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Hidenori Matsuoka updates Guitar Kit for iOS to v5.3

Written by Site Update on March 6th, 2015

Hidenori Matsuoka has updated Guitar Kit for iOS to v5.3. The update includes a lot of optimization for various architectures. Changes: Added iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus support. Added 64-bit native [Read More]
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SampleScience releases Thales Model I

Written by Site Update on March 6th, 2015

SampleScience has announced the release of Thales Model I, a virtual instrument for Windows and Mac (32-bit and 64-bit compatible). The instrument features the sound generated by early sixties [Read More]
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Final Weekend for the Fender SLIDE Mobile Audio Interface Giveaway @KVRaudio- 10 Up For Grabs

Written by Site Update on March 6th, 2015

It’s the final weekend for this month’s KVR giveaway: we’re giving away 10 of these cool Fender audio interfaces. Fender’s SLIDE is the perfect way to bring your guitar into the digital world [Read More]
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Watch a Dreamy, Groovy Reverie Played Live on Desktop Synths

Written by Site Update on March 6th, 2015

Jeremy Blake (aka Jeremy Leaird-Koch) is the kind of omni-dimensional talent who that seems tailored for the age of Web media. Yes, he’s an electronic musician, but … have a listen to his SoundCloud, and you’ll find the common thread is craft more than genre. And yes, he’s also a video editor, who’s also making imaginative and dazzling visuals.

Let’s instead just wander into his studio, virtually speaking, and let him play for us on a nice, assembled gathering of custom hardware.

And drifting off on this chillout groove is a nice way to take a pause in your day…

Ableton – Clock and recording | [Sonic Potions] LXR drum machine (clock from Ableton – clock to Zaquencer) | Behringer BCR200 – running Zaquencer | 2x MeeBlip [SE] and Access Virus A (Zaquencer) | [Teenage Engineering] OP-1 (clock from Ableton tape loops and live playing)

It’s all a nice rig, desktop units pouring over with personality. We’ve talked before about how nice the Zaquencer sequencer on the BCR is. The OP-1 pads sound gorgeous. And it’s really nice seeing the LXR drum machine as a centerpiece (instead of something more obvious like an Elektron, perhaps). It’s a remaining open hardware kit design even as others have disappeared, and while it’s not the easiest build, it’s a really cool bit of kit.

One of the bits of hardware is, of course, co-created by CDM. MeeBlip designer/engineer James and I been revisiting our own MeeBlip SE lately; he’s got not one, but two of them here. And there are things we like about it, even if we prefer the sound, controls, and filter on the newer model. I love the way it sounds here, though, which could certainly be applied to the Child of MeeBlip, MeeBlip anode.

More from Jeremy’s music feed:

And I love this “Vanitas” release:

Vanitas by Jeremy Blake

On the visual side, here’s his showreel – see, this kind of Renaissance-do-everything approach is what I love about the California scene at its best (Jeremy is Oakland-based):

[S+V] – sound+vision 2014 Showreel from Jeremy Leaird-Koch on Vimeo.

More:

https://soundvision.bandcamp.com

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Sugar Bytes Looperator

Written by Site Update on March 6th, 2015

Read more about Sugar Bytes Looperator at MusicRadar.com


Sugar Bytes’ latest plugin (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) and standalone effect, Looperator, is effectively two audio processing tools in one: a loop slicer and an effects sequencer.

The loop slicer comes first, chopping the incoming audio into 16 steps. The step resolution can be set to half-, quarter-, or eighth-notes, and while we’d have liked the option of 16ths, judging by how successful the rest of the plugin is, we guess Sugar Bytes just decided it didn’t work.

“For every step of the sequence, each of the five effects channels can be set to trigger one of 20 presets or four user settings”

Below the slice Input lane is a six-track sequencer, which controls Slice playback and five effect channels. The signal flow through the modules is re-ordered by simply dragging them up or down.

The Slice track controls which slice is played back on each step. With simple one-bar percussive loops, this isn’t so exciting; but as soon as you apply it to something that varies as it progresses – a musical riff or vocal sample, for example – it becomes a whole lot of fun.

For every step of the sequence, each of the five effects channels can be set to trigger one of 20 preset or four configurable User settings. The presets can’t be adjusted but are carefully designed to deliver always-useable results, while the User settings open the effects up to manual editing, including various modulation options.

The FX 1 and FX 2 tracks host multieffects presets covering familiar processors like Reverb, Delay, Vinyl, Tape Stop, Distortion, Tonal Delay. Phaser, Pitch Shift and Half Speed. The User settings expand the list to include a synthesiser, ring modulator and more.

The remaining three tracks are Loop, Envelope and Filter. All three are useful and interesting – with filter’s various types including a vowel filter, and the envelope shaping effects handling everything from gating to subtle pumping – but we think it’s Loop that will appeal most to electronic music producers, as the preset steps facilitate incredibly fast creation of the kinds of snare rolls, double kicks and stutter edits that can otherwise be fiddly to program. In this respect, Looperator is a powerful, intuitive solution that could find a place on just about any dance track.

Loop the loop

Like all Sugar Bytes plugins, Looperator comes with a tasty selection of presets, which make for are a great place to start. There’s also MIDI note or Program Change input for quickly calling up patches from a user-constructed ‘favourites’ list.

Naturally, you won’t always want the fully wet effect all the time, and Looperator offers individual Wet/Dry controls for each track, as well as a multimode (Mix Linear, Mix Equal, etc) wet/dry control for the output.

On balance, it must be said that Looperator isn’t the most original plugin we’ve ever come across, but rather a superb evolution of Sugar Bytes’ other glitch plugins, Effectrix and Turnado. It’s certainly the first that makes incorporating the results into a broader project a truly effortless process.

Looperator doesn’t boast the widest range of effects, and it has a very definite sound, which will affect its shelf life, but we recommend it to any connoisseur of loop slicers and glitch effects.

Indeed, the speed with which it can be used to create builds and edits (in both individual tracks and full mixes) should make it a go-to tool for any electronically minded arranger.

Read more about Sugar Bytes Looperator at MusicRadar.com







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Musicrow releases Hot Chilli for NI Massive

Written by Site Update on March 5th, 2015

Musicrow has released Hot Chilli for NI Massive. Hot Chilli is a collection of 50 distorted sounds for NI Massive, and the first soundset in the Musicrow Massive Food series. From crackling tube [Read More]
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Bremmers Audio Design releases MultitrackStudio 8

Written by Site Update on March 5th, 2015

Bremmers Audio Design has released MultitrackStudio 8 for Windows and Mac OS X. New Features: Names changed: ‘Pro Plus’ edition is now called ‘Pro’, ‘Professional’ edition is now called ‘Standard’. [Read More]
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Auxy Meets Logic Via midimux – Video Tutorial

Written by Site Update on March 5th, 2015

midimux
Auxy is a cool and still young iPad app that generated lots of interest since its release. A mix between a design challenge (inspired by the ‘less is more’ principle) and traditional piano-roll beat-making that is going to grow in the next months.
So far, Auxy’s sound options are limited to a few presets, but what if you want to use your powerful DAW sounds instead?
Now there’s a new solution (way more reliable than WiFi or Bluetooth shaky connections), midimux, an iPad app (+ Mac server software) that talks MIDI to your Mac using the standard USB to lightning or 30 pin cable. Brilliant, ah?
You may have already seen some videos of midimux integrated with a Live-based setup. These days I’ve been testing midimux with my main DAW, Logic Pro X.
I’ve tested it with several apps (Animoog, IK Multimedia apps, etc.) but here I would like to show you how Auxy can benefit from midimux, using Logic’s software instruments to replace Auxy’s original sound. It’s just a quick video (actually two), but it should do the job. Note: to use Auxy via MIDI you need to buy the MIDI add-on as In App Purchase.
The videos are silent, but you can hear the actual final tracks in the Soundcloud player below. More on midimux in the next days.
2015 is going to be an exciting year for iPad & desktop DAWs integration…

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Romance Again: Intimate, Personal Music for the First Warmth of Spring

Written by Site Update on March 5th, 2015

Who’s ready for some springtime romance? Show of hands? Thought so.

Here in northern Europe, at least, we’re at that inflection point as spring first crawls its way out of winter, tiny buds on the trees and ice/rain mixes giving way to faintly warm sunbeams. This is music that matches that mood. And it’s music that finds a voice, that can sing – not just in beautiful vocals (and the likes of Brolin certainly suffices in his latest work), but in music that is crafted from some intimate place. These are productions that are immediate and intensely personal in the same way as singing.

And there’s another reason to look at these artists. Sometimes artists blow up because they met the right people, they played the right parties, they hit the mainstream at the right time. This is something different. These artists have all taken some turn in their own musical identities. That seasonal metaphor works: they are bursting, creatively, in the best possible way.

Full disclosure: I get to be impossibly lazy as a journalist here, or certainly very lucky, in that I’m the warmup DJ for this lineup tomorrow in Berlin. But it’s one of those rare situations where you get called to play, and wind up losing yourself listening to the promo materials they sent over. I wish that happened all the time; we know it doesn’t, so I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Brolin (video, top) is an artist on the verge of really blowing up to a wider audience – if he can break the Google curse; no relation (that I know of) to the American actors of the same last name.

brolin

I would say there’s something in the water in England, but I know exactly what’s in the water – a superior music education for singers. The result is nailing spot-on technique without sounding overly controlled, that ability to make tone that purrs but retains a lightly rough edge.

Brolin, if you know him from earlier releases like his track “Portland,” has traded that cuter, more twee sound for something with more depth. (The videos have gotten better, too. It turns out that the Internet is so savagely competitive that cute dogs and cute models in jean shorts actually aren’t enough to attract an audience.)

Pairing that sound with electronics works perfectly. With the German duo Kruse & Nuernberg, he produced the hypnotic video at top, an ideal foil to the deep house-inflected, pop-worthy track. (Kruse & Nuernberg have also graduated from more conventional house tracks to a grown-up, laidback take of their own.)

Kruse & Nuernberg Get Kaleidoscopic on “Lost N Free”

Their collaborative EP I think will be a huge hit:

The duo check in with the blog Sloth Boogie – 5 Questions with Kruse & Nuernberg + Brolin – he talks to ,a href=”http://www.electricmusicmagazine.com/#!brolin-interview/c1ykg”>Electric Music Magazine.

Brolin has jumped into the deep end of chilled-out, smart electronics, adding his whisper-close vocals. For further evidence, check out this free mixtape with more of his work:

Flags mixtape by Brolin

His single “Swim Deep” is more pop-y than the waters I normally tread, but you can hear that vocal technique as it’s developed. I’m curious to see the live act tomorrow.

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So, that’s the UK. Meanwhile, in Hamburg, there’s Luka Seifert. His own personal breakthrough came from lightening up on the edits, he tells The Fader: sampling recordings raw, returning to his roots on the guitar, leaving an organic feel rather than over-producing, to get something that’s “honest.” It has the same immediacy as his Tumblr feed of photos – rough, but effortlessly drenched in aesthetic sense. (Somehow the ghosts of the Bauhaus in Germany seem to do that to people here.)

I think the result is spectacular, swells of sound, hiss that becomes its own color and air.

LUKA’s “Fault Line” Is The Soundtrack To Your Low-Key Spring Romance

Luka’s “Lowdown,” released for XLR8R, is in a similar space, floating atop a cloud of sampled noise and echoing with lullaby-like tune and percussion:

Glenn Jackson, usually at no loss for words, actually stumbles a bit on how to categorize it in the article for the free download – which I think is a good sign:
Luka “Lowdown” [XLR8R Downloads]

Luka’s Hamburg sometimes-neighbor, the globe-trotting, gypsy nomad Sofia Kourtesis, is a kindred spirit in this new style – something made partly in technological chops and partly in dreams.

Sofia is one of the people behind this lineup in Berlin. We covered her previously, but it’s worth visiting her yet again – because she has found a way to get still more personal with her tracks, closer to the core of their being. With singles she released on XLR8R and The Fader to accompany her new EP, she’s built tracks that are melodic, dreamily evocative atop their rhythmic framework.

And she has likewise found her way to some of these same corners. Amidst the aggressive gothic clanging of tribal rituals that has become the mainstay of electronic music, this is music that can be genuinely, comfortably vulnerable. I can think of nowhere better to conclude.

And speaking of getting personal and vulnerable, “Zaza” reminds us why we do that in music. It’s a musical reflection on the loss of her grandmother, finding life again by using sound as a window to memory.

I’m fortunate to get to warm up the room for these folks and the rest of the lineup. If you care to join us and you’re around Berlin tomorrow Friday, we’d love to see you. The fact that we’re playing the former cultural embassy of Czechoslovakia, remade as a club, is another reminder that seasons’ change can rejuvenate:

BROLIN (UK) Live + Sofia Kourtesis / BlackBlackGold / Local Suicide / LUKA / Les Filles Noires / P Kirn / Soen / [Facebook]

6 March from 22h / 8€ / Konzulát – Leipzigerstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany

And if you can’t, I do hope you enjoy listening from afar.

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Guild Newark St Starfire IV

Written by Site Update on March 5th, 2015

Read more about Guild Newark St Starfire IV at MusicRadar.com


Used by the likes of Buddy Guy, the Starfire was one of Guild’s most popular models in the 60s. Now the Newark St edition offers a vintage-styled specification to match its heyday.

At first blush, its aesthetic puts it in competition with Gibson’s ES-335. But make no mistake: the Starfire has a voice all of its own.

“The Starfire articulates that middle ground between rootsy blues and roughhouse rock ‘n’ roll jangle,”

Looking past the double-cut, semi-hollow body, it has a quite different construction, too: the Starfire has a pressed laminate mahogany build, with a three-piece mahogany-maple-mahogany sandwich neck, and a maple centre-block for ballast.

Acoustically, the Starfire IV is bright and bold, and the pair of Guild Anti-Hum Dual-Coil pickups that grace the neck and bridge positions are a natural fit. Consider them reluctant humbuckers: a low-output option that’s happier teasing every bit of brightness out of the Starfire IV.

In the bridge position, it has a gentle snap and snarl, coruscating but never shrill, and while the neck pickup rounds off some of that sharpness, it never gets lost in the clay.

The Starfire articulates that middle ground between rootsy blues and roughhouse rock ‘n’ roll jangle, rewards note-heavy jazz and blissed-out fingerpicking and, thanks to that unpinned rosewood bridge piece, it is a little punishing when really choking the bejeezus out of your bends, knocking the tuning a little off-base.

But, when you consider the Starfire’s soft U-profile neck, jumbo frets and ultra-comfortable ride, that’s a minor foible.

Read more about Guild Newark St Starfire IV at MusicRadar.com







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