Pipa is a unique vocal synth that’s supremely fun to play [Hands-on]

Lying somewhere between organic and artificial in its sound, the vocal synth Pipa – available as both an iPad app and a Mac and Windows plug-in – is genuinely new and refreshing.

Essential games for music nerds from the Steam Winter Sale

2020 saw the gaming industry supplant film as the predominant AV medium. There are plenty of great possibilities for immersion now on sale for Mac and PC – and titles music makers and nerds won’t want to miss. Here are some favorites, including some that might fly under the radar.

Peter Kirn - December 28, 2020

Reason Friktion review: an exquisitely playable physical modeling string instrument

From Reason Studios comes a new physical modeling instrument, Friktion, focused on bowed and plucked strings. The twist: it lets you push the envelope sonically, but never loses its cool.

Peter Kirn - August 25, 2020

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