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 NewsFlash #6 | Roland TR-8S, Tracktion Waveform 9, Softube Volume 2 plug-in bundle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:02:42

This week Roland followed up its TR-8 drum machine with the new TR-8S Rhythm Performer. It has component-level models of sounds from the classic TR-808, 909, 606, 707, and 727 drum machines, as well as 150 other internal samples. It also imports external samples from an SD memory card. All of those sounds are subject to the TR-8S’s sound design, effects, sequencing, and motion recording functions. The unit has 128 patterns, each with up to 8 variations, and 128 kits, which have total recall of all the settings and routings for the sounds. In addition to being a USB audio interface, the TR-8S also has 8 analog outputs and a trigger output for controlling analog gear. The Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer is on pre-order now for $699 USD. Tracktion has released the Waveform 9 digital audio workstation software. Its new Multi Sampler instrument includes the ability to rip audio directly from other software, such as a Web browser, making the possibilities for sampling audio endless. Among many other features, Waveform 9 includes new rack presets, 24-track drum construction kits, Macro controls, and time-saving Chord Tracks. Waveform 9 packages range in price from $109 to $259 USD. This week Softube released its Volume 2 plug-in bundle, a  total of 19 effects, amplifier models, dynamics plug-ins and also the Heartbeat drum synthesizer and Modular, a virtual Eurorack synthesizer. For the Volume 2 bundle, Softube added a phaser effect, a tape machine emulation plug-in, and the brand new Weiss MM-1 Mastering Maximizer, which is based on the hardware Weiss DS1-MK3 high-end mastering processor. The Softube Volume 2 plug-in bundle is selling now for $399 USD. That’s this week’s Audio Tech News Flash, brought to you by Accusonus.  If you like this podcast, please subscribe and also leave us a 5-star review. That way, you can help spread the Audio Tech News. LINKS:  Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer Tracktion Unveils Waveform 9 Music Production Software Softube Volume 2 plug-in bundle

 NewsFlash #5 | Bitwig 2.3, Splice acquires Indaba Music, Serato DJ Pro 2.0 | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:02:28

Bitwig has released the Bitwig Studio 2.3 digital audio workstation update. Additions include time-signature markers on the timeline, improved time-stretching for audio, new sounds and device presets for the content library, and more. However, the biggest news for Bitwig Studio 2.3 is the new Phase-4 four-oscillator synthesizer. Phase-4 uses phase manipulation synthesis, similar to the classic Casio CZ phase distortion synthesizers from the 1980s. However, Bitwig’s Phase-4 goes even further with extensive modulation control and a highly visual interface. Bitwig Studio 2.3 is a free update to licensed users with an active upgrade plan, and anyone can try the free demo at Two large musical artist communities joined together when Splice acquired Indaba Music. Both companies actively present remixing, production, and songwriting contests, and will collaborate on new projects like the weekly Firestarter series, now available at the blog. The Firestarter challenges give producers a creative spark, such as a set of samples, a MIDI pattern, or a project file for them to build off of and share their results. Digital DJs can finally try out Serato DJ Pro 2.0, which is a free upgrade for Serato DJ users. The update adds an offline Practice Mode that lets you prepare tracks with loops and cue point and practice mixes without any hardware connected. The new Performance Pad View shows the DJ decks with cue points laid out in two rows of four, mimicking the layout of many Serato DJ controllers. Serato DJ Pro is now optimized for high-resolution displays and has 64-bit support for greater reliability and unlimited DJ library sizes. That’s it for this week’s Audio Tech News Flash, brought to you by Accusonus.  If you like this podcast, please subscribe and also leave us a 5-star review. That way, you can help spread the Audio Tech News. LINKS: Bitwig Studio 2.3 update: & Indaba Music Firestarter Series: Serato DJ Pro 2.0

 NewsFlash #4 | Behringer Neutron, Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900, IKEA Frekvens | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:02:41

This week we’re looking at some upcoming hardware. First up, Behringer has revealed more detailed specs for it Neutron semi-modular analog synthesizer, which should be available this April for $299 USD. Unlike Behringer’s current Model D synth, the Neutron is not a clone of a popular old synthesizer, but rather an entirely new design. Neutron is a two-oscillator paraphonic synthesizer, which means both oscillators can be independently controlled. Its purely analog signal path includes a self-oscillating filter and an overdrive circuit. You also have a cable patch point matrix with 32 inputs and 24 outputs for designing complex sounds.  In more semi-modular news, Pittsburgh Modular has announced its first fully stand-alone synthesizer, the Microvolt 3900 monosynth. Its analog oscillator includes what's called a  wavefolder for adding harmonics to the outgoing signal, and there’s also an arpeggiator, sequencer and MIDI to CV control. A 39-point patchbay lets you reconfigure the internal signal routing, or you can use it to incorporate any Eurorack modules in your collection.  Audio gear lovers are not used to finding new gadgets at Ikea, however, the Swedish megastore has revealed new clues to its future line of Frekvens music party supplies. The Frekvens products are being produced in collaboration with Teenage Engineering, who makes the popular Pocket Operator instruments. The Frekvens series is supposed to include everything you need to throw a spontaneous music party. So far we know it will include an electronic choir, turntable, party lighting, a portable speaker and even a form of guitar. A new picture of the Frekvens series surfaced this week and shows the items in blocky shapes and bright red and yellow colors. But you’ll have to wait all the way until February 2019 before these musicsal tool hit the IKEA warehouse. That’s it for this week’s Audio Tech News Flash, brought to you by Accusonus.  If you like this podcast, please subscribe and also leave us a 5-star review. That way, you can help spread the Audio Tech News. LINKS: Behringer Neutron Analog Synthesizer Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900 IKEA and Teenage Engineering Frekvens musical party supplies

 NewsFlash #3 | MixedInKey Captain Play, iZotope rent-to-own, LANDR adds Beatport distribution | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:02:21

A new free sample-based virtual instrument host called SampleScience Player comes with 200 playable instruments, from acoustic piano to drums and synthesizers. SampleScience Player will be able to load and play additional sample libraries formatted for it, similar to the better-known UVI Workstation and Native Instruments Kontakt Player plug-ins. You can download SampleScience Player and its 5GB lossless audio sound library for free from  This week MixedInKey released the new Captain Play plug-in, which is the latest in the Captain Plug-ins bundle designed for Ableton Live and Logic Pro 10 for Mac. These plug-ins work together to assist producers in writing chord progressions, melodies, basslines, and other song elements, with the goal of achieving fast results. There are now four plug-ins in the $79 USD bundle, and there will be three additional plug-ins released at no extra charge.  Anyone interested in iZotope’s Ozone 8 mastering suite and Neutron 2 mixing plug-ins can now purchase them on a rent-to-own basis from Rather than paying $699 USD for the Ozone 8 & Neutron 2 Advanced bundle, you can pay off the full license for $28 a month over 25 months. The total cost remains the same, but you can start using the software now for a low cost of entry. Electronic music producers trying to get their tracks into the Beatport digital store now have an option through the online mastering and distribution service LANDR. That’s This week LANDR added Beatport to its list of digital music stores it distributes to for a monthly fee. LANDR charges one monthly price, which includes both mastering and music distribution.  That’s it for this week’s Audio Tech News Flash, brought to you by Accusonus.  If you like this podcast, please subscribe and also leave us a 5-star review. That way, you can help spread the Audio Tech News. LINKS: SampleScience Player MixedInKey Captain Plug-ins Bundle Rent-to-own iZotope Ozone 8 + Neutron 2 Advanced Bundle LANDR now distributes to Beatport

 NewsFlash #2 | Live 10, Output Analog Brass & Winds, UVI Meteor | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:02:29

A long wait ended this week for many electronic music producers as Ableton released its Live 10 digital audio workstation. Live 10 adds four new devices, including Pedal for adding the character of analog stomp box effects; Drum Buss for dialing in the tone of drum tracks; and the new Wavetable synthesizer. Wavetable has two oscillators with oscillator effects and unison mode, and many wavetable shapes to choose from. It also has a modulation matrix, analog-modeled filters and it integrates with Ableton’s hardware Push controller.  Live 10 updates its sound library with new collections of synthesizers, keyboards, and drums, as well new Live Packs based on trending electronic music styles.  Live 10 also includes several big workflow improvements, such as editing multiple MIDI clips in one window, track groups nested within other track groups, and the new Capture function, which can save your MIDI performances after you’ve played them even when Recording wasn’t turned on.  Virtual instrument maker Output revealed its latest product, Analog Brass & Winds, now available for 199 US dollars. Like Output's previous instrument Analog Strings, the new Analog Brass & Winds uses multiple layers of orchestral recordings, synthesizers, and processed field recordings to let you create highly stylized sounds for visual media scores and electronic music.  UVI’s new Meteor sound-design tool is aimed at visual media composers and music producers. Meteor specializes in creating high-impact sounds, risers, swells, and other cinematic sound effects. Meteor’s engine provides 7 layers of fully editable samples and effects, and you can set your rises and impacts to sync exactly to your desired time or tempo.    That’s it for this week’s Audio Tech News Flash, brought to you by Accusonus.  If you like this podcast, please subscribe and also leave us a 5-star review. That way, you can help spread the Audio Tech News. LINKS: Ableton Live 10 Output Analog Brass & Winds UVI Meteor

 NewsFlash #1 | NAMM2018 Highlights, Roland Cloud, UAD Arrow, Elektron Digitone | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:02:49

I’m wrapping up some of the biggest hits from the 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, where Avid unveiled the newly named Pro Tools 2018. This major update adds some highly-requested features, such as track presets, retrospective MIDI record, where you can capture performances you played without the Record function on; MIDI editing shortcuts, and other track compositing and mixing enhancements.  Not to be outdone, Apple introduced Logic Pro 10.4, including the new Smart Tempo mode that automatically syncs all audio to the set BPM value, so for example live recorded tracks automatically sync to tempo without quantization or editing. The new Chromoverb color-coded reverb effect lets you apply various amounts to different frequency ranges. Also, a new Mellotron plug-in, Vintage EQ effects, new sequenced effects and improved string and horn sounds make the free 10.4 update feel like a major update, and Logic Pro 10 is still one of the best software buys in the world at 199 US dollars.  Roland announced the first official plug-in versions of its classic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines, to be available on it subscription Roland Cloud service later this year.  In the hardware space, Universal Audio impressed us with its new Arrow desktop audio interface for super high-bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 connections. Thunderbolt 3 is also known as USB-C. The Arrow has a dedicated instrument-level input, as well as two Mic/line inputs with Unison preamps,  and  it’s the most affordable interface with Universal Audio's beloved UAD 2 onboard DSP processing. With 14 UAD 2 plug-ins included, you can unload a ton a signal processing tasks from your computer. The Arrow is available as I speak for a street price of 499 US dollars.  Finally, Swedish company Elektron debuted its buzz-worthy Digitone, a groovebox-style, 8-voice polyphonic FM synthesizer with 8-track sequencer. The Digitone uses elements of subtractive synthesis to make the infamously inscrutable FM synthesis more accessible to customization, and it sounds really cool. The Digitone will integrate tightly with your DAW software of choice using Elektron’s Overbridge software, and it's is available to pre-order now for $759 US dollars. That’s it for this week’s Audio Tech News Flash, brought to you by Accusonus. Until next time, stay on the beat. Links: Avid Pro Tools 2018 Apple Logic Pro 10.4 Roland Cloud Roland Releases First Official Plugins of the TR-808 and TR-909 Universal Audio Arrow Elektron Digitone


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