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Seven songs ahead of their time from music production pioneers

With the world continuously evolving, musicians are constantly creating new and imaginative sounds. With the constant supply of new synths, new DAWs, new ways to create our music is evolving faster than ever, but did you know the heritage of Trap rappers started in...

SOMA LABS ENNER: Wonderfully weird analog synthesizer

SOMA LABS ENNER: Wonderfully weird analog synthesizer

Enner is a jungle of exploration for your fingers, toes and inner being. You become part of the patch as the voltage courses through your veins in search of musical inspiration. The post SOMA LABS ENNER: Wonderfully weird analog synthesizer appeared first on...

BandLab 10.0: Free online DAW gets a sampler and mastering update

BandLab 10.0: Free online DAW gets a sampler and mastering update

Among other goodies, the free BandLab 10 online DAW brings a sampler, improved mastering service and export to TikTok. Worth checking out. we think. The post BandLab 10.0: Free online DAW gets a sampler and mastering update appeared first on gearnews.com.

Erica Synths: Enter the Matrix Mixer!

Erica Synths: Enter the Matrix Mixer!

Erica Synths issues the Syntrx modulation matrix as a recallable 16x16 Matrix Mixer for audio and CV. This thing could run your whole show. The post Erica Synths: Enter the Matrix Mixer! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Enner is a complex synthesiser you control by touch alone

Enner is a complex synthesiser you control by touch alone

Soma Laboratory have returned to the synth game with another interesting instrument. Enner is an FX unit and instrument that responds to human touch by connecting various pads which allow access to a large sound palette. It’s basically a modular synthesiser with...

Ocean Way Audio unveil Pro3 Reference Monitor at great price

You may have heard of Ocean Way Studios if you use UAD or Waves plugins. Their emulation of the legendary studio is a popular plugin that lets you dial in their studio sound into your productions, but did you know they also make monitors? What you need to know:...

Squier Affinity guitars out now with stacks of affordable options

Squier Affinity guitars out now with stacks of affordable options

Squier have hit the blocks running, announcing 11 new guitars and basses to the world. The range of electric instruments includes iterations of their iconic Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster and more! What you need to know: Fender’s entry level brand Squier has...

TH-U Eric Gales Pack: Modern blues tones for your DAW

TH-U Eric Gales Pack: Modern blues tones for your DAW

Overloud's new TH-U Eric Gales Pack gives you access to the guitarist's favourite gear. You can get it for your DAW or as a standalone pack. The post TH-U Eric Gales Pack: Modern blues tones for your DAW appeared first on gearnews.com.

Modal Electronics updates ARGON8 range to V2.4

Modal Electronics updates ARGON8 range to V2.4

A new firmware update for the ARGON8 range of wavetable synthesizers also brings volume 2 of Modal Electronics ARGON Factory Library. The post Modal Electronics updates ARGON8 range to V2.4 appeared first on gearnews.com.

Noise Engineering plug-ins for free? Where do I sign?

Noise Engineering plug-ins for free? Where do I sign?

Noise Engineering is busy developing VST, AU and AAX plugins and is offering beta versions for free to anyone who signs up to their Customer Portal. The post Noise Engineering plug-ins for free? Where do I sign? appeared first on gearnews.com.

The Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird bass is back!

The Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird bass is back!

Originally released back in 1965, Gibson has brought back the Non-Reverse Thunderbird bass in three fantastic finishes. The post The Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird bass is back! appeared first on gearnews.com.

You can now finally buy the Epiphone Slash Collection models

You can now finally buy the Epiphone Slash Collection models

The Epiphone Slash Collection has been officially announced. It includes both solidbody and acoustic versions, but is it good value for money? The post You can now finally buy the Epiphone Slash Collection models appeared first on gearnews.com.

Modern Music Expo – Free Online Conference

Modern Music Expo – Free Online Conference

Modern Music Expo - Free Online Conference The hit production team LYRE (Fallout Boy, ITZY, Red Velvet) is organising a free 3-day event July 27-29: Modern Music Expo, a online music conference designed to help aspiring songwriters, producers, and artists learn from...

New wallet-friendly EVH 5150 Iconic amp range

New wallet-friendly EVH 5150 Iconic amp range

Designed by renowned Peavey 5150 amp engineer James Brown, the new EVH 5150 Iconic amp range won't put a massive dent in your bank account. The post New wallet-friendly EVH 5150 Iconic amp range appeared first on gearnews.com.

Leaked firmware claims to turn PLAITS into BRAINS

Leaked firmware claims to turn PLAITS into BRAINS

Apparently, a leaked Behringer BRAINS firmware can be run on the Mutable Instruments Plaits giving access to the display software. The post Leaked firmware claims to turn PLAITS into BRAINS appeared first on gearnews.com.

How to budget and get a great Logic Pro setup for under £1000

How to budget and get a great Logic Pro setup for under £1000

You can have an all singing and dancing Logic Pro setup for under £1000. In this article, Jef shows you where you need to spend your money to get it. The post How to budget and get a great Logic Pro setup for under £1000 appeared first on gearnews.com.

AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio XE: silly brand name, robust headphones

AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio XE: silly brand name, robust headphones

The new XE is a more affordable version of the cozy TMA-2 Studio Headphones, and the latter are back on sale after briefly missing in action. The post AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio XE: silly brand name, robust headphones appeared first on gearnews.com.

Sienna Free released

Sienna Free released

Sienna Free released Acustica have released a gratis edition of their powerful headphone correction and control-room simulation software.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/sienna-free-released

PRS officially announces the Silver Sky in Roxy Pink!

PRS officially announces the Silver Sky in Roxy Pink!

The new PRS Roxy Pink John Mayer Silver Sky is now available to buy. But will the company add an SE version of the PRS Silver Sky this year? The post PRS officially announces the Silver Sky in Roxy Pink! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Vince Staples, TKAY Maidza + more, our 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, Vince Staples teams up with Kenny Beats...

Fender introduces new Tone Master Super Reverb amp

Fender introduces new Tone Master Super Reverb amp

Fender's new Tone Master Super Reverb is based on its mid-'60s black panel combo and comes loaded with four 10" Jenson speakers. The post Fender introduces new Tone Master Super Reverb amp appeared first on gearnews.com.

UJAM Summer Madness Sale – Up to 70% off until July 18, 2021

UJAM Summer Madness Sale – Up to 70% off until July 18, 2021

UJAM instruments are nice to look at, simple to use, and they sound good. The Pharell Williams & Hans Zimmer-led brand is slashing prices for awhile. The post UJAM Summer Madness Sale – Up to 70% off until July 18, 2021 appeared first on gearnews.com.

Soyuz limited edition SU-017 released

Soyuz limited edition SU-017 released

Soyuz limited edition SU-017 released The Russian microphone makers' flagship valve design is now available in a 'Brass Black' finish.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/soyuz-limited-edition-su-017-released

GS Music E7: Polyphonic analog desktop synthesizer

GS Music E7: Polyphonic analog desktop synthesizer

Argentina based GS Music has opened preorders on the E7 desktop polyphonic and multitimbral analog synthesizer The post GS Music E7: Polyphonic analog desktop synthesizer appeared first on gearnews.com.

Behringer 2600-VCO: An ARP oscillator for your Eurorack

Behringer 2600-VCO: An ARP oscillator for your Eurorack

Behringer has broken out an oscillator from their ARP 2600 clone and put it into Eurorack form. The 2600-VCO is looking pretty nice. The post Behringer 2600-VCO: An ARP oscillator for your Eurorack appeared first on gearnews.com.

Review: Sontronics DM-Series DrumPack Plus

When pulling together a microphone arsenal for your studio, often the most critical (and typically most expensive) venture is a family of mics dedicated to drums. Whilst you can certainly go down the road of scouring the interwebs for individual mics, often a far more...

Korg’s knob-per-function hardware synth modwave is now shipping

Korg have started shipping their highly anticipated wavetable synth, the modwave. The synth follows in the footsteps of their DW-8000 from 1985 which was a powerhouse at the time of release, combining analog filters with digital wavetables. The modwave expands on this...

PX SunBox: Virtual Instrument inspired by JoMoX SunSyn

PX SunBox: Virtual Instrument inspired by JoMoX SunSyn

They're calling SunBox a Galactic analog/digital hybrid synth with 420 layers of unique and inspiring sounds taken from the SunBox 8-voice polysynth. The post PX SunBox: Virtual Instrument inspired by JoMoX SunSyn appeared first on gearnews.com.

Flamma FS07 Cab  – Bargain priced IRs for your pedalboard

Flamma FS07 Cab – Bargain priced IRs for your pedalboard

If you don't want to spend a lot of money, but still want to take your own impulse responses with you, check out the new FS07 Cab pedal from Flamma. The post Flamma FS07 Cab – Bargain priced IRs for your pedalboard appeared first on gearnews.com.

Review: Yamaha Stage Custom Hip Kit

Let’s set the stage for this scenario. You’ve finished playing a gig at a small bar, on a cramped stage, with the bass guitar basically shoved in your mouth, and the absolute last thing you want to think about is moving your full drum kit through the crowd, down the...

Digital Performer 11 announced

Digital Performer 11 announced

Digital Performer 11 announced Major update to MOTU's DAW adds MPE support, Apple Silicon compatibility, and Nanosampler 2.0.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/digital-performer-11-announced

Review: Korg Modwave Wavetable synthesizer

Review: Korg Modwave Wavetable synthesizer

Korg's Modwave wavetable synthesizer is a fun and exciting digital synth that suffers from an abundance of modulation - and that's a great thing! The post Review: Korg Modwave Wavetable synthesizer appeared first on gearnews.com.

PAMA addresses outdated audio terminology striving for inclusion

PAMA (The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance) which features large audio companies including Shure, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica have released a document detailing new terms for updating outdated language in the audio world. What you need to know: The...

Digital Performer 11

“DP’s streamlined and customisable user experience is now more powerful than ever,” said Jim Cooper, Director of Marketing at MOTU. “We’ve packed new technological advancements into familiar UI elements for easy adoption into users’ daily workflows.” Articulation Maps...

Kinsman KPA500: The most affordable line array PA available?

Kinsman KPA500: The most affordable line array PA available?

The Kinsman KPA500 is a compact, self-contained, portable line array system with a built-in mixer, for sale at an eye-opening low price! The post Kinsman KPA500: The most affordable line array PA available? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Is Spotify planning a move into the music events arena?

Is Spotify planning a move into the music events arena?

With live events slowly making a comeback, could Spotify be the platform to advertise your shows or book concert tickets in the future? The post Is Spotify planning a move into the music events arena? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Review: Apogee Symphony Desktop

As the home recording boom continues its ascent into the stratosphere, the propensity for small, single or dual channel interfaces has reached critical mass, which is great for anybody working track by track, or relying on samples and drum machines for their groove...

What is a Bucket Brigade Device (BBD) and what do they do?

What is a Bucket Brigade Device (BBD) and what do they do?

If you’re into pedals, there’s no doubt you would have seen the term Bucket Brigade device thrown about on all analogue delay units specs and write ups. The device which has been around since the late sixties is little explained or mentioned and we’re taking a deep...

Want to write an anthem for Jobseeker and get paid for it?

Listen Up Music and the Wyatt Trust are giving a voice to the unemployed and underemployed through a new song competition. The Jobseeker Anthem has come to fruition to raise awareness of all the people in our communities who have to survive on just $44 a day. What you...

Erica Synths & Sonic Potions team up for LXR-02 drum machine

With attentions being turned to recreating synths of the past and analogue circuitry, Erica Synths and Sonic Potions have gone the other way, creating the LXR-02, a very flexible digital synth/drum machine with more settings to tweak than ever. What you need to know:...

Minipol: 6-voice virtual analog with Smart Random feature

Minipol: 6-voice virtual analog with Smart Random feature

Minipol from Karanyi Sounds has some random smarts to inject fun and uniqueness into this cool looking 4-voice virtual analog synthesizer. The post Minipol: 6-voice virtual analog with Smart Random feature appeared first on gearnews.com.

Way Huge Smalls STO: a super smooth overdrive pedal

Way Huge Smalls STO: a super smooth overdrive pedal

The new Way Huge Smalls STO pedal, short for Super Terrific Overdrive, is based on the Nobels ODR-1, Nashville session players' secret weapon. The post Way Huge Smalls STO: a super smooth overdrive pedal appeared first on gearnews.com.

Aria And Ppca Appoint New Marketing And Communications Manager

Reporting to ARIA and PPCA Chief Executive Officer Annabelle Herd, Tessa will be responsible for developing and leading marketing and communications strategies for both organisations, covering owned, earned and paid media. She will also work closely with ARIA and...

How to practise playing and feeling guitar rhythm

How to practise playing and feeling guitar rhythm

In this column, I’d like to focus on the rhythmic side of guitar playing. Of course, a combination of rhythm, harmony and melody is needed to be a competent guitarist but an understanding of rhythm and its applications in guitar can really help your feel and sound. ...

Best free plug-ins this week: WhispAir, GR-8 and Nettle

Best free plug-ins this week: WhispAir, GR-8 and Nettle

This week, we're highlighting our three favorite synths from this year's KVR Developer Challenge. Are you ready for WhispAir, GR-8 and Nettle? The post Best free plug-ins this week: WhispAir, GR-8 and Nettle appeared first on gearnews.com.

Review: Markbass Kilimanjaro 5 Richard Bona Signature Bass

Markbass are undeniably one of the most formidable forces in the bass amplification industry, with over 20 years in the business honing their craft. Their endorsees include the likes of funkmaster Joe Dart and fusion mainstay Tom Kennedy, who are regularly seen...

Review: Audient ASP880

Ever tried to record drums at home? Yep, it’s an absolute nightmare. Between all the woes of sound proofing and acoustic isolation (let’s not even border on that), recording drums at home is made redundant for many of us due to the fact that we’re only likely to own...

Best Guitars for under €500: Our Top 10 Budget Electric Guitars!

Best Guitars for under €500: Our Top 10 Budget Electric Guitars!

The best guitars for under €500! It's a great time to grab a new electric guitar for some sweet summer jams - these 10 guitars should be on your radar. The post Best Guitars for under €500: Our Top 10 Budget Electric Guitars! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Thomann restores door-to-door pricing for UK customers

Thomann restores door-to-door pricing for UK customers

From 1 July 2021, all prices on Thomann's UK website will be inclusive of VAT and fees. No more calculating fees on a napkin or paying on the doorstep! The post Thomann restores door-to-door pricing for UK customers appeared first on gearnews.com.

Harley Benton launches Fusion-III series with five new models

Harley Benton launches Fusion-III series with five new models

Harley Benton has an updated Fusion series for 2021. The new Fusion-III range features high-performance specs, aimed squarely at modern playing styles. The post Harley Benton launches Fusion-III series with five new models appeared first on gearnews.com.

Cherry Audio teases a Memorymoog emulation

Cherry Audio teases a Memorymoog emulation

In the most unconvincing tease video ever Cherry Audio show you exactly what their next software emulation is going to be. The post Cherry Audio teases a Memorymoog emulation appeared first on gearnews.com.

NI Maschine+ gets software update and price reduction

NI Maschine+ gets software update and price reduction

NI's standalone groovebox that launched at around EUR 1300 is now selling for EUR 1039 with a fresh software update adding further value. The post NI Maschine+ gets software update and price reduction appeared first on gearnews.com.

Madlib, Laura Mvula + more, our 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. Madlib returns with Declaime for the ’90s release In...

Review: Fender Mustang Micro Headphone Amplifier

While it may never be the kind of study that receives any kind of legitimate, university funding, I’d be very interested to see the kind of influence that things like the state of the economy and the ever-booming property/rental market have on musicians and their...

Vines drummer Hamish Rosser on the infamous Letterman moment

In 2002 The Vines were Australia’s rock idols, taking their debut album Highly Evolved to the biggest stages around the world. It was at the peak of their powers that they arrived on the set of The Late Show with David Letterman as musical guests – a holy grail slot...

Mass Sky Raid pierce through on new single ‘Arrows’

South East Queensland alternative/prog-rock band Mass Sky Raid have returned with the launch of their new single ‘Arrows’. This marks their first release in the past six months and is for the alternative/progressive heads. What you need to know Gold Coast based Mass...

Suhr Discovery Analog Delay: The ultimate boutique delay?

Suhr Discovery Analog Delay: The ultimate boutique delay?

Powered by four MN3005 delay chips, the new Suhr Discovery Analog Delay is one seriously powerful analogue delay that is packed with features. The post Suhr Discovery Analog Delay: The ultimate boutique delay? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Delia Derbyshire Day – Masterclasses

Delia Derbyshire Day – Masterclasses

Delia Derbyshire Day - Masterclasses This year the Delia Derbyshire Day organisation have put together a programme of free events running from July...https://www.soundonsound.com/news/delia-derbyshire-day-masterclasses

Behringer FOUR PLAY: Cheekily named Quad VCA Eurorack module

Behringer FOUR PLAY: Cheekily named Quad VCA Eurorack module

The Four Play Eurorack module appears to be a clone of the Intellijel Quad VCA with 4 channels of CV and audio mixing and variable response. The post Behringer FOUR PLAY: Cheekily named Quad VCA Eurorack module appeared first on gearnews.com.

Pro Tools 2021.6 now available

Pro Tools 2021.6 now available

Delia Derbyshire Day - Masterclasses Huge update brings the Hybrid Engine to all HDX systems, and doubles Voice and mixer channel count for both DSP and CPU-based Pro Tools users.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/pro-tools-20216-now-available

Tape Leaders – New Edition

Tape Leaders – New Edition

Delia Derbyshire Day - Masterclasses This new edition has been extensively revised and updated and is now available to pre-order from the new publisher, Velocity Press. https://www.soundonsound.com/news/tape-leaders-new-edition

SOMA REFLEX: Synthesizer prototype with innovative expression

SOMA REFLEX: Synthesizer prototype with innovative expression

Out of the labs of SOMA comes a 6-voice polyphonic synthesizer with an unparalleled level of real-time control over both timbre and sound - meet the REFLEX. The post SOMA REFLEX: Synthesizer prototype with innovative expression appeared first on gearnews.com.

DinoPark Eurorack: Are we ready for 7 synths in a Eurorack module?

DinoPark Eurorack: Are we ready for 7 synths in a Eurorack module?

MakePro X has squeezed their DinoPark DSP technology into a tasty looking Eurorack module offering 7 emulated monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers right inside your rack. The post DinoPark Eurorack: Are we ready for 7 synths in a Eurorack module? appeared first on...

From tremolo to wah-wah: A history of the guitar effect pedal

From tremolo to wah-wah: A history of the guitar effect pedal

There was a time not long ago when effects were strictly a studio tool, the result of experimentations by engineers and musicians, such as Les Paul, who began to create echo effects by manipulating reel-to-reel tape. Once guitars became amplified in order to be heard...

Electro-Harmonix reissues MIG-50 tube amplifier with modern tweaks

Pedal maker extraordinaries Electro-Harmonix have announced their new MIG-50 tube amplifier to the world. This amp models an ’80s Sovtek amp, which in turn was created to sound like a tweed Fender Bassman. What you need to know: Electro-Harmonix have reissued their...

TC Electronic showcase June-60 V2 boasting a more authentic sound

TC Electronic showcase June-60 V2 boasting a more authentic sound

TC Electronic have announced an update to their stompbox recreation of the chorus portion of the classic Roland Juno 60 synthesiser. This particular chorus section is one of the most pleasing and well known sounds, especially during the ’80s when it was heavily used...

Music Victoria Awards back for 2021 and pivoting into the now

The Music Victoria Awards are back for 2021. Despite the past year being a bizarre and difficult time for Victoria’s entire music community, there are still plenty of achievements to celebrate and commemorate. Now in its 17th iteration, the Music Victoria Awards will...

TC Electronic June-60 V2: Redesigned and enhanced

TC Electronic June-60 V2: Redesigned and enhanced

The re-designed TC Electronic June-60 V2 has some sweet upgrades and now works not just with guitars, but synths as well. The post TC Electronic June-60 V2: Redesigned and enhanced appeared first on gearnews.com.

Electro-Harmonix reissues the MIG-50 all-tube amp head

Electro-Harmonix reissues the MIG-50 all-tube amp head

The Electro-Harmonix MIG-50 is a reissue of the classic Sovtek 50-Watt all-tube amp head, but with some modern-day features. The post Electro-Harmonix reissues the MIG-50 all-tube amp head appeared first on gearnews.com.

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