Strymon’s Big Sky reverb is now a plug-in, too

Everything hardware is software; everything software is hardware. Now you can add Styrmon’s legendary Big Sky reverb, known to boutique pedal fans, in plug-in format.

Arturia Rendez-vous: all the announcements, all the new stuff

Arturia is dropping four products in one day: MiniLab 3 keyboard, Augmented GRAND PIANO plug-in, MiniFuse 4 audio interface, and the MiniFreak synthesizer. Here’s the scoop on each.

Here’s what to know about Note, Ableton’s music sketchpad for iOS

Ableton today is releasing Note, its first iOS app, alongside Ableton Live 11.2.5 with support for Ableton Cloud. The app lets you sketch new ideas on your iPhone or iPad and open them in Ableton Live. Here’s how that works. I’ve been working with a prerelease version of Ableton Note and got to tour the […]

Geometric meditation – peace in Arash Azadi’s “Healing Light Through Stained Glasses”

The topic keeps coming up – how to find mental peace and remain centered even in tumultuous times. Iranian-born composer Arash Azadi is uniquely able to create those kinds of spaces in his music.

Black Corporation releases ultra-limited 8-voice custom synths to benefit Ukraine

Roman from Black Corporation writes to let us know they’re selling five イセーニン 8-voice polysynths in custom Ukrainian colors with all proceeds going to “non-military related charity in Ukraine.”

BASTL Microgranny is back – in a limited Monolith edition with Bogdan Raczynski

microGranny 2 was discontinued – but it gets one last lease on life, in a very limited Monolith edition. It’s a “final form” for the beloved 8-bit, lo-fi granular sample instrument.

Arturia Rendez-vous livestream event promises “series” of announcements on Tuesday

Arturia is doing something we haven’t seen them try before – they promise a “series of special announcements” expected to be new products on Tuesday October 11.

Play with Snapchat Lenses live for VJing, music videos – here’s how

Wouldn’t it be great if you could use those wild face filters live in an AV show / VJ set / music video? Well, you can, thanks to the magic of Syphon – and this VDMX tutorial by Projectile Objects makes it easy.

Traveler takes you on an hour-long Korg retrospective full of synth sounds

Alex Ball has a new documentary out covering 60 years of Korg instruments – complete with loads of synth demos so you’re getting sounds, not just looking at gear pics. I missed this last week when of course Synthtopia was on top of it – hat tip! Even the YouTube algorithm was confused why I […]

Thomas Dolby’s 1989 explanation of synthesis with the Muppets and a fly in a box is pretty ingenious

Thomas Dolby on Jim Henson’s little-known The Ghost of Faffner Hall manages an explanation of synthesis basics that is surprisingly original. And it involves a fly in a matchbox and a Minimoog.