Android users get Polaris, a new pocket music maker

If you’ve got a beloved Android smartphone (or even tablet), here’s some rare news: there’s a new Android-exclusive music-making tool available. Polaris gives you quick-and-easy sequencing, modulation, synthesis, and sample manipulation in an elegant, minimal interface. And it looks perfect for quick sketching when you’re flying in coach or passing some spare moments.

Visco is a warped drum machine that lets you squish sound like goo [hands on]

Between samples and synth, sound design and performance—and with a heaping dose of machine learning—Visco is a new way of imagining a beat construction plug-in. But what you’ll probably notice first is that you get to squish around a futuristic blob of goo like it’s space-alien Silly Putty.

Peter Kirn - March 20, 2024

Polyphonic patching, chords in cords: Tiptop Audio’s ART arrives

Imagine polyphonic modular patches – but now imagine that with polyphonic patch cables. Announced in May, Tiptop Audio’s ART system and patching approach arrives now as modules, a system, and a whole mess of videos exploring patching with this paradigm for polyphony and integrated expressive data, all via analog connections.

Peter Kirn - February 28, 2024

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