Jitter 8.5 and GLCore join other major updates to Max in 2022, with advanced live visuals

’22 has been a banner year for Cycling ’74. In addition to the new ground-up creation of RNBO, Max and Jitter have seen some big updates. Jitter, the visual/matrix side of Max, got its turn with Jitter 8.5. Let’s catch up, if we can.

Ready to dive into Max’s Gen? New book focuses on sound generation and time

The latest book from Cycling ’74 promises to make deep rabbit holes navigable. Its mission: to boldly reveal the algorithms that are typically black boxes, in sound processing and synthesis and computer composition.

Finding lost intimacy and freedom, in the collaborative hacklab at CTM Festival

In tenuous times of war, disease, and uncertainty, our MusicMakers Hacklab program in May at CTM Festival held a special energy. Here’s a look back at this open performance lab for music, just as the deadline for the 2023 edition approaches Sunday.

Orbit.6 is the premium rotary mixer by Andy Rigby-Jones your listening bar surely needs

Wait, you don’t own a listening bar? Well, if you did, you’d probably shortlist the Orbit.6. It’s a new “elite” rotary mixer by revered mixer engineer Andy Rigby-Jones, and launches his new Union Audio outfit.

Premiere – Noise in the Key of Life: Lukasz Polowczyk meditates on music and listening

A funeral with violins, a hospital, a broken piano, a diesel engine, a farewell – artist Ɓukasz Polowczyk’s new work Noise in the Key of Life layers live players and field recording with equal standing and reflects on experience and sound. We talked to Lukasz and premiere a short film about the work.

Logic Pro 10.7.5: free tempo recording, personalized Spatial Audio, Ableton Link, more

Apple quietly dropped Logic Pro 10.7.5 with some highly desirable stuff. That includes support for Ableton Link, the ability to capture ideas without using a metronome, and the fancy new iPhone self-calibration for Spatial Audio, plus a hefty handful of long-awaited additions.

RNBO (“rainbow”): Start in Max’s UI, deliver to plug-ins, Web browsers, hardware, any OS

The new Max thing Cycling ’74 has been teasing is here, and it’s pronounced “rainbow.” Maybe the easiest way to see why this is a big deal: on the product page, you can mess with an interactive patch in your Web browser natively.

BOSS SL-2 is the slicer in a compact pedal with loads of powers, MIDI, and stereo in & out

BOSS has taken the advanced slicing / rhythmic / tremolo / panning powers of the SL-20 and packed it into a single stomp form factor. And despite that new compact size and price, you still get stereo in and outs as an option, and full MIDI control.

Morton Subotnick, singing out to new generations, in film premiere this week

Born in LA, known for the West Coast, worked on the East Coast – but this week a stunning portrait of Morton Subotnick and live performance will take place in a town with no coast. It’s SUBOTNICK in Berlin.

Offsets and stereo mixing are the latest Noise Engineering modular wonders

Noise Engineering is back with still more modules we want – this time, a stereo mixer with some specific desirable extras, and a handy utility for offsets (and other things).