2012 was an interesting year in synths and electronic music gear.
2012 brought a resurgence of analog gear, a major Windows release that holds promise for new types of music apps, a growing acceptance of mobile music making tools and many surprising announcements.
The most talked about stories of 2012 at Synthtopia reflect these changing technologies. But more importantly,
they reflect the debate over how new technologies fit into music-making.
Check out the list and let us know what you think!
Open Mic: 2012 has been a fantastic year for synths, synth software and MIDI gear.
But what about for electronic music?
Do you think 2012 has been a good year for electronic music? And what’s the best new electronic music you discovered in 2012?
The video for Ultraista’s,
Bad Insect combines psychedelic visuals with a hypnotic groove, bringing to mind some of the early Chemical Brothers videos. Bad Insect is the debut single from Ultraista, a trio comprised of vocalist/artist Laura Bettinson and multi-instrumentalist/producers Nigel Godrich and Joey Waronker.
This is a sneak preview of
The Chemical Brothers‘ Theme From Velodrome – an official song of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
It’s a little orchestral, a little Kraftwerk-y and Mad Max free. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Continue reading Can You Feel It is a celebration of the Ultra Music Festival Miami – one of the world’s biggest electronic music festivals:
It’s a film about a new generation seen through the eyes of the world’s greatest DJ’s. Tiesto, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Afrojack, Fedde le Grand and Boys Noize will be the headlining superstars that will take you on an electrifying journey through Ultra Music Festival and the world of dance music. The film makes you feel like you are on the dance floor and in the DJ booth at the same time and has the pace and feel of a music video mixed with in-depth storylines on the artists, the event and especially the rise of dance music around the world.
What’s the best DAW in the world?
We asked and
readers weighed in, with 10,152 votes and more than 190 comments.
Readers made clear that they are passionate about their digital audio workstation, debating the merits of polls like this as passionately as they defended their DAW of choice.
There is no ‘perfect DAW’ – because different people have different needs. And there’s no perfect way to compare them.
But the outpouring of votes and the quality of discussion suggest that, not only are today’s DAWs more powerful than ever, but that they are worth getting excited about.
Here’s how the votes stacked up……
Continue reading Posted in Software Sequencers | Tagged 2012, Ableton, Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Avid Pro Tools, Cakewalk Sonar, Cockos Reaper, Cubase, DAW, digital audio workstation, Fl Studio, Propellerhead, Propellerhead Reason, renoise |
Here’s a dizzying walkthrough of
Switched On, a music electronics store in Austin, Texas.
Continue reading Posted in Synthesizers | Tagged 2012, Austin, electronics, on, Switched, synth, synthesizer, Texas, Through, vintage, Walk, Weekly |
Less is more with this 4K demoscene winner,
Hartverdrahtet – Akronyme Analogiker, which took 1st place in pc 4k compo at Revision 2012. Credits: code, music: Demoscene Passivist support: Retired Demoscener, Tokra
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