Universal Audio Debuts Thunderbolt Satellite DSP Accelerators

UA_Satellite_Thunderbolt_DSPThis week Universal Audio announced its new line of UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators, for use with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs and shipping early October.

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators enable Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to run larger mixes filled with DSP-intensive plug-ins. These “desktop-friendly” units provide full access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including exclusive plug-ins from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, SSL, and more.
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Updated APC Controllers Now Available


Akai Professional has announced that it’s now shipping three new APC controllers:

  • the flagship APC40 mkII (above);
  • the APC Key 25 with integrated keyboard, and
  • the compact APC mini.

“We are excited to announce the availability of the APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini,” says Akai Professional Product Manager Dan Gill. According to Gill, the new controllers incorporate feedback from users of their existing APC20 & APC40 controllers and include the most commonly requested features.

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New Pink Floyd Album, The Endless River, A Tribute To Keyboardist Richard Wright

Pink-Floyd-The-Endless-RiverPink Floyd has announced a new album, The Endless River, that they say is a tribute to longtime keyboardist Richard Wright (1943-2008) and a return to their early style.

The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions,” explains David Gilmour. “We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album.”

“Over the last year we’ve added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and, with him, the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.” Continue reading

Navichord – A New iPad Instrument For Exploring Chord Progressions

navichordDeveloper Denis Kutuzov has released Navichord – an iPad instrument for exploring chord progressions.

Navichord displays notes in both keyboard-style and grid-style arrangements. And it automatically displays chord names. This lets you play chords traditionally, or use chord ‘shapes’, which are consistent for playing the chord with any root note.  Continue reading

James Murphy Remixes The US Opens

James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and IBM recently collaborated on a music project for the U.S. Open that explored creating a soundtrack to the event, based on the sonification of data from each tennis match.

In a nutshell, IBM developers built algorithms that mapped each player’s movement to audio samples, automatically creating ambient soundscapes based on the matches.  Continue reading

Pendeo Intros Hardwood OP-1 Case, Monolith Adapter

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Pendeo has introduced two new accessories for the Teenage Engineering OP-1, the Monolith connection adapter & a solid wood case.

pendeo-monolith-adapterThe Pendeo Monolith Adapter allows conversion from the standard 1/8″ audio connectors to 1/4″, using high-quality Neutrik connectors.

It connects with the OP-1 easily, for a secure fit which allows reduced wear and stress on the standard OP-1 connectors. The monolith adapter also integrates perfectly with the Pendeo OP-1 Case.

The Pendeo OP-1 Case is machined from solid Burmese Teak, and comes with the Monolith adapter for the OP-1. Continue reading

P5.js Lets You Do It In Your Web Browser

P5JSp5.js is a JavaScript library that’s designed with the original goals of the Processing programming language – to make coding accessible for artists, designers, educators, and beginners – but to do it with Javascript, so that you can do it in your Web browser.

p5.js lets you create Web-based multimedia applications that can interact with other HTML5 objects, including text, input, video, webcam, and sound. Continue reading