Free 80s injection: KORG Poly-800 emulated in plug-in for Mac, Windows

The year was 1983. The competition: Roland’s Juno. And KORG would introduce an instrument that … actually … would never really be as legendary as other 80s synthesizers. But it’s excellent, and you want it anyway – especially for free.

No Love Parades this time: in the midst of crisis, an image of tonedeaf ravers in Berlin

A large swath of Berlin’s club scene kicked off the summer with an illustration of how not to respond to a crisis. The message: if the crisis doesn’t apply to me, I won’t acknowledge its existence.

Explode your face with Detroit Underground’s AR mask, melt it with these releases

Being a label – hell, being a human – can feel pretty virtual these days. So let’s lean into that, huh? Face exploded – filter, check. Face melted – music, yes.

Honoring Florian is a free library of Kraftwerk-inspired sounds for Ableton Live, TR-8S, more

This has been a season of obituaries, but when it comes to music, tributes can’t be silent. Francis Preve has a special set of free sounds on his Symplesound platform.

Make a 909 kick on the Make Noise 0-Coast, and more drum modeling fun

Forget even all the music that was made with it for a second. How the sound of a TR-909 kick was made can open new doors.

Yaeltex V2: any music and visual controller hardware you imagine, made real

Finally, an open browser tab can bring you something good for your music and performance – like helping you build your dream controller, visually. A first look at Yaeltex V2.

In Slovakia, the rave goes on: social distancing with a taped-off grid for dancers

How do you party without putting people at risk – but without killing the reason for partying in the first place? Here’s Slovakia with a novel concept. It’s not that we haven’t had ideas for nightlife in the era of social distancing. It’s that a lot of those take something crucial away. Here in Berlin, […]

Eye see: visual live-programming vvvv comes together online

Visual development environment vvvv is at it again, with a worldwide meetup of leading artists – and a ground-up new release, too.

Your snares are weak; here are the free snares (and kicks) you need in Live, from Dial F

What does it take to make snares hot again? This free Live rack, that’s what. Dial F aka David Abravanel has been cooking up new music and more sounds – and stick around for exhaustive kicks. Notes and download for Live 10 are all on Google Drive: Snare Synth download, Rack, and demo project It […]

Voltage Modular 2.0 – more features, more modules, more friendly – plus how to use it, free

Software modular just keeps getting better. Cherry Audio’s Voltage Modular looks like a top contender, with a major (free) 2.0 update and changes to support free and affordable module add-ons. https://cherryaudio.com/news/2020-05-19/voltage-modular-2-0-is-here Where Cherry fits Just think how rich and accessible the modular world is in software – and Cherry just made it more so. VCV […]