Metagrid 1.5 gives your iPad shortcuts for everything – DAW, notation, Ableton Live

Sure, theoretically you should memorize a bunch of keyboard shortcuts and painstakingly map macros for tools you use every day. Or you could use Metagrid instead.

Dark emotions pour out of quarantine-themed compilation from Moscow’s Kotä

The strangest thing about the pandemic moment may be its incongruous surface of normality. That’s where music can play a role. From Russia and beyond come some beautifully frightening sounds.

Novation Launchpad is a ready-to-play controller for the new Live Loops grid in Logic Pro

The Live Loops grid in Apple’s new Logic Pro X 10.5 has a hardware controller – and you might even own it already. Apple includes plug-and-play support for the Novation Launchpad line in the latest Logic. It’s a new angle on launching sound and patterns – well, literally and figuratively. You’ll want to physically rotate […]

Moog’s new Subharmonicon explores frequencies and polyrhythms; we talk to its lead designer

First seen as a Moogfest workshop, the Subharmonicon is coming to the rest of us. And it’s a chance to explore timbre, rhythm, and pattern in new ways, via knobs or patching. We go deep with its creator into the ideas that inspired it. And yeah, that will take us beyond just chatting about ladder […]

New Logic Pro overhauls EXS24 Sampler, takes workflow cues from Ableton and Maschine

Apple is adding Live Loops, as predicted and leaked. But the new release of Logic Pro X is far more than that, with new workflows for sampling, looping, and beatmaking on the Mac and with the iPad.

From Mexico and around the world, music mixes as salve to anxiety and loneliness

Dimension Series is broadcasting mixes again from its Mexico City home base, in a tour around the world of every groove and ambiance. It’s mood elevation through music – for “Each Other.”

Stay home, patch stuff – watch Eden Grey walk through lovely, layered modular sounds

Musician and community organizer Eden Grey is sharing some of the sounds she’s patching together, and talking about how they’re made.

monome’s alternative musical world: a hands-on creative expedition with norns and grid

It’s a rarified way of making music – the ultra-minimal monome grid and norns open music platform. But what is it really about? We turn to reviewer Andreas Roman to find out.

Apple sticker shock? Try this simple experiment – look at Razer’s configuration page

Sometimes an online configuration and spec sheet is worth 1000 words. And yeah, if you want to see why some users in the pro market are switching OSes – this sums it up.

Apple’s sweet spot: which MacBook do you want for music making now?

Every price point in Apple’s notebook lineup has recently gotten an update, with revisions to the 13″ MacBook Pro this week. And they’ve fixed the keyboards. So if you’re in the market for a Mac, which should you get? We know from sales figures that even in the midst of dueling economic and health crises, […]