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Dip your toes into D.zúk’s Ishkhan, fishwave trout musical dreams from Armenia

Are human life and human music getting you down? Maybe you just need to be a prince among trout, swimming through the Caucausus’ Lake Sevan. Yerevan’s D.zúk has your ticket, in a debut from over the summer.

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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.

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NVIDIA’s SIGGRAPH brag: more real-time realism and lighting, more AI, more Omniverse

Good news for artists from NVIDIA this week – think more efficient photorealistic renders in realtime, and more Omniverse support, including for the free and open source Blender.

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Beirut 20/21 presents a music production scene in its own image, with Khyam Allami

In a time of crisis atop crisis, we’ve followed the diverse musical voices of Beirut artists as they found a way to keep making music. Here, as part of a larger project and assembled by musician and tuning champion Khyam Allami, is a sampling of music from this past year.

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monome, the grid that launched them all, gets “new and the same” edition; preorder now

There’s a new monome, same as the old monome, pre-ordering this summer: “we’ve redesigned the grid, again. but this time almost everything is new, even though we added nothing.”

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Black Corporation’s next hardware is a Jupiter-8 recreation, with MPE and microtuning

Black Corporation, makers of Deckard’s Dream and Kijimi, continue their run of ultra-luxe polysynths. Now the sought-after Jupiter-8 is in their sights, with some 2021 twists.

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Unreal Engine 5 brings fresh eye candy and patchable MetaSounds DSP

It makes beautiful, realistic… canyons. It makes games. It does incredible things with light. And oh yeah – surprise. This game engine also boasts a powerful, patchable DSP sound engine inside, blurring the line between game, graphics, and audio tool. It’s all positively Unreal. Um, 5. Early Access.

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Shaper2 is futuristic, glitchy, aggressive K-Devices plug-in waveshaper FX goodness

Feeling destructive? K-Devices’ Shaper2 is a fast route to digital edginess, it’s on discount now. And it is not mentally demanding – it’s a beautiful magical Thor’s hammer, in a good way. There are quite a lot of waveshapers about. But K-Devices has combined a number of harmonious (or rather intentionally disharmonious) modules for particularly […]

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Sequential is now a fully-owned Focusrite subsidiary; Dave Smith announcement

It’s consolidation season fo the industry. And Focusrite has just acquired legendary synth maker Sequential, alongside names like Adam Audio and Novation.

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Great news for MOTU interfaces: new Ultralite, Apple Silicon and Big Sur support

The Mark of the Unicorn shines brightly. MOTU are here with a ground-up redesign of their blowout hit audio interface UltraLite (now on revision mk5). Combine that with expanded support on Apple platforms and a still-great driverless line, and you have a MOTU interface for just about any job.

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