Befaco’s new Fx Boy multi-effects module uses Game Boy cartridges as add-ons, and some of our favorite manufacturers are involved. Just remember, it’s a bad idea to blow on the carts.
Oberheim OB-X8 is now a desktop module, in new edition of one of the best synths today
The all-analog-signal path, classic OB-X8 is now a desktop module. It’s a perfect synth: OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 in one instrument, with all the Page 2 extras, and the sounds that made 1999 by Prince, among others.
Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro coming to the iPad, for a subscription fee; details on what’s included
Apple this month is releasing native iPadOS versions of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro, with touch (and Pencil) interfaces, but desktop-style functionality. They’re available via subscription fee for the first time.
Black Corporation’s Expander MK2: massively multi-effects hardware, one knob-per-function
Expander MK2, the second-generation effects box from Black Corporation, packs loads of analog and classic digital effects into a single epic processor, covered in controls and with a dedicated routing matrix. Here’s a first look.
Get an ultra-realistic modeled cymbal plug-in for free: CHAIR EXC!TE CYMBAL
Chair Audio quietly launched a new plug-in, and it’s both free and wonderful. EXC!TE CYMBAL is, no exaggeration, realistic enough that you’ll do a double-take knowing this is a physical model and not in any way sampled.
Arturia Augmented BRASS makes it uncommonly easy to build up hybrid brass sounds
Arturia has rounded out its Augmented line with Augmented BRASS. It’s like a hybrid brass plug-in even for people who don’t like brass plug-ins – more like the brass tool for synth lovers.
Here’s Ben Burtt breaking down every single iconic sound design from Star Wars, film by film
If you love sound, it’s impossible not to be enchanted by the work of Ben Burtt. His approach to sound design for Star Wars was inventive, surprising, organic — let’s let him talk about it. A lot. It’ll make you want to grab your mic. Jamming air hammers!
May the 4th: KORG reissues ARP 2600 FS in limited run, for your R2D2 sounds (Gallery)
One of the most sought-after instruments of all time is back in the form of its complete, authentic recreation (“FS”). It’s a Reverb Shop-only sale for the USA, in a rare chance to grab this instrument – and another excuse to recall how it created iconic sounds from Herbie Hancock to, yes, R2D2. May the 4th be with you.
Dials, punch cards, and reels: watch how electronic music was produced in 1960s Germany
Watch just how painstaking and time-consuming electronic music production was ca. mid-to-late 1960s, in this rare documentary of the German Siemens Studio (now preserved in Munich at the Deutsches Museum).
Polystepper, a gorgeous electroacoustic synth made with stepper motors, and more wonders
Analog, digital… we’re onto the physical, kinetic, and electroacoustic. For one example, marvel at the Polystepper by artist/woodworker Love Hultén and coder Koka Nikoladze.