Repeat after me: there’s never too much music. So sure, while artist are not always hyped, a particular music project isn’t associated with anything trending or might be tough to package – the sounds hit you. Here are some picks for Bandcamp Friday you very possibly won’t see elsewhere, but … you don’t need to, because you’re here.
The Tracker fire sale Polyend is hosting on Reverb may have led some to believe the OG, full-sized Tracker is at the end of its life. Not so, says Polyend – and they’ve got a hefty firmware update to prove it.
Noise Engineering is here with a would-be summer blockbuster of a Eurorack mixer. In a mix of Greek and Latin, the name means roughly “here is a lotta mixer.” And they’re not kidding. It’s got digital and analog control, MIDI and save and recall. But it’s all in 32HP. Let’s look:
ffmpeg is a powerful but sometimes daunting free and open source video command line tool. Developer Sam Lavigne has found a way to make it easier to explore its complex filter processing tools – giving it a node-based patching interface for trying out filters in a browser. And Sam is looking for testers.
This idea has been some time coming, but Loopcloud has finally nailed it: build a plug-in that makes browsing an online sample library as easy as navigating local sounds. Loopcloud Sounds is the first plug-in to really make that seamless. Here’s a hands-on – plus an exclusive discount for CDM readers.
In the first glimpse of new-generation hardware from NI, the company is offering an MK3 revision of its Traktor X1 controller. The X1 line has always found some fans at for its simplicity and compact size. This version adds additional controls, lots of aesthetic touches, and functionality that incorporates what had previously required user hacks. So what can it do at launch – for Traktor, or even as a MIDI controller for other software?
Pygnosis’ 1995 PlayStation launch title introduced the combination of futuristic anti-gravity racing and 90s rave music. And it came complete with music by legendary Welsh game composer CoLD SToRAGE – arguably eclipsing even tracks in later editions that included Leftfield, The Chemical Brothers, and Orbital. And now Wipeout arrives in a browser port of a source code leak – and it’s a fascinating technical portrait, and least while it lasts.
Reverb’s marketplace is host to another brand running an exclusive sale – and this time, both the USA and Europe get to enjoy. Polyend’s full-sized Tracker is 40% off in their Reverb shop, for US$359 or less (USA) / €399 (Europe). Plus in other deal news, it’s your last chance on some summer sales, if there are some plug-ins you’ve been eyeing. It’s the last days of summer CDM Deals edition, or “back to school”, or … “just leave me alone to play with Tracker for the rest of the year”, you pick.
Takuma Matsui’s Petal is an expressive 8-tap stereo delay with shaping, pitch shifting, and a separate feedback loop, Max for Live (or Ableton Live Suite). Takuma has created something really special here, from the poetic interface design to elegant control of sound.
Danish artist SØS Gunver Ryberg’s SPINE was an early highlight of this year – a richly-textured world of interconnected sensorial experience. She’s now building audiovisual immersion around that work, and Defasten’s visual imagination makes the pitch-perfect complement to the release’s gently-flowing synthetic dreamworlds.