After much anticipation, Bitwig Studio, the DAW software that takes Ableton Live's ball and runs with it, has arrived to reinvigorate your music-making life. This comprehensive music production and performance platform goes heavy on user-friendly workflow features and light on clutter. The whole point is to unleash your musical creativity. But can it hang with the veterans of the industry? Is it just a re-designed Ableton Live copycat? We've sweated the details to let you know.
There comes a time in every DJ's career where mixing two decks is no longer creatively challenging. Three or more decks, cue point juggling and effects mastery are all ways to up the excitement, but they lack the creative expression of music making. It's at this point that drum machines, synths, and truly musical hardware can unlock new territory in DJing. In today's article, we will show you how to exactly that by connecting Native Instruments' Maschine with Traktor.
Enough of the teasing already. We can finally tell you all about the new Roland Aira series, a group of meticulously modeled digital instruments based on the legendary Roland "xox" series -- analog classics like the TB-303 Bassline and TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines, pieces that kicked off entire genres of dance music. The new TB-3, TR-8 and VT-3 Voice Transformer will be available in March, with the System-1 synth, inspired by the old SH-101, following in May or June.
Ready for a wireless, cheap controller that gives you control of almost everything in Ableton? Today we’re looking at the brand new Touchable 2 app from Zerodebug. Find out how it stacks up against the other Ableton iOS control apps out there – and against the Push hardware itself. Related
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, both talented multi-instrumentalists and skilled producers in their own right, take on live performance and live production in this video for their collaborative project, Darkside. Watch as the two spend ten minutes on their track “Paper Trails” in a session for Resident Advisor: What’s That Controller? We also wanted to enlist […]
What do you call someone who programs an entire set live with lines of code? A coderist? We’re not sure, but either way this TED performance by Andrew Sorensen at TEDXQUT is pretty impressive (although it’s a bit slow to start – fast forward to about 6:00 for it to get interesting). The language that Andrew […]
Today brings us the release of Audio Artery‘s newest (and for now, Windows-only) DJing software, The One. As we’ve discussed previously, a number of features pop out as different from the other garden variety DJing software, namely the modular qualities of the software and the “Live Edit” feature. The One allows you to fully customize the […]
We’ve all heard the declarations that the age of physical hardware or controllers is at an end in the production world, and that mobile devices and tablets like the iPad will become the primary way that musicians make music and perform it live. But how realistic is this claim? Today, we’ve asked an expert in […]