Spotify acquires music talent marketplace SoundBetter

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Spotify has acquired SoundBetter, the New York-based company that provides a marketplace for hiring producers, mix and mastering engineers as well as session musicians. According to the NY-based company, its database includes the likes of Kanye West’s Producer, Beyonce’s Songwriter, Joe Cocker’s Bass player, Herbie Hancock’s Engineer” and we spotted mixer Manny Marroquin (The Weeknd) […]

Sample Science’s SQ8ROM emulates an Ensoniq favourite

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Sample Science has released SQ8ROM, a free plug-in version of Siegfried Kullmann’s SQ8L, which in turn, is inspired by Ensoniq’s SQ80 synth. Like its predecessors, the SQ8ROM packs sounds that hark back to the 80s, ideal for genres such as synthwave, synth-pop and vaporwave. To get you started, SQ8ROM arms you with 50 pre-loaded sounds. […]

Teenage Engineering’s Rumble module adds haptic bass to OP-Z

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Teenage Engineering has debuted Rumble, the second hardware expansion module for the brand’s OP-Z sequencer. The module features an in-built haptic subwoofer, letting you literally feel your music as it’s played. So-called haptic technology has become a buzzword in music tech – and broader tech in recent years. Products such as the Subpbac and Basslet […]

IK Multimedia launches iRig Keys 2 series

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IK Multimedia has released the iRig Keys 2 series, refreshing its popular MIDI keyboard controllers with innovative controls, a sleek look and more compatibility options. The series comprises Pro and standard versions. Both feature 37 velocity-sensitive keys, with the Pro having full-sized keys and the standard edition featuring mini keys. As well as both being […]

Moog’s Matriarch is now shipping

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Back at Superbooth 2019, Moog unveiled a 49-key analogue synth known as Matriarch. The retro-looking unit is now shipping and will set you back a cool $1,999. Matriarch is the flagship device in Moog’s semi-modular line-up, which also includes Grandmother and Mother-32. What distinguishes Matriarch from its siblings is four-note paraphony, which lets you play […]

Don’t upgrade to Apple’s macOS Catalina, music software makers say

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At its 2019 keynote yesterday, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 11 Pro and entry-level iPad alongside a slew of releases and updates. While the world was swept up in the new gear announcements, Apple’s upcoming operating system, macOS Catalina, has been making headlines of its own. The current warning from most music software makers is […]

Behringer begins production of Pro-1 and Crave synths

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Behringer has announced that production has begun for both Pro-1 and Crave synths. The German company broke the news on Facebook, posting photos of the synths undergoing tests and being packaged into boxes. … but we might be able to make you happy with this:-)We have officially started production! Posted by Behringer on Monday, September 9, […]

Softube makes Chandler Limited Curve Bender EQ available in native format

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Softube has made the Chandler Limited Curve Bender EQ available in native format, releasing the mastering plug-in from its UAD exclusivity. The Curve Bender EQ plug-in is inspired by its Chandler Limited namesake, which was in turn, modelled after the legendary EMI TG12345 solid-state mixing console. The TG12345 was used to mix seminal records such […]

Buchla to reissue the 100 series modular synth

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Buchla has announced forthcoming reissues of the 100 series modular synth. The self-contained unit’s rebirth comes from a collaboration between Buchla instrument expert Todd Parton and San Francisco Tape Music Center founders Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender. Don Buchla, the late founding father of West Coast synthesis, was commissioned to design his first instrument in […]

Is Behringer working on a Tonto clone?

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Behringer has posted photos on Facebook hinting that they might be working on a modular synth. One such post shows Tonto, the legendary room-filling synth responsible for the sound of many a 70s hit. No actual details were given – there was only a short caption: “Are you ready for this?” Are you ready for […]