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SKnote releases Disto – Compression, Distortion, Warmth

Written by Site Update on September 29th, 2015

SKnote has released Disto, an emulation of two compression and saturation hardware units. Disto includes three units in a rack (two compressors and a stereo unit for warmth, saturation and transformers) [Read More]

OS X El Capitan Update Breaks Some Music Software

Written by Site Update on September 29th, 2015

You know the drill. There’s a new operating system from Apple. It breaks some music software. If you don’t like things breaking, you should wait a bit. Then once you’ve verified the stuff you need is compatible, go for it — it’s probably better than the last OS once the wrinkles are ironed out.

This post occurs with each new OS, a bit like some sites do Holiday Shopping Guides, or April Fools’ jokes. I could almost turn it into a Mad Libs post. But here are the specifics.

The operating system: OS X 10.11 “El Capitan.”

What breaks: plug-ins, mainly. Some Audio Unit plug-ins don’t pass validation. We’ve heard that from Native Instruments and Arturia already. Arturia says they’ve seen issues with standalone software, too. Either way, we’re talking software qualification. And I suspect we’ll hear from more developers through the day, not just Arturia and NI (feel free to sound off in comments).

Check hardware, too. Here, we only have heard from NI, but it’s a huge issue — kernel panics with the MK1 editions of Traktor Kontrol S4, X1, Traktor Audio 2, and Maschine, plus the Audio 2/4/8 DJ and Guitar Rig 3 Rig Kontrol 3 hardware.

Meanwhile, Elektron say their Overbridge tech isn’t quite working with 10.11 yet, either. (Their hardware is fine, but not with all the integration features.)

The good news here — in NI’s case, at least, there are already beta drivers. I’m all set to use my VST versions of my plug-ins and Maschine in glorious monochromatic orange.

Back in my day, Apple never used to have OS upgrade quality issues. Why have they abandoned pros? Ah, too true. I remember the golden days, back in Yosemite, OS X East Bay, OS X Delayed BART train, 10.6, 10.5, 10.4.8, 10.3, Mac OS X Puma, Mac OS X Llama, Mac OS X Rabid Kitten Beta 3, System 8, System 7.5.3 revision 2, System 7.blergh, System 6, PowerBook 5300 On Fire, Apple III Drop It On A Table Until It Starts Working… no problems whatsoever. Everything “just worked,” back when Steve Jobs was with us and I used my Mac Classic at school which I went to and from uphill in the snow both ways even in September, until the sad day when Gibson bought Studio Vision Pro and killed Christmas forever and the End Times were nigh.

Okay, no, seriously:

Will this get fixed? Yes, and if past OS updates are any indication, reasonably quickly. Just sit tight.

Why Shatner? Kirk in Star Trek V climbs the mountain El Capitan, in Yosemite Park (each a namesake of an OS X update now). Also, spoiler alert: Kirk falls. So before you make “love to the mountain,” be aware of the risks, and make sure Spock catches you. I mean, uh, make sure you have a backup before you upgrade.

Backup first. I’m not preaching abstinence; I’m saying use protection. Make a backup first. That was tasteless, sorry — but I think I’ve written this story ten times in the history of CDM, so you can expect the quality to degrade as I age. 😉

Updated: when you are ready, here’s four hours of Shatner while you wait on your machine to backup and upgrade.

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Time+Space’s Ultimate Songwriter Bundle Competition

Written by Site Update on September 29th, 2015

Our friends at Time+Space are running an interesting competition, the Ultimate Songwriter Bundle.
Whether you are a complete music production beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s a huge software prize so I think you should definitely check this out!

The Songwriter Bundle contains award-winning software from Toontrack, Garritan, Vir2 and iZotope and features drums, keys, guitars plus mixing and mastering software – in short it’s everything you need to start making music!

This prize, which is worth over £1200 / €1600, includes

Toontrack EZdrummer 2 bundle
Toontrack EZmix 2
Toontrack EZkeys Essential Pianos bundle
Garritan Personal Orchestra 4
Vir2 Electri6ity
Vir2 Acou6tics
iZotope Ozone 6

To enter, all you need to do is state the name of your all-time favourite songwriter.

Entry closes 1st October 2015.

To enter, please visit the competition’s page here and good luck!

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Beatskillz launches “That Thing” Soundscape Plugin for Mac & Win

Written by Site Update on September 29th, 2015

Beatskillz has released That Thing, a multi effects processor that was designed to get you “that thing” missing from digital tracks today. That Thing features a wide and deep chorus section – [Read More]

Rattly And Raw releases “Martin France Drums” for Kontakt Player

Written by Site Update on September 29th, 2015

Rattly And Raw has released Martin France Drums, a very detailed and realistic-sounding drum kit instrument for the free Kontakt Player, featuring UK drummer Martin France. With rare drums and [Read More]

HairerSoft updates Amadeus Pro and Lite to v2.2

Written by Site Update on September 29th, 2015

HairerSoft has updated Amadeus Pro (and Lite) to v2.2. Changes: New application and files icons. Design tweaks. Handles full 5:1 sound for both recording and playback. Runs faster on retina displays. [Read More]

Rob Papen releases “RP-EQ” – RAW EQ Effects Plug-in

Written by Site Update on September 29th, 2015

Rob Papen has released RP-EQ an EQ plug-in that is designed for distorted sounds and specifically intended for EDM production. RP-EQ has evolved from another Rob Papen product, RAW, released [Read More]

Meet Eurorack modules with literal dirt, radiation, coded viruses

Written by Site Update on September 29th, 2015


If you like dirt in your distortion, now you can have … literal dirt. Like, a big pile of Earth inside a Eurorack, conditioning an amplifier circuit and producing distortion. That kind of dirt.

I don’t want to say that Eurorack buyers will now buy anything, but you be the judge: 40 buyers sold out the first run of the ERD/ERD “Earth Return Distortion” and filled up the wait list. (What I don’t know is whether anyone took the manufacturer up on the sale offer — send dirt from a cool place, get a discount.)

Call it Goth Electronics. Builder Martin Howse, based between London and Berlin, has in the past built weirdo noise synths with names like the Black Death and Dark Interpreter. Mater Tenebrarum—Our Lady of Darkness looks a little like a Doctor Who prop builder decided to get into DIY circuit making. Now, Martin wants to “infect and contaminate” the world of Eurorack. It’s not clear whether this is a product teaser or a threat.


Under the rubric of psychogeophysics, Martin’s research in general explores the way sound signal can be transformed by its surroundings. On ERD/ERD, that means the module responds to variations in electrical and atmospheric interference. And more ideas are coming. One has “viral” code that runs on its CPU to generate different waveforms. Another will have a radioactive source inside to generate true random waveforms. Another is — a speech synth/vocoder, though I don’t know if the “WORM” part is meant to be taken literally.

Sounds, uh… erm… pristine?

And the upcoming “infection” module sounds… uh… like a velvet fog. A gentle lullaby. (You Eurorack folks really do have a sizable budget for modules, don’t you? Okay. Just asking. — ducks.)

The same interests have lead Martin to build electromagnetic detectors, an art installation that attempts to make a computer out of earth, a circuit in mud (pictured), and more. There seems to be a new genre emerging here. (On the subject of electromagnetic signals, see also the LOM microphones we covered earlier, though there the emphasis was on capturing “delicate” sounds rather than contaminating signal with the outside world.)


More modules are coming in 2015/2016. Now, I have to say, I love it. After all, if you’re going to go weird, don’t go a little weird — that might just lead to something that isn’t terribly useful. Go a lot weird, and you wind up with something that’s part art, part product.

Plus, outside of Eurorack, I find Martin’s research and art experiments fascinating. Have a look:

ERD modular eurorack series

micro research — Martin Howse [London/Berlin]

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Audient announces ASP800 – Now Shipping In US

Written by Site Update on September 28th, 2015

Audient has announced that the ASP800 is now shipping in the US and available at all Audient dealers. ASP800 is the new, eight-channel mic pre & ADC from Audient is now shipping worldwide. [Read More]

Cockos updates REAPER to v5.03

Written by Site Update on September 28th, 2015

Cockos has updated REAPER to v5.03. Changes in v5.03: ReaScript: preserve indentation when pasting in IDE. add preference to not clear console on ShowConsoleMsg (“”). AU: fix crash with certain [Read More]