If you hate AutoTune, prepare to take a long elevator ride down to the previously undiscovered 10th circle of hell.
Developer Smule has released AutoRap, for Android & iOS devices, and, in just a few days, the app has been download 2.5 million times. With Smule?s ?rappification? technology, AutoRap maps the syllables of your speech to beats, to create a unique rap.
Above, Smule mastermind and Stanford Assistant Professor Dr. Ge Wang performs The Cornholio Test.
Arturia has not been resting, lately, with recent introductions including the MiniBrute and the Oberheim SEM V virtual instrument.
Now they’ve introduced Wurlitzer V, described as ‘a high end software recreation of the classic Wurlitzer 200A electric piano.’
Unlike sample libraries, Wurlitzer V’s physical modeling engine reproduces the very acoustic properties of reeds, key action and amplification, delivering realism while offering maximum flexibility on sound. The Wurlitzer V goes further by giving you 70?s style stompboxes and tube amps.
The strangest music technology news in a long time has to be the digital reincarnation of Tupac.
The performance that generated the most buzz at this year’s Coachella wasn’t from a rising star, but from a virtual version Tupac Shakur, who’s been dead 16 years.
Thanks to Dr. Dre and visual effects company AV Concepts, the ‘Tupac Hologram’ was able to perform with Snoop Dog at the festival, as shown in the video below.
Here’s what AV Concepts had to say about the Tupac Hologram:
After months of design, engineering, and creative consultation, AV Concepts delivered a perceived 3-dimensional, life-sized holographic projection of Tupac to perform on stage with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, during the renowned desert festival.
Utilizing the Musion Eyeliner system, the 30′ x 13′ screen was customized by AV Concepts to descend onto the stage in mere seconds between sets of the performance to bring the infamous, deceased singer back to life.
These music robots, The Hubos, may not be ready to replace The Beatles, but they are hot on the heals of the Blue Man Group.
The HUBOs, from Drexel’s Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory, are operating autonomously (not human-controlled). Their movements are directed by student-developed software to perform the gestures necessary to produce the appropriate notes and beats as dictated by a musical score. Every sound in the video was performed by the robots.