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Roland Announce New SP-404MKII: Beat Making Cult Classic Upgraded

The SP-404 must be one of the most recognised pieces of kit for beat makers the world over and today Roland has announced a brand-spankin’ new iteration of its beloved lo-fi machine. The SP-404MKII has been seriously upgraded with a new OLED screen, velocity-sensitive pads,

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Baby Audio TAIP: AI Powered Tape Emulation Plugin

Software developer Baby Audio has released TAIP, an AI-powered tape emulation plugin. Tape recordings have a musical quality that digital mixes often lack. TAIP brings this quality into the DAW. The plugin will add some authentic analog heat – without the need to route any

Universal Audio Announce Volt: Affordable USB Audio Interfaces

Universal Audio have announced Volt, a new range of USB audio interfaces and recording bundles with an impressive feature set, at a price lower than you may expect. The Volt range consists of 5 audio/MIDI interfaces that connect via USB Type-C (USB 2.0, not Thunderbolt),

Ableton Live 11.1 Public Beta Now Available

Ableton Live 11.1 is now in public beta, those with an Apple computer running the M1 chip should join the beta program. The latest update for Ableton performance and production software adds native support for Apple computers running on the M1 Silicon chip. This release

Arturia Announce MiniFuse – Trio of USB Audio Interfaces

Arturia have announced MiniFuse 1, MiniFuse 2 and MiniFuse 4, a trio of compact USB audio interfaces available in black or white, starting at $149 AUD (MiniFuse 1 expected street price). MiniFuse 1 & 2 should be available very soon and the list of features

Arturia Release SQ-80V – Emulation of Classic Ensoniq Hybrid Synth

Arturia have released SQ-80 V, an emulation of the classic Ensoniq SQ-80 hybrid synthesizer from the late 1980s.     The SQ-80 was Ensoniq’s follow up to the ESQ-1, both of which combine digital oscillators with an analog filter section. It builds on its predecessor’s capabilities with a greatly expanded selection of onboard waveforms ranging from the typical analog style waves, to

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Mixcast 4: Tascam’s Fully Featured Podcast Mixer with the Lot

Podcasts have taken off in popularity over the past 5 years or so, particularly with the pandemic helping out. More people have been creating and consuming podcasts than ever before. 100 million people listened to a podcast once every month in 2020 and this number

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