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Arturia releases MicroFreak Vocoder Edition

Arturia’s MicroFreak offers 14 digital oscillator modes, analogue filters, and modulation/randomisation options aplenty, with the new 16-band vocoder mode promising to transform your voice “in the freakiest way possible”.

The vocoder engine offers three waveforms – sawtooth, pulse width, and noise – and Timbre and Shape knobs that adjust the response of the 16 frequency bands. The 16 presets, meanwhile, take you beyond standard robot voices – expect ‘android translations’, harmonies, and formant sequences as well.

Obviously, if you’ve got a vocoder, you’re going to want a mic as well, and Arturia can sell you a companion gooseneck model for £25. You can set your preferred mic gain and noise gate settings in the utility menu.

You can also twist other sounds with the vocoder, just hook up a synth, drum machine, or anything else, and off you go.

Some cosmetic changes have been made, too – the control panel has been given a makeover, and the centre strip now has a Swan graphic. You’ll also note that this model comes in a white finish rather than the original’s black livery.

We should also say that, if you’re an existing MicroFreak owner who’s reading all this and feeling pretty peeved, fear not.

It turns out that the headphone port on your synth (and indeed, on the Vocoder Edition) actually has a TRRS connector, which means that, once you’ve downloaded the 2.1 update, you can plug in in a suitable smartphone in-line mic with TRRS connector and enjoy the vocoding functionality for yourself, at no additional cost. So, everyone’s a winner.

Available for a limited time, the MicroFreak Vocoder Edition will set you back around £299.

Source: musicradar.com

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Allen & Heath might be in the process of buying Traktor from Native Instruments

Gearnews has reported that Allen & Heath is poised to buy Traktor from the troubled Berlin-based firm. At this point, it all seems to be hearsay, as the story doesn’t appear to quote any sources, but the revelation is certainly very interesting.

Selling off its DJing arm certainly makes sense since the company announced job losses and a need to create a “unified platform” last year.

The German company has spent a fair amount of time in the headlines of late that eludes to things not going all too well at NI right now. Daniel Haver and Mate Galic’s recent step down to make way for new leadership seemed to sum things up, following its response to systemic racism, bias and inequality and the decision to backtrack on the move to discontinue its ‘legacy’ software.

As for what this would mean for Allen & Heath, a move into digital DJing and hybrid control that is currently dominated by Pioneer DJ actually makes perfect sense and could bring about some very exciting new developments. It may even see the involvement of Richie Hawtin if this acquisition/partnership should take place.

If the sale of the DJing arm is in the pipeline it may well interest other companies which could include the likes of Behringer, Novation, Ableton, and maybe even Apple. Who knows?!

We will bring you more news on this story if/when it becomes available.

Sources: MusicRadar and DJ Tech Tools

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Subpac announce the launch of their X1 product

Music is created and enjoyed more than ever before, yet only a small number of people can experience the full spectrum, the full feeling. Today, SUBPAC, the industry-leading audio technology company, announced the next generation of its groundbreaking tactile audio systems: the SUBPAC X1. Building on the success of its previous models, the all-new X1 is the next evolutionary step in immersing users physically in music and media.

For creators, SUBPAC gives a deeper connection and understanding of their mix that is not possible with traditional speakers or headphones by physically transferring frequencies through high-fidelity vibrations to the body. For everyone, SUBPAC opens up the physical dimension of sound and new possibilities for immersive experiences.

The new SUBPAC X1 is a software-driven, modular, wireless design that is focused on creators, audio professionals and serious enthusiasts. The SUBPAC X1 offers an innovative hybrid design allowing for both wearable and seated experiences – one SUBPAC, from the studio to the street to the stage and beyond. The SUBPAC X1 system features a companion control module, the SUBPAC C1, for professional analog, digital and wireless connectivity, offering maximum freedom and flexibility.

“The SUBPAC X1 represents the next step in our journey to empower creators and deliver immersive audio solutions. The key advancements in our software, hardware and form-factor have been several years in development and are based on feedback from and collaboration with our SUBPAC community” said John Alexiou, SUBPAC’s Co-founder on the launch of the new product.

BUILT ON THE SUBPAC FLOWTM PLATFORM

The SUBPAC X1 is built on the SUBPAC FLOWTM platform, an extensible set of software and hardware technologies that are fast becoming the de-facto standard for creating and delivering deep, immersive audio experiences. In addition to the Pro-Audio market SUBPAC is making significant forays into the broader audio markets with partnerships in key industries including Automotive, Home-Cinema, Gaming and Health & Wellness. Its best-in-class patented hardware technologies, advanced content optimization algorithms, and sensor-driven controls are laying the foundation for the next generation of powerful immersive media experiences.

TOWARDS A HEALTHY MUSIC & TECHNOLOGY ECOSYSTEM 

Building on the foundation of the company’s current Artist Affiliate Program, SUBPAC is further reinforcing its commitment to fueling the music ecosystem by developing a progressive Artist Partner Program to include Profit-Sharing, Equity Ownership, and Board Representation from the artist community. Sustainability at the local level is also of importance to the company and the new SUBPAC X1 system will be  anufactured in North America, with plans to implement a local assembly process in every continent starting in 2021.

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Per Hammar & Patrick Siech launch audio engineering service

Esteemed DJs and producers Patrick Siech and Per Hammar have announced the launch of their new audio engineering and mix-down service Euromix, which will specialise in crafting and fine tuning club-music specifically. The service is designed for budding house and techno producers who need that final push to craft and fine-tune their projects so that they’re ready to be signed to a label, and of course fit for the dance-floor.

Euromix is unique in that the music has full attention from two different engineers across two differently equipped studios, one in Malmö and the other in Berlin. The projects all pass through the sound of both studios, and get tested on a separated powerful club-standard PA system. This is to ensure that the tracks are finished to perfection and ready for any club setting.

For over 15 years Per Hammar and Patrick Siech have been developing their mix techniques by playing their music out on a weekly basis on different dancefloors. They understand what it takes to set a crowd in motion and their own productions have been released on labels spanning between Drumcode, Semantica and Parabel in the techno realm, to Infuse and Per Hammar’s own Dirty Hands, 10YEARS and De Vloer imprints in the house realm.

Upon request they will also be offering producers one-on-one mixdown and engineering sessions in either of the Berlin and Malmö studios, for those producers looking for more of a tutorial style service.

Euromix offers Stem Mixing, Mastering, Engineering, Education & Mentoring to take your project to the next level, please visit http://euromix.net/ for full details and pricing.
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‘The only way of really knowing how a track sounds in a PA system is to actually hear it in one. After measuring and calibrating a Funktion One system in a club in town, I calibrated my own PA-system to match the frequency response and feel. To have a proper club PA in an acoustically well balanced space means no more guessing games.’— Patrick Siech


‘Even though Patrick and I worked very closely together for over a decade, we never really had an mutual official project together. We built the studio together, maintained it, and continuously exchanged knowledge. Meanwhile, we spent time on our individual careers, and that made us develop skills in different places. Also, things like which gear to use, and how to use it differs a lot between us. That’s why I think that Euromix will be a unique and useful tool for new producers, since our toolbox is a wide and powerful one.’ — Per Hammar

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Sincopat and Hello Demo launch ‘Sincopat Remixed’

Sincopat, the label headed by AFFKT, has joined forces with the rapidly rising platform Hello Demo to launch what will be Hello Demo’s third remix contest, kicking off on July 24th. Over the course of 4 weeks, producers will have the chance to remix AFFKT’s ‘Bac’, which was released just over a week ago as part of his forward-thinking 4 track EP Matoji. 

“I’m so curious to hear how the participants of the remix contest reinterpret my new track ‘Bac’. From the simplicity of the original track, I’ll be looking for the surprise of the listener and, as in all of my tracks, the feeling of listening to something fresh and different. The winner will have a chance to get their remix out on Sincopat.” – AFKKT 

The winner of the contest will have their remix released on Sincopat’s yearly project ‘Remixed Series’ and five runner-ups will receive a free 1-year Hello Demo Artist subscription. 

Launched in 2010, Sincopat is a worldwide benchmark of avant-garde electronic music that believes in a new generation of artists unafraid to experiment with eclectic sounds. 

To enter the competition producers simply need to click the link below and subscribe to the channel. They’ll then receive an email with instructions to download the parts, view the countdown clock and also submit their final remix*. Contest closes at 11:59pm CET on August 24th. 

https://hd.click/hdremix

*The system only allows users to submit one track but for as long as the contest is open, users can update their track as many times as they need with the Replace Track feature (until the contest concludes). Hello Demo https://hello-demo.com/

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FACE the Music alliance launches

FACE the Music, an alliance For Art and Cultural Entertainment (FACE) formed as a response to the negative economic and cultural impact of COVID-19 pandemic, has just launched its worldwide operations. This alliance exists as a not-for-profit association which will act globally, with the aim to support and enhance the electronic music industry. Founding members and associates include booking and management agencies, artists, promoters, club owners and other professionals from this industry, such as representatives of Yoyaku Agency, Toi.Toi.Musik, Fabric London, Mutek Festival, The BPM Festival, Visionquest, Avant Garden, BArtist Agency, Bleach Agency, Zero Logistics, Nomad Talent, Lola ED, Minibar, Discobar, Subsonic Music Festival and more.  

The alliance will take action in creating a dialogue with decision-makers in politics and culture and national governments to investigate ways to be supported and saved. FACE the Music will, also, serve as a platform for professionals to communicate, collaborate and educate on designing the music industry’s re-opening. Additionally, FACE considers its mission to go beyond the so-called creative economy and raises awareness of the beneficial effects of nightlife in its social, intellectual, academic, artistic, and (counter-)cultural forms. 

FACE the Music will be acting as a centralized force that will strengthen the industry’s collective needs and tackle common issues and difficulties, especially in times of turmoil such as the current global emergency. The alliance will also collate up-to-date information on measures as a response to the current crisis to provide instructions in a consistent manner. Furthermore, FACE will identify ways of driving sponsorship and/or funding which would be available to the benefits of our members,  and aim to create partnerships and initiatives with other similar associations.

As a reminder, nightlife has not only been suspended worldwide, but it’s also a sector facing the most uncertainty about how and when it may re-open fully. While national efforts to save this culture are under discussion in places recognising nightlife such as Berlin or Amsterdam, FACE has identified the need for a collective and coordinated international response in the rest of the world as well. 

All industry professionals, companies, associations are welcome to become members via the link: https://www.face-the-music.org/become-a-member

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PreSonus’ Atom SQ integrates with both Studio One and Ableton Live

PreSonus has announced the Atom SQ, a performance and production controller that boasts deep integration with both Studio One and Ableton Live. This follows the company’s launch of Studio One 5 earlier this month.

The Atom SQ is a bus-powered controller with 32 velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB-backlit keys, that can also double as pads for beat making or clip launching. It also features a screen that shows contextual information and parameters, and also sports a built-in arpeggiator.

In addition to a standard fare of transport controls (stop, play, record and click-enable), there’s also a touch strip and eight endless rotary knobs that can be user assigned.

While working in Studio One, the Atom SQ can be used to play instruments, function as a 16-step sequencer or control the DAW’s pattern editor. Inserting new patterns, changing their lengths, adding variations, and making scale changes can all be performed directly from the Atom SQ. This integration, too, spans various basic functions such as selecting and editing individual steps, copying, pasting, duplicating, and deleting.

The controller’s integration with Ableton Live is similar, allowing clips and scenes to be launched, parameters to be mapped to physical controls and its interface to be navigated with dedicated buttons for zooming in and out.

Additionally, the Atom SQ also includes Studio One Artist and Ableton Live Lite, as well as two loop packs with custom kits for the brand’s Impact XT plug-in.

The PreSonus Atom SQ is available soon for €247/$324.95. No launch date has been announced yet.

Source: musictech.net

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Italy-based Unknown Devices have announced the Ogami Ittō, an effects pedal that packs a punch!

Italy-based Unknown Devices have announced the Ogami Ittō, an effects pedal that packs saturation, distortion and tape delay capabilities within a compact enclosure.

Right off the bat, the Ogami Ittō’s unlabelled control scheme may appear slightly confusing, but fortunately, each knob and switch can be reassigned to different functions through a companion editor. Similarly, it’s also possible to reroute the pedal’s signal path, allowing for a great deal of customisation for applications live or in the studio.

With that considered, the Ogami Ittō features two main effects sections: a saturator/distortion and a three-head tape delay.

On the distortion side of things, the amount settings for both the drive, which derives a “morphing waveshaper”, and the bitcrusher share a single control. This is essentially voiced to intensify high-frequency saturation at higher settings.

As for the delay, the Ogami Ittō employs three tape heads reading at different speeds. Head one sports its own delay control, while heads two and three share a separate knob. Its feedback controls are shared in a similar fashion.

The Ogami Ittō also appears to offer multiple internal patch points for its effects, as Unknown Devices wrote that it’s entirely possible to route the distortion to the delay, and back into itself before being sent to output. Check out the video below to get an idea of what to expect:

Apart from this, the device can also be synced to an external MIDI clock. The companion editor, built as a Max For Live device is currently being developed for standalone, which is said to accompany the device at its September launch date.

Pre-orders for the Ogami Ittō begin on 26th July with an introductory price of €180 (usually €199).

Source: musictech.net

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G-Sonique updates Alien 303 – 64-bit Native Version

Another boring imitation of the classic 303 sound? No way! The Alien 303 is the ultimate synthesizer primarily aimed to generate the psytrance basslines easily which were always so hard to create and fine-tune using the traditional synthesizers. Alien 303 can be used also as classic acid synth in many genres like: techno, acid house, rave, trance and others… Even though the Alien 303 is based on vintage 303 concept it offers many more features. Its sound spectrum and possibilities are totally different from the other solutions. The Alien 303 delivers sharper, more digital and tougher sounds. Try the new features like special digital oscillators with precise sound, simulator of unison / chorus or extra effective non-linear saturator. Don’t waste your time with fine-tuning of psytrance bass with the classic synthesizers and try the alien 303 now ! The Alien 303 can be also used for creating tough acid sounds and melodies.

Feature highlight:

– 10 digital and virtual analog oscillators
( An.Saw, D.Saw, Saw HB, Saw DB, VNT Saw, An.Ramp, D.Ramp, D.Square, Square, Pulse )
– Vintage virtual analog filter with resonance, sharp and organic sound.
– Unison/chorus effect
– Non-linear saturation unit
– PingPong stereo delay
– Amp/filter envelope
– Portamento

PRODUCT PAGE: https://www.g-sonique.com/alien303.html
FREE DOWNLOAD for customers: https://www.g-sonique.com/login.html
Price: 13.90 Eur, time-limited Summer sale: 9.9 Eur!

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G-Sonique updates Alien 303 – 64-bit Native Version

Another boring imitation of the classic 303 sound? No way! The Alien 303 is the ultimate synthesizer primarily aimed to generate the psytrance basslines easily which were always so hard to create and fine-tune using the traditional synthesizers. Alien 303 can be used also as classic acid synth in many genres like: techno, acid house, rave, trance and others… Even though the Alien 303 is based on vintage 303 concept it offers many more features. Its sound spectrum and possibilities are totally different from the other solutions. The Alien 303 delivers sharper, more digital and tougher sounds. Try the new features like special digital oscillators with precise sound, simulator of unison / chorus or extra effective non-linear saturator. Don’t waste your time with fine-tuning of psytrance bass with the classic synthesizers and try the alien 303 now ! The Alien 303 can be also used for creating tough acid sounds and melodies.

Feature highlight:

– 10 digital and virtual analog oscillators
( An.Saw, D.Saw, Saw HB, Saw DB, VNT Saw, An.Ramp, D.Ramp, D.Square, Square, Pulse )
– Vintage virtual analog filter with resonance, sharp and organic sound.
– Unison/chorus effect
– Non-linear saturation unit
– PingPong stereo delay
– Amp/filter envelope
– Portamento

PRODUCT PAGE: https://www.g-sonique.com/alien303.html
FREE DOWNLOAD for customers: https://www.g-sonique.com/login.html
Price: 13.90 Eur, time-limited Summer sale: 9.9 Eur!

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