Aslice, system to compensate producers, added its first performing rights org

Aslice was already an intriguing idea – what if you could create a system to give music producers a share of the revenue DJs earn with their tracks? A new pilot program, though, promises to connect this with existing systems, as Aslice partners with Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN.

Rekordbox Cloud Library Sync now does Google Drive alongside Dropbox

DJs wanting cloud sync now can use Google Drive and not just Dropbox for storage – possibly useful if (raises hand) you’ve got a big unused storage allocation on Google.

monome, teletype are free in VCV Rack – and hardware is returning this fall

monome – the iconic grid and the project that produced it – are having a nice summer. Hardware is being assembled. And even if you’ve got zero money, you can give monome tools a try in the free VCV Rack grid, including on-screen grids, the powerfully programmable teletype module, and more.

Watch Hexorcismos make AI performative and personal in this live show

In contrast to big data, automation, and bland prompts, artist Mois├ęs Horta Valenzuela (Hexorcismos) is making machine learning into a live AV instrument using his own data sets and idiosyncratic, technoshamanistic approach. Check out this latest iteration of his live show Nahualtia Tlatzotzonalli (Shapeshifter Musician).

CDM Deals: summer and back-to-school sales round-up

Sure, probably in the summer for the northern hemisphere some of you are not thinking so much about buying music gear or plug-ins for a little while. But that means more discounts are inbound. Here’s the latest CDM Deals.

Make step-sequenced mayhem in this free plug-in – by dragging baby aliens around

Witchpig’s Alien Step Mutha is a free step-sequenced multi-effects plug-in. But in addition to controls like impact, destroy, and subsonic/hypersonic, you’ll tweak settings by dragging little aliens around and summoning sequences from their mum.

The 1990s Amiga with Video Toaster has a VFX cool factor that endures today

Todd Rundgren, Babylon 5, The X-Files, SeaQuest DSV, and even those demo videos – NewTek’s Video Toaster has plenty of 90s nostalgia behind it. But it also demonstrates workflow features in switching, titling, and animation that could easily inspire streamers today.

Microtuner for Ableton Live now supports Push standalone, Scala export

Ableton has been updating a lot of its Max for Live Devices this summer, including CV Tools and now Microtuner. Compatibility with standalone mode on the new Push is a must, of course, but there are enhancements for everyone, too.

A synth built around sonic exploration: Elmyra2, desktop and Eurorack

It’s the launch day for Neutral Labs’ Elmyra2, a hybrid digital-analog “platform for microtonal sonic exploration.” From experimental sounds and timbral play to ambient soundscapes and drones, this one looks promising. (And yes, it’s a sequel, though going way beyond the original.) This is a rich synth platform, 4-voice digital-analog hybrid with 31 modulation targets, […]

Imagine, Expressive E’s physical – synth hybrid, now has M1/M2 support and more sounds

It’s been a big year for Expressive E as their Osmose flagship hardware takes off. But they’ve got strong offerings on the software side, too – and now their Imagine software instrument adds Apple Silicon support and expanded sound capabilities. Imagine is a unique one, combining instrumental layers that model acoustic properties with a complete […]