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Step it up Roland, competition is in town! Who needs a smartphone app to be able to make music on the go, when you can take carry around a syntheziser in your pocket? No seriously this awesomely cute synthesiser is so small you’ll probably lose it in the back of your sofa. Tiny TS with a 1-octave keyboard, that...

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Roland, the creator company of the iconic Roland 909 introduces a new digital instrument of winds. The new Roland Aerophone AE-10 is a company’s new digital creation that fuses a traditional saxophone fingering system with a library of onboard acoustic and synth sounds, plus an acoustic horn breath sensor. The Aerophone allows the performer to use...

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For spinning records on zero Gravity might soon become not only a dream of a Star Trek fan. This Slovenian Kickstarter is about to reach 500 thousand dollars for their First Magnetic Levitating Record Player project. MAG-LEV is a turntable whose platter magnetically floats in the air during playback. Just one month ago a Slovenian developer started their...

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ROLI aims to Open up The World of Music-Making with it’s newest introduction of BLOCKS – a LEGO-like modular music creation system. BLOCKS is supposed to be an instrument that does not require any musical knowledge to master and enable anyone to create one’s own music. The four by four square Pad surface allows people to...

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MasterSounds just created a new mixer. MasterSounds founder Ryan Shaw teamed up with Andy Rigby-Jones, the owner of Union Audio, who co-engineered Richie Hawtin’s PLAYdifferently MODEL 1, to come up with analogue rotary DJ mixer Radius 2, filling the gap of price and prime emphasis on sound quality. This compact, easily portable mixer is hand built. The founder, Ryan Shaw described the focus of the mixer being...

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Is Roland Set To Re Release The TR-909?

August 23, 2016 | Amsterdam

A celebration of the studio favorite Roland TR-909 is scheduled to go down next month. Promising the offer of “new and inspiring electronic instruments,” Roland is set to release a slew of new instruments with rumors of a possible 909 re release coming some 33 years after its original production. In fact, the techno favorite...

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Meet Numark’s Portable Scratch Turntable

August 16, 2016 | Amsterdam

The PT01 Scratch will be Numark’s latest addition to its turntable line, specifically designed for turntablists on the go. Harness your inner Grandmaster Flash (I’ve been binging Netflix’ The Get Down for a few days now), with this portable deck, complete with internal crossfader and built in speaker system. Aside from those features, the PT01...

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The io808 Is A Roland 808 For Your Browser

August 10, 2016 | Amsterdam

Hours of fun right here, as Roland’s TR-808 is now available in browser version. There are a few 808 browser apps around, as we have reported here, but according to Electronic Beats this one is the “definitive browser-based version,” created by Programmer Vincent Riemer. So, what are you waiting for? Go waste some time..NOW! Oh, there’s also...

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Let’s face it, along with the music, production plays a huge role in why we all like this sensory experience we call dance music. From LEDs to screens to strobes and beyond, all elements of the club and festival are meant to work on synergy, creating an experience. Personally, a good laser show has always...

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The Polivok was the Soviet Union’s favorite synthesizer and now the company behind its production then has lifted the veil on its impending reboot. Of course the completely hand made synth will be limited, with only 100 being made, but with 85% original Soviet components, Polivok promises the same kind of space age sounds the...

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Apps Of The Month: July 2016

August 1, 2016 | Amsterdam

From Discogs finally on Android to a new music discovery tool, we took a look at some of the top apps and updates over the month of July 2016. This month we see apps for iOS and Android and, for the first time, we also see Virtual Reality in the mix. Did we miss any? Let us...

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A French audio company, Devialet, is set to release its “Phantom” model home speaker, claiming sound outputs upwards of 4500w/108db (Phantom Gold), roughly the volume of a live concert. The Phantom is a plastic and kevlar shell housing aluminium speakers, whose stray vibrations are minimal, thus yielding undistorted wavelengths. The technology on display has been...

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Serato DJs (are you still out there?) will soon be able to incorporate lighting into their DJ sets. Through Soundswitch, professional lighting (as claimed by the company) will be accessible to everyone, bypassing the need for expensive visual professionals (in theory) at DJ performances. basically the package, created by a New Zealand company, acts as...

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Design company Obilab has turned to Kickstarter with a prototype drum kit aimed to minimize many of the limitations of learning percussion. By creating a drum kit (kick drum pedal and stool, hi-hat, snare and toms) entirely out of a cardboard frame, rice and tuned fiber glass drum surfaces that can fit into a single...

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With an eye toward professionals and amateurs alike, independent developer SoundStage is taking full advantage of the recent Virtual Reality explosion. Soundstage allows user to play drums, patch synths, load samples, and control effects and parameters, all within the room-scale virtual environment. “Whether you’re a professional DJ creating a new sound, or a hobbyist who...

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