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 […]

Facial recognition at gigs strongly opposed by musicians

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A new campaign to oppose the use of facial recognition tech has been launched by digital rights group Fight For The Future. The campaign has already been supported by artists such as Tom Morello, Thievery Corporation, Gramatik, The Glitch Mob, Amanda Palmer and even Summer Meltdown Festival in Washington state. “Music fans should feel safe […]

Etsy to acquire Reverb.com in deal worth $275 million

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The ‘eBay of music gear’, Reverb.com, has announced that it will be acquired by e-commerce titan Etsy in a deal worth $275 million. Etsy, an online marketplace which grew into the industry leader for buying and selling ‘pre-loved’ fashion and handicraft, is expected to finalise the deal within the next few months. Reverb.com will, however, […]