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This Fast Food Paper Placemat Is A Music Production Workstation

Forget burgers. Make beats. A popular fast food chain in the Netherlands created a paper placemat that syncs to a smartphone via Bluetooth and provides comprehensive sampling and beat making features.

Moog Music Showcase Modular Synth Makers in Marketplace at Moogfest 2016

At Moogfest later in May there'll be a free interactive bazaar that gives everyone a chance to discover and test-drive the next generation of electronic musical instruments, including modular synths.

Dynamic vs Condenser Microphones: Conventional Wisdom Examined

A common question for recording musicians and engineers is whether to use a dynamic or condenser microphone. In this article, Joe Albano explores conventional advice to see whether they hold true.

Interview: Francesco Mulassano Founder of Torino Synth Meeting 2016

Brining together musicians and synth lovers in a friendly, accessible space in a beautiful European city is exactly what Torino Synth Meeting is all about. The founder reveals more in this interview.

Watch Streak FX Max for Live Device Gate & Warp Bassline

Isotonik Studios have released Streak FX, a new audio fx that makes it even simpler to re-shape your sounds with custom effects in Max for Live. 

5 Tips To Help Sound Designers & Sample Makers Become Successful

Histibe is a successful sound designer with credits for projects both big and small. In this article he shares 5 priceless tips from signing tricky contracts to developing your own unique style.

Synth Jam: Arturia MatrixBrute & MicroBrute at Musikmesse 2016

Showing just a limited palette of sounds and capabilities, this synth jam video from Musikmesse includes Arturia's highly anticipated MatrixBrute and the ever present, much-loved MicroBrute.

This Arduino Drum Machine Uses Magnets To Sample, Loop & Sequence Sounds

OK. Therein innovative drum machines out there, but this one from Axel Bluhme takes the creative approach a step further with the XOXX Composer.

Review: Keith McMillen K-Mix Audio Interface, Digital Mixer & Control Surface

K-Mix from Keith McMillen Instruments is a high-quality audio interface, programmable mixer, and MIDI controller combining their best tech know-how in one portable package. Timo Preece gets hands on.

Watch Haunting Moog Sub 37, Moog Mother-32 and Meris Hardware Performance From Makeup and Vanity Set

Take a journey with ski masks, haunting soundscapes, mirrors, Moog synths, and Meris processors in this captivating video performance from Makeup and Vanity Set. Just watch it.

How To Swap Sliced Samples In Real Time in Ableton Live 9’s Simpler

In this excellent Ableton tutorial video, Thavius Beck shows how easy it is to swap samples in Live 9’s Simpler while they’re still playing in order to audition and try out different sounds.

3 Free Ableton Live Packs: Dark Pads, Tonewheel Organ, Korean Gayageum

It’s not everyday you get one Ableton Live pack you can download for free, and here we have three from Monade Sounds. Here’s some brief info about each pack.

UVI Attack EP88, World’s 1st Tacked Electric Piano Library

UVI announces Attack EP88, the world’s first tacked & possibly most comprehensive electric piano library, delivering 5 mixable signal sources, per- key voicing and more, available at an intro price.

Using PreSonus Studio One’s Console Shaper Mix Effect

So you're addicted to the convenience and power of digital with PreSonus Studio One... but you yearn for the analog console-style bus effect processing when mixing? No problem. Studio One 3.2 is here.

Review: Kilpatrick Audio Phenol Patchable Analog Synth

A patchable analog all-in-one modular synthesiser cheaper than a Eurorack system? That's what Kilpatrick Audio's Phenol is, and it gives you all you need to get your modular synth itch scratched.