Mash-Up William Shatner

A combination of not one, but two William Shatner renditions? (Yes, that William Shatner.) Why — this is more than just mash-up, it's a chance to genetically graft the PERFECT SONG! (via Beatmixed, a great mash-up/DJ blog!) is holding a contest for users to legally mash-up Shatner's "Ideal Woman" and "Has Been". Now, this […]

Free Tube Amp Plugin, Riff Transcriber (Win)

Polarity's new Tubester 1 is a freeware VST plugin combining preamp, EQ, and guitar speaker simulator. AmpliTube it ain't, but if you need a quick-and-dirty tube amp plug with low CPU overhead, this could be the trick. There's no custom UI; it uses whatever your host supplies. (via Harmony Central) While you're there, check out […]

A “Free Cubase”?: Rosegarden 1.0 (PC/Linux)

Rosegarden, the free Linux digital audio workstation with multitrack audio, MIDI, and notation features, is pre-release software no more. Version 1.0 has gone gold, available for download for Linux or as part of Fervent Software's Studio-to-Go CD, which will run on Windows PCs without installation. Fervent has helped support Rosegarden's accelerated development, and if you […]

DJ Fined EUR1.4 Million

A DJ in Rome was fined an incredible EUR 1.4 million for the 2,000 MP3s and 500 digital music videos he was gigging with, reports Macworld UK. (via thedigitalmusicweblog) The Italians don't mess around: a coordinated police effort is hunting down illegal music use, and the DJ's home was raided to prove he didn't own […]

Musolomo: Free Sampling Instrument (Mac)

A new audio software collective called plasq has released Musolomo, a free Mac OS X AudioUnit instrument. It's designed for sampling, playing, and manipulating audio from a MIDI keyboard — so you can work from the keyboard instead of staring at your computer screen. That's right, finally your audiences will know you're doing something musical […]

Digitally-Modeled Cowbell

Need proof that digital modeling has arrived? Look no further than Rad Monkey's Digital Cowbells. No, not the electric cowbells with electric pickups. The upcoming VLC800 digital-modeled cowbell with onboard DSP and models of classic cowbells like "Black Beauty, Oregon Trail Model 75, Alma Cogan Model V," and my personal favorite "Chicken Nugget." (via Gina […]

Clubbing for Kids

Boing boing (you know, the site where I'm picking fights with Star Trek TNG veterans — more on that soon) gets the scoop on a disco club for toddlers (4 to 6 year olds). The velvet rope is in full force: the installation is at upscale Paris clothing shop Colette (makes Bergdorf look as un-hip […]

Synth Personality Quiz

Yes, I’m sure I’m late to the party on this one, but I couldn’t resist sharing. What’s better than a personality quiz in Cosmo Magazine? Almost anything. What’s better than a ‘what synth are you?’ quiz? Absolutely nothing. You are a Korg Triton You have multi-sampled preset sounds ranging from opera to bongos and a […]

Physical Modeling and Virtual Instruments

Wondered what the fuss is about physical modeling? This synthesis technique surfaced years ago, but you're going to be seeing a lot more of it thanks to faster CPUs. Here's a snapshot explanation of what it is and how it came to be. Why you need it: A violin is not a sine wave: Traditional […]

Asteroid and Free Press: Apple Digs into Journalists’ Email

What began as a controversy over leaked information regarding an external audio interface called Asteroid is rapidly becoming a critical legal battle for journalist privilege. Apple now wants access to email records at, the email provider for Jason O'Grady's, says the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (see also an article from the UK's Inquirer) This […]