How music education is using tech to carry on during coronavirus lockdown

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Life right now has inflicted the strangest of feelings; we’re all still battling the daily changes that the COVID-19 virus has brought into our world. These changes are, however, making us think differently, and one of the greatest weapons we have is the ability to adapt. I teach Logic and Ableton Live at diploma and […]

How AI ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ winners Uncanny Valley found the human-machine sweet spot

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Hosted by Dutch broadcaster VPRO, this week’s Eurovision-inspired AI Song Contest brought AI generative music into the limelight. Australian entrant Uncanny Valley won the public’s heart with Beautiful The World, a pop hit laced with whimsical lyrics, sporadic melodies and synthesised sounds of Australian native animals. “The way we approached it specifically was to say: how […]

Gear Of The Year: Best innovations of 2019

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WINNER: Spitfire Audio Orbis Orbis is an innovative departure for Spitfire Audio, a company so well regarded for its orchestral instruments. This collection has more of a world-class feel because its core is a set of sounds recorded and collected by composer David Fanshawe over many years of traveling across the globe. It was a […]

What will MIDI 2.0 mean for you? We ask a developer

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MIDI, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface conceived by Yamaha’s Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith (and others), is one of the most familiar acronyms in the studio vernacular. And, considering it’s been in commercial use since 1982, the standard has survived incredibly well. However, there’s a new kind of MIDI in town: MIDI 2.0 and it […]

Five pro audio highlights and trends from AES 2019

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The annual Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York is always a hotbed of innovation. The wider conference sees the leading lights in acoustics, engineering, production, DSP, product design and more coming together in a summit for pro audio. Many of those manufacturers who are exhibiting are also heavily involved in shaping the standards that […]

How the computer became the ultimate synth

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It is said that Atari’s decision to include MIDI I/O in the ST computer was something of a last-minute whim of its management and that the company’s engineers weren’t convinced it would bring any benefits. Whether or not that’s true, what’s without doubt is that it was a decision that was to revolutionise music-making. Before […]

Black Lion Audio on its approach to fusing modern technology with classic hardware

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It used to be that if you weren’t getting the best performance out of your audio interface, then the only solution was to sell it and buy a new (and usually more expensive) solution. That scenario might well have changed, because there are now specialist companies such as Black Lion Audio that can take an […]

Will the future of sample clearance be as easy as tagging friends on Facebook?

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When rapper Lil Nas X, the artist behind the viral chart-topper Old Town Road, together with record-label Sony, were sued in July over unauthorised samples in the song Carry On for $25 million, it served as a fresh reminder of the long-standing complications of sample clearance that numerous creators and producers face daily and the […]