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IK Multimedia MixBox CS brings virtual channel strips to your iPad

Recording and producing entire musical projects on an iPad has never been easier thanks to a wealth of compatible apps and devices. IK Multimedia, the creator of iRig devices and AmpliTube, has contributed to iPad music production once more with the release of MixBox CS, the mobile version of its recent Mac and OS multi-effects plug-in. MixBox CS is...

Review: Black Lion Audio Eighteen

Price £1,000 Contact Black Lion Audio | SCV Distribution Chicago’s Black Lion Audio has built a pretty enviable reputation by modding gear to release its full potential. These days though, the company also produces high-performance kit from scratch. Like the brand’s excellent Seventeen, a supercharged take on the legendary Urei 1176 compressor/limiter...

Teenage Engineering’s PO-128 Mega Man Pocket Operator is out now

The second collaboration between Teenage Engineering and legendary game developer Capcom has arrived. Introducing the PO-128 Mega Man Pocket Operator. The PO-128 Mega Man is a live synth and sequencer that packs a true 8-bit synth engine, parameter locks, glide control and punch-in effects. You’ll have access to a 16-step sequencer and 16 patterns...

Here’s how MIDI Fold can help you make sequences in Ableton Live

Every DAW is packed with buttons, knobs, faders and menus. It’s no wonder so many of them go unnoticed and unused. The Fold button in Ableton Live’s MIDI editor is a perfect example of such a button. Although it’s tucked away and isn’t imperative to recording and producing music, it can be a useful tool in the creation of patterns and sequences. In...

PreSonus adds a subwoofer to its Eris series with Sub8

Pro audio brand PreSonus has expanded its Eris family with Sub8, a compact active eight-inch subwoofer that is designed from the ground up to complement the whole Eris range, as well as other monitors. The Eris series is suited to a range of media applications, including music production and mixing, gaming, and home theatre. PreSonus says the Sub8...

Spotify is developing an AI to tell songwriters if they’re plagiarising

What if you could predict crime and prevent it from happening before it’s committed? No – you aren’t reading a synopsis for the 2002 sci-fi thriller Minority Report starring Tom Cruise. Spotify appears to be developing AI technology to inform songwriters if they’re plagiarising music, so they can avoid hefty copyright lawsuits before they happen. A...

Prescription Plugs: Sonn’s spatialisation secrets

British indie electronic artist Sonn is just 21 but his star is already shining. Weaving dreamy guitars, lo-fi beats and serene vocals, he’s already caught the attention of electronica heavyweights Odesza and recently released his Good Company EP on their Foreign Family Collective label in collaboration with Grammy-nominated artist Ford.  Spotify...

Review: Akai Force 3.0.5 update

Price Force £900 3.0.5 update free Contact Akai  Released in February 2019, the Akai Force has since enjoyed a stream of firmware updates, the latest being firmware 3.0.5, released in October. The features added as part of this update are so monumental that it’s almost turned the Force into a new product again. We couldn’t let this update sink in...

Andrew Huang’s Flip is a mobile sampling app that goes deep

Music-maker and YouTuber Andrew Huang has launched Flip, a mobile app that promises a streamlined approach to creating and performing sample-based music. Streamlining the use of found sounds is a big part of Flip’s appeal; once you’ve recorded a sound, you can easily play it with drum pads or a keyboard in-app. What’s more, you can fine-tune each sample...

2getheraudio’s OpZilla is a $10 FM monster with 64 algorithms

Charitable software developer 2getheraudio has unleashed OpZilla, which is touted as an “FM Monster”. The soft synth takes on a similar appearance to the brand’s virtual analogue beast, Cheeze Machine Pro. It also takes on the same price point; the minimum price of OpZilla is $10 but you can pay as much as you like, with 10 per cent going to a charity...

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