Riffer: a randomising MIDI sequencer that runs inside your sequencer

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Audiomodern has released Riffer “The Creative MIDI Sequencer”. It’s the sort of sequencer that you wish DAWs already had inside them but never seem to. So instead you can drop Riffer onto a track and start flexing your creative melody making, beat triggering and randomising. Riffer It does seem a bit silly, having a sequencer […]

OP-Z: Teenage Engineering’s grey slab of mystery available for preorder

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Teenage Engineering announce that the long-awaited OP-Z is available for pre-order ahead of its release in October – that’s just a few short weeks away! OP-Z I’ve been hearing about this thing for years without ever really understanding what it does. It looks like some kind of Philips-head screwdriver operated calculator. However, Teenage Engineering insists that […]

DU-INO: Arduino in a Eurorack module running any function you like

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DU-INO is a multi-functional, programmable Eurorack module with a vast array of readily uploadable programs. It can be pretty much any synthesizer function you can imagine – VCA, ADSR, LFO, Logic, sequencer, quantizer, clock, divider, waveshaper, effects – whatever you can build in the Arduino IDE you can run on the DU-INO. DU-INO Because that’s […]

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 […]

ALK2 for Mac lets you go crazy with loops in a live environment

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Developer zenAud.io released an interesting live performance tool called ALK2. It’s a looper and sequencer hybrid which facilitates so-called “arranged live looping”. The concept is based on two operating principles — loops are recorded and played like a typical looper would, creating layers of sound. Then comes the sequencing part — the resulting loops can […]

Oi, Kant! It’s a sort of angry drum machine thing

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Just popped up on Etsy is this new oddly shaped and alarmingly named device called Oi, Kant! It’s from Optotronics, it’s handmade to order and is probably the first drum machine to be named after a German Philosopher. Last year they had a crazy octagonal sequencing machine going on but this is far more ambitious. […]