SSL Intros Tube VCA / Timbral Gate For MU Systems

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Synthetic Sound LabsDoug Slocum let us know that they’ve introduced the SSL 2530 Tube VCA / Timbral Gate, a new MU module based on 1950’s era Soviet vacuum tube technology.

The module can be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from VCA tasks to adding analog warmth to extreme distortion effects and more.

Slocum describes the module as “a wild blend of vacuum tube warmth and distortion, along with an incredibly useful VCA that is so much more than the sum of its parts”.

The module uses miniature pencil-sized vacuum tubes that were developed and refined by the Russians 60+ years ago. They are low-current and low-voltage devices, so they don’t require the high-voltage power supplies that are required for most other vacuum tubes.

The module is designed in conjunction with Ken Stone (CGS), creator of a wide range of DIY projects for synthesists. SSL has expanded on Ken’s design, adding LEDs behind the tube, to visually emulate the glow of the filament, and pulsating blue LEDs that simulate tubes as they are being driven by control voltages.

Pricing and Availability

The SSL 2530 Tube VCA / Timbral Gate is available now for $295 USD.

Erica Synths Intros Black System III Eurorack Modular Synthesizer

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Erica Synths has introduced the Black System III, a self-contained, performance-oriented modular system based around their line of Black Series Eurorack modules.

The Black System III comes in an Erica Synths 2x84HP skiff case (universal PSU included), with 30 patch cables of different lengths.

The Black System III includes:

Black Wavetable VCO
2xBlack VCO2
Black Multimode VCF
Black LPG
Black EG
(2) Black Quad VCA2 (no such thing as too many VCAs)
Black Stereo Delay
Black Output
Black Joystick2
Black Modulator
Black Mixer/Splitter
Black Hole DSP2
Black CV Tools
Black Sequencer
2x84HP skiff case

Pricing and Availability

The Black System III is available now, priced at €3,800.

Aina More creates “Magic” in new single [Video]

The multi-faceted UK artist Aina More is back with a brand new single and music video that showcases her genre-fusing and expressive style. The aptly titled track “Magic” is an anthem of some sort as More embodies her Nigerian roots coupled with her British upbringing marrying the two in a seamless fashion. The track produced by Ace Keyz, is a punchy hip-hop track, but somewhat melancholic with the vulnerable lyricism and echoing piano melody. More’s reflective and revealing lyrics explore her past doubts, growth, and present mindstate where she is confident of who she is as an artist and individual.

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“Magic” as a song is More’s unique look at her journey thus far and the visual captures the undertone of the music to a T. For this to happen, she teams up with her go-to collaborator Oye 2.0 who goes for a theatrical theme that taps into More’s powerful and unapologetic performance. I like the moody aesthetic and how long shots of More are intertwined with quick cut-scenes of extras. Her costume is particularly eye-catching and I would like to believe is a display of her reality and her comeuppance in a world that tries to suppress her innate greatness.

Stream “Magic” on SoundCloud.

Connect with Aina MoreWebsite | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

BlueBucksClan talk new mixtape ‘Clan Virus 2’ and the evolving Los Angeles hip-hop scene [Interview]

The fast-rising Los Angeles hip-hop duo BlueBucksClan have just released their scorching new mixtape Clan Virus 2, setting the scene ablaze with bangers like “Lil League” and “Horace Grant”. Taking the classic LA sound and elevating it to a new level, the group has quickly risen to a high profile as one of the strongest new acts coming out of the city. The duo is poised for a takeover in 2021, having received high-profile co-signs from big names like Quavo and Hit-Boy. Consisting of rappers DJ and Jeeezy, BlueBucksClan’s sound primarily consists of bass-heavy, catchy beats and raw vocals with lyrics about their environment on the streets of LA. Recently, DJ and Jeeezy caught up with EARMILK to discuss their recent album Clan Virus 2, Los Angeles hip-hop, and upcoming projects.

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Reflecting on their beginnings, BlueBucksClan’s DJ says that they started out “just used to make music for close friends- if they thought it was tight, we’d just share it around with them”. He continues by saying that eventually “they liked it so much, that they talked us into really taking it seriously”. It was this inspiration from their inner circle that led to the start of a burgeoning music career. Moreover, it seems that BlueBucksClan’s origin story was very organic, just beginning with a tight-knit group of supportive friends.

The momentum that BlueBucksClan has gained since is astounding. In a relatively short period of time, the group has gone from receiving thousands of views on their YouTube videos to hundreds of thousands. Jeeezy noted this growth, stating that “20, 000 views was a lot for us at the start, but then it just kept growing to 100, 000, 200, 000, and then I knew we really had something”. People were really connecting with BlueBucksClan’s sound and what they had to say, both inside their home city of Los Angeles and across the globe. Jeeezy remarked that “once we started gaining real fans, we knew we had to keep going”, commenting on this newfound relationship that the duo had fostered with their budding fanbase, and the need to continue to provide high quality music that resonated with them. 

A prime example of BlueBucksClan’s powerful, catchy sound is “Lil League”, their single with Quavo and Hit-Boy off their new mixtape Clan Virus 2. On this track, DJ, Jeeezy, and Quavo trade smooth verses over top of an energetic instrumental.  Discussing how the song came together, DJ says that “it was very organic, and it kind of came together by accident. We were at the studio with Hit-Boy, and Quavo ended up walking in- we didn’t even know he was coming. We did it right there, we ended up doing the song in about 30 minutes”. For such a spontaneous track, the song sounds incredibly focused, providing a refreshing twist on classic Los Angeles hip-hop. Furthermore, the duo followed the song up with an equally well-executed video. Overall, this visual does a great job of capturing the group’s raw energy and effortless style.

“Lil League” is a single off their new mixtape Clan Virus 2, a collection of bass-heavy bangers that elevates the Los Angeles sound to a new level. The album has seen a positive reception since its release despite high expectations among fans. When asked how they feel about the reactions to the album, DJ answers that he feels they have “given everybody what they’ve been waiting for”. This proves to be true, as Clan Virus 2 preserves the core of BlueBucksClan’s sound while still pushing it forward. 

As for the future of BlueBucksClan, the duo stated that they have some collaborative albums in the works. They are working with some high profile LA acts on new projects, with DJ saying that the new records will be “something that the city needs to hear, something that will make LA different in a big way”. He hopes that “everyone will be able to relate” to the new music, with Jeeezy adding that they want people to know that “we really come from South Central LA, we come from the same streets and we really know what’s going on out here”. It is this seasoned perspective that makes BlueBucksClan a voice for their community and neighborhood, and keeps fans hanging on to every word.

Overall, it is apparent from talking to BlueBucksClan that they are a duo with much focus and ambition, who are poised for great success in the near future. Through combining catchy, fiery music with wisdom and knowledge, they present an appealing, relatable package. As made evident by their recent mixtape Clan Virus 2, the duo has forged a unique, powerful sound that is capturing the ears of listeners in LA and beyond. One can assume that a bright future in the music industry lies ahead for DJ and Jeeezy.

Connect with BlueBucksClan: Spotify | Instagram | Twitter

JULESTHEWULF shares intense new visual for “LATE NIGHT KILLER” [Video]

JULESTHEWULF has shared an intense new video for his song “LATE NIGHT KILLER”.

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JULESTHEWULF has returned with an intense new offering in the form of “LATE NIGHT KILLER”. This moody new song features him crooning over hyperactive synths and crisp drums. The instrumental is underscored by booming 808s, which draw the listener in with their hypnotic rhythm. Moreover, JULESTHEWULF provides some bittersweet, catchy melodies over top of the lively instrumental. Overall, his powerful vocals are both intimidating and soothing.

The video for “LATE NIGHT KILLER” is mercurial- featuring dark, muted coloration that sets an eery mood. The visual is unsettling, depicting scenes of a man being threatened by JULESTHEWULF and a female accomplice. Throughout the video, flashing red lights add to the video’s dark aura, creating a disorienting affect. In the end, Jules and his accomplice speed off in a black Cadillac, capping off the intimidating visual on a stylish note.

Overall, “LATE NIGHT KILLER” is an intense, raw release from JULESTHEWULF. The energetic song and dark visual create a thrilling concoction that keeps the listener engaged throughout. The song and visual for “LATE NIGHT KILLER” certainly stick in your memory and leave you wanting more.

JULESTHEWULF first began his music career as a guitarist, performing with the likes of Musiq Soulchild and Justin Bieber. After a number of years of performing as a hired gun, he felt the need to branch out artistically, and took to writing and producing his own songs. Developing his own unique vocal style, he released a number of strong singles online, quickly gaining him a loyal following. However, it was his 2019 debut album Yeah, Ok., that thrust him into the spotlight. The dark, contemplative release caught the ears of Asylum Records, who signed him the next year.

Connect with JULESTHEWULF: Spotify | Instagram | Twitter

Berghain is open again as a cute, cartoony animated AR app

Techno palace Berghain has never been so adorable as in the work of illustrator Virginie Kypriotis. And now you can load it on your iOS device – perfect for anyone deep in third-wave pandemic club withdrawal.

Berlin’s iconic club has inspired plenty of unofficial artistic interpretations, but Kypriotis’ work by contrast already earned its way into the treasured calendars/programs the club put out. Her work is an empathic, kawai, in-the-know mini-world oozing with detail. It’s the sort of imagination-firing artwork you’d get lost in – but rendered in augmented reality, it’s even more charming.

“Enter The Club” is a collaboration between Kypriotis, 3D modeling and 2D animation by Paris/Brussels studio Un Oeil Sur Tout, and development in Unity Engine by BYZANCE (a “customer experience consultancy” between Paris and Dubai). Just make you have some storage free, as all that artwork takes space – 1.1GB to be specific.

There’s even some music by veteran Ostgut resident DJ/producer Nick Höppner.

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And yeah, that’s another mark for Unity Engine. More on what’s new in Unity world this week – even as it remains neck and neck for artists with Unreal Engine. (Basically, odds are you’ll wind up using some engine starting with the letter ‘U.’ They do have unique strengths and devoted fanbases, each.)

Actually on my phone, in my flat, so like meta-meta-Berlin.

To see her work in context, set the techno time machine to December 2017:

Of course, you can buy the poster.

And you can look up all the old designs and (for regulars) get all teary-eyed here [NSFW, obviously, some of them – oh wait, everyone works from home now so not even sure that acronym still works]:

Hey – who’s old? You’re old. picked some especially terrifying/dreamy creations, including rats on meat by our friend Evelyn.

Find the app on the App Store:

ENTER THE CLU‪B [iPhone/iPad]

And more on Virginie and her work:

Dirtywave M8 Mobile Tracker Now Available To Pre-Order

Dirtywave has announced that the M8 – a portable tracker sequencer and synthesizer – is now available to pre-order.

The M8 is powered by the Teensy micro-controller and inspired by the Gameboy tracker Little Sound DJ. It features 8 tracks of freely assignable instruments; waveform, FM and virtual analog synthesis; sample playback; and MIDI output.

Sequencer Specifications:

  • 8 Monophonic Tracks/Voices
  • 255 Patterns/Phrases & chains
  • 256 Instrument Tables for advanced modulation
  • 128 Instruments per song
  • Song Arranger with Live mode
  • Instantaneous song recall
  • Full MIDI input & Output support

Instruments & Effects:

  • Wavsynth – Classic console & computer chip emulation.
  • Macrosynth – Based on Mutable Instruments Braids
  • FM – 4 OP 12 algorithm with feedback per operator.
  • Sampler – 8/16/24 bit mono and full stereo wav format.
  • MIDI Instruments with 10 user definable CCs.
  • Global reverb, chorus, delay and a master bus limiter.
  • Sample recording and song rendering/bouncing.
  • No sample memory or length limitation.

Hardware Specifications:

  • 3.5mm TRS MIDI (Type A or Type B) input and output.
  • Stereo audio input and Headphone/main output
  • USB MIDI and Audio compliant
  • SDHC Micro SD slot for storage
  • 1200mAh USB rechargeable battery – up to 6 hours use.
  • High quality 2.8″ IPS display with capacitive touch
  • Dimensions: 96mm x 133mm x 18~20mm

Pricing and Availability

The M8 is available to pre-order for $450.00. Shipping is expected to start in July 2021.

Don Diablo looks to the return of live performances with ‘Eyes Closed’

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Don Diablo has released a brand new single “Eyes Closed,” apparently building towards a larger project, although further details about just what that might entail are currently unknown.

The fiery future house track feels as if Diablo has the return of live performances in mind with the production. A foreboding backdrop has listeners on the edge of their seats until an eclectic break shows a new dynamic to the his house productions while still retaining the influences of his earlier works.

“Eyes Closed” is Diablo’s fourth single of the year and follows two recent releases, “Problems” with JLV and John K in addition to “Falling For You” from his ’80s-inspired Camp Kubrick project with Denzel Chain. “Eyes Closed” is out now via HEXAGON.

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The Radar 139: Mixed by offrami

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LA-based DJ-producer offrami wears all the musical hats and exploded into the realm of dance music in 2015 with a remix of ARIZONA‘s masterpiece, “I Was Wrong.” Raised in Lebanon, the multi-talented musician has racked up more than 100 million global streams to date via originals and official reworks for the likes of Nick Jonas, Bishop Briggs, and more.

His latest single, “Drunk Calling,” is an energy-fueled collaboration with singer-songwriter Mougleta that features pounding percussion and deep synths layered under catchy vocals from the Canadian lyricist. “I just wanted to create a dance track that felt good,” offrami said of the track. “In these weird times, music at least to me has been my escape…” Released via the Robin Schulz-led imprint Metalo Music, the new track can be heard on offrami’s latest contribution to Dancing Astronaut‘s RADAR mix series.

Packed with 40 minutes of dance-worthy beats, the mix will open listeners up to a world of discovery with obscure crate-diggers like Luuk Van Dijk’s house rendition of “Da Revolution,” Ashibah’s “Devotion,” and more. offrami also evens the playing field by including established crowd pleasers such as Diplo and Sonny Fodera‘s “Turn Back Time” and Shermanology‘s “Bon Bini,” among others.

Featured image: Karl F. Sfeir

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Martin Garrix rings in STMPD RCRDS’ fifth anniversary with a home and label studio tour

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Five full years of STMPD RCRDS have officially come and gone following the label’s foundation through Martin Garrix, John Martin, and Michel Zitron‘s “Now That I’ve Found You” at the top of March in 2016. Now one of the most-decorated electronic imprints, STMPD RCRDS is extending its half-decade festivities with a celebratory anniversary installment of STMPD RCRDS Radio headed by none other than the label helmsman himself.

While cooped up at his Amsterdam home throughout the pandemic this past year, Martin Garrix decided that a day-in-the-life walkthrough beginning with a pancake cooking session for breakfast was a more than fitting commemoration of the label milestone. Garrix heads into his home gym, shows off his unique rock collection, and tours his personal studio, confirming that he’s mostly worked on AREA21‘s debut album (with its rollout to begin on April 9), along with his own music including pandemic-friendly releases like “Pressure” with Tove Lo. His tried-and-true “euphoric, festival stuff” will be released when concert activity eventually resumes, he says.

Garrix then moves locations with a convenient eight-minute drive from his house to STMPD RCRDS’ newly redesigned studios to tour the different rooms throughout his label’s headquarters, including its new 51-speaker Dolby Atmos Mix Stage. In the episode’s final moments, Garrix shares his first-ever STMPD RCRDS memory—a debut of the “Now That I’ve Found You” instrumental, presented during his 2015 Sziget Festival set. The single went on to complete his Ultra performance in its final form that following March.

Enjoy 15 minutes of Martin Garrix’s home and studio tour below.

Featured image: Louis van Baar

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