Yamaha is considering a new version of one of its most-coveted synths, the CS-80.
According to a text shared by Derek Cook, moderator for the forum yamahamusicians.com, the Japanese electronic music production company, which unveiled its MODX synth last autumn, is looking for public input on a "basic conceptual direction if we were to make a new CS-80."
When looking at professional studios you may have noticed that the surrounding walls often have some sort of acoustic panelling on and around them in order to make the room acoustically sound for listening and recording applications.
This can be done in a number of ways, from the basic to the advanced. We’re going to take a look at a few of these options and explain how you can use them in your set-up to improve on the sound you’ve already got and make your room acoustically better for the job in hand. At the basic end of the scale, anything that absorbs sound can potentially be used – in the days before electricity (well, not quite that long ago) inventive producers would use egg tray boxes and place them strategically around the room, covering the walls.
At the other end of the scale you can employ a company to undertake the project of making your room acoustically sound. GIK Acoustics offer a great service where you send them the dimensions of your room and supporting photography and they will come up with a range of options that can be used in treating your studio space.
Pets Recordings founders and good-vibes experts Catz 'n Dogz are well known for their bouncy house and techno sets, productions and remixes, having graced the likes of Dirtybird, Circus, Get Physical and Maceo Plex's Ellum. We caught up with them to find out what bargain bit of kit fuels their dancefloor dominating records.
Located at De Brakke Grond near Rokin, the ADE Playground is exactly as it sounds – full of great tech, talks and teasers of the latest studio and DJ gear. In previous years, NI have hosted a whole room discussing new products and last year Pioneer DJ unveiled their DJS-1000 unit to much excitement.
Moby is selling a selection of vintage and rare drum machines from his personal collection for charity.
You can now get acquainted with the many types of synthesiser designed in Russia throughout the last century.
Considering the huge part Russia has played in the development of electronic music over the years, it’s unsurprising that the country was also instrumental in the development of synthesisers.
Behringer have shared a video previewing their new clone of Roland’s classic drum machine, the TR-808.
Dutch production savant Legowelt has invented his own DIY instrument, which he’s titled the Star Shepherd. The new invention has been made from old guitar pedals, a Casio Keyboard from 1981 and a small AM radio.
Speaking about the Star Shepherd, Legowelt said that it was “very noisy, crackley and sometimes starts doing its own thing like some sentient synthesizer being that is alive. This makes it quite an adventurous experience”.
Ableton and Envelop have released a set of free spatial sound tools you can use in popular music production software Live 10.
Non-profit Envelop — directed by Christopher Willits — are working to open up a space for exploring 3D sound in music. Now they’ve collaborated with Ableton to release “a set of Max for Live-powered devices for working with spatial audio production and live performance.”
Envelop for Live is most useful for those looking to work in spatial audio and live performance. You will need the full version of Ableton Live 10 Suite to run it.
Don Diablo has launched a new cryptocurrency titled HEXCOIN. The currency, announced during Austin, TX’s South By Southwest music and technology event, will allow users access to HEXAGONIA — a new digital "ecosystem" designed by Diablo.
Powered by Gaze Coin, the currency will be used to purchase Diablo’s music and merchandise, as well as greater explore the HEXAGONIA platform.