Elektron Digitakt II: stereo sampling, multiple FX, more horsepower, storage

Eletkron’s Digitakt II, leaked earlier today, is now official. This beefs up some of the specs under the hood to keep pace with features like expanded effects and modulation, 16 voices (up from 8), 20 GB internal storage, and stereo sampling, all with a more refined shell and display. It’s an incremental update, but it does sweeten the deal.

Class is in session: DeForrest Brown on Black innovation in music

If you want a take on exactly how Black innovators have influenced music, look to this full-length lecture (and performance) from DeForrest Brown. It’s your free ticket to sit in at Harvard.

Grimes update: technical team describes failure, aftermovie

Perhaps taking a page out of pro wrestling, there’s a good chance that Grimes staged her “technical difficulties” at Coachella as a kind of performance art.

VCV Rack 2.5: powerful stackable inputs, cable color customization

VCV Rack, the free and open-source virtual module platform, gets a tidy refresh with input cable stackings and cable color customization. That input stacking opens up more than you might think, too.

Boiler Room Syria in heavy, “overtly disobedient” sounds of diaspora

Shot back in 2022, Boiler Room Syria and Sadaa Sound Syndicate captured a moment in the diasporic Syrian music scene. It’s an image of techno’s new, political, “disobedient” significance to people in exile and perhaps a glimpse of where techno may go in 2024.

Ubuntu Studio in new LTS beta; still the easiest creative Linux distro

Ubuntu Studio remains the quickest one-shot way to get at Linux and free software for music, sound, video, media, and 3D. And they deserve some extra love now, especially since Apple Silicon has slightly deflated desktop Linux attention. Here’s a look at the long-term support version that just hit beta, due later this month.

Virus TI, beloved techno weapon, now has a Max for Live editor

Access’ Virus TI and TI2 may have been quietly discontinued this year, but the love for them continues. And now Nick Kaniak has unveiled a powerful-looking editor for the two instruments, built in Max for Live. That’s great news for macOS users who lack an editor – and even Push support is coming.

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How to avoid USB and rekordbox DJing failures: a complete guide

Every few months, some DJ horror story or failure takes over social media. Here’s a complete guide, with official advice from Pioneer DJ and pro DJs, on how to prepare your media and files for digital DJ gigs.

Sudan, with millions at risk: music and listening after one year of war

After an unimaginable year of violence and chaos, with tens of thousands killed and millions displaced and in danger of starvation, now is the time to keep talking about Sudan. Here’s some music and listening in the hopes of demanding action.

Super Synthesis is taking their excellent Eurorack modules open-source

DIYers, coders, hackers – Super Synthesis is fully open-sourcing their modules under the ultra-permissive CC0┬álicense (public domain). It could be the start of a new model for module making – and if you’ve ever wanted to watch someone live-stream the design process, you get that, too.