Ableton plus Christmas [or insert your festival here] often results in something for us to enjoy. Unless Santa is bringing you a Push 2, then the next best thing is the free Little Drummer Toy.
If you're looking for a large MIDI note sequencer controller that can play back 6 patterns simultaneously and store over 700 patterns and looks really, really cool, then check out the NSC-32.
Sinevibes have announced Inertia 2.0, a Mac Audio Unit effect plugin for advanced audio level shaping. If it's half as good as Inertia 1 we're in for a treat, and version 1 owners can upgrade free.
Version 2.0 of Waves Audio's virtual analog synth, Element, has been released. Perfect for creating fat, warm sounds that emulate classic hardware synths, it is powered by Waves' virtual voltage tech.
Avid tell us the latest version of Pro Tools 12.4 includes enhancements to their industry-standard digital audio software that free up DSP like Track Freezing, Track Commit, and Track Bounce.
What do you get when you combine the hit movie of the millennia, the music app of the month, and a musician whose talents and skills know no bounds? Simple: The Shred Awakens.
Something cool for sound designers that treats sounds like CGI apps treat graphics and visual effects. Sound Particles is an impressive way to create immersive audio and is being adopted by Hollywood.
With one month to go, NAMM announcements are coming in now. Designed for small to medium sized control rooms, PMC's 3-way plug and play monitor is designed for a wide range of pro applications.
Novation Circuit is only recently out and already has some exciting updates, including an awesome Max4Live / standalone software synth editor from Isotonik Studios, updated firmware & MIDI CC spec.
ROLI have released a new iPhone app called NOISE that takes advantage of 3D Touch on iPhone 6s to provide expressive music-making potential for the mobile musician for free!
Start your Sunday off with some samples. Better still, make that "Free samples". Boxed Ear have sampled the classic Roland R-8 MkII drum machine and are generously giving it away for free!
Erica Synths' Acid box II is an emulation of a classic Russian synth's voltage controlled filter for awesome analog resonance sweeps. Don't take my word for it, watch the video to see it in action.
Our sister site, macProVideo, is running their first ever free webinar on Monday December 21st, 2015 in collaboration with iZotope & Danny Wyatt. It's on The Art of Mastering & it's FREE!
Thursday 17th December saw the launch of one of the best Google Doodle's in my opinion. In this interactive musical puzzle you're tasked with rearranging some Beethoven classics. A must-try.
So you want some Mellotron M400 inspired samples for Kontakt? Newmello I from Wavesfactory is a beautifully sampled instrument that oozes warmth and feel of the Mellotron and takes it further.