Dreadbox Typhon Synthesizer Hands-On Review

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In his latest Sonic Lab review, synth guru Nick Batt takes an in-depth look at the Dreadbox Typhon synthesizer.

The Typhon, a collaboration between Dreadbox & Sinevibes, is a new synth that combines analog synthesis with stereo digital effects, and offers complex modulation routing, 256 preset memory and a 32-note sequencer.

Features:

  • Analog Circuit including 2 Dreadbox Oscillators, a 4-pole Low Pass Filter, and Multiple Analog VCAs
  • 2 Envelope Generators for the Filter and the Amp
  • 3 Modulators with 4 different modes (LFO, EG, Random, Parameter Step Sequencer) and multiple active targets
  • All analog parts feature a dedicated direct control on the left front panel.
  • With the sliders, buttons, and encoder on the right side of the front panel you can control the Amp and the Filter envelopes, the sequencer, the modulators, and the stereo effects, in order to create and save your desired sounds
  • 12 DSP stereo effects (32bit @96kHz) developed by Sinevibes, including Distortion, Bit crusher, Chorus, Ensemble,Flanger, Delay and Reverb
  • 32-note Sequencer that can be used to sequence notes in the traditional way or used as a modulation source
  • 256 preset memory, with import/export support
  • External audio input
  • Portable, powered via USB with full MIDI and CC Implementation

Pricing and Availability

The Typhon is available to pre-order for 349€

Billy Kenny responds to sexual assault allegations following removal from Shambhala At Home

Billy Kenny responds to sexual assault allegations following removal from Shambhala At HomeBilly Kenny

Billy Kenny has been removed from Shambhala At Home’s lineup following allegations of physical and sexual assault. The reports of sexual misconduct began circulating when Twitter user, @veronicaweibs, tweeted a thread of accusations made against Kenny on behalf of several victims who reportedly experienced abuse at Kenny’s hands, including herself.

On July 14, Kenny published a statement in response to the allegations. Therein, Kenny expressed his disappointment in his immediate dismissal from the lineup and apologized for his past “behavior.” An excerpt from Kenny’s statement reads,

“At the point in my life when these events were reported to have happened, I will be the first to admit that I was out of control. My behavior during that time period three-years ago was unacceptable and inconsistent with who I am today…I am truly sorry for not being part of the solution sooner, and I am sorry for any turmoil that I have caused.”

Dirtybird Records has since issued its own statement announcing Kenny’s expulsion from the imprint’s roster of talent, effective immediately. Additionally, label peer, Christian Martin, has publicly denounced Kenny in the wake of the allegations.

Eric Prydz announces brand new live show will debut at Tomorrowland’s digital festival next week

Eric Prydz has announced that his brand new live show will debut at Tomorrowland’s digital festival next week.

Following the debut of EPIC 6.0 at Tomorrowland’s flagship 2019 festival, the Swedish DJ, producer and label boss has now announced a brand new concept for this year’s editiont: [CELL.].

[CELL.] will debut at Tomorrowland’s digital festival, Tomorrowland Around The World, which takes place on the 25th & 26th July 2020. Although the details of the new concept remain under wraps, a press release said that Prydz and Tomorrowland “are very excited and are looking forward to releasing this new dimension into the world.”

In June, Tomorrowland revealed the full line-up for the virtual event, with festival favourites Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, NERVO, Paul Kalkbrenner, and Steve Aoki all heading to the “main stage”. 

In terms of techno offerings, ANNA, Dixon, Charlotte de Witte and Tale of Us are all slated for sets at Tomorrowland Around The World, and they’ll be joined by Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn, and Patrice Baumel. There’ll also be hardstyle, bass and tech house available for the people of Tomorrow, with the Atmosphere, Core and Elixir stages just some of the eight virtual spaces hosting acts across the two days. 

Tomorrowland Around The World will be accessible by tablet, smartphone, or laptop, and tickets starting at €12.50 are on sale now via the Tomorrowland website.

Porter Robinson celebrates birthday with Anamanaguchi’s new ‘Get Your Wish’ remix

Porter Robinson celebrates birthday with Anamanaguchi’s new ‘Get Your Wish’ remixPorter Robinson Photo Credit Rukes

Porter Robinson has one of the year’s most anticipated records on his hands with his sophomore LP, Nurture. So far, the producer has shared the two lead singles from the impending album, “Get Your Wish” and “Something Comforting,” allowing the sonic outline of the project to start to take shape. After a brief pause in the album’s rollout, which was supplemented with Robinson’s widely lauded Secret Sky digital festival as well as a virtual performance at the recent Party in Place event, Robinson has shared a new remix of the album’s lead single by frequent collaborators Anamanaguchi

Robinson celebrated his birthday, Wednesday, July 15 with the delivery of Anamanaguchi’s “Get Your Wish” remix, breathing new life into the debut single from Nurture, which had initially landed back in January. The New York-based electronic quartet successfully wrap their dreamy, 8-bit-inspired sound around Robinson’s groundwork for a complementary remix effort that manages to add something unique to its original counterpart. Anamanaguchi’s “Get Your Wish” remix precedes what will likely be Robinson’s third single from the album, the currently unreleased “Look at the Sky,” which the Worlds producer crowd-tested during his recent Secret Sky digital event. While there’s no official word on when “Look at the Sky” will land, for now, Anamanaguchi’s infectious new remix certainly should tide fans over until the album’s next single.

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Above & Beyond stock streaming queues with another single, ‘Jam’

Above & Beyond stock streaming queues with another single, ‘Jam’Above Beyond 1

The time leading up to the arrival of Anjunabeats Volume 15, mixed by Above & Beyond, has been punctuated by new material from the three-piece electronic outfit. After granting their sought-after ID, “Reverie,” a formal release in June, the trance team has returned to the release ring with another one-off in hand, “Jam.”

Dressed in the emotive melodies customary to Above & Beyond’s sound, “Jam” is a satiating prelude to the flush of fresh music that will debut under the Anjunabeats Volume 15 titular umbrella. The 34-track collection commemorates the 20th anniversary of Anjunabeats with exclusive and unheard selections from not only Above & Beyond but also the broader Anjunabeats family. Anjunabeats Volume 15 lands on July 31.

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Resolume 7.2.0: Your VJ tool is also the easiest way to make content and music videos

Sure, the makers of Resolume are emphasizing content creation stuff because … there are no live gigs. But that just reveals something we already knew was true.

See, just as tools like Ableton Live proved that improvisatory, real-time workflows made music production faster, the same is true in visuals. It was always possible to record stuff in Resolume for on-the-fly motion graphics, music videos, and the like. (Deadlines wait for no one!) Now with 7.2.0, they’ve expanded that functionality. And when the gigs do return, this could still be a major boon.

So, here’s what’s on offer.

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Clip Renderer. Rendering individual clips to files speeds up all kinds of visual production. It might make you reach for Resolume even in place of After Effects, Premiere, and the likes for some jobs.

Everything about their implementation is great. Clip length sets the recorded clip duration. It’s offline – both ensuring frame-accurate output without any blips, and leaving your GPU free to keep rendering live (so it just renders offline in the background).

And best of all you can just right-click on any clip – or make a queue of clips to render with drag and drop.

Well, Hell, yeah to this! Queuing clips, rendering in background – full quality.

Record directly to the right codec, frame rate. The other big plus here is record once without transcoding. That now supports all versions of DXV 3 and ProRes. See recording support information. In Alley, the higher-end media server version of Resolume, you can even convert to all ProRes formats. That’s true on Windows, too, not just Mac.

Better ProRes playback. Another reason you might actually use ProRes is that you can now use it live as a VJ format (or content production) with much greater performance. That’s handy as not everyone will be savvy enough to let you exchange files in the lesser-known DXV format.

Improved NDI (think OBS and streaming). NDI is the popular common denominator means of running video output to streaming tools like OBS. Improved NDI support (4.5) means smoother support for OBS. So since “live” these days means “streaming,” some good news there, too.

Oh and they have a nicer Noto Sans font which improves Chinese and Japanese language rendering.

Plus, since we need something to play with, there’s a new Pixel Blur higher-quality blur effect and Bloom. Think of this as either a way to match the blurred vision we all have now from stress, or to be more optimistic, a means of putting everything in a beautiful dreamworld of fantasy.

This and all the latest news is on their blog:

https://resolume.com/blog/

Banksy artwork on London Underground encourages mask-wearing

Banksy has visited the capital again, and this time, he’s encouraging the use of face-masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video posted to Banksy’s Instagram account, the elusive graffiti artist shared footage of London Underground being deep cleaned, before posing as a worker and spray painting the interior of a London Underground tube train.

The murals depicted one rat sneezing pale blue droplets of virus across a carriage window, with one struggling under a face mask and another using it as a parachute, with Banksy captioning the image: “If you don’t mask – you don’t get”. The video was also soundtracked by Chumbawumba’s 1997 ‘Tubthumping’, with one of the station walls’ murals reading “I get lockdown but I get up again”.

Transport For London, who operate London Underground, said today (15th July) that they had removed the artwork. TFL added that while they “appreciate the sentiment” in “this particular case, the work was removed some days ago due to our strict anti-graffiti policy.”

TFL also said that they would “like to offer Banksy the chance to do a new version of his message for our customers in a suitable location.”

In 2019, a rare Röyksopp record featuring a cover painted by Banksy sold for $10,256.

Last year, Banksy launched an online store giving fans the chance to get their hands on some of his rare and unique creations.

The Chainsmokers score first-ever film, ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’

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This past February, just two months removed from the delivery of World War Joy, The Chainsmokers instituted a hiatus from music and social media to begin producing their fourth studio album. The duo has stringently abided by this planned absence, having only reappeared but once to host Sirius XM’s Virtual DisDance Festival on Memorial Day Weekend.

That lull, however, is being retired sooner than expected, as The Chainsmokers have unexpectedly revealed that they have produced their debut score for the upcoming film, Words on Bathroom Walls. The duo notably did not disclose any further details beyond its involvement with the score, but fans will not have to wait long to learn more. The Thor Freudenthal-directed film is slated to release on July 31, with a cast comprising Charlie Plummer, AnnaSophia Robb, and Taylor Russell, as well as Academy Award nominee, Andy García.

The film score won’t be the duo’s sole activity in July. The Chainsmokers are also slotted to play a drive-in fundraiser in the Hamptons on July 25, which will mark their first live performance since their self-imposed break from music and media. Hosted at Nova’s Ark Project, the socially-distanced concert will raise donations for No Kid Hungry and the Children’s Medical Fund of New York.

Watch the trailer for Words on Bathroom Walls below.

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Eric Prydz to bring new show to Tomorrowland Around The World

Eric Prydz to bring new show to Tomorrowland Around The WorldEric Prydz Cochella

Organizers of Tomorrowland‘s impending virtual festival, Tomorrowland Around the World, have been naming a steady stream of new headliners, surprising fans with unexpected content that will fill the two-day affair. Coordinators have continued this trend with the announcement that Swedish producer, Eric Prydz, will bring his brand-new [CELL.] show to the event.

[CELL.] is a never-before-seen show that is the result of Tomorrowland organizers approaching Prydz and asking him to codevelop a unique show for the digital festival. On July 25, Tomorrowland and Prydz will stun viewers with a brand new audiovisual spectacle on a new stage to be premiered during the event.

This announcement comes on the heels of the news that Tiësto will debut his new alias, VER:WEST, during the weekend, in addition to the new and surprising announcement that Katy Perry would be joining the Tomorrowland Around The World lineup.

The digital festival is just weeks away, and will take place from July 25 – July 26. The festival will be open to viewers of all ages, and virtual tickets to the event are still available for purchase. Weekend tickets include a week of on-demand video content to relive the entire experience. Purchase tickets here.

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