What’s new on Roland SP-404MKII sampler, spec for spec; 404 timeline and hands-on roundup

The buzz online makes it clear – plenty of people still want the immediacy of the Roland SP-404 sampler. An MKII has been long anticipated – not to mention leaked – so let’s get directly into what’s new, and find out what else you want to know.

Waiting for new Macs? You might mark your calendar for Apple Event, October 18

“Unleashed” is the theme emblazoned on invites to Apple’s next big event. So new Macs – presumably with high-performance Apple Silicon – seem a safe bet. Well, either that or it’s the exciting announcement of iPhones for Dogs.

Blackbox 2.0 is here for 1010music’s excellent sampler – the stable build

Tap tempo? Advanced granular controls? Deep delay? 4-band parametric EQ? All the deep features crammed into the beautifully compact Blackbox sampler features have now moved from beta to stable, and 1.9 to 2.0. Here’s a look.

Commodore CBM 4064 with insanely powerful MSSIAH cart and Look Mum No Computer

Look Mum No Computer is denying what is literally written in his artist name and going full compy, with none other than the massive Commodore PET 64 (aka CBM 4064). Best of all, this ’82 beast has a modern, new ensemble of tools for it you can use, too. Yeah, speaking of chip art and […]

Watch the 2006 documentary 8 BIT to see chip music and art at its peak – now online

It’s hard to believe not only that 15 years have passed since this movie, but how far chip aesthetics have exploded in global culture. So transport yourself back in time and treat yourself to an essential documentary on the scene, now watchable online. It’s the next best thing to a time machine to the mid-2000s […]

Review: MOD Dwarf is a lush, bottomless portal to effects that keeps getting better

If you love software, if you love the imaginative and compositional choices it affords, at last hardware is embodying that same freedom. Few devices do that more elegantly than the MOD Dwarf. MOD’s place in the sound galaxy You know the story as far as need. You like having all those choices of different effects […]

In Instruments series, encounters between inventors and musicians, watchable online

Starting tonight, and continuing over nine more dates in October, the freshly-inaugurated Morphine Raum will host events exploring invention and practice of one-of-a-kind musical instruments. You can watch – and you should, with a dizzying array of utter legends who are normally never in the same room.

We can be “Heroes,” with Tony Visconti, Erin Tonkon as tutors for Eventide Tverb plugin

We talk less about plug-ins as classics than we do hardware, but Tverb – replicating Tony Visconti’s “Heroes” setup but hugely versatile elsewhere – might just be that. And not one but two Bowie collaborators did how-to videos for Eventide recently.

Stingray is rebooting electro, in an even more fresh and futuristic form

DJ Stingray 313’s latest sounds are powered by science, brightly colored synthetic synthesized wavelengths beamed from the future. So don’t sleep.

DuckDuckGo search hack – it’s an instant bpm calculator (and finds frequencies, guitar tab)

Another reason to switch search engines – privacy-centric alternative DuckDuckGo also has a clever little bpm calculator built in.