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The World of Alternative MIDI Controllers

From Keytars, to MIDI guitars, wind controlled to V-Drums, there's a world of unusual MIDI controllers out there, that go beyond your usual buttons and keys. Joe Albano explores notable alternatives.

Battle Ready: Pioneer DJM-S9 Two-Channel Mixer for Serato DJ

The new DJM-S9 two-channel mixer for Serato DJ puts the power of personalisation in DJs’ hands, with a fast, accurate and customisable crossfader, & Performance Pads and FX buttons that DJs can map.

Final Goodbye to Moog Slim Phatty, Plus 99 Free Presets

You’ve probably heard by now that Moog are retiring the ultra awesome desktop Slim Phatty analog synthesizer. To mark this event they’re offering 99 of their favourite presets for Slim Phatty owners.

Review: Meris Ottobit, 500 Series Sonic Mangler, Bit Destroyer

There are plug-ins which can destroy the sonic integrity or sample bit rate of your audio signal, but Meris' Ottobit 500 series unit takes your audio into the 8-bit realm in a really pleasing way.

FM Synthesis Sound Design Tips for Ableton Live Operator

With a little knowledge of FM synthesis you can create sounds you may not have imagined possible. Noah Pred shows how to make huge bass tones, textured pads, rises and more in Ableton Live's Operator.

Universal Audio Announces Direct Developer Plug-Ins From Brainworx & Softube

New UAD Software v8.3 includes two Ampeg SVT bass amplifier plug-ins from Brainworx, and the Tube-Tech EQ Plug-In Collection from Softube. Check out all the details below.

Novation Giving Away Fully Restored OSCar Synth Worth £5,000 GBP!

There’s 1 Month to go for your chance to win a fully restored OSCar synth courtesy of the good people at Novation. Check out the video of it in action below.

Spectrasonics Releases Omnisphere 2.1 Update

One of the most popular power synths, Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 has been updated with simplified user sound sharing and Library Publishing for third-party development amongst the many additions.

Soundcraft Si Impact Digital Console Now Shipping in UK

The new 40-input Soundcraft Si Impact is a digital mixer with 40 inputs, mixing via iPad with built-in STagebox Connectivity, Ableton Live 9 Lite included, and so much more!

Review: Sugar Bytes Obscurium, a Generative Synth for the Next Generation?

Sound designers and advanced synthesists are going to love the new generative synth from Sugar Bytes. It's a deep, deep instrument that mimics the complexity of a modular system. Find out more below.

Editing and Customizing Kits in NI Battery 4

NI’s Battery is an incredibly powerful sample-based drum machine but it’s easier to get to grips with than you might imagine. We show you how to edit one of the many preset kits and make it your own.

MIDITrail: Visualizing Your MIDI Data in 3D

There’s been a resurgence for 3D of late, especially in cinema. But it hasn’t exactly caught on for music makers. MIDITrail sets out to make your flat MIDI data look more sexy, and it succeeds.

Strezov Sampling Release Distort 2 for Kontakt

Strezov Sampling releases Distort 2 for Native Instruments Kontakt 5 Sampler. Designed for composers with MIDI keyboards who want to play guitar riffs more easily, Distort 2 includes Distort 1 & more.

Make Noise Releases tELHARMONIC, Multi-Voice Eurorack Module by Tom Erbe

Coded by Tom Erbe, the latest synth module from Make Noise is tELEHARMONIC, a 3 voice additive harmonic synth. Below you'll find a video demo and the information about this module.

Curious New Pioneer “909 On Super-Steroids” DJ Mixer Video Teaser

While Native Instruments launch the new STEMS open file format into the world, with support for Traktor hardware and software, Pioneer DJ have their own excitement in a box.