Cre8audio Pairs With Pittsburgh Modular On New Oscillator & More

Cre8audio has introduced two new modules, created in partnership with Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers, along with a new system for racking the company’s NiftyCase powered Eurorack cases.

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The first of the modules developed with Pittsburgh Modular is Capt’n Big-O, an analog oscillator that they say is for people who like “massively big analog sounds”.

Capt’n Big-O offers a wide range of sonic possibilities, ranging from classic analog sounds to the more complex sounds Pittsburgh Modular is known for. So it generates sine, triangle, saw, and square waves, but it also lets you mangle them beyond recognition with a wave folder, drive circuit and frequency modulation.

Features:

  • 100% analog, original design (not an oscillator on a chip)
  • Waveforms – sine, triangle, saw, and square
  • Wave folder/waveshaper – routed by default to sine but patchable to any waveform or external source
  • Drive circuit – essentially a 75x overdriven VCA (5V output)
  • Linear and exponential frequency modulation (FM)
  • Hard sync
  • Pulsewidth modulation
  • Frequency range of oscillator: full range – LFO through audible spectrum
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The second of their modules created with Pittsburgh Modular is Mr. Phil Ter, which they say “lives up to its name as a VCA and envelope generator”, that also happens to be a classic transistor ladder filter.

Features:

  • Envelope
    • Voltage range: 0-10V
    • Gate trigger threshold voltage: +5V
    • Attack, Release, and Decay times 0-10s (slow). 0-5s (fast)
    • Easter egg mode – quantize itself to 7bit for a steppy sample & hold effect
    • Dual envelope outputs
  • Analog VCA
  • Analog Filter – classic low-pass transistor ladder filter design that will self-oscillate
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Finally, Cre8audio has introduced NiftyCASE BigEARS, birch wood end cheeks that let you stack two of the company’s NiftyCASES.

Each set of NiftyCASE BigEARS includes 2 wood sides, as well as all the mounting hardware needed to connect 2 NiftyCASES together.

Pricing and Availability

All of the items are ‘imminently available’ from Cre8audio and Cre8audio dealers worldwide, withe the following pricing:

  • Capt’n Big-O – MSRP $199.99 / €199.99 Estimated Street $149.99 / €149.99
  • Mr. Phil Ter – MSRP $149.99 / €149.99 Estimated Street $99.99 / €99.99
  • NiftyCASE BigEARS – MSRP $39.99 / €39.99 Estimated Street $39.99 / €39.99

Wax Motif to headline Schimanski’s reopening party

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It’s Schimanski seasonagain.

With the return of live programming comes the reopening of Brooklyn’s two-dance floor favorite, Schimanski. Having garnered a reputation for providing attendees the choice of hip-hop and/or other styles of music in one of its rooms and house and techno in the other, the late-night spot located at 54 N 11th Street has traditionally allowed ticket holders to bounce from one genre to the next, all within the same site. Come July 16, Schimanski will reactivate both of its dance floors with a grand reopening spearheaded by Rose Gold Entertainment. Dubbed “Rose Gold & Friends,” the welcome back affair, said to host “some of the best house music you’ve heard in a while,” will make good on this promise by positioning Wax Motif behind the decks.

Support will be provided by New York’s own Luke Alexander. Doors to the event open at 10:00 a.m. ET. Tickets are available here.

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Outkast announce 25th anniversary edition of ‘ATLiens’

It features previously unreleased instrumental versions

Christian Eede

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 – 17:08

Outkast are reissuing their second studio album, 1996’s ‘ATLiens’, to marks its 25th anniversary.

Out next month, the limited edition box set will include four LPs, which takes in the full album as well as previously unreleased instrumental versions of the tracks. The new edition has been mixed in hi-res 24-bit sound for the full audiophile experience.

It’s available for pre-order now via Outkast’s webstore with orders set to ship from 27th August. 

‘ATLiens’ was originally released two years after the rap duo’s debut album ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’ and is double platinum certified by the RIAA in the US. It originally landed at Number Two on the US’ Billboard 200 upon its release. 

Last year, Outkast released a 20th anniversary edition of their classic album ‘Stankonia’, which was their fourth studio album.

The duo’s Dungeon Family home studio also became available to rent through Airbnb last month.

Mina and Bryte announce collaborative EP, ‘Abeka Bugatti’, share single: Listen

The five-track release is named after Bryte’s neighbourhood in Accra

Christian Eede

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 – 16:34

Mina and Bryte have a new collaborative EP on the way.

Due out next month on Earth Kicks, ‘Abeka Bugatti’ takes its name from Bryte’s home neighbourhood of Accra, Ghana. It features five “club-ready bangers” and sees the pair fusing gqom, funky, afrohouse and amapiano. 

The release is the latest in a line of collaborations between the pair who first met in Accra in 2017. They’ve gone on to tour together and release tracks such as ‘Sentah’ and ‘Make Money’, combining Bryte’s vocals with Mina’s production. 

To mark the EP’s announcement, they’ve released the lead track, ‘Cool Cool’, which you can check out below.

The full EP is out on Earth Kicks on 20th August. 

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Dutch nightclubs, festivals put on hold due to resurgence in COVID-19 cases in Netherlands

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While much of the world has been steadily heading towards reopening, with artists booking new tours and clubs opening their doors, the Netherlands is going back into lockdown just two weeks after lifting restrictions. COVID-19 continues to make its way through the world, with the Delta variant proving to be more infectious than previous strains as it targets younger people.

Following an increase of 7,000 new cases in just 24 hours, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte called for clubs and festivals to close back down, limiting socialization to smaller gatherings such as birthday parties and backyard drinks. Speaking in a press conference, Rutte said,

“Our aim is to protect those with vulnerable health conditions and the health service, as well as to cause as little damage as possible to the economy and society. It is not a question of blaming a particular age group or sector. […] Be sensible. Keep parties small and manageable, and keep to the basic rules.”

While social distancing guidelines will be put back in place, the Netherlands will only resume mandated masks for those on public transportation. The current guidelines will remain in place until August 14, and be re-evaluated on August 13.

H/T: DutchNews.nl

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Thom Yorke slows down Radiohead’s inescapable ‘Creep’ in new ‘Very 2021’ remix

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While it was Jun Takahashi’s designs that flounced across the runway at his Undercover Fall 2021 fashion show, it was actually Thom Yorke that managed to steal the show. The Radiohead frontman caught everyone’s attention when he queued up a syrupy, slowed remix of Radiohead’s “Creep”—once the band’s inescapable, and most commercially viable hit, turned bane of its existence, turned cultural touchpoint nearly 30 years later.

Months later, and Yorke’s remix is now finally seeing an official release, with Takahashi creating the single’s artwork. The nine-minute rendition of the song manages to become even more chilling than the original, further extending the shelf life of this 1992 standout hit, with a hair-raising spin.

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Gareth Emery set to host two-stage event at Brooklyn Mirage, Metropolis

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After a year as jam-packed as Gareth Emery’s 2020, one might assume there would follow a period of rest for the veteran producer. Well, it appears one would be dead wrong. From delivering his fourth and highly emotive studio album THE LASERS, to hosting drive-in shows, to releasing his debut vocal track “Sad Song“, the trance and progressive house authority has gone one step further, minting a new, aptly titled festival event in New York, Metropolis.

The festival will take place at the beloved Brooklyn Mirage and will feature trance music’s brightest stars including Emery, Andrew Rayel, Cosmic Gate, Tritonal, Ruben De Ronde, and one of Dancing Astronaut’s Supernovas, HALEINE. Metropolis’ inaugural date is set for July 30, 2021 and with the event quickly approaching and a limited number of tickets still left, be sure to grab tickets here to join Gareth Emery under the lasers and the stars at the Mirage.

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Bitwig Studio 4 Now Available With Apple Silicon Support, New Operators & More

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Bitwig has announced that Bitwig Studio 4 – a major update to their flagship digital audio workstation – is now available.

Bitwig Studio 4 introduces comping for audio clips, both in the Clip Launcher and the Arranger; a new set of Operators, for changing the chance, recurrence, and more of any note or audio event; Random Spread for any expression point (like per-note pitch, or audio panning); and Native Apple Silicon support on Mac, even allowing Intel and ARM plug-ins to work side-by-side.

Here are demos of the major new features:

Comping in Bitwig Studio 4:

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Operators in Bitwig Studio 4:

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Anti-Loops in Bitwig Studio 4:

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Pricing and Availability:

Bitwig Studio 4 is available now with an intro price of $299 USD (normally $399). The upgrade is free for existing users with an active Upgrade Plan.

Nektar Technology Impact GXP MIDI Controller Keyboards

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Nektar Technology shared this preview to their Impact GXP MIDI controller series, a new line of controllers with dynamic semi-weighted keyboards, performance features and Nektar DAW integration for 11 major DAWs.

Here’s what they have to say about them:

“At the core is a newly designed and carefully balanced velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive action with 49, 61 or 88 keys that captures all aspects of your playing. Performance features like the real-time note repeat engine, large pitch & mod wheels as well as great connectivity (MIDI Out, 3 pedal connections: 2x footswitch, 1 expression) ensure that keyboard players have all the right options needed for live and studio work.

Direct Access and DAW control: The stream-lined panel with LED buttons provides direct access to key functions, the real-time note repeat engine and DAW integration with extended transport control, project navigation and more. The 14 assignable buttons are automatically assigned when using Nektar DAW integration, but can also be user-configured for control of any MIDI-controllable software.

When used with the included Nektarine software, plugins and patches can be loaded directly from GXP, including the ability to create multipatches from up to 16 virtual instruments with virtual masterkeyboard features like layers and splits.”

Features:

  • Impact GXP 49, 61 & 88
    • 49, 61 or 88-note full-sized keybed with velocity and aftertouch
    • 14 RGB LED buttons for MIDI, note repeat and Nektarine features
    • Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels
    • 1 push encoder for note repeat tempo control and Nektarine features
    • Octave up/down buttons with LED indicators
    • Transpose up/down buttons with LED indicators. Assignable to other functions.
    • Power on/off switch
    • USB port and USB bus powered
    • 7 transport buttons for DAW integration or MIDI assignable
    • Shift button activates secondary level for a total of 14 accessible buttons
    • 1 MIDI assignable potentiometer
    • Note Repeat button with LED tempo indicator
    • Note Repeat Function button
    • 1/4“ TRS jack expression pedal socket (pedal not included)
    • 1/4” TRS jack Foot Switch socket for connection of up to 2 standard foot switches (not included, dual mode requires optional Y-cable adapter)
    • MIDI Output jack
    • Nektar DAW integration support*
    • Nektarine plugin control and patch librarian software support*
    • *Nektar DAW Integration for Impact GXP88 currently supports: Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar, Studio One
  • Nektaring Software
    • AAX, AU, VST or VST3 plugin version and stand-alone application for OSX & Windows
    • Load any VST, VST3 and AU instrument plugins
    • Up to 16 instrument slots
    • Create layers, splits & zones with direct selection of 10 instrument slots from GXP
    • Each instrument slot with volume, pan, mute/solo, FX sends 1-4 controls
    • 4 effect insert plugin slots per instrument (AU / VST / VST3 FX)
    • 4 send effect plugin slots (AU / VST / VST3 FX)
    • Store instrument & FX plugin patches + Nektarine Multi-Patches
    • Browser Settings are remembered per plugin slot
    • Patch-management with control from GXP
    • Full parameter feedback: button colours updated in real-time
    • Multi-Patch with settings save as ‘Default’ load as default – all browser settings can be saved with tags for slots tags.
  • Other software
    • Impact GXP MIDI controllers come with a license for Steinberg’s Cubase LE DAW, featuring 5 GB of sounds & loops, Halion Sonic SE and Groove Agent SE virtual instruments and 23 audio VST FX processors.
    • Also included is a full license for Steinberg’s Retrologue 2 virtual analog synthesizer for VST3, AU and AAX. This 3 oscillator synth brings back the sound of vintage classics with a modern twist and includes over 700 presets.

See the Nektar site for details.

RÜFÜS DU SOL have returned—stream ‘Alive,’ the lead single from their fourth studio album

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In October of 2020, in less than 140 characters, RÜFÜS DU SOL gave listeners a glimpse of what the succeeding year would have in store. Nestled in a Twitter thread that contained their Headphone Selections playlist was the following admission: “For those asking us each week, yes we are working on a new album.”

Not even a full year later, and the alternative-electronic Aussie trio has returned with the first taste of the direct follow-up to 2020’s Live from Joshua Tree. Dressed in the mesmeric sonics customary to a RÜFÜS DU SOL release, the lead single from their forthcoming studio album finds the outfit returning to the release ring—and to form. From the lyrical ruminations of “Alive” to its broken beat percussion, RÜFÜS DU SOL’s re-entry to the electronic context is Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt as fans know them: contemplatively exploring the human condition with feeling, and in a fashion that universally recommends their music.

“It’s a heavier song in some ways, but at its core it’s hopeful,” Lindqvist said of “Alive.” “We are—all of us—living in this transitional moment right now and we wanted to focus on the hope that the future holds for us all. To focus on the light at the end of this tunnel.” 

“Alive” arrives in tandem with a North American fall tour that will route RÜFÜS DU SOL through Las Vegas, Phoenix, Houston, and Dallas in November. Tickets to the live initiative will be available for purchase on July 16 at 10:00 a.m. local time in each market. “Alive,” from an LP already ranked among Dancing Astronaut’s most-anticipated albums of 2021, can be streamed below

RÜFÜS DU SOL 2021 North American Fall Tour Dates:

November 4: Phoenix, Arizona (Arizona Federal Theatre)

November 6: Las Vegas, Nevada (Downtown Las Vegas Events Center)

November 12 – 14: Los Angeles, California (Banc of California Stadium)

November 18: Houston, Texas (401 Franklin Street)

November 20: Irving, Texas (The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory)

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