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Reason Studios gives us a peek at the upcoming Reason 12

Reason Studios gives us a peek at the upcoming Reason 12

Reason Studios has announced that Reason 12 will be released later this year. The new version will feature a high-res interface, a new Sampler and more. The post Reason Studios gives us a peek at the upcoming Reason 12 appeared first on gearnews.com.

sonicLab Thermo: thermodynamics meet audio synthesis

sonicLab Thermo: thermodynamics meet audio synthesis

Four oscillators apply "thermodynamics" to squeeze previously unheard sounds out of standard waveforms and filters, in this cool new sound design tool. The post sonicLab Thermo: thermodynamics meet audio synthesis appeared first on gearnews.com.

Apple Music goes hi-def, adds lossless options and Dolby Atmos for no extra cost

Apple Music HiFi: Apple Streaming going hi-def and 3D audio?

Apple may upgrade its music streaming service with high fidelity and spatial audio options in the next few days - here's what we know so far. The post Apple Music HiFi: Apple Streaming going hi-def and 3D audio? appeared first on gearnews.com.

First look: Tonesturm SPCTRL EQ makes equalizer plug-ins fun again

First look: Tonesturm SPCTRL EQ makes equalizer plug-ins fun again

SPCRTL EQ: a mad scientist that lets you mould EQ shapes for both stereo channels independently, then modulate them into oblivion. EQs are fun again! The post First look: Tonesturm SPCTRL EQ makes equalizer plug-ins fun again appeared first on gearnews.com.

MDLR-37: hand crafted folding modular system from Love Hultén

MDLR-37: hand crafted folding modular system from Love Hultén

The MDLR-37 pulls in a Korg Minilogue and Microkey, a Meris ENZO, T-Rex Duplicator and Doepfer A-199 for a perfectly poised folding synth station. The post MDLR-37: hand crafted folding modular system from Love Hultén appeared first on gearnews.com.

BeetTweek: Magical motorised multifunction knob for Eurorack

BeetTweek: Magical motorised multifunction knob for Eurorack

BeetTweek is a high-precision rotary sensor that moves itself in many modes of haptic force feedback. From returning to zero to spinning out modulations this is a new form of modular interaction. The post BeetTweek: Magical motorised multifunction knob for Eurorack...

NFTs for Musicians: A new cash source for creatives?

NFTs for Musicians: A new cash source for creatives?

NFTs: A gateway to new revenue streams for your music? Or more over-hyped tech you're not going to make any money with? Join us for a deep dive. The post NFTs for Musicians: A new cash source for creatives? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Cherry Audio PS-20 takes the Korg MS-20 to polyphony and back

Cherry Audio PS-20 takes the Korg MS-20 to polyphony and back

Cherry Audio continues its emulation line of vintage synths by taking on the growling Korg MS-20. The PS-20 soups it up, expands the voices and aims for unpredictability. The post Cherry Audio PS-20 takes the Korg MS-20 to polyphony and back appeared first on...

Deal: Get up to 55% off on Blackstar amps and effects!

Deal: Get up to 55% off on Blackstar amps and effects!

Save up to 55% off list prices with this epic deal on Blackstar products, which includes the Series One, ID and Studio amps, plus the HT Pedals. The post Deal: Get up to 55% off on Blackstar amps and effects! appeared first on gearnews.com.

GRAINSCAPE: Granular multiverse of infinite variations

GRAINSCAPE: Granular multiverse of infinite variations

Grainscape is a 4-channel granular synth and audio processor that plants and harvests grains like a granular farm. Grab your wellies and let's get stuck in. The post GRAINSCAPE: Granular multiverse of infinite variations appeared first on gearnews.com.

Nermal: Destruction and distortion from Neutral Labs

Nermal: Destruction and distortion from Neutral Labs

From Neutral Labs who gave us the Elmyra drone synth comes a chewy distortion module for Eurorack with added bite, scratch, nibble and Ouch! The post Nermal: Destruction and distortion from Neutral Labs appeared first on gearnews.com.

Review: Phil Jones Bass Double Four BG-75

Most of the time, bassists are prone to copping a hard-knock from gear manufacturers. Due to the powerful frequencies bestowed upon their instrument of choice, they’re forced to make do with amplifiers that are bulky as hell and weigh over a metric tonne to cart...

Gear Rundown: Childish Gambino’s ‘Redbone’

Gear Rundown: Childish Gambino’s ‘Redbone’

Childish Gambino’s unique approach to R&B and hip hop songwriting has garnered him a bunch of fans across the globe, but 2016’s Awaken, My Love! and its final track pushed him far into the mainstream and helped to create the monolith we all know today.  This...

St. Vincent, You Am I + more: our five favourite records of the week

Friday is here, which means it’s release day for a bunch of artists at home and around the world. With so many hot releases out there to tuck into, we’ve compiled some of the best to present to you for the weekend. Today, we’re wrapping our ears around St. Vincent’s...

Loot Audio online giveaway announced

Loot Audio online giveaway announced

Akai unveil MPC One Retro Software and hardware goodies to be won, with over 1500 runner-up prizes.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/loot-audio-online-giveaway-announced

Up your 1U game with Mosaic Eurorack tiles

Up your 1U game with Mosaic Eurorack tiles

Mosaic 1U tiles are colourfully designed with white or black front panels and 18 modules to choose from featuring far more than the usual utilities. The post Up your 1U game with Mosaic Eurorack tiles appeared first on gearnews.com.

Delia Derbyshire film on BBC Four

Delia Derbyshire film on BBC Four

Modern Latin Music Summit announced Delia Derbyshire: The Myths & The Legendary Tapes receives its national showing as part of the BBC Four Arena television series and will be available on the iPlayer shortly...

The Bamboos look back on ten of their all-time greatest gigs

Considered by many within the local scene as a national treasure, you’d be drawing at straws to find a more hard-working band than The Bamboos. For two decades, the Melbourne-based funk/soul outfit have brought their irresistible, tight-knit grooves to all corners of...

Behringer Studio M

The Studio M Premium Passive Studio Controller takes controlling your setup seriously. Switch between any two audio sources and monitors and adjust their level. The large volume knob makes it easy to dial-in the perfect level every time, without having to reach for...

My Rig: Drown This City

My Rig: Drown This City

Combining lethal down-tuned riffs and obliterating breakdowns with lyrical themes that coast around topics of trauma, rejection and depression, Drown This City are without a doubt one of Australia’s most jarring post-hardcore acts today. While the band’s professional...

Review: Line 6 POD Go Wireless

Line 6 is synonymous with a handful of products. You mention the name and instantly people fondly remember the Line 6 PODs, large, kidney-shaped amp modellers that, at the time, we all thought sounded undoubtedly like a real amp. Read more amp profiler, modelling and...

Express MPE – presets for MPE synths for any MPE controller

Express MPE – presets for MPE synths for any MPE controller

From Sensel the makers of the Morph MPE touch controller comes express MPE, free presets designed for a range of MPE software and hardware synths. NEW UPDATE! The post Express MPE – presets for MPE synths for any MPE controller appeared first on gearnews.com.

Lunacy Audio CUBE: Another new way of making music

Lunacy Audio CUBE: Another new way of making music

We love a bit of innovation and Lunacy Audio does it with their proprietary 3D sample engine that visualises and modulates samples in 3D space. The post Lunacy Audio CUBE: Another new way of making music appeared first on gearnews.com.

New details emerge on the Novation Circuit Rhythm

New details emerge on the Novation Circuit Rhythm

Novation has been a bit cagey about their new Circuit Rhythm due out in the summer but more details have appeared on a Dutch webstore - let's dig in. The post New details emerge on the Novation Circuit Rhythm appeared first on gearnews.com.

UA update Luna & UAD platform

UA update Luna & UAD platform

Modern Latin Music Summit announced Universal Audio offer a complete emulation of the API Vision console for their Luna DSP-powered DAW.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/ua-update-luna-uad-platform

DPA expand headset mic range

DPA expand headset mic range

Hi-X65 from Austrian Audio The new 4000-series models are available in omni and cardioid versions, and take advantage of DPA's innovative 6000-series mounting system.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/dpa-expand-headset-mic-range

Bluesfest announces rescheduled dates for 2021

After being cancelled in heartbreaking circumstances just one day prior to kicking off in April due to COVID concerns, Bluesfest Byron Bay have now released their intended dates for their rescheduled 2021 event. Catch up on all the latest touring news here. As...

Lewitt LCT 140 Air now available in pairs

Lewitt LCT 140 Air now available in pairs

Delia Derbyshire film on BBC Four Affordable small-diaphragm capacitor mics can now be bought in matching pairs for stereo applications.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/lewitt-lct-140-air-now-available-pairs

iLok v3 released

iLok v3 released

UA update Luna & UAD platform New USB license key comes in USB-C version, and is built into a metal case.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/ilok-v3-released

Fender launch the Road Worn Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster

Initially announced as part of the Big F’s signature guitar rollout at NAMM 2021, Fender have today given the Jason Isbell Signature Custom Telecaster an official launch, sharing tantalising new details about the guitar. Read the latest product news here. Revered for...

Unfiltered Audio SILO: This new granular reverb will make you dizzy

Unfiltered Audio SILO: This new granular reverb will make you dizzy

SILO by Unfiltered Audio combines a reverb with a granular engine to create otherworldly textures and evolving soundscapes. A sound designer's dream reverb? The post Unfiltered Audio SILO: This new granular reverb will make you dizzy appeared first on gearnews.com.

Walrus Audio debuts Polychrome, an analogue flanger pedal

Walrus Audio debuts Polychrome, an analogue flanger pedal

Walrus Audio launches a new analogue flanger called Polychrome with a format that will seem familiar to owners of the Julia and Lillian pedals. The post Walrus Audio debuts Polychrome, an analogue flanger pedal appeared first on gearnews.com.

Immersion Networks mix³: cloud-based 3D mixing for everyone

Immersion Networks mix³: cloud-based 3D mixing for everyone

Immersion Networks mix³ lets you create spatial 3D mixes without any special equipment. Simply upload your files to the cloud-based service and you're good to go. The post Immersion Networks mix³: cloud-based 3D mixing for everyone appeared first on gearnews.com.

Klark Teknik updates DN100 and DN200 DI boxes to V2

Klark Teknik updates DN100 and DN200 DI boxes to V2

Klark Teknik has recently updated its widely used DN100 and DN200 DI units to version 2 - time to take another look at these classic units. The post Klark Teknik updates DN100 and DN200 DI boxes to V2 appeared first on gearnews.com.

TubeOhm Jeannie mini DIY Polysynth under development

TubeOhm Jeannie mini DIY Polysynth under development

We get first our look at Jeannie, a Teensy based 8-voice wavetable synthesizer designed as a DIY kit and coming along like a storm. The post TubeOhm Jeannie mini DIY Polysynth under development appeared first on gearnews.com.

Arturia unveil massive KeyStep Pro 2.0 firmware update

Launched onto the market last year, Arturia’s KeyStep Pro is a powerful four-track polyphonic sequencer and MIDI controller that serves as an ultimate companion to any musician working with hardware outside of the box. Now, the acclaimed French product developers have...

Waves Vocal Production Suite

The Vocal Production suite includes 15 popular vocal plugins, to help you produce and mix studio-quality vocals that sound modern, professional, creative and polished: Waves Tune Real-Time, for real-time creative vocal tuning OVox Vocal ReSynthesis, the...

Review: Fender Joe Strummer Campfire Acoustic Guitar

Like the man himself, the Fender Joe Strummer Campfire acoustic guitar is small in size but big in spirit. A travel-sized acoustic tribute to the iconic frontman of The Clash, it’s both utilitarian and powerfully voiced, serving as the perfect songwriting tool and...

FabFilter Timeless 3

FabFilter Timeless 3

FabFilter Timeless 3 Latest version of FabFilter's delay plug-in boasts 16 delay taps and five new feedback effects.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/fabfilter-timeless-3

Lewitt LCT 140 AIR Stereo Pair now shipping internationally

Lewitt LCT 140 AIR Stereo Pair now shipping internationally

Lewitt is now offering the LCT 140 AIR small diaphragm condenser microphone in matched pairs. That's a pretty sweet deal for an affordable stereo setup! The post Lewitt LCT 140 AIR Stereo Pair now shipping internationally appeared first on gearnews.com.

Ephemere: Dual channel CV and modulation recorder

Ephemere: Dual channel CV and modulation recorder

Capture your modulations with the dual-channel Ephemere signal recorder and play them out with adjusted speed, length and direction. The post Ephemere: Dual channel CV and modulation recorder appeared first on gearnews.com.

Review: Fender Noventa Series Jazzmaster

It may lack the iconic tones of the Stratocaster or the workhorse appeal of the Telecaster, but the Jazzmaster might just be the quiet overachiever out of Fender’s 1950s electric designs. The guitar’s offset contours, distinctive tremolo system and intricate switching...

Review: Fender Noventa Series Stratocaster

Contemporary garage rock is giving single coil pickups a resurgence and influencing the way we play, sound and buy. Companies like Fender are listening, and have recently unveiled the Noventa Range, an entirely re-modelled Fender range that feature newly-designed...

Review: Fender Noventa Series Telecaster

At this point in recorded history, the guitar (like all good subcultures), definitely has its fair share of cult heroes.  While this might immediately bring to mind images of Kevin Shields or Robert Johnson (guitarists whose reputation and significance to the culture...

Mixdown’s guide to Australian acoustic virtuosos

Who says acoustic guitars can’t be cool? For the better part of half a century, Australia has been recognised for churning out some of the most respected and wildly talented names in acoustic guitar, specialising in everything from classical and Bossa Nova through to...

Want to work with Mixdown? We’re hiring a new Digital Editor

Mixdown Magazine, Australia’s number one news destination for musicians and music creators, is seeking an experienced editor to manage and administer content across its website and socials. Based in Melbourne, this job will see you source all the latest music,...

Best free plug-ins this week: BUSTERse, Wizard and MackEQ

Best free plug-ins this week: BUSTERse, Wizard and MackEQ

This week’s collection of free plug-ins includes a stereo bus compressor with extras, a stereo widener and a funky 90s lo-fi EQ. Here’s BUSTERse, Wizard and MackEQ. The post Best free plug-ins this week: BUSTERse, Wizard and MackEQ appeared first on gearnews.com.

Synescope: a turntable of music through art and images

Synescope: a turntable of music through art and images

Synescope is a graphic to auditory instrument that interprets colour, contrast and movement on slowing spinning discs into musical tones, and control voltage. The post Synescope: a turntable of music through art and images appeared first on gearnews.com.

Sennheiser sells its consumer business to Sonova

Sennheiser sells its consumer business to Sonova

Sennheiser has announced that it's selling its consumer division to Sonova. The Swiss manufacturer of hearing aids acquires Sennheiser's consumer line of products like headphones and soundbars. The post Sennheiser sells its consumer business to Sonova appeared first...

Saturday May 8 is officially world Shure SM58 Day!

Not every piece of audio gear warrants its own official day, but as anybody in music and audio will tell you, the SM58 is no ordinary piece of audio gear. For the last 50 years, the ubiquitous live mic has been deemed by audio professionals as the most popular...

PreSonus release MicroStation BT

PreSonus release MicroStation BT

PreSonus release MicroStation BT Passive monitor controller features a subwoofer output and alternate Bluetooth 5.0 listening source.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/presonus-release-microstation-bt

Review: PCDJ DEX 3 DJ / Mixing Software

The last few years have seen a slew of fresh blood entering the DJ community, as we bear witness to the continued rise and rise of electronic and dance music in broader popular culture. Combine this with the increased technification of society across the board and you...

An A-Z glossary of all the audio buzzwords you need to know

As producers and purveyors of music, it can be really difficult to articulate what we mean when describing sound. Sound for us invokes a feeling, a vibe or a mental image, and articulating ourselves can be a real struggle. Heck, music for some of us is the only way we...

REMI, Squid + more: our five favourite records of the week

Friday is here, which means it’s release day for a bunch of artists at home and around the world. With so many hot releases out there to tuck into, we’ve compiled some of the best to present to you for the weekend. This week, we’re getting stuck into the swan song...

Arturia KeyStep Pro 2.0 Firmware update

Arturia KeyStep Pro 2.0 Firmware update

Arturia's colourful 4-track polyphonic sequencer and MIDI controller gets a firmware update with oodles of adjustments and added extras. The post Arturia KeyStep Pro 2.0 Firmware update appeared first on gearnews.com.

Magix Samplitude Pro X6: New features and improved workflow

Magix Samplitude Pro X6: New features and improved workflow

On sale until May 26, Samplitude Pro X6 brings a plug-in browser with search function, advanced automation, and tools such as a dynamic EQ. The post Magix Samplitude Pro X6: New features and improved workflow appeared first on gearnews.com.

Music Thing Modular Mini Drive: Incandescent Lamp Overdrive

Music Thing Modular Mini Drive: Incandescent Lamp Overdrive

Everyone's Eurorack deserves the glowing saturation of a Minimoog incandescent lamp overdrive. As luck would have it Music Thing Modular has just released the Mini Drive. The post Music Thing Modular Mini Drive: Incandescent Lamp Overdrive appeared first on...

Eurorack emulation VCV Rack V2.0 development update

Eurorack emulation VCV Rack V2.0 development update

Andrew Belt of VCV Rack has posted an update on the development of version 2 which includes interesting details on the future of this popular modular platform. The post Eurorack emulation VCV Rack V2.0 development update appeared first on gearnews.com.

Beyond Guitar from Sub51

Beyond Guitar from Sub51

PreSonus release MicroStation BT New library for Kontakt and Sampler X uses guitar samples as the basis of synth-style sounds.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/beyond-guitar-sub51

Friedman, Tone King + more: our top five gear releases of this week

Friedman, Tone King + more: our top five gear releases of this week

With so many brands to keep up to date with, it can be easy to lose track of all the latest equipment launched into the gear-sphere each week. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the best product releases that you might’ve missed over the week, with this wrap-up...

Review: Nembrini Audio Shimmer Delay Ambient Machine

Key Features: Like its name would suggest, the awesome new Shimmer Delay Ambient Machine by Italian developer, Nembrini Audio provides an endlessly onomatopoeic, creatively inclined delay tool, perfect for the budding ambient producer or experimental sound designer or...

Review: Universal Audio UAFX Astra Modulation Machine

Key Features: For anyone following this year’s NAMM convention as closely as we were, it became abundantly clear from the outset that 2021 was the year effects pedals made their way into the studio control room. It seemed like every other announcement included some...

Review: Fractal Audio FM3 Amp / FX Processor

Key Features: The world of amp and effects processing as we know it today simply wouldn’t exist without Fractal Audio. Considered as titans within the modelling sector, the brand’s run of Axe-FX rack units essentially laid the blueprint for what should be expected...

Review: Leapwing Audio Al Schmitt Signature Plugin

Key Features: The recording industry recently lost a giant in Al Schmitt. The legendary producer/engineer who passed away last month at the grand age of 91, left behind a legacy that will likely never be repeated, with a whopping 21 Grammy awards, two Latin Grammys...

Review: Fender Bubbler Analogue Chorus

Key Features: As if Fender weren’t doing enough for guitar and bass players with their recent American ranges such as Ultra and Professional II, Fender has been chipping away at building an increasingly comprehensive range of pedals. From drives to delays and...

Review: Fender Lost Highway Phaser

Key Features: It’s been a good three years now since Fender embarked on their latest batch of stompboxes, and considering the reception they’ve received from players and publications, it’s fair to say that this relaunch might be their most successful effects endeavour...

Review: DSM & Humboldt Simplifier DLX

Key Features: In recent times, we’ve seen a huge industry shift away from the mega-rigs of yore in favour of compact, versatile floor-based setups to suit the rigours of live performance, with a range of hybrid pedal-amp products flooding the market and stealing the...

Review: Kink Guitar Pedals Russian Plague

Key Features: What do you get when you take one of the most iconic distortion circuits of all time (hint: it shares a name with a particularly pesky rodent) and stack it alongside a Civil War-era fuzz pedal that’s renowned for its roaring tones and unfathomable...

Mooer amps up the Hornet’s power to 30 Watts

Mooer amps up the Hornet’s power to 30 Watts

More power! Mooer's Hornet 30W has twice the power and a larger speaker than the previous version. Can it conquer the crowded home practice amp market? The post Mooer amps up the Hornet’s power to 30 Watts appeared first on gearnews.com.

Erica Synths Black Dual ASR EG: Modulatable, loopable envelopes

Erica Synths Black Dual ASR EG: Modulatable, loopable envelopes

Cool, sleek and very useful: This pair of Black ASR envelopes has much of the functionality of a Make Noise Maths in a smaller, darker package.  The post Erica Synths Black Dual ASR EG: Modulatable, loopable envelopes appeared first on gearnews.com.

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