MOD Dwarf Programmable Effects Pedal In-Depth Review

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In his latest loopop video, synthesist Ziv Eliraz takes an in-depth look into the MOD Dwarf, an open platform for effects, amp simulations, cabinets, virtual instruments, synthesizers and MIDI utilities.

The MOD Dwarf can run Audio and MIDI effects, internal CV modulation, synths and samplers (for example the Dexed DX7 emulator and Sound Font compatible multi-sample instruments).

Topics covered in the video include:

0:00 Intro
1:45 What is it?
2:50 Overview
5:40 Connectivity
6:45 This setup
7:30 Editing boards
8:45 Pedal chains
9:40 Mapping knobs
11:00 Presets
12:10 Pedal types
13:00 CV mapping
15:00 LFO example
17:05 Generators
20:30 MIDI FX
21:00 CPU Mgmt
21:55 Patch walkthru
24:15 Pedal store
25:34 Misc
26:10 Pros & cons
31:50 Outro

Share your thoughts on the MOD Dwarf in the comments!

Tycho shares plan to curate his own festival event in Brooklyn

Tycho shares plan to curate his own festival event in BrooklynTycho

After a whirlwind 2020, which started off with Tycho’s 2019 album Weather being nominated for a Grammy Award, a remix package, a string of well-executed livestreams, and more, Tycho has remained relatively quiet over the course of these past few months. Now, the acclaimed musician has returned to reveal that he is working on curating his own music festival, so it appears good things come to those who wait.

Tycho took to Twitter to reveal that the festival will take place on the East Coast, with more details expected to be announced sometime later this week. That said, the graphic share bares a clue as to the location of the impending event—likely Brooklyn, New York. Branded as TYCHO : ISO50, the event is named after both Scott Hansen’s Tycho project, and his photographic and design moniker, ISO50. While no further details have been shared publicly yet, Tycho is expected to reveal new information about his debut event curation effort shortly.

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Superbooth 2021 Registration Now Open

Organizers of Superbooth, an international synth trade show held in Berlin, have announced that registration for this year’s event, being held Sept 15-18 at Berlin’s FEZ, is now open.

“After a long time it’s happening again in September: Welcome to FEZ Berlin for SUPERBOOTH21, trade fair and festival for electronic musical instruments – this time the motto is Safety First Edition, with a big new outdoor area.”

Note that restrictions will be in place, because of the ongoing Covid pandemic, including:

  • No tickets will be available onsite in 2021. Tickets are only available in advance.
  • Each individual ticket is personalized and valid for the specific event day. Due to the expected limited number of visitors, there will be no 3-day tickets this year.
  • Access to the event will only be granted with one of the following official proofs: A complete and EU-approved Covid-19 vaccination at least 2 weeks before the respective event day; A medical certificate of a recovered Covid-19 infection within the last six months before the respective event day; or An officially recognized negative rapid test taken on the day of the event.
  • The event will not grant access to visitors who have an official medical exemption from wearing a mouth-nose protection.
  • Compliance with the valid hygiene regulations is mandatory for all participants of the event. The instructions of the staff must be followed at all times.
  • An expulsion from the event does not imply any refund of the ticket price.

See the event site for details.

Clubs will remain closed as four-week delay to lockdown easing announced by UK Government

Boris Johnson has announced that there will be a four-week delay for lockdown easing, with the initial date for the relaxation of social distancing measures in England on 21st June pushed back to 19th July.

The delay comes amidst the rise in cases of the new Delta variant, which now accounts for the majority of coronavirus cases in the UK, and the risk of a substantial third wave as numbers are said to have risen faster than projected.

Speaking at the press conference, Johnson said, “As things stand — and on the basis of the evidence I can see right now — I am confident we will not need any more than four weeks, and we won’t need to go beyond 19th July. It is unmistakably clear the vaccines are working and the sheer scale of the vaccine roll-out has made our position incomparably better than in previous waves.

“But now is the time to ease off the accelerator because by being cautious now we have the chance — in the next four weeks — to save many thousands of lives by vaccinating millions more people. And once the adults of this country have been overwhelmingly vaccinated, which is what we can achieve in a short space of time, we will be in a far stronger position to keep hospitalisations down, to live with this disease, and to complete our cautious but irreversible roadmap to freedom.”

As with previous lockdown easing, restrictions being eased on 19th July will be subject to the UK Government’s four tests. These relate to the vaccine rollout, that the vaccines continue to sufficiently reduce hospitalisations and deaths due to coronavirus, that infection rates do not put the NHS at risk of unsustainable pressure, and the assessment of the risks of new variants of concern.

Responding to the news of the delay, Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) CEO Michael Kill said Johnson had “switched the lights off” for the nighttime industry.

“This is a hugely devastating blow for the very industries that have been hardest hit by this pandemic,” Kill said. “Many businesses have not survived this pandemic and others are on a financial cliff-edge, unable to operate viably. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have already been lost, a huge pool of creative talent has been swept away, and we have been left to suffer extreme financial hardship.

“This delay will drive confidence in the sector to a new low, culminating in more of our workforce being forced to leave the industry, and customers, who have been starved of social engagement, attending illegal unregulated events in place of businesses that are well-operated, licensed and regulated.”

Earlier today (14th June), the NTIA shared details of a survey of the NTIA’s member businesses that showed one in four will not survive longer than a month without more support, and 50% will not survive longer than two months without such help.

Synth Design With Arturia

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Ever wonder where your synths come from, what inspired them and what decisions shaped their features?

The latest episode of the Synth Design Podcast features Sébastien Rochard, Senior Product Manager at Arturia. discussing the origin of some of their most popular designs. Host Roey Tsemah talks with Rochard about the origin and development of gear like the Keystep, the MiniBrute 2 and the MicroFreak.

Episode Summary:

“Designing an open-ended instrument is a complex challenge. Open ended means flexible, and the more flexible an instrument is, the more complex it can become. It’s a designer’s role to strike the perfect balance. To deliver an inspiring instrument that allows creative expression, and at the same time make it easy enough to learn and memorize.

In this deep dive conversation Sébastien Rochard, senior product manager at Arturia, shares his design process. Analyzing various sketches and prototypes of the Microfreak and Minibrute II, and even revealing a cardboard prototype…”

Brooklyn Mirage adds Lee Foss, SIDEPIECE to MEDUZA-headlined reopening

Brooklyn Mirage adds Lee Foss, SIDEPIECE to MEDUZA-headlined reopeningMEDUZA

As the Brooklyn Mirage‘s grand reopening nears, organizers are ensuring that it’s an evening to remember long after the last attendee has left the venue. Following the June 1 announcement that the Brooklyn staple would open its doors for the first time since COVID-19 led live music sites across the nation to shutter comes the news that Lee Foss and special guest SIDEPIECE will appear at the MEDUZA-headlined event.

The addition of the Hot Creations cofounder and Nitti Gritti and Party Favor‘s alias to the reopening party represents an amalgamation of the old and the new, what with Foss’ name synonymous with dance tenure and SIDEPIECE, established in 2019 through “Wanna See You” and “On My Mind,” emblematizing a comparatively newer project that many listeners have yet to see live due to the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tickets to the Brooklyn Mirage’s MEDUZA-led reinstallation are available here. In accordance with New York State mandates, all event goers must be fully vaccinated in order to attend events not only at Brooklyn Mirage/Avant Gardner, but also The Great Hall and The Kings Hall. The CDC defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after administration of the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Ticket holders will be required to show proof of vaccination via one of three mediums: CrowdPass, which captures a secure, digital proof of an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination card; the New York States Excelsior Pass; or a physical vaccination card. More information about Brooklyn Mirage/Avant Gardner, The Great Hall, and The Kings Hall COVID-19 safety protocols and the refund policy is available here.

Brooklyn Mirage adds Lee Foss, SIDEPIECE to MEDUZA-headlined reopeningMade MED

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Wu-Tang Clan: American Saga TV series will return in September, RZA confirms

It follows the debut of the show in 2019

Christian Eede

Monday, June 14, 2021 – 18:44

‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ will return to screens later this year, RZA has confirmed.

In a recent interview with HipHopDX, the Wu-Tang founding member said filming for season two was close to wrapping up, two years on from the debut of the first season on streaming platform Hulu. Executive produced by RZA, Method Man, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Alex Tse, the series is based around a fictionalised version of the legendary hip-hop group and looks at the group’s origins in the 1990s.

“American Saga will start airing in September,” RZA told DX by phone. “That story will be complete for the season. Then I’m looking to get back in a director’s chair. I feel like that’s important for me to continue to tell our stories through cinema.

“That’s going to take some time to develop a new script. But I’m having a great time finishing up the new season of American Saga.” 

Last month, it was revealed that the Wu-Tang Clan will play backed by a live orchestra at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer.

Outwild rounds up KC for brand new single, ‘One Night’

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With summer now in full swing, festivals are steadily dropping lineups, clubs are beginning to open their doors, and finally a sense of normalcy is creeping back into nightlife and entertainment. Though, darker days are still close in the rearview, and the soaring feeling of experiencing live music together taking a backseat for more than a year certainly took its tolls. However, the newly delivered “One Night” is here to take us back to nights of serotonin-made serenity. The second release on Canadian-born Outwild’s brand new label Sleeping Sun Collective, “One Night” weaves sonic euphoria with a splendid vocal hook from Nashville-based vocalist KC.

In Outwild’s own words, the summer dance anthem “is an expression of subtlety, moments that we took for granted far too often” and harps back to the dance anthems of the early 2010’s “when life felt limitless.” KC adds that, “this song allowed us to escape the isolation and computer screens and just imagine one night of being carefree with our friends.”

Outwild continues a strong stretch of releases with “One Night” coming on the heels of a pair of remixes for Xavi’s “Our Languish” and Nurko’s “Blindspot” as well as the debut original Sleeping Sun Collective single “With Clouds Below” in 2021. The emerging producer has also been a staple on Seven Lions’ imprint, Ophelia Records, having released his debut label EP Everbright in 2020. Listen to “One Night” below.

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Teddy Beats enlists Britt Lari for slap-house-inspired single, ‘Alive’

Teddy Beats enlists Britt Lari for slap-house-inspired single, ‘Alive’ Teddy New 16 1

Teddy Beats cements his sixth single of the calendar year with a fierce new collaboration, “Alive,” featuring Peruvian vocalist, Britt Lari. The Smash Deep Records offering reflects Teddy’s characteristically chilled sound with a fiery twist in the form of a slap-house-inspired bass drop. “Alive” continues the trend of Teddy’s recruitment of talented vocalists for one-off collaborations, following “Smile” with Jolee Nikoal and “Everybody Needs Love” with repeat contributor Jacob Browne.

Detailing the grey area between pop and EDM, Teddy Beats’ “Alive” definitely leans toward the latter across most of the track’s duration. Contextually, this especially makes sense considering his June 12 Echo Stage opening for Zedd and Devault. With bookings beginning to stack up as dance floors reopen across the US, the fervent new single’s release comes at a decidedly appropriate time. Stream “Alive” by Teddy Beats and Britt Lari below.

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Don Diablo, Ty Dolla $ign join world leaders for World Environment Day initiative on ‘Too Much To Ask’

Don Diablo, Ty Dolla $ign join world leaders for World Environment Day initiative on ‘Too Much To Ask’4k Don Diablo Night Club Dutch Djs Concert 1

In collaboration with Justdiggit, Don Diablo has released his new single “Too Much To Ask” with crooner Ty Dolla $ign, as the unexpected pair call for support of the #STREAMTOREGREEN initiative that aims to help “re-green Mother Nature.”

The Hexagon label founder will join Pope Francis and other world leaders such as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, and more in addressing the United Nations as a part of World Environment Day. The full proceeds from the single will be donated to help fund small actions by “growing trees, re-greening our cities, re-wilding our gardens or cleaning up trash alongside rivers and coasts,” as stated by NEP Coordinator of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, Tim Christopherson.

“Too Much Too Ask” demonstrates the Dutch producer’s virtuous dance-pop flair as the mid-tempo house groove suavely compliments the famed R&B rapper’s harmonic vocal melodies. With each 25 streams of the new single, the #STREAMTOREGREEN act with will help re-green 10 feet of land and help further spread awareness of climate change. Stream “Too Much To Ask” below.

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