Latest Music News and Technology: February 2019

This EDM news roundup features a selection of new music gear and announcements from Ableton, Korg, Moog, Arturia, Akai, Elektron, NI, Waves, and more.

Moog Sirin Synthesizer

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Ableton Live 10.1 Is Coming Soon!

The latest update to Live adds user wavetables, new devices, workflow upgrades and much more. The update will also be free for all Live 10 owners. Check out what’s new!

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Moog’s Sirin Synth Is Now Available

Moog Sirin Analog Synthesizer

Moog announced that their new Sirin synthesizer is available worldwide. Sirin is an updated version of the Moog Minitaur. Its major feature is two iconic analog Taurus Bass oscillators modified to play leads. Siren also comes with a software editor to dial in sounds from your DAW.

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Native Instruments Introduces Two New Audio Interfaces

Native Instruments Komplete Audio Interfaces

KOMPLETE AUDIO 1 and AUDIO 2 are a pair of new audio interfaces designed for the studio or the stage. Both interfaces also come with Native Instrument’s Maschine Essentials, Komplete Start, the Monark synth, an effects suite, and Ableton Live 10 Lite.

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minilogue xd is Moog’s Next-Generation Analog Synth

Korg Minilogue XD Synth

minilogue xd is Moog’s new four-voice poly analog synth. This latest version expands the original minilogue sound and capabilities. It adds a digital multi-engine, upgraded effects, a powered-up sequencer, micro-tuning functionality, and more.

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Hooke Wireless Binaural Recording Headphones

Hooke Verse Binaural Headphones

Hooke Verse is the first wireless in-ear binaural microphones. Record your music in 3D audio with binaural microphones in each earbud. These innovative recording wireless headphones also feature noise-isolating drivers and an inline analog to digital converter.

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KRK Steps Up Their Studio Monitor Game with the ROKIT 5 G4

KRK ROKIT 5 G4 Studio Monitors

The ROKIT 5 G4 is KRK’s next-generation studio monitors. They feature Kevlar drivers powered by a Class D amp and a built-in brickwall limiter. They also have an optimized high-frequency waveguide, DSP that will maximize your acoustic environment with room correction, an LCD visual EQ, and more.

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MicroFreak Is an Experimental Hybrid Synth

Arturia MicroFreak Synthesizer

 

Arturia’s new MicroFreak synth is for the curious musician. It combines wavetable and digital oscillators with analog filters. It also features a unique poly-aftertouch flat keyboard and adds controlled randomness to sequences.

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ElectroSpit ESX-1 Is the World’s First Tubless Talkbox

ElectroSpit’s ESX-1 is a tubless talkbox that’s lightweight and portable. Wear it around your neck and control the sound with a phone or controller loaded with your favorite synth.

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Control Sounds with a Ring

Wave Ring MIDI Controller

The Wave ring by Genki Instruments is a wearable MIDI controller. Wave’s three different motions control parameters by moving your hands. You can click the buttons to send commands such as play, stop or record. Also, tap any surface to trigger a note or sample.

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Create Sample Libraries with SampleRobot

SampleRobot Sample Library Creator

SampleRobot 6 is an all-in-one toolbox for sampling. Create a sample pack of any instrument with a push of a button. The full process is automated. SampleRobot sends Midi notes/program changes, records the audio, truncates samples, and finds appropriate loop points. It also maps the recordings so you can play the instrument in your favorite sampler.

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Arturia Announced New AudioFuse Interfaces

Arturia AudioFuse Audio Interfaces

Arturia announced three new additions to their AudioFuse interface line. The line now includes the AudioFuse, AudioFuse Studio, and AudioFuse 8Pre. Arturia says the interfaces “fuse the superior sound of high-end analog studio consoles with the flexibility of a solid mobile interface.”

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Specdrums Lets You Turn Color Into Music

Specdrums are app-enabled rings that turn colors into music with a simple tap. Connect to the Specdrums MIX app and tap anything to create and mix sounds, beats, and loops.

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Elektron Releases Their New Model:Samples Groovebox

Elektron Model:Samples Groovebox

Model:Samples is a six-track compact groovebox. It features velocity-sensitive pads, a sequencer, a multimode filter, assignable LFOs, send effects, and 1GB of storage. It also comes loaded with 300 high-quality sounds from Splice.com.

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Synthwatch Is the World’s First Wristwatch Synth

Audioweld Synthwatch Wristwatch Synth

Synthwatch is wearable synthesizer watch. It features seven monophonic keys and 200 sounds. It’s also wireless and works alongside an iOS app with a built-in sequencer. Moreover, you can plug it into a speaker system. However, Audioweld is still raising funds for the project on Kickstarter.

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Technics Reveals New SL-1200 MK7 Turntable

Technics SL-1200 MK7 Turntable

Technics has unveiled their first turntable aimed at DJs since the SL-1200 MK6 launched in 2007. The new design features a reverse function and motor control that benefits scratch DJs.

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Korg Introduces Volca Modular

Korg Volca Modular Synth

Volca Modular is the latest addition to Korg’s Volca line. This semi-modular analog synthesizer makes modular synthesis more accessible and understandable. It features eight modules, 50 patch points, digital effects, and a sequencer.

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Korg Introduces an Updated Version of Their Kross Keyboard

Korg Kross 2 Keyboard

At the 2019 NAMM Show, Korg introduced an updated version of their Kross keyboard. The Kross 2 series sports a new look, updated sound library focused on EDM, and loads more.

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Mix up to 64 Tracks from the Same Plugin

The CLA MixHub by Waves enables you to mix up to 64 tracks from the same plugin window. This analog modeled channel strip aims to make it easier to mix your whole song in context. Waves also claims CLA MixHub is the first Multitrack plugin.

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Get Expressive with ContinuuMini

ContinuuMini Fingerboard

The ContinuuMini Fingerboard is the latest expressive keyboard instrument by Haken Audio. It has an internal sound engine with multiple synthesis types. This means you can use it as a standalone synth or a controller to expressively control other instruments.

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AKAI Releases MPC 2.4 Update

Akai MPC 2.4 Update

AKAI Professional has released MPC 2.4, an update for the MPC X, MPC Live and MPC Software 2. It brings 28 AIR Music Technology Effects, the Mother Ducker sidechain processor, and several workflow enhancements.

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