There’s a horrible myth that difficult times produce great music – the sort of thing said by people in privileged positions romanticizing crisis. Ukraine’s experimental and leftfield scene deserved more attention long before the full-scale invasion – like so many marginalized scenes. And from the experimental edges of this scene, our friends and colleagues continue producing wonderful sounds that you simply won’t want to miss. Ganna Bryzhata and Svitlana Nianio are here with music across two generations that all ambient and experimental lovers will be happy to enjoy. Here’s to Ukrainian Independence Day – and to the successful end of the war and hope for this scene gathering freely again.
It’s sampling and stem separation in one. It’s interface has some DJ deck-style simplicity, but it’s for serious production. It’s Serato Sample 2.0, now with the company’s machine learning-powered stem separation. And it could make Sample worth another look. Serato’s history To those stumbling around with other tools, Sample might simply be off your radar. […]
Social media is boring; news is depressing. Open up a browser tab and distract yourself from work with this acid bassline generator instead. It’s free, you can store patches online, and you can even download MIDI files for use with your DAW, plug-in, or hardware bass synth of choice.
Ableton Live Auto-Warp now finally works the way you wanted it to work. Not Warp and Pray, not Warp and Spend Some Minutes or Hours Fixing the Warp Markers – like, automatic Auto-Warp, in 11.3.10 building on 11.3.x’s changes. There are other enhancements in here, too, for both Live and the new Push. Let’s break it down.
As a follow up to that review, here are two one-take looks at how Acid V sounds in use – four etudes, plus one workflow video.
An Arturia emulation of the classic Roland TB-303 was all but inevitable. But with plenty of bassline plug-ins out there, can this one bring something new to the table? Let’s get our hands on the new Arturia Acid V.
Here’s a music video treat: Canadian legend Joel Gibb aka The Hidden Cameras joins up with Berlin’s Local Suicide and music video dream team. It’s a murky trip into the queer party underworld with a lone dancer searching for the unanswerable. Plus we get a look inside the studio for some of the vintage synths producing those EBM sounds.
Roland’s epic V-Synth – one of the releases that defined 21st Century Roland – is now twenty years old. Paulee Alex Bow is here to take us on their Magical Synth Adventure in a gripping video. It might even win over V-Synth naysayers, and it’ll certainly please fans and bring the rest of us up to speed.
Intellijel has still more surprises for Eurorack users. This time, it’s all about effects. For guitar/bass pedal integration, there’s Stomp. And then Sealegs is a sprawling dubby stereo multi-effects that incorporates a bunch of vintage delay sounds in one fader-covered unit.
The 21st century has seen two big trends: the rise of the grid as performance and sequence interface, and a resurgent interest in trackers as hardware instruments beyond their original software interface. But why choose? Polyend’s latest video shows their two tools in combination.