Your body is a resistor – so it’s an instrument, too – in Collin’s Lab

Each part of your body – tongue, finger, arm – has its own electrical resistance. Our friend Collin Cunningham puts this to use, and then turns all of that into musical instrument controller.

From collaborative threads, a futuristic AV exquisite corpse and Beirut benefit

Xquisite Force began as what happens when an audiovisual thread is woven from collaborator to collaborator, exquisite corpse style. The resulting images and music have produced a stunning, futuristic compilation – and a benefit for Beirut.

Akai Force 3.0.5 is huge: new macros, MIDI multis, linear arrangement, Ableton import, more

There’s nothing like a good, healthy rivalry. And Akai are back in a big way with Force 3.0.5, which transforms how their standalone hardware works as a hub for gear, arrangement tool, and hands-on creation device. 3.0.5 is a point-release firmware update, but the changes here aren’t just small tweaks or improvements. Think more like […]

Maschine’s new Clips make free-form arrangement easier – first look, and Maschine+ answers

Maschine’s still not exactly a DAW – but it doesn’t lock you into cookie-cutter arrangement any longer. And that’s good news whether you’re eyeing the new standalone Maschine+ or you’re an ongoing user of Maschine software.

With the TR-06 606 and TR-6S baby 8S, what’s what in Roland drum machines?

606 Day in October! Last week Roland unveiled their new TR-06 and TR-6S. So if you’re in the market for a little drum machine, how do they stack up?

AI-powered face tracking comes to Notch, and more streaming goodies from NVIDIA

We’ve gotten the suck-y, boring dystopian future. Let’s get the cool futuristic sci-fi stuff, too, and use it in streams, eh? Face tracking in Notch, noise removal in VST3, and hardware-accelerated video transmission without capture cards. Uh… yes, please, all of that. NVIDIA has been the belle of the ball this year, with insanely powerful […]

Inside the Guthman prize’s take on future instruments – and you’ve still got time to apply

For the first time ever, the prize that celebrates the future of musical instrument tech is fully online and global. Here’s a look at why that matters – and yeah, if you’re thinking of applying, you just got an extension to this Thursday.

Sequential Prophet-5 is the best possible remake of a legendary synth; here’s why

In a sometimes ugly world, there is this beautiful synthesizer. Not just a simple remake, Sequential’s Prophet-5 lets you literally dial in the vintage spirit. The best-loved instrument from Dave Smith is back.

Teenage Engineering’s new product is an insane radio boom box with some surprises

Teenage Engineering has been teasing the OB-4 – sparking speculation that they might have a new instrument. Instead, we get a radio/boom box. But in typical Teenage fashion, it’s not quite what you’d expect.

MadMapper 4.0: huge upgrade for the definitive light and projection mapping tool

MadMapper 4 is here with a host of improvements. And the timing could actually be ideal – projection mapping and (especially) light mapping are alive in pandemic times, and an essential lifeline to those earning a living doing them.