It’s 1990. Nintendo has just leaped into the 16-bit age. And the voice of its new Super Famicom (SNES) console is about to open a window to a world of lush, glossy sound. Now, just shy of 30 years later, that spirit has taken plug-in form.
Pioneer’s new CDJ is likely to be controversial because of its launch timing and – Key Sync. But it does indicate where things are going, and clubs shuttered by the virus will open again. Really. So let’s have a look.
Arturia has added a third KeyStep to its range of keyboards, all of which feature controller, computer interface, and standalone MIDI and CV options.
There are few techno tracks as influential as Joey Beltram’s “Energy Flash.” But it’s also a case study in form and influence – one you can learn from. To get started, listen to the tracks that came first.
Hollywood-quality color grading is about to get way more accessible, affordable, and automated. It’s all thanks to a fresh collaboration between experts in AI and live visual software – and studio colorists. The result promises to be a huge deal for anyone working with color in moving images.
First leaked early in 2019, then evidently canceled, then leaked again this week – now here’s the official word on Maschine+ and what standalone NI hardware means for music making.
cables.gl, available as a free public beta, does materials and gestures, 3D models, VR, and even MIDI all in browser. So – why not build a whole live VJ tool in it?
It’s the ultimate open source ugly duckling story. Once an awkward, esoteric tool, Blender has grown into a 3D modeling and animation standard that’s slick and pretty – and free.
Beirut remains a city in pain following the August explosion in its port. A new crop of music compilations has arrived benefiting independent relief efforts, including from Lebanese and Arabic artists.
This year is a constant reminder that even in dark times, there are musical messages to hear. Bandcamp has extended their Fridays giving back commissions to artists, so it’s another chance to stock up on downloads and assemble a collection you’ll listen to on repeat.