Music Technology

Free Binaural Plugin – Sennheiser AMBEO Orbit

 Free Binaural Plugin – Sennheiser AMBEO Orbit Sennheiser just released a free binaural panner plugin designed for mixing sound in a 3D space. This plugin is straightforward to use with a clean interface and simple controls. The idea is to place sounds within a 3D field of space without losing any quality in the overall sound, and AMBEO accomplishes this quite gracefully. This tool is specially designed to work with your surround sound mixing but will enhance any panning in stereo-based projects.       An Azimuth wheel dominates the majority of the user interface where you can control the stereo placement of your sound. Click and drag the wheel, click a position, or type in the exact degree and the wheel will follow. In the bottom right are controls for Clarity and Width, the former affects the coloration being performed by the application and the latter affects how much space …

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Free Time-Stretching Plugin – PaulXStretch!

Free Time-Stretching Plugin – PaulXStretch! Xenakios recently released a free plugin for stretching audio to experimental dimensions beyond minor warping and adjustment. The key behind the craziness is the PaulStretch algorithm which allows audio to be stretched to the extreme while maintaining sample speed/tempo. Slight distortions will occur but users are encouraged to utilize it creatively! The develop claims that minor adjustments are not the suggested application of the plugin, “The plugin is only suitable for radical transformation of sounds. It is not suitable at all for subtle time corrections and such. Ambient music and sound design are probably the most suitable use cases.” In any case, the workflow is simple: insert the plugin on a track with the audio you intend to stretch, hit capture to record the audio. Once you’ve captured audio you can isolate any portion of it and stretch accordingly. This plugin can deliver pitch-shifting and time-warping but as …

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MultiAnalyser – Free MaxforLive Device Displays Multiple Track EQ

MultiAnalyser – Free MaxforLive Device Displays Multiple Track EQ Isotonik Studios has just released a new MaxforLive Device – MultiAnalyser – that is capable of displaying up to 4 EQ curves from 4 separate tracks in Ableton. Think about it. You can at once see interfering frequencies on a single track, FINALLY. This is all thanks to one of the feature updates in Ableton 10, multichannel audio support. With the new update, you can now actually route any input to a device and route any output back out; the implications here promise wild applications with sidechaining, multi-effect sends, stereo/surround sound field manipulations, etc. Obviously, one possible use of this ability is to analyze multiple audio tracks at once which is where this device shines! It’s a super useful tool for mixing, and Max’s integration with Ableton 10 will make it a no-brainer to include on all your tracks. The device interface is painfully …

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Pump and Strum – Max for Live Devices from pATCHES (Interview)

Pump and Strum – Max for Live Devices from pATCHES (Interview) Today we are sharing with you two new Max for Live devices we love – Strum, and Pump – from the awesome developer responsible, pATCHES. pATCHES has an awesome website with Sample Packs, how-to guides on production and Ableton Live, and now Free Max4Live Devices, check it out here.   Pump is a sidechaining compressor that automatically compresses audio at a tempo-synced rate, that way you don’t have to fiddle with ghost tracks or routing. You can save time and effort by applying this device to any track you want to experience that classic pumping sound on. Download here for free.     Strum is a device that lets you play chords like a guitar using the mod wheel on your MIDI controller keyboard! There are two manual picking modes (Pluck or Density) and a third automated picking mode that utilizes …

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GoDJ Plus – A Mobile DJ System

GoDJ Plus – A Mobile DJ System JD Sound showed off this cool DJ controller at NAMM 2018 at their booth alongside the rest of their lineup, today we want to share with you some of the features this powerful package contains. It can be battery powered and has internal speakers (that bump loudly) so you could forgo an external speaker if you wanted; we’re not sure how loud the speakers are, it’s hard to tell from the video below but they easy enough to hear through the background noise at NAMM. There is also a dual touchscreen interface that allows for scratching, EQ control, and FX control in addition to choosing songs and other parameters. It has 2 outputs available (Stereo RCA out, headphone out) and 2 inputs (Stereo in, microphone in). Other features include: Micro USB (for charging/PC connect), SD card slot 16GB (14GB for music capacity, 1GB recording, 1GB system processes) Continuously-playable …

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Rane Seventy-Two Mixer and 12-Decks – High-End DJ Gear from NAMM 2018

Rane Seventy-Two Mixer and 12 Decks – High-End DJ Gear from NAMM 2018 Now that NAMM is over and the music industry can return to its hustle and bustle we are still left with endless amounts of cool new gear to talk about, and with Beat Lab’s DJ class just kicking off, we felt it appropriate to shine some light on some high-end gear from DJ gear veterans Rane. They’ve announced an awesome setup we really admire for its tech and innovative features.     This year Rane debuted their Seventy-Two mixer designed with the scratch battle DJ in mind, but it’s fit with some fancy new tech that we’re loving – a 4.3 inch touchscreen. The touchscreen features an easily accessible menu of controls for everything you would want from your DJ setup: song waveform, FX selections, it even features an XY pad for DJs who want to get a little …

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Audionamix XTRAX STEMS – New Stem Creation Software

Audionamix XTRAX STEMS – New Stem Creation Software Audionamix is a company specializing in stereo extraction software and they just announced their app XTRAX STEMS which can split any song into drum, vocal, and music stems. This is an exciting advancement in stem creation software and will be an awesome tool for remixers and DJs interested in remixing or making edits but can’t get a hold of the original stems. Say you want to remix some of your classics but your hard drives have long since malfunctioned or were stolen at a gig, with XTRAX you can get the next best thing by extracting the stems from your music. The app gives you hands-on control over each stem layer with faders for level, meter, pan, as well as solo and mute buttons. 4 algorithms are available to choose from, each one hones in on different layers of the music for sounding the best; the Generic algorithm …

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NAMM 2018 – New Gear to Be Excited For

NAMM 2018 – New Gear to Be Excited For The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2018 convention just kicked off this week and we’ve already heard some exciting announcements, we’re going to share with you some of our favorite things to look forward to: 1. Speak and Sample – Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators Teenage Engineering, the company behind the infamous OP-1 Synthesizer, is releasing some new additions to their calculator-sized Pocket Operator line up – Speak, and Sample. The Swedish company’s Pocket Operator series already includes 7 various drum, bass, and lead synths that offer incredible fun with their bleeps and bloops. The new additions include a sampler and a voice synthesizer with extremely impressive features for tech that fits in the palm of your hand (and costs under $90). Check it out here on the Teenage Engineering website with the rest of the Pocket Operator series too. 2. Boss GT-1000 Guitar …

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