Unreal Engine 4.27 out now with goodies like Web UI; early-access UE5 MetaSounds makes noise

It was the dawn of the third age of audiovisual creation.* Yes, Unreal keeps adding eye-popping, ear-bursting media powers, both in its stable 4.2x branch and early-access UE5. That makes this free-to-use game engine a must for futuristic artists.

Cassette turntablism is a thing, and you need to watch more tape DJ videos from Japan

DJing was born in hacks, DIY spirit, counterculture – in artists reinventing how machines work. So enough of DJs all using the same machines the same way. Watch what happens when your deck is a deconstructed DIY cassette machine.

Error Instruments’ Loopman is an experimental cassette Walkman instrument

Also from the mad genius of Error Instruments – Loopman is a Walkman-style tape record player-looper, modded for speed manipulation, recording, and CV input.

Lucifer is a dark FM oscillator for drones and drums and evil – Error Instruments does Superbooth

Your Eurorack modular is already mostly evil. But why not go straight to the top – erm, bottom – and bring in the Dark One himself, with Lucifer?

Sequential’s Take 5 poly, revealed: a compact $1299 synth with the Prophet 5 filter

It’s the Sequential polysynth for the rest of us – the same resonant analog filter as on the Prophet-5 Rev 4, plus a premium keybed and features, but a compact size and US$1299 price.

KORG have recreated 1974’s MiniKorg-700 in software – here’s your deep-diving guide

Amidst all the interest in vintage synths, it’s not often you get your hands on a 1974 MiniKorg-700. Francis Preve, who worked on design for the new KORG plug-in, is our guide to making sounds for its unique architecture.

Worlds as instruments, as artists collaborate in VR using modular metaverse Patch

This summer, across four continents and eight time zones, artists have gone beyond just playing in virtual reality. They’ve been making their own new instruments and worlds there.

Recovering from flooding, Brainworx has their plug-ins on sale through today, $5 – $19.99+

None of us is safe from the climate – leaving popular developer Brainworx in the unexpected path of flooding. Ending today, though, you can grab their excellent plug-ins at steep discount, with proceeds helping this developer rebuild.

Treat yourself to the 90s club aesthetics of the Wipeout games

Virtual clubbing, you say? It’s tough to top Psygnosis’ Wipeout series and its legacy, starting with composer Tim Wright aka CoLD SToRAGE. So let’s queue up a mix.

Tips for using Arturia FX Collection 2, including techno drum processing

Arturia’s FX Collection 2 is insanely addictive; here’s John Selway to show us some of the tricks for using this on your techno drums (and a few more tips, too).