Vandelay multiband echo device For iOS & Mac

Klevgränd Produktion has introduced Vandelay – a new audio effect, for iOS and Mac, that offers three separate delays in as many frequency regions.

Each delay has an LFO that modulates the pitch of the audio stream. Together with tempo based delay times and feedback control, you can create a rich sound from almost any source.  Continue reading

Zaquencer Step Sequencer Firmware For BCR2000 Now Available

Behringer-BCR2000ZAQ Audio has announced that the Zaquencer – custom firmware for the Behringer BCR2000 that turns it into a multi-channel step sequencer – is now available.

The Zaquencer is not a preset, but a new operating system for your BCR2000, effectively turning it into a whole different device. In a nutshell, it’s a brain transplant that transforms the BCR2000 from a MIDI controller into a step sequencer.

“We wanted to give everybody access to an inexpensive but powerful hardware MIDI step sequencer,” says ZAQ Audio’s Christian Stöcklmeier. “The Behringer BCR2000 is the optimal hardware platform for a step sequencer. It is very affordable, widely available and has the perfect controls and layout.” Continue reading

Open Mic: What Is The Role For Mobile Devices For Musicians?

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We just posted our 2014 Best Desktop DAW poll – and for the first time, mobile DAWs are getting sophisticated enough that we needed to distinguish between desktop and mobile DAWs.

WaveMachine Labs Auria turns an iPad into a 48-channel audio recording system. Steinberg’s Cubasis lets you record up to 24 tracks simultaneously. And new apps, like Korg Gadget, offer complete virtual studios.

But, while mobile music apps are getting very powerful, most electronic musicians still think that desktop operating systems are best for music making.

Which leads to our question for you….. Continue reading

What’s The Best Desktop DAW? (2014 Poll)

Best DAW PollIn 2010, Synthtopia readers voted Ableton Live the world’s best DAW.

In 2012, FL Studio took that title, when over 10,000 readers voted in our DAW Poll.

Since our last DAW poll, the percent of our readers that use iOS and Android mobile devices has grown to over 33%. But, while mobile apps are popular, desktop DAWs are still the first choice for over 90% of electronic musicians.

So – what’s the best desktop DAW in the world in 2014? Here’s your chance to weigh in! Continue reading

LinnStrument, Bus-Powered By iPad Air (Sneak Preview)

Developer Geert Bevin has been working closely with Roger Linn on the firmware for the new LinnStrument, and is testing a new mode that lets it be bus-powered by devices like an iPad.

In the video above, Bevin tests out using the LinnStrument to control ThumbJam on the iPad.  Continue reading

Mackie DL32R Wireless Mixer Lets You Control 32 Channels From Anywhere

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Mackie has introduced the DL32R 32-channel digital mixing system – a system built from the ground up with wireless control in mind. The mixer works with Mackie’s Master Fader for iOS.

The DL32R features complete wireless control over everything, including fully-loaded DSP and multi-track recording/playback.

“Early on, Mackie believed that we can bring the user incredible benefits if we just let go of old conventions,” explains Mackie Senior Product Manager Ben Olswang. “By ensuring that each and every feature can be controlled wirelessly without compromise, we are delivering benefits to users that were simply not possible before now.” Continue reading