A hardstyle show is coming to Netflix

Qlimax: The Source will be available worldwide from next Tuesday 

Chiara Wilkinson

Friday, December 18, 2020 – 15:15

A new hardstyle show, Qlimax: The Source, will launch on Netflix on Tuesday 22nd December. 

Organised by Q-dance, organisers of the annual Qlimax music festival in The Netherlands, the show will feature artists such as Sub Zero Project, Phuture Noize, Headhunterz & JDX, and B-Front, in what will be the first instance of the streaming service hosting an audiovisual experience of this style on the platform. 

Originally broadcast live on the official Q-dance website with 20,000 tickets sold, Qlimax: The Source is a 60-minute digital edition of the Qlimax festival with a full lineup of hardstyle stars.

Qlimax: The Source will be available worldwide on Netflix from 22nd December 2020. Watch the trailer below. 

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Watch festival sets from Faithless, The Prodigy, David Guetta, more for free on New Years Eve

EXIT is set to broadcast a wealth of classic performances from the iconic event’s storied history for New Years Eve, including The Prodigy, Faithless, David Guetta and Pet Shop Boys. 

Ahead of celebrations to mark next year’s 20th anniversary of the Serbian festival, EXIT TV is promising an ‘eclectic mix’ of historic main stage performances. 

Róisín Murphy, Nile Rodgers, Moby and The Chainsmokers are included in the list of sets, with a host of rock, metal and indie shows also primed for broadcast. 

“Bearing in mind that the forthcoming New Year’s holidays will be unique in the fact that the vast majority of people will spend them at home in very specific circumstances, we have decided to do what we do best — offer people an EXIT from the current situation, share with them some of the most important moments in EXIT Festival’s rich history,” said Maja Starčević, program manager of EXIT’s main stage.

This month has seen a flurry of announcements for special digital programming on 31st December and 1st January 2021, to compensate for the lack of celebratory options as the coronavirus pandemic continues to prevent parties and gatherings. Tomorrowland and The Hacienda are among the other organisations running events. Meanwhile, the UK’s Nighttime Industries Association has warned millions could attend an estimated 5,000 illegal parties to mark the end of 2020. 

Inner City, Idris Elba partner with Detroit Will Breathe for ‘We All Move Together’ music video [Watch]

Inner City, Idris Elba partner with Detroit Will Breathe for ‘We All Move Together’ music video [Watch]Inner City Idris Elba Detroit Will Breathe We All Move Together

Kevin Saunderson‘s Inner City and Idris Elba have teamed up with activist organization Detroit Will Breathe, a youth-led movement against police brutality and systemic racism, for the release of the visual for “We All Move Together.” In July, Inner City made their return with their first album in 30 years. Now, the Kurt Schneider-directed music video for the LP’s title track demonstrates the empowering message behind “We All Move Together,” exemplifying the city of Detroit’s depth of social consciousness. Inner City said of the video,

“With the challenges in Michigan, the US, and further afield, specific to what we are facing with the BLM movement, we deeply felt that we wanted to release a culturally significant and impactful video that not only embodies the message of the track, but that also directly benefits the Detroit Will Breathe individuals and collectives on the frontline of the movement in the city. Our platform can shine global light on the amazing work they do, and it takes the message of the track to an even higher place. ‘We All Move Together.’”

Also speaking on behalf of the Detroit Will Breathe movement, activist and group leader Jae Bass added,

“Detroit is rich in political and cultural experiences and expressions of liberation. From Motown Records, the Labor Movement, and Aretha Franklin, to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, the 1967 Rebellion, and the birth of techno. We aspire to make Detroit once again a space where liberation is expressed and experienced in transformative ways. Kevin Saunderson did this along with thousands of Black Detroiters when he helped birth the global movement that techno has become. The techno scene embodied the intentions of Black Detroiters looking to free themselves from an oppressive environment. Today that fight for freedom continues.” 

The group has been protesting for more than 200 consecutive days in wake of the George Floyd protests in May. Their efforts have focused on justice for a 15-year-old girl who was jailed for not completing her homework, Priscilla Slater, who died in a prison cell, unfair evictions, police curfews, the right to protest, and other issues related to racial injustice. You can donate to the Detroit Will Breathe General Fund and Legal Fund here and find out more about Detroit Will Breathe here.

Zeds Dead and PEEKABOO set loose sought-after ID, ‘POWA’

Zeds Dead and PEEKABOO set loose sought-after ID, ‘POWA’Zeds Dead Live Billboard Credit Scott Legato

Dubstep royalty Zeds Dead and PEEKABOO have just released “POWA,” yet another head-banging heatwave. The track has been one of the most sought-after IDs of the past nearly two years after it originally premiered in Zeds Dead’s Ultra Music Festival 2019 set.

Structurally, “POWA” is everything fans could expect and more from Deadbeats with its intense build-ups and of course, heavy bass. The track is a balanced combination of both Zeds Dead and PEEKABOO’s wonky and distinguished sound, and after hearing the track blasted in sets and livestreams for more than a year, fans are understandably elated to finally receive the full tune.

The Deadbeats boys have been on a rampage this past year, releasing singles, remixes, collaborative albums, and ID packages alike. It’s likely the prolific producers are not done with 2020 yet, so stay tuned for more, and in the meantime, stream “POWA” below.

Featured image: Scott Legato/Getty Images

Endlesss Studio Cloud-Connected Looping Platform Now Available For MacOS

Endlesss Studio Cloud-Connected Looping Platform Now Available For MacOS
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Connected music-making platform Endlesss have launched Endlesss Studio, a MacOS app and VST / AU plugin that brings their iOS app into the world of digital audio workstations (DAWs).

Endlesss Studio is cloud-connected, so you can create music and collaborate across MacOS and iOS devices.

Endlesss is a cloud-connected multi-track looper, with a large collection of performance instruments and FX. It’s designed to let you quickly capture ideas and build on them, using a broad collection of instruments and 23 FX.

Endlesss Studio integrates with the iOS app to enable handoff of the track-building flow between mobile and desktop. This also lets multiple collaborators contribute live from anywhere in the world, with an instrument or their voice, hardware or software, on smart-phone or desktop system.

“Studio is Endlesss’s next step in building a home for creative musical culture where creators of every skill level can connect, learn and build communities around creativity,” explains Tim Exile, musician and Endlesss CEO and founder.

Here’s a 3-minute video that demos how you Studio enables fast workflows across multiple connected devices:

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Endlesss Studio Walkthrough Video:

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Pricing and Availability:

Endless Studio is available now, with an intro price through 31st March 2021 of $99 / €99 / £79 (normally $199 / €199 / £159). A Windows version is also under development and is expected be available in Summer 2021.

Sequential Prophet X – The Perfect Instrument?

Sequential Prophet X – The Perfect Instrument?
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In this video, synthesist and developer Tim Shoebridge shares his thoughts on the Sequential Prophet X, the synthesizer he describes as ‘the perfect instrument’.

The Prophet X is a bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo (16-voice mono) synthesizer that combines samples and synthesis. At the heart of its sound is a new engine that powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments, plus two high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation — all processed through analog filters.

Is it ‘the perfect instrument’? Check out the video and then share your thoughts in the comments!

Topics covered:

00:00:00 Introduction
00:03:22 Synth Architecture
00:08:55 Filter Demonstration
00:13:35 Modulation
00:16:25 Sample Playback
00:22:10 Sample Manipulation
00:29:33 Sample Oscillator Playback Limitations
00:32:50 Importing Samples & Software Demos
00:59:25 Conclusions
01:04:30 Demo Track #7 in full
01:07:35 Demo Track #1 in full

‘No Expense Spared’ Schmidt Synthesizer Now Available Again

‘No Expense Spared’ Schmidt Synthesizer Now Available Again

German synth maker Schmidt has announced that its ‘no expense spared’ Schmidt Eightvoice Analog Synthesizer is available again.

The synthesizer is physically massive, with a huge, tilting front panel that features dedicated controls for all sound programming functions. It features an eight-voice analog, based on discrete circuits, with individual outputs per voice.

The fourth (25-unit) batch was delayed by issues related to procuring hard-to-source components, which have been resolved. “Now nothing stands in the way of further construction of these unique instruments,” says Product Manager Axel Fischer.

“From a hardware perspective, the new Schmidt Eightvoice Analog Synthesizer is identical to the previous batches, save for the fact that 11 knobs have been changed to a grey colour, making for a more clearly arranged operational layout,” explains Fischer. “It includes the current firmware, which adds an easy-to-use onboard polyphonic step sequencer capable of recording 40 steps with each step made up of up to six notes — designed to be used as a live performance tool, and an arpeggiator.”

Features:

  • Eight-voice polyphonic, true analog synthesizer with digital control and preset memories
  • Discrete sound generation circuitry (no integrated oscillator / filter circuits on one single chip)
  • Separate audio outputs for each voice, plus summing outputs and headphone out
  • 1,028 single sound presets
  • 256 multi sound presets
  • 61 keys, semi-weighted, with velocity and aftertouch
  • Sophisticated glide/portamento capabilities
  • Several realtime modifiers fully programmable per preset (modwheel, stick controller, keyboard-aftertouch, four foot switches, four expression pedals)
  • Complete MIDI implementation, MIDI via USB port and DIN sockets
  • All sound programming functions with dedicated front panel controls and switches
  • Precise information on parameter names and current values via large LC-display
  • Multi-color LEDs
  • Control panel with adjustable angle
  • Internal universal power supply
  • Flight case included

Schmidt Synthesizer Intro Video:

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Pricing and Availability

The Schmidt Synthesizer is available now. Within the EU (European Union), it is €21,900.00 EUR (including VAT) for one in classic anthracite, while white is priced at €22,900.00 EUR (including VAT), with shipping costs not included.

Outside of the EU it is €18,500.00 EUR (excluding VAT) for one in classic anthracite, while white is priced at €19,300.00 EUR (excluding VAT), with customs and shipping costs not included.

Bitwig Studio Gets Free 808-Style Drum Machine

Bitwig Studio Gets Free 808-Style Drum Machine
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Bitwig has released a freebie for Bitwig Studio owners, Bass-08, a virtual instrument based on the legendary Roland TR-808 drum machine.

The main presets offer full sets of instrument controls, like those on the original 808. So when changing a macro for Tuning or Decay, an entirely different set of samples is loaded. Additionally, a few Pitched presets make certain elements chromatic, various clips have been included for dropping straight into the Launcher, and individual drum pieces can be loaded from the various multisample files, whether into a Drum Machine chain or straight into The Grid.

Part of the package are 20+ Bitwig clips, pairing the Bass-08 instrument with drum patterns of various styles and genres. Access these patterns by calling up the right-side Browser Panel, switching to the Clips tab, and searching for 808. Each clip provides a good starting point for any new sketch or just to jam out.

Audio Demos:

If you own a Bitwig Studio, 16-Track or 8-Track license with an active upgrade plan, the Bass-08 sound package is now available for free in the Package Manager (you’ll need Bitwig Studio 3.3.1 or later).

Expressive E Intros ‘Noisy’, A Hybrid Physical Modeling + Subtractive Synthesis Instrument

Expressive E Intros ‘Noisy’, A Hybrid Physical Modeling + Subtractive Synthesis Instrument
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French electronic instrument developer Expressive E has introduced Noisy, a new software synth that’s based on a hybrid of physical modeling and subtractive synthesis, built on the principle of acoustic resonance, the natural phenomenon behind the sound of vibrating strings.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Noisy has been designed to generate highly playable, multidimensional sounds, whose textures and articulations can be easily combined and manipulated. Every preset has four distinct dimensions of sound design, which can be used on their own, or combined seamlessly with each other. In addition, a preset layering system lets you mix the dimensions of two different presets, allowing endless possibilities for sonic creation.

A complete tool set of expressive effects allows you to go much deeper into enhancing your sounds. The FX section is ideal for real-time manipulation and easily creating fluid articulations, breaks, drops, etc… Convenient FX macros make it easy to explore the boundaries of expressiveness.

Noisy’s color coded graphic interface makes it easy to understand each section of the synth at a glimpse. Everything is laid out for a simple yet powerful preset-making experience—you can quickly adjust all the parameters and modulation systems in just a few clicks. What’s more, behind the scenes, everything is optimized so that there are never dead zones in any sound. Sensitivity curves and ranges are continuously scaled in the background so you can focus completely on creativity.”

Here’s the official walkthrough:

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Audio Demo:

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Pricing and Availability:

Noisy is available in VST and AU plug-in formats for macOS and Windows 10 with an introductory price of $/€89 until December 31st (normally $/€149).

Finegear Dust Collector Analog Multi-Effects Review

Finegear Dust Collector Analog Multi-Effects Review
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In his latest video, German synthesist Hainbach takes a look at the Finegear Dust Collector, a new analog multi-effects unit, inspired by vintage effects.

The Dust Collector features 2 VC LFOs, 2 tape saturations, a spring reverb, a delay and a phaser. The effects are patchable, so you can insert an effect in the delay’s feedback loop or add modulation to the phaser. You can poke the springs behind a removable cover. Finegear has included several features that you can mod directly on the PCB.

Hainbach calls the Dust Collector ‘bold and beautiful’. Check out the video and share your thoughts on it in the comments!