New Audio Hosting Service, Octave, Like SoundCloud ‘For Musicians With Clients’


Chris Randall (Audio Damage, Micronaut) & Mark Beeson have announced a new audio hosting that is a SoundCloud alternative, targeting audio professionals.

“Soundcloud is for musicians with fans,” says Randall. “Octave is for musicians with clients.” Continue reading

Open Mic: 2015 Black Friday, Cyber Monday & Holiday Music Gear Deals

merry-electric-christmasThis year, as always, there are music gear deals galore to be had on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and throughout the holidays and the end of the year.

If you’ve seen a great holiday deal that you think people should know about, or if you’re a company that has a holiday deal to share, leave a comment below and share the details!

Please include details on the sale, a link to the sale page or site, the dates the deal is good and a coupon code, if needed.

Synth DIY Guru Ray Wilson Of Music From Outer Space Has Cancer And Needs Help

ray-wilson-music-from-outer-spaceThe family of Music From Outer Space founder Ray Wilson has announced that he is fighting Stage 4 cancer and that he could use the help of the synth community.

Wilson has been a leader in synth DIY for years – offering a variety of projects via his Music From Outer Space (MFOS) site. His DIY designs include a complete line of analog synth modules, lo fi noise boxes, sequencers, the Sound Lab Mini-Synth and the Weird Sound Generator. He is also the author of the book Make: Analog SynthesizersContinue reading

Roland System-500 Analog Eurorack Modules Official Details


Roland has released official details on their new System-500 analog Eurorack synthesizer modules.

The System-500 is a fully analog recreation, in Euro format, of the classic Roland System-100m modular synthesizer. The modules are produced in collaboration with established Euro manufacturer Malekko Heavy Industry.

According to Roland, the System-500 delivers the ‘classic character and functionality of the original with the advantages of a modern instrument’.

Here’s an overview on the Roland System-100m from the Summer NAMM Show: Continue reading

Cremacaffe Debuts Kolibri Laptop Stand

Cremacaffe_KOLIBRI_iPad_StandItalian design house Cremacaffe has debuted Kolibri, their latest wooden tabletop stand, designed by Elisa Andretti.

“Designed with the beatmaker in mind,” the Kolibri stand is an all-in-one desktop stand for a laptop or tablet, lightweight (half the weight of a smartphone) but solid. The stand holds laptops sized up to 18’’, plus a wide range of tablets; it elevates the screen at the right height to rest your eyes and neck, while keeping devices cool and cables out of the way.
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PreSonus Notion for iOS Adds iPad Pro Support, Handwriting Recognition


PreSonus has announced that the latest update to Notion for iOS introduces an in-app purchase that adds finger/stylus handwriting recognition.

Using a finger or stylus, you can write music in your own handwriting and see it automatically converted to digital notation. With an Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro, you can even write with pressure and thickness, which gives you a much more natural feeling and even greater accuracy. Continue reading