SynthieCat gives Ableton Live the deep matrix and effects of the 1971 EMS Synthi A

Max for Cats is here with SynthieCat. It’s like using Ableton Live in an alternate universe where it was developed at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Inflation, begone: SunVox is still donationware, and 2.1 makes it slicker and more powerful

The runs-on-any-OS modular music studio got a major 2.1 update this week, with better high-res graphics, a new keyboard, and more. It’s a synth. It’s a tracker. It runs on Raspberry Pi so you can make your own mobile music hardware. It’s stupidly good – and those keys make it easy to jam with on the go. SunVox is a bright music maker even in hard times.

Peter Kirn - February 3, 2023

Scatter: a granular cloud plug-in with minimalist controls and lovely shimmering pitch

Amidst many granular tools out there, Scatter is nicely focused – intuitive controls plus elegant pitch modulation options. It can be a shimmer reverb as much as a granular cloud effect, marrying grain soundscapes with classic digital pitch effects.

Peter Kirn - January 31, 2023

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