Latest Music News and Technology: July 2018

This EDM news roundup features a selection of new music gear and announcements from Output, Moog, Arturia, Allen & Heath, Pioneer DJ, Instagram, 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.

Output Releases Arcade, a Loop Synth like No Other

Arcade is a new loop synthesizer from Output and it’s FREE for 100 days! This innovative synth goes beyond loop packs by offering a subscription service that delivers fresh sounds directly to the plugin. Get a daily delivery of new product lines, kits, and loops. Moreover, this versatile instrument comes loaded with a range of sound shaping controls that let you perform and manipulate loops in creative ways.

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Arturia Introduces KeyLab MK2 MIDI Controllers

Arturia introduces KeyLab MKII, the latest in their KeyLab MIDI controller series. This full-featured controller packs it all. Both 49-key and 61-key versions come with aftertouch, 16 RGB backlit pads, nine faders, nine rotary knobs, expression controls, DAW integration, and much more. It also includes CV / Gate outputs to control outboard synths and Eurorack modules. Moreover, it comes loaded with a collection of software instruments and over 6,500 presets.

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Allen & Heath Steps up Their Mixer Line with Xone:96

Xone:96 is the new flagship analog DJ Mixer from Allen & Heath. This next evolution mixer brings a heap of features for artists pushing the frontiers of music production and performance. Xone:96 enables you to connect your entire rig including laptops, turntables, pedals, synths, and drum machines. There is also dedicated FX sends, four channels sporting 4-band EQ’s, two inputs with the all-new 3-band parametric EQ, two auxiliary stereo return channels, and much more. Moreover, this rugged, full-featured mixer delivers stellar sound, and all features needed to rock the stage.

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Instagram Now Lets You Add a Soundtrack to Stories


Instagram introduces a new music feature for Instagram Stories. Users can now add a soundtrack to their story. When you tap to add a sticker, you’ll see a music icon. Tap on it to open a library of thousands of songs. After selecting your song, you can fast-forward and rewind through it to choose the exact part that fits your story. You can also select a song before capturing a video. Anyone watching your story will also see a sticker showing the song title and artist name.

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AIAIAI Announces Special Deviation Edition TMA-2 Headphones

This limited edition TMA-2 headphone comes with a unique flight case packed with two sets of earpads: over-ear and on-ear. This means you can use the headphones for both studio use as well as live performance. Additionally, it includes a custom reflective cable, a Deviation branded carrying pouch, and a 3.5mm to 3/4 inch plug converter with a clip so you’ll never lose it.

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Moog Warns Trump Tariffs Threat on U.S. Synth Manufacturing


The US Trade Representative and the Trump Administration are proposing a steep 25% tariff increase on electronic components and other goods from China. Those tariffs are expected to take effect on Friday, July 6. Moog recently sent a letter to their customers saying that the Trump import tax could force them to lay off their U.S. workers. It also calls for support to take action:

Dear Moog Family,

We need your help.

A U.S. tariff (import tax) on Chinese circuit boards and associated components are expected to take effect on July 6, 2018.

These tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building our instruments and have the very real potential of forcing us to lay off workers and could (in a worst case scenario) require us to move some, if not all, of our manufacturing overseas.

There is one thing all of us can do together to try and stop this: Write to our elected officials.

We ask that you will support us by imploring our elected officials to recognize that these tariffs are seriously harmful to American businesses like Moog.

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Nektar Launches New Panorama T-series MIDI Keyboards

Nektar Technology introduces their new Panorama T-series keyboard controllers. The Panorama T4 and T6 deliver a new level of control with full plugin integration, DAW compatibility, a heap of performance features, and extensive MIDI functionality. These two keyboards stack a host of impressive features that enable you to create, control, and shape your sounds from an all-in-one instrument.

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Atlas Organizes Your Samples Using Artificial Intelligence–Y

Atlas is a new sampler that promises to use artificial intelligence to streamline the way you work with samples and make music. Its interface allows you to see all of your samples in one place with a map based on style and character. It also claims to be a replacement browser. You can drag and drop samples from Atlas to your DAW, randomize sample selections, import MIDI clips, and more.

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Pioneer DJ Launches DDJ-400 Controller For Beginners

Learning to DJ has never been easier. The new DDJ-400 2-channel DJ controller packs all the necessary features to help you develop your DJ skills. The layout closely mirrors Pioneer DJ’s flagship NXS2 system. Some shared elements include dedicated cue buttons, Beat FX, CDJ-style looping controls, and more. It also comes bundled with rekordbox dj performance software. It even has a tutorial feature to help you master the controller’s creative capabilities. Moreover, it’s lightweight and portable.

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WhoSampled App Now Offers Music Recognition

Music recognition just got better. The award-winning WhoSampled app now offers a new music recognition feature. Quickly identify any song and explore its samples, covers, and remixes. It makes music discovery much more manageable. The app also features several other tools that will help interact with music online. The update is available now for both iPhone and Android.

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