Windows 10 Promises Better Audio & MIDI Performance, Easier App Development


At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show‘s Advanced Audio & Application Exchange (A3E) session, Pete Brown of Microsoft gave a keynote that offers a preview of their new Windows 10 OS.

In the video, embedded below, Brown discusses:

  • Audio and MIDI in Windows 10;
  • The new AKAI MPC, which runs a version of Windows 10 Embedded;
  • Xi-Machines custom Windows workstations for audio;
  • Obedia high-performance audio workstations;
  • DAWs that are working on Windows 10;
  • Windows 10 audio performance statistics;
  • Propellerhead Reason on Windows 10;
  • The Windows Mobile port of Propellerhead Figure;
  • Image-Line FL Studio and Windows 10;
  • Bitwig Studio working on Windows 10; and
  • A preview of Microsoft Hololens augmented reality system and virtual reality music software.

Brown says that, with Windows 10, Microsoft is ‘back in the game for pro audio and music’. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

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‘I Dream of Wires’ Synth Doc Showing Tonight In Berlin + Rare Morton Subotnick Performance

i-dream-of-wiresI Dream Of Wires – a documentary about modular synths and synthesists – is getting its first public showing in Berlin tonight.

To celebrate the film’s August VOD/DVD release,  MONODUO FILMS and MOBILE KINO are presenting a special screening and electronic music event in Berlin, followed by a live performance by Morton Subotnick.

Taking place at Babylon Kino Berlin, Morton Subotnick, accompanied by his frequent collaborator, video artist Lillevan, presents FROM SILVER APPLES OF THE MOON TO A SKY OF CLOUDLESS SULFUR REVISITED: VI. The event marks Subotnick’s first live appearance in Germany since 2011. Continue reading

Knobcon 4 Coming To Chicagoland Sept 11-13

knobcon-overlay15Knobcon 4 – a massive synth meetup, featuring performances, workshops and vendors – is scheduled for Sept 11-13, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

The three-day event focuses on electronic and experimental music, and the tools used to create it.  Continue reading

WiFo ‘RemoFinger’ Lets You Control Your iPad With Your Feet


At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, WiFo was showing one of the more unusual introductions for the show, the RemoFinger ‘remote finger’ touchscreen foot controller.

The RemoFinger is a wireless foot controller that’s designed to let you control any touchscreen application – not just ones that have MIDI support.

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Tie Fighter Music Box Is Exquisite, But $18,000+


Before there was MIDI, music boxes used pins to sequence music.

The BM&F MusicMachine 3 is an exquisitely crafted, crazy expensive music box, inspired by Star Wars’ legendary imperial TIE fighters.

And it’s geeky to the core. The 1,400+ pins play themes from Star Wars, Mission Impossible and Star Wars.

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