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MPC Bling: Complete Technique’s Audio Jewelry, White Gold and Jewel MPC 3000

Love your audio gear so much you wish you could wear it around your neck, but a loudspeaker on your throat would a) strangle you and b) make you look like too much of a dork to attend high-society functions? Complete Technique jewelers feels you. From sterling silver turntable cartridges plated in gold with embedded […]

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Should CDM Launch Video Sibling?

Video is increasingly part of performance, and you’ll notice the major VJ hardware makers — Roland/Edirol and Korg — also happen to be musical instrument manufacturers. Roland and Edirol are even building in automatic communication between their keyboards and their VJ hardware, from low to high end. I think video will increasingly become part of […]

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Enough!, compilation for Gaza, joined by call to sound from Dr. Ghassan

As the preventable crisis of starvation and death continues to play out in Gaza, the compilation “Enough!” begins with the words of a mother whose children were murdered. Mayss Naber from Jordan has assembled a massive roster of international and emerging artists, but crucially, this compilation also comes with a message from Dr. Ghassan Abu Sittah.

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Orange dots, begone! Apple adds privacy indicator hiding in Sonoma 14.4

Live visual artists, visual producers, media artists, VJs – the best news from Apple this month for us is that the company has added the ability to turn off the orange dots that appear when an audio input is active.

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Class is in session: DeForrest Brown on Black innovation in music

If you want a take on exactly how Black innovators have influenced music, look to this full-length lecture (and performance) from DeForrest Brown. It’s your free ticket to sit in at Harvard.

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Don’t upgrade to macOS Sonoma 14.4 yet: plug-in compatibility issues

macOS Sonoma remains stable, but a change reportedly related to AU plug-in validation in the recent 14.4 update can cause compatibility issues. With no significant reason to rush to upgrade, that means you should delay until plug-in developers have updates.

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LFO device in Max over top an Ableton Live session, showing the Presentation view. The Freeze button (set to unfreeze to allow editing).

Ableton has a new free guide to making better Max for Live devices

Ableton is today releasing an exhaustive free guide full of resources they’ve used internally in developing and maintaining devices. The guide has a ton of advice, so it’s a chance to benefit from Ableton’s experience.

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Free Sosir plug-in, experimental bowing effect, is a deep drone machine

Sosir Freeze-Delay is a free “experimental” plug-in for macOS (Intel/Apple Silicon) and Windows (AU/VST3), intended to give you bowing effects with guitar inputs. It’s beautiful for that, but also creates a range of freeze/delay effects, some beyond just the standard infinite reverb. Let the dark ambient drones commence.

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Portable recorder/looper on its side with a rainbow background behind it. White with knobs and wooden buttons, a large speaker grill, and a gooseneck mic protruding perpendicular to the front panel.

Critter and Guitari Kaleidoloop, portable looper, is back with new features

Kaleidoloop, an adorable portable looper/recorder, is back with a compact form factor plus a software update that delivers new modes, layering, and more. It’s now also a unique playback/effect that you can customize yourself with Pd.

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CDM deals: Softube, KORG, Universal Audio plug-ins – last call

If the February doldrums have you, Plugin Boutique has some last-minute software sales now, including a big deal on an SH-101 clone from Softube and 95% off a bundle from Universal Audio. And that could very affordably get you a nice synth fix.

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