Ableton Intros Time And Timbre Percussion Instrument

Ableton has released Time and Timbre, a Max for Live percussion instrument and ‘time engine’ that they say is the result of three years of development by the duo Skinnerbox.

The pack consists of five individual drum synthesis modules (Timbre) and a polymetric sequencer (Time), as well as a built-in mastering plug-in (Master Blaster). Continue reading

Ondes Update Adds ‘Swarm’ Oscillators, MIDI Out

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Olympia Noise Company has released a major update to Ondes, its Ondes Martenot inspired musical instrument app for iPad.

The update adds swarm oscillators to its synth engine, new modulation parameters, microtonal tuning and and a new MIDI mode.

Here’s a video demo of Ondes being used as a duophonic continuous controller for a modular synthesizer: Continue reading

Xils-lab PolyKB II Analog Morphing Synthesizer Review

In this video, JK Swopes of SoundsAndGear reviews the Xils-lab PolyKB II morphing synthesizer plugin for Mac & Wndows.

The PolyKB is designed to recreate the sound of the RSF PolyKobol analog synthesizer, including one of coolest features – a continuous morphing oscillator, which can be fully modulated by many sources. Continue reading

What’s The Point Of Imitating Traditional Hardware? Conductr’s Oriol Rosell On Live Controller Design

oriol-rosell-conductrPatchworks today released Conductr 1.3, the latest version of their iPad Ableton Live controller app.

With the new version, Patchworks is trying to develop Conductr into tool not just for Live performance, but also music production.

In this interview, we talk with Patchworks co-founder Oriol Rosell, right, about what’s new in the latest version of Conductr, their vision for the role of MIDI control apps and more: Continue reading

Conductr Controller For Ableton Live Gets New Production Features

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Developer Patchworks has released a major update to Conductr, their Ableton Live controller app. The update adds a ‘smart’ MIDI keyboard controller and more.

Conductr was previously focused on live performance control of Live. With this update, Conductr is introducing more production-orient features, with the addition of the Claydr keyboard module. Continue reading

Trent Reznor & NIN On Their Creative Proccess

Soundtoys, a developer of audio effects and processing software for Mac & Windows, has launched a new video series, Process, that looks at the creative process of musicians and audio professionals.

The first video in the series features Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails discussing their creative process and their use of effects in live performances. Continue reading

Loopy: Masterpiece Edition Walkthrough 3: Bindings

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Here’s the third and final video in developer Michael Tyson‘s development preview of Loopy: Masterpiece Edition.

Tyson, developer of Loopy and AudioBus, is starting development of a new ‘Masterpiece Edition’ of his Loopy software looper for iOS. It will incorporate DAW-like features, including a linear timeline view, track automation and more. Continue reading

Skoogmusic Intros Skoog-Controlled Mogo Synth

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Scottish based SkoogMusic has introduced Mogo – a new software synth that’s tailored to being played with the company’s Skoog accessible wireless MIDI controller.

Mogo is Skoogmusic’s latest software-synth creation, designed to give musicians the opportunity to explore sound using the tactile sensing capabilities of Skoog 2.0. It has fully assignable filters, envelopes, stereo multi-effects, a multi-stage arpeggiator, a built-in loop station; and can be used to manipulate any audio input for on-the-fly filtering and effects processing.

Here’s a video preview: Continue reading