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Tagtraum Industries Beatgauge is looking to fill the gap between iTunes and auto BPM software. The Cologne based indie software shop’s Beatgauge, a new music utility for Mac OS X. Beatgauge automatically calculates BPM (beats per minute) for songs stored in iTunes. Implemented as drag’n’drop app, Beatgauge is dead-simple to use: Simply drop songs onto...

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As apps move further and further into the cloud, Google sees it as the next frontier for music production. With the latest Google Chrome update, MIDI support is now offered through the browser.  This update will allow anyone with a MIDI controller, to turn a website into a virtual instrument.  The update allows Google Chrome to scan...

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Make music that sounds awesome “at any speed”. That is the motto from Google Maps co-creator Lars Rasmussen‘s latest interactive music production format, Weav.  Allowing musicians to manipulate tempo without affecting track quality, “artists can specify how the track should change and develop as the tempo is increased or decreased, opening up tremendous new creative possibilities,” says...

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The Smart Speaker That Talks Back

May 17, 2015 | Amsterdam

Billed as a smart speaker or, as the company puts it, “the first music player that thinks”, the Aether Cone has the ability to listen for requests, pick up on your habits, and learn your musical tastes. Though officially launched a year ago, the company’s recent voice command upgrade now allows users to hold a dialogue with...

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Sweden’s Teenage Engineering, the company best known for its popular and versatile OP-1 synthesizer, has recently unveiled a new line of three new synths dubbed Pocket Operator. To the contrary of their popular yet pricey OP-1 ($849), these tiny, easily transportable instruments will only cost 69 Euro, easily making them a production steal. Made in conjunction with cult...

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That vinyl is having a comeback, is no news. More and more people are buying vinyl but don’t want to damage their precious new bought records. There might be an answer to their prayers. The new ELP Laser Turntable plays records without touching them. But there is also a catch. There are many arguments why vinyl sounds better than...

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Algoriddim, a German company specialising in iOS platform mixing software, has recently launched the djay 2 app for the newly available Apple Watch, allowing users to select tracks, sync (obviously), and perform a basic mixing all from the comfort of your own forearm, further hammering the nail into the coffin of the analog turntable. Specifically, when Apple...

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By 2015, Bluetooth speakers are nothing new, but Om Audio has created what may well be the future of wireless audio with the world’s first hovering speaker system. As introduced by the team in the video below, the OM/ONE is as striking in its aesthetics as it is in functionality.  With a hovering orb, controlled via...

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With roots in the very origins of electronic music, AIRA is a new series of products designed to meet the evolving needs of the contemporary electronic musician. In the studio or on the stage, AIRA brings genre-defining sounds and modern performance features to a new generation. While computers dominate so many music production activities today,...

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Xergio Córdoba, a sound engineer from Spain, has recently patented a system utilizing psychoacoustics to allow venues the ability to boost volume while maintaining dBA. Called Masn´live©, the technology essentially acts as a processor that, once inserted into a sound system, allows you to enjoy music without breaking any of those pesky neighborhood noise complaints....

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Haitian DJ Creates Wooden DIY DJ Controller

April 13, 2015 | Amsterdam

We live in a time where you don’t need much to DJ. You just need your computer, the right software and a controller. But what if you can’t get hold of a controller that easily? Haitian DJ Fredly Rosilme wanted one and you can say he’s a true visionary. He decided to make a controller out of wood...

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Native Instruments, creators and proprietors of Traktor DJ Software, have announced a new open audio format entitled ‘STEMS’ rolling out in the upcoming months. Introduced in Miami at last week’s Winter Music Conference, Stems primary goal is to make more aspects of music available for manipulation, whether in the studio or in the booth, by...

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LEGO never ceases to amaze at its multi-functionality. This was proven again when Korean designer and LEGO fanatic, Hayarobi, designed and built a fully working vinyl turntable out of LEGO blocks. The turntable is named ‘The Planet’ and consists over a couple thousand LEGO pieces inventively stacked together to create this amazing result. Of course...

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Warning: reading this article any further will certainly ruin your day – but in the most fun way imaginable. Because developer Errozero has created a fairly easy-to-use TB-303 copy, called ‘Acid Machine’, to be played in your browser, making it possible to more or less write your own acid track from the comfort of your...

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Meet the world’s smallest record player. Soundwagon is a Japanese invention that lets you actually play a record by placing it on top of any 33 1/3 rpm vinyl and letting it act as the needle on a record player. Featured in the 2001 movie Scratch and various other media appearances around the world, the...

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