Spatial audio and head tracking in Ableton Live – and it’s not expensive
XP for Ableton Live delivers a complete real time spatial audio experience inside Live for just 80€ – and it now does head tracking with hardware as accessible as this £69 Head Tracker hardware.
New MPC One+ standalone: wireless and more storage, $699 – and runs AIR’s new Juno plugin
The MPC One Plus now adds WiFi and Bluetooth, 16 GB of storage, and brings this entry-level standalone up to the CPU specs of Akai’s other boxes. And it runs the just-announced Juno-60-inspired plugin from AIR, too (also available as software plug-in). Plus that US$699 price is appealing.
The best Memorial Day deals on music gear to shop today and this week
You can BBQ and think about synths. Memorial Day in the USA is bringing a bunch of music tech discounts – including some surprisingly steep ones. Here’s a guide.
Kyoka on the new Ableton Push; approaching Push as an instrument
How does the new Ableton Push perform as an instrument – with those new expressive pads? We invited artist Kyoka (Raster) to try out Push in live improvisation.
Polish chemist Jan Czochralski, joysticks and patch points spawned this drum machine
Start with a chemical process that grows crystals and silicon for semiconductors, build a multi-layered 6-7 voice drum machine around it, cover it with patch points and clusters of knobs and joysticks, and you get the Czochralski cells. It’s a complex drum machine rather unlike anything before it.
Bandcamp workers won their union – and it could be a sign of things to come
Bandcamp United announced late last week that Bandcamp workers had voted to unionize. In a year that’s bringing deep economic uncertainties and layoffs, there’s one more hopeful narrative for workers: the organizing movement is growing.
Here’s what’s in Apple’s Logic Pro for iPad – and it’s more than you probably think (first impressions)
It’s been a long time coming, but Logic Pro’s leap to the iPad is an impressive one. You get a most of the editing, mixing, instruments, and effects that you have on desktop – provided you’ve got an iPad capable of running it. And it’s a killer environment for third-party iOS plug-ins, to boot. Here’s what’s inside.
Inside the new Ableton Push: all the technical details so far, from I/O to Max for Live
The new Push represents a technical leap forward for Ableton, both in terms of its upgradeable, Intel-based standalone architecture and its new pad sensor tech. I got a chance to speak to the folks at Ableton about some of those details, and how the hardware evolved. We also have some early answers for those curious about connecting gear or developing in Max for Live.
The new Ableton Push 3, at a glance: standalone, new pads, new platform
Ableton today introduced their long-awaited third-generation Push hardware. The layout and functionality are familiar, but there’s new hardware including new pads, MPE support, and audio + CV + MIDI connectivity, plus standalone operation and upgradeability. CDM has talked to Ableton and tested the gear with prerelease software.