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Audio Assault releases Free Defacer Plug-in for Win & Mac

Written by Site Update on April 1st, 2015

Audio Assault has released the free Defacer audio mangling plug-in for AU/VST/VST3/AAX & RTAS for Windows & OS X. Defacer is a free zero latency plug-in featuring two channels of audio [Read More]
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Allen & Heath’s New Analog Mixer Could be One to Beat: Xone:43 4+1

Written by Site Update on April 1st, 2015

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Allen & Heath aren’t bombarding the market with products. They’re not hopping on lots of new gimmicks. What they are doing is quietly releasing well-designed mixers that dominate the DJ scene. And the Xone:43 looks nothing if not eminently sensible – enough so that I suspect some might eye it as a mixer for live sessions, as well as the obvious club installs and DJ rigs.

A&H are serious enough about this tool that they’re releasing a new flagship — on the first of April. (No fooling.) But they can do that: because there’s absolutely nothing silly or far-fetched about this box.

There’s not too much to say about the 43. The big selling point is its filter, which is switchable between high pass, low pass, and bandpass modes with resonance.

And there’s the effects send. Sure, it’s got a stupid name (X:FX) – yeah, kind of sounds to me like an unknown hip-hop band. (Whoa. I’m actually not wrong.) And it makes some of us think of computer gaming graphics cards.

But X:FX works the way you wish effects sends always worked for live setups – you just get a stupidly-simple wet/dry control with a dedicated control on each channel for adding to your outboard effects. And you can route it to the filter, too.

Beyond that, the usual:
Mic/aux input with XLR and phono
2-band EQ
Innofader-conpatible Crossfader with three curve settings, which means you probably won’t replace it (though you can if you wish)
Balanced XLRs out
Dedicated record out
Headphone monitoring – with both 1/4″ and 3.5mm, in case you’ve forgotten your adapter, plus cue/mix control and split cue monitoring

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In short, it’s just a mixer that does everything you want and nothing else. And in a somewhat gimmick-laden market, that’s a good thing.

In fact, this particular set of features makes it useful I suspect to some people doing live sets, where quick control access to effects and filters and possibly even cueing would be desirable.

Shipping now, 899€ before VAT.

Details: http://www.allen-heath.com/ahproducts/xone43/

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Audiomux: How To Send Audio From iPad to Mac & From Mac To iPad

Written by Site Update on April 1st, 2015

audiomux-anrA few weeks ago we’ve introduced Midimux, a new powerful iOS app (+ Mac & Windows server), that allows you (for instance) to use your MIDI devices plugged to your Mac to control an iOS app, or to send MIDI messages (notes, etc.) from an iOS app to your desktop DAW, simply using the USB cable.
In our video tutorial(s) we used Midimux to connect the iPad to Logic.

In the meantime the guys behind Midimux have released a new app, called Audiomux (+ Mac server, soon on Windows too), that lets your iOS device and your Mac talk audio, always using the same USB cable (that will also charge your iOS device!).
Audiomux uses Audiobus to work its magic: basically you can send audio from the iPad (for instance) to the Mac, AND from the Mac to the iPad, without using extra hardware. How cool is that?

In the video tutorial below (created by Mitch Slayton, one of our new collaborators, welcome aboard Mitch!) we’ll show you how to connect the iPad to the Mac (running Logic), how to record the audio output from the iPad in Logic and how to filter (and record) a Logic track using an iPad FX app (in this case, the impressive FLUX:FX – see our interview with FLUX:FX developer). This last step is currently achieved through a workaround (explained in the video), but the next version of Audiomux should make it much easier.

The video is pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re new to this, feel free to ask your questions in the comments.
Note: you can buy Midimux and Audiomux separately or as a bundle (that’ll save you a few bucks!) for $ 9.99. If you make music with iOS and a desktop DAW these apps are definitely a must-buy, and won’t break your bank!

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Photophore Synth for iPad adds New Features, Performance Boost

Written by Site Update on April 1st, 2015

Taika Systems has updated Photophore, the unique flock synthesizer for iPad to version 1.0.2. Photophore 1.0.2 adds six new waveshapes, giving musicians and sound designers a wide range of new [Read More]
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MuTools updates MuLab and MUX Modular to Version 6.4

Written by Site Update on April 1st, 2015

MuTools has updated the MuLab and MUX Modular to version 6.4. Highlights: Greatly improved LFO module: All LFO shapes are fully editable now. LFO shapes can be saved/retrieved using MuWaveShape [Read More]
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Pushing the Limits: An Interview with Andrew Souter from 2CAudio

Written by Site Update on April 1st, 2015

How do you bring a fast PC to its knees? Developers have been doing this with music applications since the mid-80s. With the many real-time tasks a computer needs to execute to do even the simplest [Read More]
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Output releases SIGNAL – Pulse Engine for Kontakt

Written by Site Update on April 1st, 2015

Output has released SIGNAL, a pulse generating software instrument designed to combine the warmth of fat analog and digital synths with beauty of organic instruments. SIGNAL features a 40GB [Read More]
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Abletinder Puts Dating Right Inside Ableton’s Max for Live

Written by Site Update on April 1st, 2015

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From the wonderful tomcosm, at last we have a Max for Live plug-in you knew was waiting to happen. Functionality:

Abletinder Live is a real time hook up service for producers and DJs looking to meet that special someone.

Once the patch is open, you are presented with a selection of other users who are currently online, allowing you to either “Like” or “Nope” them.

When you first run Abletinder Live, it quickly gathers various information about your production habits and finds appropriate matches from our growing database off current online producers and DJs.

If you “Like” someone who has “Liked” you back, you will be instantly connected with them via chat, where you can take the conversation in any way which you please.

Simply download and open the patch on any Audio track, (or your Master Track) and start matching!

Good luck.

http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2911

Yes, you can download this. Yes, you can try it.

I’m sad that the one true love of my life, Eliza, isn’t there. Tom, I say you have until the end of today to fix that. Look at your calendar, and you’ll see what I mean.

Hat tip, David.

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The Ghost of Friedrich Nietzsche Reviews Tidal Streaming

Written by Site Update on March 31st, 2015

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After a press event briefly quoted famed philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, I’m pleased to announce that the Ghost of Friedrich Nietzsche today will make his review of Tidal, the new streaming service. It’s a surprise, of course – the master of perspectivism doesn’t normally take time out of his day for something like this! So I’m honored. Here’s Fred:

Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.
Did you see how they ripped off Spotify’s interface? Here, look at this image from Twitter. Shameful.

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I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
Seriously, this lineup of ultra-celebrities is pretentious as f***. Kanye, I’m looking at you. What, you think you’re some kind of Übermensch, or what?

If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
Do a search for my favorite composer, Richard Wagner – there’s almost no music there. What’s there is all bargain bin recordings, poorly organized. Weaksauce.

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.
If Spotify is already giving 70% of its revenues to artists, the issue is that streaming in general can’t pay the bills. So I don’t see how this is going to make things any better, really. Plus, don’t these people already have enough money?

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
However — can you tell the difference between AAC encoding and lossless FLAC? Because I sure as Hell can’t. I mean, kinda sorta. I’m going to save my ten bucks a month for some wine, because for art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication. And I’m dead, so I’m not really worried about my liver anyway. Speaking of –

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
My money – Spotify will win this round. Just look out for iTunes streaming.

Now, for something for you CDM readers, just in case you think I’m not with the times, here’s Other People with their take on the composer I loved so dearly. He’s fine, by the way, thanks for asking. Advantage of being dead, lots of interesting characters around…

Disclaimer: this was not really written by Friedrich Nietzsche, and it isn’t even April 1 yet, so please, ghost of Friedrich Nietzsche, don’t haunt me in my sleep – particularly when I’m living so near Prussia. Thanks. I… would like to have you do a round-up of Eurorack at Musikmesse, however, if you’re game.

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These Students Put Out Fires with The Power of Bass

Written by Site Update on March 31st, 2015

The next time you’re facing a life-threatening fire in, say, your kitchen, you may simply shout, “where’s the drop?”

George Mason University engineering seniors Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have made a fire extinguisher that works entirely using sound. If you haven’t seen it making the social media rounds yet, of course, it’s worth posting here. Not only is it absurdly cool to watch, but it’s the latest reminder that music, sound engineering, and science can go hand in hand. That is, music is made of sound, and the study of sound overlaps with engineering and physics.

In fact, this is a sound engineering problem: it’s an amplifier, coupled with power, sound generation (think oscillator), and a tube that focuses that sound.

Best of all, here’s what most people would think was a chemistry problem solved by a couple of electrical engineers. 30-60Hz sounds work, with regular oscillations. (They say “music” doesn’t work well, but… well, is anyone else tempted to turn this into a musical composition?)

The Washington Post has a detailed story that’s well worth reading – not all the practical applications are yet worked out yet. (As the video suggests, one idea is drones fighting forest fires – and of course, then you need only electricity.) But it’s still a fascinating project, all built with just US$ 600 in parts:
When it comes to putting out fire, GMU students show it’s all about that bass

Thanks to Sara Kietzmann for this!

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