Latest Music News and Technology: January 2019

This EDM news roundup features a selection of new music gear and announcements from FabFilter, Slate Digital, Arturia, Korg, Akai, Waves, and more.

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ICON Collective’s music news roundup is your source for the latest music technology, industry news, gear reviews, artist interviews, events, and more.

FabFilter Releases Pro-Q 3

FabFilter’s innovative Pro-Q equalizer plugin levels up to version three. The new update brings a Dynamic EQ mode, Ultra-steep ‘Brickwall’ slope filter curves, improved Spectrum Grab, and more.

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Akai Introduces Force

Force is an all-in-one music production/DJ performance device. It features clip launching, step sequencing, sampling, synths, a 7-inch multi-touch display, and more.

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Slate Digital Ditches The iLok Dongle

Slate Digital offers iLok Cloud activation for their entire range of plugins. The hardware iLok dongle is no longer required. iLok Cloud allows you to store and manage all of your Slate plugins from any computer with an Internet connection.

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Korg Reveals Volca Drum Digital Percussion Synthesizer

This compact beat machine puts drum synthesis at your fingertips. Volca drum gives you six parts to create a kit. Each part features two oscillators and a set of sound shaping controls. Volca drum also offers a 16-step sequencer, an LCD, battery operation, a built-in speaker, and more.

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Arturia Releases a Wavetable and Virtual Analog Synthesizer

Arturia has introduced Pigments, a new software synthesizer that combines wavetable synthesis and virtual analog synthesis. The twin synth engines let you use virtual analog or wavetable synthesis in any combination. Pigments other key features include a range of advanced filters, boundless modulation options, 13 effects, a sequencer, and more.

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MIDI 2.0 is Coming

MIDI 2.0

MIDI 2.0 is a major update to the Musical Instrument Digital Interface standard. It promises to bring MIDI auto-configuration, new DAW/web integrations, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing.

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Teenage Engineering Reveals Poor Man’s Modular Synthesizer

Teenage Engineering introduces a new line of “poor man’s modular” synthesizers. The series features three pre-configured chassis and 15 sound modules. Moreover, these modular synths ship as a kit you assemble yourself.

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Synapse Audio Introduces Dune 3 Synthesizer

DUNE 3 builds on the award-winning DUNE 2 synthesizer. The update adds a revised filter section, dual arpeggiator, improved oscillators, a Swarm mode, new effects, a wavetable editor, and more.

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Klevgränd Brings REAMP Analog Gear Modeler to iOS

Klevgränd has introduced REAMP, a “complex spectral saturation processor” that emulates analog audio gear. It features seven analog emulation models, four-bands to drive saturation, a mix control, and more.

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Modal Electronics Announces CRAFTsynth v2.0

Modal Electronics has introduced the next generation of its CRAFTsynth – the Modal CRAFTsynth v2.0. This compact monophonic wavetable synthesizer offers eight oscillators, eight banks of morphable waveforms, extensive modulation options, built-in effects, and more.

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midiBeam v2 Transmits MIDI Wirelessly

pandaMidi Solutions releases midiBeam v2, an updated version of their wireless MIDI system. It can transmit MIDI 250+ meters with .38 millisecond latency. midiBeam v2 also comes with a transmitter and a receiver unit.

The system connects any controller with a standard 5-pin MIDI Out socket to any device with a standard MIDI In socket. For instance, instruments, effect devices, computers with a USB connector, and any iOS device with a Camera Kit.

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Korg Releases Electribe Wave 2.0 Update

Electribe Wave is a full-featured wavetable synthesizer for iOS. It produces sounds widely used in EDM, Future Bass, and Trap. The update adds support for sample import, Ableton Live Project Export, a Pattern play mode, and more.

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Waves Releases Flow Motion FM-Based Synthesizer

Waves has released Flow Motion, a new FM-based virtual synthesizer. It combines FM (frequency modulation) and analog-style subtractive synthesis in one instrument. Flow Motion also features a modulation matrix, sequencer, a host of effects, and more.

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