SkyTracks plug-in allows DAW-agnostic cloud collaboration

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SkyTracks was initially launched in 2016 as a cloud-based DAW, allowing users to create and collaborate on their projects. Now, the company has updated the software to allow producers and artists to fire up projects in any DAW and load VST/AU synths right into their SkyTracks browser. The software is constantly synchronising with the user’s […]

Hexachords update their AI-based composition tool, Orb Composer

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Orb Composer is the first Artificial Intelligence designed for music composers, with more than five years of research and development to bring it to life, according to Hexachords. It’s new 1.5 update integrates a MIDI editor, drum sequencer, new Orchestral Template, Smart Melody Import and other major improvements and bug fixes. Smart Melody import allows […]

DPA will debut its new 2028 and 4097 vocal mics at AES

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AES New York 2019 will be the 147th Pro Audio International Convention, and is where DPA will be unveiling its new microphones, the 2028 and the 4097. The 2028 Vocal Mic “aims to change the live performance landscape with its renowned natural sound, road-ready design and competitive price point” says DPA. The 4097 CORE Supercardioid […]

Amazon’s new music service could trump Apple and Spotify’s streaming quality with ‘Ultra HD’ tracks

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Joining the likes of Tidal and Deezer, Amazon has stepped up its audio quality to offer high-fidelity streaming. This makes the tech behemoth the first of its major competitors, Apple and Google, to catalogue a large selection of its library in lossless audio format. Amazon promise “unlimited access to fifty million songs in HD”, which […]

Review: Qu-Bit Electronix Chord v2

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      Price £269/$299 Contact Qu-Bit Electronix If there’s one uniting feature of modular systems, it is the complexity of creating a patch that works convincingly polyphonically – which explains why almost all modulars tend to concentrate on monophonic signals and are often happier that way.  But let’s face it, it’s pretty difficult for […]

Output claims to have reinvented granular synthesis with Portal

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Output has always had an interesting take on virtual instruments as evidenced with products such as Arcade, Exhale and Substance. Now the brand has released Portal, its first effects processor. Described as a Granular FX plug-in, Portal is designed to mangle your sound sources in a creative and controllable way. The new plug-in relies on […]

IK Multimedia’s UNO Drum mixes analogue with samples

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Joining the UNO Synth, launched at last year’s Superbooth, is IK Multimedia’s UNO Drum, a drum machine that offers both analogue drums and PCM (sample-based) sounds. The six analogue sounds comprise two kicks, snares, claps and hi-hats, while sounds such as toms, rims, cowbells, rides and crashes come from the onboard samples. Sounds are organised […]