DuckDuckGo search hack – it’s an instant bpm calculator (and finds frequencies, guitar tab)

Another reason to switch search engines – privacy-centric alternative DuckDuckGo also has a clever little bpm calculator built in.

As Facebook reveals fundamental flaws, music tech might reexamine the platform’s role

In just 48 hours, we’ve been treated both to whistleblower testimony that questions Facebook’s impact on society – and a massive technical outage that shows our dependence on it (and its fragility). Maybe it’s time for the world of music to stop treating Facebook as inevitable and entirely benign.

With Oramics’ Cut the Wire, Polish and international artists in plea for crisis at Belarus border

At the border of Belarus and Poland right now, all the fault lines of the world’s overlaid human catastrophes seem to come together. Artistic collective Oramics has assembled a musical response to the crisis and an urgent call to action.

Rymdigare for iOS combines FX in a fanciful UI and makes everything fuzzy and wonderful

There’s a gently pastel-colored hand-drawn interface, a backstory involving extraplanetary mining. It’s a reverb, a degrader and multi-effect, but also a drone maker. But whatever it is, Rymdigare transports everything you do to a warm, happy place. It’s like drizzling stuff with warm chocolate.

Iranian Duo Temp-Illusion has assembled a perfect sampler of bleeding-edge production

The duo of Shahin Entezami and Behrang Najafi has produced a tape/digital release of reworks that buzzes and screams with the emotion-packed sounds of futuristic, electronic protest.

Tour Berna3, a complete 1950s electronic music studio in software – tape loops to test oscillators

While everyone else modulates the 70s, 80s, and even 90s, step back to the 1950s – with a complete array of test oscillators, vintage sound equipment, mixers, patching, and tape. It’s Berna3, and it’s possibly the most retro electronic music software … ever.

Erica Synths LXR-02 drum machine playtest: brutal sounds, live jams, 1.2 firmware

I’ve been playing with the LXR-02, the new digital drum synth from Erica Synths and Sonic Potions. Verdict: it’s versatile, loud, and brutally violent when it wants to be. Here are some sounds, plus more tips for LXR-02 players, and the latest on the just-out 1.2 firmware update.

Now that Ableton Live is Apple Silicon-native, will your plug-ins and tools still work?

Ableton Live 11.1 beta means a native version of the host that can take full advantage of the hardware inside the latest Macs. But what about VST, AU, Max for Live, and other content – especially if it was built for Intel? Here’s what works, what doesn’t, and how to retain compatibility.

Modular synthesis gets reimagined as puzzle game with The Signal State

Patching modular synthesis now has its own game, complete with realistic modules and actual signal routing logic puzzles. Meet indie title The Signal State, just released on Steam.

Ableton Live 11.1 in public beta, with new tools and native Apple Silicon support

Ableton Live 11.1 is now available as a public beta free to anyone with a Live 11 license. New in this build – new tools for handling lag and adjusting MIDI and pitch/frequency shifting, plus much-awaited native M1 Apple Silicon support.