iZotope Iris 2

iZotope have released a new version of their sample-based synth instument: Iris 2 is currently (until 11 December) on sale at $199.00 – which is about 1/3 off the usual price – upgrade pricing has a similar reduction during this sale.

From the press-release:

iZotope’s award-winning spectral filtering technology contributes to the Iris experience. Users can visualize and edit their sound with incredible precision by drawing, selecting, and isolating sonic components from each sample layer.

That spectral filtering technology is at the heart of iZotope’s RX audio repair software; Matthew Hines of iZotope joined us on show 128 to discuss this just before the release of RX4.

Soundlazer Snap parametric speaker

Kickstarter Corner – Soundlazer Snap

What we have in this Kickstarter Corner is actually a refinement of a previously-funded Kickstarter, for the Soundlazer parametric speaker (which was funded in May 2012). This new version, the Soundlazer Snap, has been “cost and performance optimised” and is aimed more towards hardware hacking.

The concept behind the Soundlazer is to bring directionality to a speaker’s sound output through ultrasound carrier wave electronics (rather thank digital signal processing). This version comes either pre-assembled with a snap-together case (for $149) or as a bare PCB only (for a mere $30).

The project has already been funded and you have until December 19th to pledge.

ccMixter Indiegogo

The ccMixter project is running an indiegogo to raise funds to keeps it running ad and subscription free.

ccMixter is a great source of Creative Commons licensed audio and samples and a resource that you should be using even if you are not right now.

The indiegogo has loads of great perks ranging from virtual high-five all the way to Creative Mountain Retreats and your our ccM Remix event.

Full details online.

Apple Beats to iPhone/iPad to challenge Spotify

Finally it sounds like Apple are going to do something with Beats: take on Spotify directly.

Apple’s plan, as described by the Financial Times (but head to The Guardian article due to article restrictions on the FT website), is to push a Beats-branded streaming music app to all iPhones and iPads.

Planned to happen in 2015, this plan should give Apple a huge leap to catch up with market leader Spotify.


ROLI announced on Tuesday that they have acquired JUCE, the C++ framework used by many audio tech software producers (and many others; see the Made with JUCE list).

Jules Storer, founder of Raw Materials Software which makes JUCE, will be joining the ROLI team as Head of Software Architecture, and will also continue as the editor-in-chief for all things JUCE.

Storer, who has been the sole developer of JUCE, has posted on the JUCE forum about this move to ROLI.

Meanwhile, ROLI are:

also thrilled to announce the creation of an advisory panel of industry leaders to help guide the vision for JUCE’s development, including David Zicarelli, Founder and CEO of Cycling74, makers of MaxMSP, Martin Robinson, Programme Leader at UWE Bristol and author of ‘Getting Starting with JUCE‘ , Pete Goodliffe, software lead for Akai’s MPC platform, and author of ‘Code Craft’ and ‘Becoming a Better Programmer’, and Andrew Bell, creator of Cinder, a leading C++ framework for creative coding.

Bitwig Studio reaches version 1.1

New DAW on the block, Bitwig Studio, has hit version 1.1, and has gained some new functionality with the update, including:

  • Advanced VST Multi-Out Sidechain Support
  • True Latency Compensation
  • Advanced Audio/MIDI Routing
  • 6 New Devices: Audio Receiver, Note Receiver, Note MOD, De-Esser
  • New Modulation Parameters
  • Enhanced Timestretching Capabilities
  • Updated Controller API

Check out the update, with its full feature list, at the Bitwig website.

Also announced is an end of year reduction of 20% in price of Bitwig Studio, bringing the price down to $299/€259 until January 15th 2015.

Kickstarter Corner – Expressiv MIDI Guitar System

On this episode’s Kickstarter Corner we introduce Rob O’Reilly’s Expressiv MIDI Guitar System, which brings a multitude of MIDI control methods to the classic guitar form.

Connecting via MIDI cable or USB, Expressiv employs a fretboard scanner to know which notes are being depressed on the fretboard, allying that with a touchpad, a joystick and a range of buttons for other control. Standard electric guitar electronics are included so Expressiv can be played as a normal guitar too.

As of writing, €449 will get you an Expressiv guitar (or €549 including a specially molded hard case). The Kickstarter has already reached its goal, so you have until Tuesday November 25th to pledge and very likely be the recipient of this fascinating MIDI guitar controller.

Secrets of Analog and Digital Synthesis

Steve DiFuria’s Secrets of Analog and Digital Synthesis

If you’re in the mood for some classic instructional media on synthesis then head to YouTube and watch Steve DiFuria’s Secrets of Analog and Digital Synthesis, originally from 1985.

This video shows the whole of volume 1 of the series, which starts from the absolute fundamentals of sound propagation and creation and ends with the ins-and-outs of FM synthesis (passing through analogue synthesis along the way).

All of this with the cheesiest early 80s graphics available. And a moustache.

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