Apple Music taps 21 electronic A-listers including Madeon, Lane 8, and RÜFÜS DU SOL for exclusive NYE mixes

Apple Music taps 21 electronic A-listers including Madeon, Lane 8, and RÜFÜS DU SOL for exclusive NYE mixesEgA gAAEppz 1

Apple Music is leaving 2020 in its rearview with an applaudable power move. The streaming giant has made the leap into the world of hosting official DJ mixes this year, tasking everything from Boiler Room‘s exhaustive catalog to Tomorrowland Around The World performances, and Apple Music has now rounded up an eclectic 21-person roster of electronic royalty to curate exclusive New Year’s Eve sets.

Pulling out all of the stops to close the doors on a 12-month run that most would love to forget, Apple Music brought out Madeon, Lane 8, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, Disclosure, CamelPhat, Chris Lake, Channel Tres, TSHA, Jamie Jones, Honey Dijon, and The Blessed Madonna, among a handful of others, for respective one-hour marathons of music that reflects their sentiments surrounding both this past year and the promise ahead in 2021.

Altogether, the hand-picked Apple Music curators touch each end of the electronic music spectrum and everything in between. Each producer on the lineup puts forth a distinctive hour, running all the way from the Good Faith author’s 63-minute set to Carl Cox’s blistering house and techno selections down to Dancing Astronaut‘s 2020 Artist of the Year champion, Lane 8, and even one of our 2021 Artists to Watch, TSHA.

Listen to each of Apple Music’s 21 NYE DJ mixes below.


Lane 8


Chris Lake



Channel Tres

Peggy Gou




Jamie Jones

Carl Cox

Charlotte de Witte

Honey Dijon




The Blessed Madonna



Featured image: Jasmine Safaeian

Arturia release free Juno chorus plugin

The classic chorus is coming to a DAW near you

Declan McGlynn

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 – 11:31

DJ Earworm packages the biggest pop anthems of 2020 in annual ‘United State of Pop’ mix

DJ Earworm packages the biggest pop anthems of 2020 in annual ‘United State of Pop’ mixAriana Grande

There’s only one place where you can get a “watermelon sugar high” while being “blinded by the lights”: DJ Earworm‘s “United State of Pop 2020” mix. Despite the ever-changing circumstances of 2020, the Californian mashup extraordinaire’s collection of the year’s biggest pop hits arrived right on time, extending the annual December delivery tradition that DJ Earworm set in 2007.

While those attuned to the pop landscape can likely predict just what the “United State of Pop 2020” mix includes, it’s worth noting that the three-minute and 17 second endeavor encapsulates anthems from Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Jack Harlow, Dua Lipa, and Drake, to name just a few of those who get mashup nods. Find the full tracklist below.


24Kgoldn and Iann Dior – Mood
Ariana Grande – Positions
Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted
BTS – Dynamite
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion – Wap
Dababy and Roddy Ricch – Rockstar
Dan featuring Shay and Justin Bieber – 10000 Hours
Doja Cat – Say So
Drake – Toosie Slide
Drake and Lil Durk – Laugh Now Cry Later
Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
Future and Drake – Life Is Good
Gabby Barrett – I Hope
Harry Styles – Adore You
Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
Jack Harlow – Whats Poppin
Jawsh 685 and Jason DeRulo – Savage Love (laxed – siren beat)
Justin Bieber and Quavo – Intentions
Lady GaGa and Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Lewis Capaldi – Before You Go
Maren Morris – The Bones
Megan Thee Stallion – Savage
Roddy Ricch – The Box
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Tones and I – Dance Monkey

Featured image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

COVID-19 relief bill includes new law that would make illegal streaming a felony

COVID-19 relief bill includes new law that would make illegal streaming a felony209DBA18 92E5 48C4 8476 537E81693ABE

Congress’ 5,000-page COVID-19 relief bill holds promise for US citizens, small businesses, and independent music venues alike, but below the surface, it carries a hefty penalty: a 10-year prison sentence for illegal streaming.

Included among the pages of the bill is the “Protecting Lawful Streaming Act,” which seeks to dispel “commercial, for-profit streaming piracy services” from illegally streaming copyright material, a practice that costs the US economy an estimated $30 billion annually. Of note, the law, introduced by Senator Thomas Tallis (R-NC) in early December, does not affect individuals who use illegal streaming services or those “who access pirated streams or unwittingly stream unauthorized copies of copyrighted works.” Rather, it only applies to those who make such illegal means of streaming available. If prosecuted, violators could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; they could also be fined up to $30,000.

The Protecting Lawful Streaming Act would go into effect with the signing of the COVID-19 relief bill. However, the fate of the legislation hangs unsteadily following President Donald J. Trump’s December 22 announcement that he asked Congress to amend the bill. “I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2000 or $4000 per couple,” Trump said in a video posted on Twitter.


Featured image: Duc Dao/Shutterstock

Frequency Central Intros 2 Drum Modules For MU Modular Synthesizers

Frequecy Central has introduced two new MU drum modules, Seismograf BD & SD.

Here’s what they have to say about them:

Seismograf is a PIC based drum module, featuring coding by Jetroid.

There is currently a choice of two PICs which may be used with Seismograf, ‘BD‘ and ‘SD‘. As you might expect, BD contains a range of 8 bass drums, while SD contains a range 8 of snare drums.

The drum sounds are 10 bit encodings of some of our favourite electronic kits from yesteryear.

Here’s an audio demo, using the Euro format versions of these modules:

[embedded content]

Pricing and Availability

The Seismograf modules are available now, both assembled and as a DIY project.

Cycling ’74 Announces Free Max Workshops

Music Hackspace and Cycling ’74 have announced a monthly series of 4 free workshops to help people learn the fundamentals of music programming with Max, and 4 monthly meetups where participants can share their work and learn from one another.

The course and meetups are free for all. Cycling ’74 is also offering a free trial of the software, making this accessible to anyone who is curious about programming.

“We’re excited to partner with Music Hackspace to allow anyone to learn programming and music technology with Max for free,” says David Zicarelli, CEO of Cycling ’74. “From our experience, it can have a big impact for beginners to learn with real time guidance and be able to ask questions. Music Hackspace has built a great online learning framework that our users will benefit from.”

Details are available at the Music Hackspace site.

BLOND:ISH’s ABRACADABRA announces New Year’s livestream event featuring Major Lazer, Claptone, Kaskade, and more

BLOND:ISH’s ABRACADABRA announces New Year’s livestream event featuring Major Lazer, Claptone, Kaskade, and moreCLAPTONE 2018 0928 234951 4311 ALIVECOVERAGE JCM

After hosting a virtual festival on Twitch in September, BLOND:ISH‘s ABRACADABRA is back for a New Year’s livestream event featuring an eclectic array of talent including Major Lazer, Kaskade, Shiba San, elrow ft. Claptone, John Legend, BLOND:ISH herself, and many more. Broadcasting live on AbracadabraTV from December 30 through January 1, ABRACADABRA will transmit more than 50 hours of music while raising money for the National Independent Venue Association‘s (NIVA’s) Save Our Stages emergency relief fund. Proceeds will be collected via viewer donations, brand partner donations, and merch sales throughout the three-day affair.

Donors can compete for an assortment of prizes such as a Miami jet ski outing with BLOND:ISH and a Tulum getaway to ABRACADABRA’s in-person festival in 2022, thanks to the digital event’s partnership with the Fandiem contest platform. See the full list of prizes here. View the full lineup and festival trailer below as the wait for set times ticks down.

BLOND:ISH’s ABRACADABRA announces New Year’s livestream event featuring Major Lazer, Claptone, Kaskade, and moreABRA POSTER 1

Featured image: Julian Cassady Photography

Orchestral Tools Intros Berlin Symphonic Strings

[embedded content]

Orchestral Tools has released Berlin Symphonic Strings – a new addition to their Berlin Series orchestral sample libraries.

Berlin Symphonic Strings extends the sonic possibilities of the Berlin Series by capturing the sound of very large string sections. The library incorporates 68 instruments across 5 sections: First violins, second violins, violas, celli, and basses.

All instruments were recorded at Berlin’s Teldex Scoring Stage in situ, with musicians in traditional seating positions, to provide a balanced, organic sound out of the box.

The new library features three legato modes – designed for slow melodies, ostinato patterns, and fast runs. Four dynamic levels plus numerous articulations enable maximum expression.

Here’s the video from their intro event:

[embedded content]

Pricing and Availability

Berlin Symphonic Strings is available from the Orchestral Tools online store for an intro price of €399 through January 3, 2021. The regular price for the collection is €549. Anyone who already owns Berlin Strings can purchase the collection for a crossgrade price of €299.

UNTOLD announces 2021 festival cruise

UNTOLD has announced details of its 2021 festival cruise, UNTOLD Odyssey. 

Scheduled to set sail on 9th June 2021, the festival cruise will last for five days, stopping at three stunning destinations along the Mediterranean coast – Rome, Ibiza and Barcelona. 

While the line-up for the festival is yet to be revealed, it promises to be “exceptional”. The organisers have also hinted that one of the DJs on board will be familiar to fans of UNTOLD as someone who has created many unforgettable moments throughout the festival’s history. 

The festival promises to cater to an array of musical tastes, from EDM and trance to techno. There will also be recreational areas including a gym, bowling alley, games room, casino, basketball court and football field on board, as well as several pools, a spa, bungee jumping, mini-golf and more. 

UNTOLD Odyssey has implemented various safety measures to ensure it is COVID-secure. All passengers will be required to present a negative PCR test, taken a maximum of 48 hours before boarding. Contact tracing will also be implemented on board using mobility bracelets, and rapid testing will be available throughout the festival if necessary. 

UNTOLD Odyssey will welcome 2500 guests on board from 9th to 13th June 2021. You can learn more about the various ticket packages available here. Check out the trailer below.  

[embedded content]

Sinevibes Intros Blend 2 Chorus Effect For MacOS

[embedded content]

Sinevibes has released Blend 2 , a major update to its chorus effect for MacOS.

Blend is a multi-voice chorus comprised of up to 16 separate layers, each a chorus effect on its own, with a dedicated modulation generator and a feedback loop. Sinevibes says that, “Even with all 16 layers activated, the resulting mix is dense yet always silky smooth and musical.”

Blend’s flexibility allows it to create a wide variety of effects, like vibrato, tape wow, flanger, smear, dissonance and even reverb.


  • 16 chorus layers, each with its own individual feedback line
  • 16 sine wave modulation generators with proportional phase offsets (one per each layer)
  • Variable modulation stereo width
  • Selectable interpolation algorithm: Lo-Fi, Vintage, and Modern
  • Adjustable low-frequency cut filter
  • Lag filters on all continuous parameters for smooth, click-free adjustment
  • Supports mono › mono, mono › stereo, and stereo › stereo channel configurations

Pricing and Availability

Blend 2 is available now for $29 USD.