A new study based on Reddit‘s music communities has discovered which genres have the most positive fans. Chief among the findings, and surprising to very few, is that listeners of trance scored amidst the most positive, or as the study puts it, happiest fans. Alternatively, bass-heads, particularly fans of dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass, scored among the least positive online communities surveyed.
The study, which was conducted by OnBuy, took aim at 27 subreddits of different musical genres, and gauged their positivity by the amount of upbeat contributions to the discussion. According to the results, jazz, metal, and opera were the highest scoring online communities, ranging between 77 and 56 positive mentions per 100 comments. Trance wasn’t far behind, however, living up to the PLUR motif with 50 positive mentions per 100 comments. On the other end of the spectrum, genres like drill, dubstep, and drum ‘n’ bass scored between 11 and 29 positive comments per 100, leading some to suggest that fans of trance are twice as positive as their bass aficionado counterparts.
It is worth noting that this study only targets the discussion of online communities, and not the scene or the genres as a whole. With that being said, the results fall in alignment with the uplifting themes of trance and the grungier aspect of genres like dubstep. Find additional results below, and the full study here.
Promoting her forthcoming debut album, Starrah takes the anticipation for the body of work to new heights after revealing additional details on Instagram. The prolific songwriter both shared the release date and tagged a star-studded list of album collaborators, spawning 14 artists including Skrillex, Nile Rodgers, and James Blake. The album, titled The Longest Interlude, is set to be released on March 17.
Starrah has put out three solo singles predating the record including “How It Goes,” “Keep Calm,” and “Miss This.” A Starrah and Skrillex collaboration has long been rumored for official release, with two specific unreleased Skrillex IDs known to be between the two artists: “Twenty4,” a track Skrillex originally played in 2018 and “El Dorado,” considered one of the most anticipated Skrillex tracks as of late. Skrillex played the latter on Instagram live in his studio last year.
Effin continues to make waves in the bass music scene with his unique and recognizable sound design. After previously releasing a slew of sonic dubstep ingredients, “Cabbage,” “Cheese,” “Onion,” and “Beef,” the formidable producer has returned to Never Say Die once again to complete the sandwich with two slices of “Bread.”
One of the most crucial ingredients of the sandwich, Effin holds nothing back on “Bread.” The track opens with a variety of gorgeous pads and FX sprinkled with vocal chops and tantalizing ear candy. Moving immediately into a buildup, “Bread” crumbles apart into a devastating bass drop that features a bright, punchy synth interspersed with signature Effin growls. Effin’s plethora of sandwich-themed releases has resulted in an unforgettable delicacy for headbangers.
Conductive Labs – creators of the NDLR Multi-part Polyphonic Sequenced Arpeggiator – have introduced the MIDI Router Control Center (MRCC), a new device that they say reinvents the MIDI router.
The MRCC has been designed to make it easy to build flexible and powerful MIDI setups, combing controllers, instruments, your computer and more.
The MRCC has tons of MIDI connections, ranging from traditional 5-pin DIN connectors to USB interfaces and USB host ports and even the 3.5mm MIDI A/B connectors that are popular on compact devices. There’s a dedicated button for each each input and output, so you just select an input button, and then pick which outputs to route it to.
MIDI merging is automatic. Status and activity are displayed on a color OLED display and per-port RGB LEDs.
The MRCC also offers advanced features, like filtering, channel mapping, MIDI tools and MIDI effects. These can be configured with an on-board graphical user interface. Configurations can be saved to memory for later recall.
Conductive Labs co-founder Darryl McGee describes the MRCC as “ridiculously cool”.
“It’s got real friggin buttons, like the good old days, so you don’t need a computer to configure it. It’s got a button for every Input and Output, 28 of them, plus 28 RGB LEDs and a color OLED display with an encoder and navigation buttons,” he notes. “Did we go a little overboard? Maybe, but there’s really nothing like it out there.”
In addition to MIDI routing, the MRCC can clock your analog gear, host your MIDI controllers, act as a 12 in and 12 out USB MIDI interface and more.
Inputs: 5x 5-Pin DIN, 2×1 pair2 of 3.5mm TRS, 4x USB 2.0 Host ports, 1x USB 2.0 Device3 port (for PC or Pad connection) with 12 USB MIDI virtual inputs and outputs.
Outputs: 10x 5-Pin DIN, 2x pair2 of 3.5mm TRS, 1x USB MIDI Interface port (to PC or Pad), 4x USB Host ports.
1 1st pair, choose one of the 3 jacks; 3.5mm MIDI type A, MIDI type B or 5-pin DIN 2 Type A & B to support both 3.5mm TRS styles.
Message filters – Clock, Note on/off, CC, Program Change, & Stop/Start/Continue. Filter by Routing, Input, or Output.
Modifiers – Channel Mapping, Velocity Scaling, CC Scaling and Mapping, Keyboard Layer and Split, Transpose, Alter (Random & Probability)
The latest episode of Ethan Persoff‘s Spoken Word with Electronics podcast explores Fruit/Vegetable Senses and Time Travel with the SSL FX Capacitor.
The SSL FX Capacitor is a hardware multi-effects processor in MU format. It’s based on the Spin Semiconductor FV-1 chip, which is used in a lot of effects processors, and features the 7 built-in effects of the FV-1 and 8 custom effects.
Here’s what Persoff has to say about the episode:
“This week’s episode is a demo on a very peculiar reverb unit called the FX Capacitor from Synthetic Sound Labs.
The SSL “FX Capacitor” is one of the oddest hardware reverb processors on the planet.
SSL is known for modifying computer chips into odd musical uses, be it a Votrax voice chip for its Scat Talker phoneme generator or a digital answering machine chip for its SampleCorder. They’re all wonderful products, capable of bizarre sounds with a unique low-fidelity sound that is immediately gratifying. You’ve heard their modules used on a lot of different music you enjoy. (My likely guesses: Boards of Canada, Depeche Mode, others) I’ve been curious about the FX Modulator, as it applies the same concept to studio effects, using a Spin Semiconductor at its base.
What is compelling about the FX Modulator, however, is the patch points on the panel: There’s control voltage for nearly every setting, with no menu diving, just a select dial for each effect and send any voltage or sound into three parameters and feedback inserts. What this allows for is adding a waveform to the shape of a reverb tail or other really wild noises. I’ve never encountered a reverb unit similar to it. You’ll need a proper Moog power supply to get going with something like this, which is addressed in this week’s introduction. Then, lock into your DeLorean for a complete half hour discussion of the FX Modulator itself. If you’d like to skip ahead, there’s a seven minute sample of all the odd sounds in this week’s Side A.”
You can listen to the podcast via the playlist below or on Soundcloud. The first section, I Smell Tomatoes, is sort of a Word Jazz style riff that explores the effects of the FX Capacitor.
The subsequent sections more explicitly demo the FX Capacitor and its various effects.
In the latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes an in-depth look at the Deckard’s Dream mkII, an analog synth inspired by the design of the CS-80 and its use in the original Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis.
The Black Corporation Deckard’s Dream is an 8-note polyphonic analog synthesizer, where each note is made up of two independent voices. The synthesizer differs in several ways from the architecture of the original Yamaha CS-80, for example, leaving out the original’s iconic ring modulator. It also builds on the CS-80, though, adding things like patch memory, some new expressive options and support for MPE.
In the video, Eliraz demos the Deckard’s Dream with the CXM 1978, a reverb pedal inspired by the classic Lexicon 224 reverb, which Vangelis used on the Blade Runner soundtrack.
0:00? Intro 1:30? Some sounds 4:00? vs CS-80 4:55? Poly aftertouch 8:00? MPE 9:55? Ring mod 10:40? Presets 11:35? vs DDRM MK1 12:35? Dual layers 14:20? Connectivity 14:40? Slider colors 15:50? Oscillators 17:30? Filters 20:10? Envelopes 22:40? Sub osc / LFO 25:25? Port/gliss 25:50? Sustain I/II 27:00? Unison 29:05? JF Sebastian 31:05? Pros, cons 35:35? Outro 1 37:40? Outro 2
Other gear in the video:
CXM 1978 by Chase Bliss and Meris
XKey Air 37 and WIDI Jack from CME
LinnStrument 128 from Roger Linn
Midihub from Blokas.io
MIDI cables from designacable
Stand from Cremacaffe
Pricing and Availability
The Deckard’s Dream MK2 is available to pre-order for $3749, with shipping expected in March 2021.