Apple intros 8-core MacBook Pros for busy music producers

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Apple has refreshed its MacBook Pro laptops with the addition of 8th & 9th generation Intel silicon and yet another keyboard revision. For the first time in its history, the MacBook Pro is available with an eight-core CPU configuration for admirable performance gains. According to Apple, the eight-core MBPs manage two times the performance of […]

Bitwig Studio 3 goes into public beta, featuring The Grid

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Everybody’s been waiting to get their hands on Bitwig Studio 3 ever since the company announced the new version of the DAW ahead of the NAMM Show in January. It’s here at last! Well, at least the public beta is, but it looks like it already contains many of the features of the final version. […]

The new Mac mini is the ideal starter Mac for music production

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After neglecting the little computer that could for close to 4 years, Apple is finally bringing the Mac mini back in line. The new Mac mini keeps its predecessor’s well-established aluminium unibody design, but it’s a totally different beast inside. Thankfully, rather than continuing in the 2014 model’s rather underwhelming direction, this time Apple is […]

New MacBook Air delivers macOS & Thunderbolt to musicians for USD 1199

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As the rumors foretold, Apple today announced a brand-new MacBook Air. After eight years of waiting, the groundbreaking laptop receives a successor equipped with modern Apple technology, such as a high-resolution Retina display (no True Tone, though), USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, and Touch ID fingerprint-scanning protection. While the computer does pretty much look like a 13.3-inch MacBook […]

Apple pondering a new pro-focussed Mac Mini – and here’s a musicians’ wishlist

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A new Bloomberg report is lending added credence to rumors of an upcoming Mac Mini revamp. The US-based site says that Apple may be planning, and I quote, “a professional-focused upgrade to the Mac Mini desktop”. According to Bloomberg, the new computer might feature new storage and processor variants that may, understandably, make it a more costly […]

Fully fledged DAW Tracktion 7 is now free

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Tracktion Corporation has a history of releasing previous versions of their DAW into the wild for free. Tracktion 7 was (in my opinion) their first complete, professional and competitive DAW. Totally capable of being a purposeful and creative recording studio. It was easy-to-use, looked great and had some innovative features that other DAWs lacked. Now […]

Intel series 9000 processors spec’d and i9-9900K benchmarked, release due in October

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It’s no secret that Intel is preparing new series 9000 processors for release in the third quarter. This is most likely to be in October, as evident from a leaked product roadmap. The new chips are the 8-core, 16-thread Core i9-9900K flagship CPU; the 6-core, 12-thread Core i7-9700K, and the 6-core, 6-thread Core i5-9600K. All […]

Intel to start producing 9000-series Core i3 & i5 CPUs

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Intel is readying 9000-series processors for an upcoming refresh of its Coffee Lake generation. According to a leaked microcode update document, there will be five new models: Core i3-9000 & Core i3-9100 (quad-core) Core i5-9400, Core i5-9500, Core i5-9600, Core i5-9600K (hexa-core) No Core i7 or Core i9 processors have been mentioned in the document. […]

Avid sets Sibelius free (kinda) with complimentary beginners’ version

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Avid Corp. has gone ahead and made Sibelius, the popular notation software, free. Not the whole thing, though. Rather, it’s called Sibelius | First and it stands for a streamlined free version not unlike Pro Tools | First. Still, Sibelius | First has the basics covered. It supports transcription, editing, and cloud sync among other […]

Intel 8-core Coffee Lake CPU surfaces primed for a fall 2018 release

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There are persistent rumors that Intel is going to release an 8-core, 16-thread mainstream Coffee Lake processor in the fall. While the chipmaker made no such announcement at Taiwan’s Computex expo, the processor is definitely in existence. It has made an appearance in the SiSoft Sandra database, disguised as an engineering sample clocked to a […]