep up with the ongoing flood of free audio stuff for Windows. BetaBugs has added BugPass (bandpass filter which can double as a notch filter), and Moneo (deconstructs a stereo signal and remaps […]

Airfoil: Any App’s Audio to Airport Express

Rogue Amoeba, those virtuosos of routing audio in any Mac OS X app, have released Airfoil, their new application for routing audio from any Mac app to Aiport Express — not just iTunes. (The app was originally going to be called Slipstream, as we reported here.) Finally, you can listen to BBC Radio 6 from […]

Circuit Bending: Reed Ghazala on Free Learning, Teaching

Circuit-bending, the art of creating new instruments from old ones by creatively 'damaging' them with what would normally be no-nos (like short circuiting them), is spreading. Noah Fleischman of Roil Noise wrote in to talk about the resources that had been helpful to him getting started, a letter CDM published February 5. Circuit bender Reed […]

Stanton’s Pretty New Turntables

Digital interfaces and such aside, the turntable is clearly here to stay — having outlived the casette tape, it now looks like it will outlive the CD, too! (Watch out, computers — you could be next.) With sales booming, isn't it time for a design that looks a little more, how shall we say, 21st […]

DJ Mixer Features iPod Connection

After Numark's introduction of a USB DJ mixer, I was immediately excited to read in the fine print that Stanton's added an 'iPod connection' to its "soon-to-be-shipping" RM.404 and 406 4-channel DJ mixers. These are the same mixers with very-cool red backlighting on knobs, via Stanton's Illumiknobs(TM) technology. Wow, the iPod thing really is happening. […]