At Instruments series by Morphine Records, physicality and improvisation meet invention

In a world when so much seems virtual, remote, simulated, and yet oddly pre-scripted, Berlin’s Morphine Records turned in the month of October to something else. It was musical technology in raw and spontaneous form – intimate encounters, together in a room.

Eventide and Newfangled plug-ins are now Apple Silicon M1-native – and more on the way

The floodgates are open, and not only are we seeing new Apple hardware, but M1 native plug-ins to take advantage of it, too. Eventide is the latest, bringing a massive arsenal of essential stuff. And the fact they run on iLok suggests more iLok-based plug-ins from other vendors are likely inbound soon, too.

MadMapper will now let you control lasers, with MadLaser beta

garageCube, makers of MadMapper and the software that helped popularize projection mapping, are now about to take on frickin’ lasers. (Safety rules do apply here – very, very seriously.)

teenage engineering are now selling their own custom PC case, computer-1

If Apple and PC makers aren’t inspiring you, there’s always teenage engineering. The Swedish maker of synths, sound gear, and electronics are now offering up their own custom PC case – orange, aluminum, with carry-handle, for mini-ITX and dual-slot GPU. It could be the start of someone’s killer portable music/gaming/VJ rig.

Hydra is spectacular free live-coding for visuals in browser – now on iOS, too

How great is live coding on Hydra, for free? It’s great enough that you’ll do it when you’ve never used code before. It’s great enough that – now with this new build – you’ll lie in bed with your iPhone or iPad and make trippy hypnotic visuals. You’ll plug in audio and stop using cameras and just permanently replace your visage with weird analog-style color feedback. It’s that great.

MicroFreak v4 adds users wavetables, accelerated encoders, more to Arturia’s freaky little wonder

The MicroFreak already offered a ton of sonic madness in a small package – like a little oscillation playground. The v4 firmware that just dropped is essential, both in kinky new features and some overdue smoothed-out kinks.

This beta Web tool lets you drag and drop samples into Roland TR-8S/6S kits, free

The two user-requested features missing from Roland’s official editor/librarian are available via third-party tools. That means you can get a plug-in editor/librarian to store settings with DAW projects, and now you can even get started with drag-and-drop sample loading.

Roland TR-8S and TR-6S drum machines finally get the editor we were waiting for – almost

The current generation TR drum machines have been nearly perfect – well, nearly. Now they have the editor/librarian they were missing – well, almost. It’s brilliant, and it’s a first step, but it’s missing some stuff. Why we need an editor It’s just the fact that the TR-6S/8S are so balanced that makes them appealing. […]

Watch wild demos made in cables.gl, free visual programming tool – plus fresh tutorials

The folks at cables.gl have evidently been busy, as they’ve got eye-searing new demos to share. And if you wish that were your next music video, you’re in luck, as they posted some tutorials on advanced topics for beginners, too. Best of all, everything is free, and runs right in your browser.

Berna is now on Windows, too, so your Mac or PC can be a historical experimental sound lab

Now your Windows PC can also enter the exciting world of sound synthesis of the 1950s. Here’s news on Berna3 for Windows, plus some tutorial content to get you up to speed.