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.


Reason 8

It’s been a few weeks since Reason 8 was released by Propellerheads, and I (SF) have finally taken time to spend a few sessions playing it by logging in via theAudioPodcast review account… In the run up to it’s release I remember being quite reserved in my reaction to the user interface (UI) improvements that have been hyped as key to this update to Reason, but my excitement for this software is now renewed!

Only after experiencing the workflow possible with the improved UI did i remember how frustrating i had found certain aspects of the old patch browser in Reason. The new upfront and embedded browser that dynamically follows the action of other clicks in a logical way provides a subtle helping hand without trying to take over or dictate what happens next in the session.

After installing Reason 8 and logging in (not necessary if you have a dongle) I went through the Help menu to get to the account area of the Propellerheads website where the new Softube Amp and BassAmp Rack Extensions were available to download. Sadly I did need to restart Reason to be able to use these in the virtual rack, but this is forgivable. Having played with quite a few amp modelling plugins this year, I can say that these stand up well in comparison to their contemporaries in different DAW environments.

It’s almost 14 years since I first made music with Reason, and in that time some updates have felt monumental (version 2.5 for example, and the time that Reason and ‘Record’ merged to bring Reason into DAW fold), whereas others have (for me) felt more pedestrian.
Reason 8 lives up to its hype; I recommend giving it a try!

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