iPhone Pwns The Pono For Listening To Music

The Pono music player – the high-resolution digital audio player promoted by Neil Young – has massive buzz.

It was one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns. The Pono developers sought $800,000 in funding from the public, but ended up raising a staggering $6.2 million from people that bought into the idea that an audio player that played high-resolution uncompressed audio would deliver music the way it is supposed to sound.

But is the hype behind the Pono just that – hype? Continue reading

Fingerlab Intros DFX Quad Multi-Effects Processor For iPad

dfx-ipad-effectsFingerlab has introduced DFX – a real-time Quad Multi-Effects Processor for iPad.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Plug in any audio source, a guitar, a bass, a microphone, a DJ mixer. Or play your favorite iOS synth or drum machine with Audiobus or Apple Inter-App Audio. Or why not playing a track from your iTunes Music Library. Select one, two, three or four effects amongst 35 hi-quality digital audio effects and explore endless sonic possibilities. Delays, echos, reverbs, filters, tremolo, autowah, compressors, distortions, vocoders, resonators, etc… more possibilities that you can imagine.

At last, but not least, DFX is also a great little sound design machine. Just select one of the built-in tone synthesizers on the first effect and let your imagination build new sound landscapes at the tip of your fingers. We have had a lot fun making ours in the Factory presets.

No in-apps, no ads, no fuss. DFX is simple, intuitive and fun. No user guide required ;^)

Here’s a demo video for DFX: Continue reading

Damon Albarn, Brian Eno & Africa Express Do Terry Riley’s ‘In C Mali’

While much of minimalist composer Terry Riley‘s work has been electronic, his seminal In C is for any number of people and any instruments.

In C Mali, described as ‘the first African version of Riley’s minimalist classic’, was recorded in Bamako, Mali in October 2013. This new version features artists from Bamako & western guests (Brian Eno, Damon Albarn and others) led by conductor Andre de Ridder.  Continue reading

Focusrite Intros New Red 2 & Red 3 Plugin Suite At 2015 NAMM

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At the 2015 NAMM Show: Focusrite introduced the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suites, featuring 64-bit AAX, AU, and VST compatibility

These are the first Focusrite plug-ins to include AAX support, making them compatible with Pro Tools 10 and above. With its introduction, the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite is bundled free with all Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, Forte, and Clarett audio interfaces. The plug-in suite will also retail separately for $299.99. Continue reading

Ploytec Pi L Squared Leukos Synth at NAMM

pl2_leukos_Ploytec, the German makers of ultra small footprint synthesizers, has introduced a new variation of this concept: the Pi L Squared Leukos synth.

It works with a computer or iPad (camera connection kit required) when attached via USB to its micro-USB connector. It also features an additional individual MIDI output.

Here’s a video introduction to the PI L Squared Leukos synthesizer: Continue reading