Arturia V Collection X: Yamaha CP-70, rebuilt Mini V and Wurli, more

Also out from Arturia this week: V Collection X brings the maker’s plug-in collection up to speed. That includes an all-new Yamaha CP-70 piano model and Augmented WOODWINDS, plus a rebuilt Mini V and Wurli V. And the rebuilt Minimoog, in particular, has a bunch of delicious extras.

Arturia MiniFreak 2.0: wavetables, new effects, more in hardware and plugin

Whether you’ve got the hardware keyboard, the software plug-in, or both, Arturia has dropped a major V2 update with an all-new wavetable engine, new effects, and more. This is also part of today’s V Collection X update.

In sound, spaces for discussion and grief – when other spaces fail

As we enter a third month of violence in Israel-Palestine with no end in sight, sound spaces are providing the discourse, debate, musical expression, and solace for pain that other spaces deny. They also bring us the voices of the people closest to the catastrophe – including some of the artists, colleagues, and friends I’ve written about and who are suffering now. And sometimes, only music can express how we feel, when words are scrutinized, weaponized, fragmented, and fail.

Sinevibes Switch v3 makes gate sequence FX devilishly simple

Sinevibes has built a ground-up successor to its past Switch and Strobe step sequence gate effects. Everything from classic trance gates to precise polyrhythms is elegant and straightforward in this major update.

Free Surge XT 1.3 adds OSC, command line, new effects, more features

If you weren’t already in love with the free synthesis powerhouse that is Surge XT, here’s a big 1.3.0 release with a candy store of new features, from Open Sound Control to command line interface to visualizations in the tuning editor.

TouchDesigner 2023 Official: timecode, new operators, more integrations

TouchDesigner 2023 Official has landed, in a massive upgrade for the essential media production tool and visual development environment. 2023 brings major new device and sensor support, timecode and other features that help it work in broadcast and production environments, and lots of new operators and integrations.

chipsynth C64 is an emulation of the SID so good, it can replace hardware

Today, Plogue is launching chipsynth C64, an AAX/AU/VST3/CLAP plug-in recreation of the Commodore 64/128 and its legendary 1982 SID chip (and successors). No one else could create an emulation this obsessive. After just a few minutes with it, it feels like encountering an entirely new instrument that fell straight out of a past decade. It’s likely to enchant both nostalgic C64 fans and those discovering chip music for the first time.

Ableton’s Push 3 Upgrade Kit is now available; Push is “made to evolve”

Ableton has announced that their Upgrade Kit for Push 3 is now available. With the launch, they’ve also released two videos, covering the upgrade process and their approach to making their hardware upgradeable.

Moog’s new Mariana is a monster bass soft synth with dual engines and CV

Moog’s Mariana is here on desktop (macOS, Windows) and iOS and – it’s about as much Moog sound as you can imagine in software. Here’s what’s in that architecture, some hands-on first impressions, plus details of a significant update for the Moogerfooger software effect range that goes perfectly with the synth.

Nepheton 2 is here: D16’s perfect, booming 808 recreation joins 909

This is what many drum machine fans were waiting for: following their remade 909, D16 has its 808 plug-in reboot, and it looks and sounds gorgeous. Here’s what’s new.