Latest Music News and Technology: October 2018

This EDM news roundup features a selection of new music technology and announcements from Roland, Moog, Akai, SoundCloud, iZotope, Apogee, 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.

Roland Introduces VT-4 Voice Transformer

The VT-4 is a vocal effect processor by Roland. Whether you’re a music producer, DJ, or singer, the VT-4 lets you craft and shape unique vocal sounds. It features effects like harmonizing, vocoding, pitch shifting, hard tuning, delay, reverb, and more. And with its compact size and five-hour battery life, you can use the VT-4 anywhere.

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touchAble Pro for Ableton Live Gets Overhauled

touchAble is a leading app for controlling Ableton Live. The new touchAble Pro has been reimagined and recoded from the ground up. It also comes with new features such as a flexible interface, a piano roll, waveform views, custom templates and layouts, improved editing options, and more. touchAble Pro also supports iOS, Android, and Windows Touch.

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AKAI Introduces the MPK Mini Play Controller

Akai Professional has announced a new midi controller called the MPK Mini Play. The updated version of their popular MPK Mini keyboard and controller features a built-in speaker, 128 built-in sounds, and more.

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SoundCloud and Dubset Partner to Clear Copyrighted Material

SoundCloud App on Phone

SoundCloud and Dubset Media Holdings announced a partnership to help solve the clearance of remixes, mixes, and more. They are testing innovative ways artists and DJs can legally clear the rights to copyrighted material uploaded to the platform. Moreover, Dubset is rights management and clearance company. Its technology will also focus on enabling faster rights clearances, attribution, and monetization for both content creators and rights holders.

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ROLI Announces Beatmaker Kit Bundle

ROLI has been making waves with their unique tactile Seaboard keyboard since 2015. The company announced their new Beatmaker Kit Bundle. The kit combines the Lightpad Block and the Loop Block with a range of software programs. Moreover, they snap together to form an ultra-portable wireless Bluetooth controller. The bundle also includes a copy of Ableton Live Lite, a subscription to Melodics, and 300+ sounds.

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Adam Audio Premieres the Studio Pro SP-5 Headphones

Adam Audio is renowned worldwide for its industry-leading studio monitors. They have now premiered the Studio Pro SP-5, their first studio headphones. The SP-5 is a closed-backed, circumaural headphone. They deliver a balanced sound across the frequency spectrum from 8 Hz to 38 kHz.

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Mixed in Key 8.5 Key Detection Software Now Available

Mixed in Key 8.5 offers a redesigned interface, faster processing, and tons of improvements. The software helps you analyze music to play perfect DJ sets, find the key of a song, and more. You can analyze all your MP3, WAV and AIFF files, including full songs and samples. It’s also easy to drag-and-drop them into your DAW, so all your tracks are in key with the rest of the song.

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iZotope releases Nectar 3

Nectar 3 is a set of audio tools designed for vocal production. Address every part of your vocal chain and get professional-sounding vocals. Nectar 3 sports new machine learning features, stunning visualizations, and more. It’s an all-in-one solution for treating vocals.

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Indiegogo releases Grid: Modular MIDI Controllers

Grid is a set of compact modular MIDI controllers that snap together. These innovative modular control surfaces are ideal for those looking for ultra-portable controllers. The system is also expandable and offers flexibility for its users. Moreover, they integrate with both music production and DJ software.

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Moog Announces Moog One Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

Moog Music has announced the Moog One, a tri-timbral, polyphonic, analog synthesizer. The Moog One is available in 8-voice or 16-voice configurations. It features three newly-designed dual-output analog VCOs with ring mod and FM, two independent analog filters, a dual source analog noise generator, analog mixer with external audio input, four LFOs, and three envelope generators. It also sports a sequencer, arpeggiator, and an onboard effects library. This thing is “One” powerful monster!

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UVI Releases Drum Designer

UVI has released Drum Designer, a modern drum instrument. It features four modules: Kick, Snare, Clap, and Cymbal. Moreover, Drum Designer combines synthesis and sample-based drum techniques. It also comes loaded with 5,700+ samples. Quickly layer, shape, pitch, and tweak drum sounds.

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Apogee Unveils Jam+ Audio Interface

Apogee has announced the Jam+, a portable USB instrument audio interface. Jam+ connects your electric guitar, bass, keyboard or any instrument with a pickup to your iOS device or computer. The simple and portable design of Jam+ also makes it ideal for capturing your best take anywhere you go.

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New Apollo I Analog Monophonic Synthesizer

The GS Apollo I is a new dual-oscillator monophonic analog synthesizer from GS Music. It offers two voltage controlled oscillators, a mixer, a voltage controlled filter, a voltage controlled amplifier, and more.

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