What’s new on Roland SP-404MKII sampler, spec for spec; 404 timeline and hands-on roundup

The buzz online makes it clear – plenty of people still want the immediacy of the Roland SP-404 sampler. An MKII has been long anticipated – not to mention leaked – so let’s get directly into what’s new, and find out what else you want to know.

Rymdigare for iOS combines FX in a fanciful UI and makes everything fuzzy and wonderful

There’s a gently pastel-colored hand-drawn interface, a backstory involving extraplanetary mining. It’s a reverb, a degrader and multi-effect, but also a drone maker. But whatever it is, Rymdigare transports everything you do to a warm, happy place. It’s like drizzling stuff with warm chocolate.

Peter Kirn - October 4, 2021

Afrorack is back with cheap DIY modules, from African percussion to MS-20 filters

Afrorack continues to make richly textured polyrhythmic music and share secrets for cheaply producing powerful modular instruments with open tools. Here are some tantalizing updates from Uganda.

Peter Kirn - September 21, 2021

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