In this video, synthesist and developer Tim Shoebridge shares an in-depth look at the Moog One synthesizer, along with audio demos and his thoughts on it.
“Fundamentally, this video contains my personal opinions on this synth, having owned and played it for the last six months,” he notes. “It’s like a sports car! I absolutely love this synthesizer.”
00:36:23 Quirks & Limitations
00:46:56 Tuning Issues
00:56:11 Multi Synth Engine Patch
The return of Top 100 Clubs winner, Green Valley, is in doubt after the club was destroyed by a cyclone earlier this year.
Now, following the disaster, the material losses and damage caused by the cyclone at the club is estimated to be around $4 million Reais. “Every structure that was placed at the end of 2019, the main stage tent, roofs in the cabin area, dressing rooms, was all destroyed,” co-founder Eduardo Phillipps said in a statement.
He also added a message of thanks to all the support received throughout this month: “I would like to thank all the strength, support and love of everyone who sent messages of solidarity. Here at GV we have already fulfilled some of our dreams and thousands of people, we are moved to joy and good times with music. There will be no lack of will and strength to try to live it all again.“
It’s clear that some artists are just poised for success, and RMA is among them. The burgeoning German producer has always maintained a prolific release schedule, a trend he’s only ramped up in recent years. Over the past few years, RMA has dropped nearly a dozen singles, capped off by his latest one-off, “All Of My Love.”
RMA’s strengths certainly lie in filling his electro house heaters with feel-good elements, a skill that he utilizes throughout “All Of My Love.” The single opens with upbeat vocals before quickly transitioning into a club-ready party starter, holding true to RMA’s signature sound while expanding into new territory. Dancing Astronaut caught up with RMA to chat about his latest single, influences, and future plans.
Many of your tracks, “All Of My Love” included, have a strong intensity running through them, is that something that you intentionally set out to instill in your songs? How do you go about weaving in that intensity?
RMA: “Yes, that was absolutely intentional! Every time I’m producing new music, it is factored into my process. Once I’ve checked out the vocals, my next step is deciding on the intensity level for the track.”
You dabble in a diverse range of dance subgenres, what do you think is the key to making a powerful dance song while incorporating several different inspirations?
RMA: “When incorporating a mixture of dance subgenres into my tracks, it is really important that all of the elements harmonize with each other, while also delivering the recognizable sound of a RMA track.”
“All Of My Love” is already your fifth single of the year, closely mirroring your prolific release schedule from last year. What are your ambitions for the following year and beyond?
RMA: “I want to keep my focus on producing new music and of course, there will be some exciting new projects too, including new collaborations with interesting artists, remixes, and more.”
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Three of the largest companies in the music industry, Live Nation, Sony Music, and Warner Music Group, have reported revenue losses in the second quarter of 2020. All three organizations cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the main culprit of their losses.
Live Nation reported the worst second quarter decline of the group. As a company with a revenue model tied to live performances and concerts, Live Nation typically thrives in the second quarter, when the peak of festival season arrives. Instead, the company reported a 98 percent loss in revenue this quarter compared with the second quarter of 2019. As many would guess, this led Live Nation to report an adjusted operating income loss of more than 400 million.
While the earnings report largely looks grim, Live Nation specified its goal for the quarter:
“Strengthening our financial position to ensure that we have the liquidity and flexibility to get through an extended period with no live events.”
Sony Music and Warner Music Group have each reported losses as well, but notably came out of the second quarter of 2020 much healthier than Live Nation due to their involvement in music streaming. Nevertheless, in the first quarter of 2020, Sony Music reported losses of 13.1 percent, translating to a decline of 1.64 billion. Warner Music Group only reported 5.7 percent in revenue losses in the first quarter of the year compared with the same quarter in 2019, equating to a drop of 1.01 billion. View the respective second quarter earnings reports below.
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DJ Mag Originals is launching a brand new series next week, called How I Made, where producers break down the making of their tracks, as well as their creative process.
In the series, which launches next Wednesday 12th August, we sit down with artists at our studio at DJ Mag HQ in London, and walk through the process behind some of their biggest cuts.
The four-part How I Made series sees Ikonika breaking down ‘Kicks Count’, MK the Plug’s beat for RV feat. Bandokay, Double Lz and SJ’s ‘Crep Shop’, Dexplicit’s ‘Gotham’ and Third Son’s ‘Mindcloud’ from his ’20 Days’ album. Each episode also features a tutorial showcasing the artist’s creative process in making a track.
Launching How I Made will be Third Son next week. The series will drop weekly on Wednesdays via the DJ Mag YouTube, Facebook & IGTV.
Check out the trailer for How I Made below.
Novation Launchpad hardware + free Pd software + free r_cycle library = make any control layout and custom instrument or effect you want. Part 2 of 2 is up on Novation’s site.
In part 1 of the guide I wrote for Novation, I explained the vision behind r_cycle and Launchpad hacking, and talked to Antonio Roberts about how he works. And mostly I gave a guide to Pure Data (Pd), even for complete and total beginners. So if you’ve ever been curious about hacking your own software patches, this is a good place to begin:
In part 2, I walk through how the actual r_cycle library works, and build up a custom layout and accompanying Pd instrument from scratch. (You can even just download this directly and start playing with it – and I snuck in a little patcher I use all the time in Pd to mess with sound playback from files.)
You do need some kind of computer to run this, but note that it could be something like a Raspberry Pi, for a very self-contained setup. (All the tools here also run on Linux.)
If you do have some Pd background (or Max, which is similar), you’ll probably want to start here. r_cycle is really unique – a UI toolkit for sketching arrangements of pads and lights right on the hardware.
I snuck in a lot of Pd tricks, so if you’re a relative novice or a bit rusty, hopefully the guide is helpful. Maybe you’ll fork the GitHub repository and make something better, too. (Hint, hint.)
Any of your feedback is welcome – Novation is sharing this idea with a much wider public, so it’d be great to hear how it’s working for you, and if you find it useful or not, or if you’re confused or don’t know where to start.
Hope I can whip together a live video soon … maybe once the temperatures cool off a bit in Berlin.
Look forward to your comments, meanwhile!
It’s no contest as to whether Tomorrowland decisively raised the standard for virtual festivals moving forward with Tomorrowland Around the World, the two-day digital replacement for the in-person festival, held at the end of July. With more than 1 million online attendees who viewed sets spread across seven exceptionally designed stages, Tomorrowland Around the World invested every cent in the online experience—and it showed.
As Tomorrowland Around the World continues the relive portion of the digital event through August 12, the festival is now migrating back to the virtual island of Pāpiliōnem to showcase the weekend’s most remarkable moments through the event’s official aftermovie. Universally praised for their masterfully produced in-person, post-festival films, Tomorrowland’s digital rendering for Tomorrowland Around the World does not compromise on past quality. 14 total cuts from the likes of Cirez D, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Nicky Romero, W&W, and more soundtrack the aftermovie’s 14-minute runtime as Tomorrowland powers through the more than 60 acts that set foot on the digital island from July 25 – 26.
Watch the Tomorrowland Around the World official aftermovie below.
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Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) let us know that they’ve released a free update to the Hydrasynth digital wave morphing synthesizer.
The update introduces new synthesis options, including five new filter models, microtonal scale support, modulation and control enhancements and more.
Here’s a playlist of videos covering what’s new in Hydrasynth 1.5:
Here’s what they have to say about the free update:
“Today, the release of the Version 1.5 firmware update for the Hydrasynth brings an amazing array of new features and behaviours to an already sensational synthesizer, starting with advancing its unique-sounding synthesis engine several steps further forward. Firstly, five new filter models are available in FILTER 1 — namely, LP Stn12, ASM’s version of a popular 12dB low-pass filter; LP 1 Pole, a gentle 6dB low-pass filter; and LP 8 Pole, a steep 48dB low-pass filter; alongside BP Stn12, a popular 12dB band-pass filter with dual 6dB slopes; and HP Stn12, a popular 12dB high-pass filter — expanding its total to 16 filter models. Meanwhile, that Version 1.5 firmware update also adds a second multi-mode filter type to FILTER 2, with an ability to switch between LP/BP/HP (low-pass/band-pass/high-pass) or LP/NOTCH/HP (low-pass/notch/high-pass) filter modes.
The Hydrasynth now benefits from microtonal scale support, opening up a brave new world of musical expression beyond the 12 tones most prevalent in Western music to allow composition and performances from any culture or harmonic discipline with 32 custom scales loadable using MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) Tuning Standard files. Furthermore, envelopes can now be triggered from as many as four sources, including LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators), keyboard, ribbon, CV (Control Voltage) INPUTS, and PEDAL — EXPRESSION — input, whereas previously they were all triggered by the keyboard only. On top of that, the LFOs themselves have been upgraded to allow up to 64 steps when set to Step mode, with a new SemiLock feature to quantise those steps for pitch control of the oscillators.
MOD MATRIX improvements in the Version 1.5 firmware update makes creating modulation routings one step easier by allowing users to choose a specific parameter in a MODULE to be the modulation destination via direct selection, thereby creating a link between the source and destination in the fewest number of possible steps. Since the MOD MATRIX itself has been expanded to allow new modulation destinations with many more VOICE parameters and macros being added to the destinations, there are now many more sound design options available.
ASM has also updated the RANDOM page so users can set a percentage of how much randomisation takes place in each MODULE. Many more usable patches result from an added second patch randomisation option that generates a new patch by pulling in a random selection of values from other patches, which themselves are selected at random from every bank by combining various aspects of patches that are already known to be useful.
The PRE-FX and POST-FX modules both benefit from the addition of a new stereo Distortion effect, with controls for Drive, Tone, Asymmetry, and the Overdrive curve, as well as Output level.
LATCH mode moves things onwards and upwards, allowing users to press a key and have that key stay holding for as long as the LATCH button itself is enabled — ideal for ambient and generative patches.
System setup changes courtesy of the Version 1.5 firmware update include a Save System state, allowing users to boot up their Hydrasynth with a patch of choice; shorter timing options in Vegas mode; additional (Buchla®) 1.2V per octave support via the CV OUTPUTS; an option of selecting MIDI CC mode or NRPN (Non-Registered Parameter Number) modes, making automation in DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that do not support NRPNs possible, while that all-important user-assignable ribbon controller can now send NRPN or pitchbend data — all aiding ASM in making major strides in advancing its Hydrasynth sensation… dive deeper than ever before!”
Pricing and Availability
Hydrasynth is available with a street price of about $1300 USD for the keyboard version and a $1000 for the desktop variant. The firmware update is a free download.
Terminal V will launch a new A/V virtual platform this weekend.
After hosting streams featuring the likes of Maceo Plex, Alan Fitzpatrick, Rebuke, KiNK and Luigi Madonna in April this year, Terminal V have announced their latest concept: CONNECT.
Kicking off this weekend with Terminal V favourite Patrick Topping, Terminal V CONNECT will stream the Newcastle DJ, producer and Trick label boss live from Edinburgh on Saturday 8th August at 8PM — the same day he was due to make his Trick debut in Scotland for a huge all-nighter.
Incorportating live, virtual and XR augmented reality streams from a number of artists in the coming months, more streams are set to be revealed soon.
You can watch the trailler for the event below, and find out more about Terminal V CONNECT here.