New York house DJ Carlos Sanchez has died

The late artist was also an influencial booker at New York institutions such as Leviticus and Save The Robots

DJ Mag Staff

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – 12:46

New York house DJ Carlos Sanchez has died.

According to a report from Big Shot, the NYC scene staple has passed away. No further information or cause of death has been revealed. Sanchez had previously been diagnosed with kidney failure in 2018.

During his four-decade career, Sanchez released music on imprints such as Razor & Tie, Slaag Records and Pride Records, as well as working as an influential booker at NYC clubs Leviticus and Save The Robots.

Sanchez also worked as a professor at New York’s Pace University, where he taught a World Music & The Underground course. 

DJ Sal Paradise confirmed Sanchez’ death via Twitter, stating that the “NY house family is hurting”, and on Sunday (28th), Musclecars delivered a Carlos Sanchez tribute via The Lot Radio.

Endorphin.es go live-friendly with new sequencer, multiband processor

The crew in Spain have come up with devilishly clever new tools this week – the Ground Control sequencer and Golden Master multiband processor, both ideal for playing live.

We can’t gather with synth builders right now, which is too bad – because it’d be fun to hear the team at Endorphin.es jamming live on this stuff and party to those sounds. (We already saw Julia Bondar, their creative director, practicing hard in a literal desert.)

But Ground Control and Golden Master are here, giving you some extra time to practice. Ground Control (US$699/599 EUR) is getting a lot of the attention, with good reason – it’s a unique and powerful approach to sequencing and generating ideas. But for $200 bucks, Golden Master may be the sleeper hit slow burn, once people work out that it’s perfectly suited to making your live mix punchy and even.

Ground Control

There are sequencers for Eurorack. A lot of them are … peculiar to those of us accustomed to desktop sequencers. What’s intriguing about Ground Control is, it’s a sequencer that appears to make sense both to modular nerds and … well, also everyone else. It makes enough sense that you might consider getting a small rack just to use this and a toy or two.

So it does CV, but also MIDI and USB MIDI sequencing, meaning it can be a companion to a computer or bridge to computer or digital instruments.

There is a cute little two-octave keyboard (just switches, no velocity/pressure, but meaning you’ll always be able to program this without extra gear).

And you get four tracks – drum track with 8 triggers and modulation, three melodic/CV gate tracks. It works as a power supply for your modular. And it just does a lot of input modes:

101-style step editing, x0x-style drum editing, live recording, arpeggiator (with an easy latch mode), roller (for adding fills), queue up patterns, slide, tie/rest, transpose, the lot. You can ratchet for rapid-fire subdivisions, control probability, all the tricks you need live.

Here’s a great overview / walkthrough:

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And a more extensive tutorial by loopop:

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There are a small number of purpose-built sequencers with these kinds of compositional tricks, and fewer still of those are really accessible.

The Arturia BeatStep and KeyStep Pro are still less expensive, of course, explaining why they’re so ubiquitous next to modular rigs – and they add velocity. But it’s great to have something in rack form with some new ideas (and I imagine some will still combine them).

Golden Master

Golden Master is inspired by “90s radio loudness units” but – hey, playing some modular battle-of-the-bands, the loudness wars are real.

Now play nice and don’t just brickwall the heck out of a screwed up modular mix, or I’m taking yours back. Specs:

  • 6 hp width, final output multiband processor for Eurorack
  • instantly improve your raw Eurorack mixes to sound balanced and powerful on stage or wherever you are
  • 96 kHz 16 bit digital audio stereo processing
  • 3-band compressor with intuitive adjustment and brickwall limiter (1.5 ms look ahead, to make the compression more precise)
  • mid/side stereo field processing
  • depth: 30 mm (with ribbon cable connected)
  • power requirements: +12V: 135 mA, -12V: 25 mA

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Armin van Buuren, Giuseppe Ottaviani grant ‘Magico’ release

Armin van Buuren, Giuseppe Ottaviani grant ‘Magico’ releaseUntold 2018

Armin van Buuren has released his highly anticipated tie-up with Giuseppe Ottaviani titled “Magico.” The Dutch heavyweight premiered his track with the Italian trance maestro as his “tune of the week” during episode 1008 of A State Of Trance.

“Magico” is van Buuren and Ottaviani’s inaugural collaboration and the producers expectedly combines their spellbinding wizardry for a truly captivating track. The new single forges van Buuren’s signature bigroom trance basslines and Ottaviani’s ascendant melodies into a harmonious climax of intense breakdowns and uplifting euphoria. The surprise release of “Magico” follows van Buuren’s “Leave A Little Love” with Alesso, and the former’s club mix thereof.

Stream “Magico” below.

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HARD Summer returns with 2021 lineup: Dillon Francis, Kaytranada, REZZ, A-Trak, Baauer b2b RL Grime, and more

HARD Summer returns with 2021 lineup: Dillon Francis, Kaytranada, REZZ, A-Trak, Baauer b2b RL Grime, and moreDj Snake Malaa Photo Credit Jonathan April

Things are opening back up across the US, with more summer festival circuit hallmarks picking back up near their usual range of dates. HARD Summer has announced their returning lineup, pulling out all the stops for what should be a special 2021 edition of the event. This year’s roster is brimming with marquee talent including Dillon Francis, REZZ, A-Trak, and Kayzo, as well as planned back-to-backs from DJ Snake and Malaa, RL Grime and Baauer, G Jones and EPROM, an old school dubstep set from SKREAM!, and much more.

Additional lineup highlights include Valentino Khan and 4B sharing the decks as Hulk Gang, CRAY and GG Magree‘s Bad Boys Club, Wuki and Nitti Gritti‘s slated go back-to-back, plus a mixed bag of firepower from the likes of Kaytranada, Lee Foss, 1788-L, SAYMYNAME, Soul Clap, Manila Killa, Nina Las Vegas, Craze, Maya Jane Coles, and many more. Aligned with HARD’s usual curatorial style, hip-hop is in strong representation on this year’s ticket with Future, 2 Chainz, Lil Durk Don Toliver, and more holding down key slots on the lineup.

HARD Summer touches down at its new home at NOS Events Center in San Bernardino on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1. HARD will be working closely with local officials to implement necessary safety precautions and will follow state and local health guidelines in place at the time of the event. See the full lineup trailer below.

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Monocule goes moody—stream Nicky Romero’s latest under the alias, ‘You Don’t Know’

Monocule goes moody—stream Nicky Romero’s latest under the alias, ‘You Don’t Know’Nicky Romero

Nicky Romero returns to his side project Monocule for a dark progressive single, “You Don’t Know.” More than just a one-off release, “You Don’t Know” is the lead single from the producer’s forthcoming second EP under the alias.

The moody track draws on the vintage synths and sound that has characterized Monocule’s aesthetic to date. Under the Monocule banner, Romero supplies listeners with both an original and an extended version of the track, providing two very different production approaches to the core stylistic idea out of which the song was born.

“You Don’t Know” is out now via Romero’s Protocol Recordings.

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Todd Terry dons House of Gypsies alias for ‘Deep Inside’

Todd Terry dons House of Gypsies alias for ‘Deep Inside’Todd Terry Credit Marc Sethi For Hyponik

Todd Terry continues to tear up the proverbial dance floor with his seventh release of 2021, “Deep Inside.” Bounding in as Terry’s second track of March, following “I Was Dancing,” “Deep Inside” takes the form its title might suggest: a deep house heavy hitter.

When the reigns rest firmly in Terry’s hands, listeners are taken back to an older-school brand of underground dance thanks to Terry’s unique ability to straddle both past and present sonic conventions in his music. During a time where the dance floor has gone temporarily dormant, Terry gifts fans both a three-minute version as well as a five-minute extended cut. Using his House of Gypsies alias, the track treads tropical territory as the alias’ latest Latin house excursion.

Stream “Deep Inside” below.

Featured image: Marc Sethi

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Nighttime Industries Association CEO says vaccine passports not suitable for music venues

Nighttime Industries Association CEO says vaccine passports not suitable for music venuesFabric London Dancing Astronaut

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollouts continue across the nation, the United States and European Union are among those exploring the possibility of implementing vaccine passports. The passports could be used to verify an individual’s vaccination status in situations involving international travel to mitigate the risk for subsequent COVID-19 outbreaks, and a variety of places including New York City, Ibiza, and the UK have already begun to consider requiring these passports for entry.

However, Nighttime Industries Association (NTIA) CEO Michael Kill recently went on the record to say that these plans may be “discriminatory” and “unworkable.” In a statement, Kill expressed that the use of vaccine passports to facilitate event entry would “cause further anxiety for [event/venue] operators”:

“As the government suggests, there needs to be some levelling up, as we are clearly the subject of cross sector discrimination. The additional barriers around mandatory certificates to gain access to businesses within the sector is unworkable, and would cause further anxiety for operators, creating more barriers to businesses, and potential conflict between staff and customers, as well as being discriminatory, given that the core of our market will not have been given the opportunity to have the vaccine by the time the roadmap engages the sector.”

Restaurants and bars that have remained open throughout the pandemic have required temperature checks while the music venues and events that have been permitted to resume activity, depending on the area, have required proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Boris Johnson is said to be heavily considering the use of vaccine passports in order to help London nightlife make its return.

H/T: mixmag

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Spotify is launching its own version of Clubhouse

The streaming giants acquired the parent company of existing live audio app Locker Room

Declan McGlynn

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – 14:54

Spotify is launching its own version of the live audio social network Clubhouse. The invite-only iOS app has exploded over the past few months and lets users host their own ‘rooms’, with guest moderators to discuss a wide range of topics, allowing listeners to ask questions like a live group phone call. Recent guests have included Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg and Spotify founder Daniel Ek. According to the Verge, Spotify has acquired a company called Betty Labs who make an app called Locker Room, which is similar to Clubhouse but for sports events. 

Locker Room will remain as part of the iOS store as its own app for now, and any user can host rooms and discussions and Locker Room users aren’t required to use Spotify exclusively. 

It comes off the back of Twitter launching their own Spaces audio alternative to Clubhouse, while Instagram has added the ability to go live with four total accounts, rather than two. It’s not a huge surprise given Spotify’s pivot to podcasting over the past few years, with the Swedish company’s Chief R&D Officer Gustav Söderström telling The Verge people are already recording their Clubhouse and Spaces chats to their podcasting app Anchor to host them on Spotify. Facebook is also reportedly looking into a live audio feature.

Moog Sound Studio Offers Turnkey Eurorack Modular System In A Box

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Moog Music today introduced Moog Sound Studio, a new line of compact Eurorack synth systems, featuring two synthesizers, a new compact mixer, a cable organizer and other accessories.

Since Moog debuted their first Euro format synth 2015, their semi-modular synth line has expanded to become a full ecosystem, with the Mother-32, DFAM, Grandmother, Matriarch, and Subharmonicon. While these synths have been a hit with long-time Moog fans, the company has also found that users of any level of experience can get into these synths, with some guidance on how to build a system.

Moog has responded to this by developing the Sound Studio, which offers an all-in-one solution for synthesists of any skill level, along with tools to help new users get started.

Two Sound Studio options are available: Mother-32 & DFAM or DFAM & Subharmonicon.

Both options come with the accessories needed to set up a complete compact modular system, including two synths, a synth rack, cable organizer, mixer and more:

Here’s what Moog has to say about the Sound Studio:

The Moog Sound Studio offers a turnkey Eurorack modular system in a box.

“Each user begins their unique Moog Sound Studio journey by selecting an instrument combination to complement their musical style or sonic preference: Mother-32 & DFAM or DFAM & Subharmonicon.

Moog’s Mother-32 and DFAM synthesizers are a perfect pairing to anchor any electronic studio. Mother-32 is a versatile performance and production synthesizer with a powerful step sequencer and 64 slots of sequence memory. Its classic Moog voice delivers raw analog sound, deep Moog bass, and soaring synth leads, which complement DFAM’s rich analog rhythms and percussive patterns.

Subharmonicon is a rich sonic kaleidoscope of six-tone subharmonic chord shapes and polyrhythmic sequences. For a more experimental journey with unexpected textures and sounds, choose the magical combination of Subharmonicon and DFAM.

While each instrument is uniquely powerful alone, pairing two together creates an experience that will inspire you to create new sounds, unlock novel behaviors, synchronize patterns, and explore endless sonic possibilities.

Along with the chosen duo of semi-modular analog synthesizers, each Moog Sound Studio includes an audio mixer and power distribution hub, a two-tier rack mount kit, patch cables and a patch cable organizer, guided exercises and patch book, educational materials, games to encourage experimentation, custom artwork designed exclusively for Moog Sound Studio owners, and plenty of creative inspiration.”

Moog Sound Studio Accessories

The Moog Sound Studio introduces two new accessories: a new mixer/power distributor and a rack-mounted cable organizer:

We asked Moog if these will be available separately for existing Moog Eurorack system owners. They do not have plans to sell them separately at this time.

Explorations in Analog Synthesis

To celebrate the new systems, Moog has also released a seven-song EP that explores the sonic possibilities of both Moog Sound Studio synthesizer combinations.

It features a downtempo percussion collage from Bonobo, a neo-soul synth anthem from Peter Cottontale, a vocal drone from Julianna Barwick and more. Each track was built around the instruments and accessories included in one of the Sound Studios.

?Explorations in Analog Synthesis is available to stream for free or purchase by donation on Moog’s Bandcamp page, with all proceeds going to charity. You can preview it below:

Pricing and Availability

The Moog Sound Systems are available now, with the following pricing:

  • Moog Sound Studio: Mother-32 & DFAM is $1,399
  • Moog Sound Studio: Subharmonicon & DFAM is $1,449

See the Moog site for more information.

Petit Biscuit offers perspective on ‘Pick Your Battles’ remix contest [Q&A]

Petit Biscuit offers perspective on ‘Pick Your Battles’ remix contest [Q&A]Petit Biscuit

When Petit Biscuit‘s introspective sophomore LP Parachute arrived on October 30, the French visionary’s most attentive listeners could have anticipated what might come next: a remix album, complete with a competition for would-be revisionists to flaunt their re-imaginative skill. This is precisely what they would get.

On March 10, Petit Biscuit put out his call for reworks of Parachute‘s third tracklisting, the Diplo-aided “Pick Your Battles.” Making 10 stems available to those up for the creative challenge—and a personal voice note—the triple-threat singer/songwriter/producer equipped contestants with the tools they needed to potentially win an official release. Upon finishing their alternative takes, competitors needed only to upload them to SoundCloud by April 1 with the hashtag #PYBRemixContest. Though there can only be one grand prize winner, the most impressive takes will be rewarded with features on Petit’s own SoundCloud profile.

With the 12-song Parachute remix LP slated to arrive on April 2, bearing submissions from Malaa, Jai Wolf, and Big Gigantic, among others, Petit’s following will soon learn the name of the remix champion. In an interview with Dancing Astronaut, the media partner of Petit Biscuit’s “Pick Your Battles” Remix Contest, the album maker delineated his perspective on this competition, which expands his long, rich history of remix contests.

Malaa, Jai Wolf, and Big Gigantic’s recastings of three separate Parachute tracklistings, as well as the “Pick Your Battles’” lyric video, can be enjoyed below in the buildup to the collection’s full-fledged release. The interview can also be read in full below.


Your Parachute remix LP features 12 remixes from a variety of revisionists, including Jai Wolf and Big Gigantic, who led the re-imaginative charge. How did you select your cast of remixers and what were you hoping for the Parachute remix LP to embody?

Petit Biscuit: “My vision for this remix album was to pick some very different producers to show how rich the electronic music scene is. I sent a bunch of DMs and emails to some friends in the industry, and that’s where this lineup comes from. I’m very proud to have some very good producers and friends as part of this project.”

Did any of the takes that grace the remix LP surprise you with their sound, and if so, how so/why?

Petit Biscuit: “Every single remix you’ll listen to in this album has surprised me, to be honest. Every remixer has brought their own touch to the tracks. Every remix is so different from the original songs, and that’s what I was expecting when I envisioned about making a remix album.”

What motivated you to initiate a remix competition, and can you tell readers how you define what constitutes a successful remix?

Petit Biscuit: “It’s not the first remix competition that I’m organizing. I love uploading the stems on the Internet in the simplest way and ask artists that I don’t even know to break the original feeling and bring the track everywhere else. There’s no real recipe for a ‘successful remix,’ the same way we can’t explain why a track is successful and not another one, even if both tracks have almost the same potential. Mostly, it’s a conjunction of circumstances.’

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