Serato Studio 1.6 Adds Audio Recording & More

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Serato has released Serato Studio 1.6,  a free update that adds audio recording.

The update is designed to make it easy to record vocals, track instruments, sample from vinyl and make complete songs.

This update also brings Audio Track improvements. In 1.6, Audio Track capabilities have been expanded to bring more power and functionality to the Song View. The ability to drag and drop clips into other tracks helps to speed up your process, allows for better clip organization, and makes editing even easier.

A further three FX slots (six total) have been also added to the Audio Track, while the ability to add FX directly to an Audio Deck Pad has been removed.

Serato has also added the ability to keep adding pads, so you can build tracks with the depth you desire.

With 1.6, Serato has also created their own Virtual Audio Driver for Mac ,which is easy to install in-app. This gives you more control, and more importantly works with Big Sur, unlike third-party drivers.

How to sample vinyl in Serato Studio 1.6:

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How to record instruments in Serato Studio 1.6:

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How to record vocals in Serato Studio 1.6:

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See the Serato site for details.

Unsound reveals first wave of artists for 2021 event

Unsound has shared the first program announcement for this year’s festival.

Two months on from revealing the dates and theme for this year’s outing, the festival has confirmed RP Boo b2b SHERELLE, the premiere of The Spirit Still Remains by Shackleton & Zimpel, LSDXOXO, the premiere of Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe’s score for upcoming horror reboot Candyman, Weavings conceived by Nicolás Jaar, a special presentation by Eartheater & Phoenix Ensemble, Interdependence with Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst, and more.

Check out the full line-up here.

Unsound returns in a scaled-back capacity to Kraków, Poland between 13th-17th October. A limited number of passes will be released via Going on 20th July, priced at 510 PLN (approximately £96.00).

The theme for this year’s festival is dəəp authentic, a “response to a hyperreal situation as parts of the world begin to transition into a new phase, in which many are vaccinated and our year-plus-long immersion in virtual living is raising new questions.”

According to the festival, dəəp authentic also refers to the “gradual shift back from online to IRL events, a phrase that involves a questionable binary – for the online world is also ‘real’, and the IRL has long been digitised, distributed and mediated.”

Last year, the festival moved online with Unsound Intermission, presenting an array of immersive content, music, talks and visual art across 11 days. 

Charlie Clouser of Saw and NIN has made a sound library for Spitfire, “Hammers”

The White Zombie producer, former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist, and SAW film composer makes exactly the sort of brutalist soundbank you’d expect.

You’re probably jealous of Charlie Clouser even from a glimpse of his studio – 7-meter ceilings, all concrete, glass, and steel. (Actually, it’s maybe too nice – see, I need mine inside a factory, not with pretty nature around, and the walls should be less clean.)

But then this library for Spitfire it itself an impressive direction – a recording wonder at the intersection of industrial, rock, and cinematic sounds.

There’s a lot of detail here, and frankly, I’m curious to check it out even just as a production lesson. (Well, for those of us who aren’t in the boat of a director calling up saying they want a film trailer that sounds like SAW by sundown.)

What’s in there:

Spitfire has taken some of the stripped-down UI from its entry level products and scaled it up to a more advanced tool. But that means you can focus on your musicianship (whatever you’ve got), and dial in sounds and play to get started – rather than look at something that seems to be a programming interface. Playing those sounds could make them your own. And note the loop options and variations here, too.

58 drums (and scrap metal and other percussion) recorded into 1000 sounds – grouped as: Bass Drums, Surdos, Toms, Roto-Toms, Darbukas, Frame Drums, Scrap Metals, and Snare. Spitfire says these are also already tuned for fast envelopes so you can use them in rhythms. (Taking notes yet, sound designers?)

Those are in turn grouped again by technique – 130 in all, say Spitfire – from how tight the drum head is to what beater you’re using. There are even hits already sampled with two or four players for a more orchestral / large-scale sound.

Spitfire also says they’ve set these up to be playable. So there are “Ensemble” patches that spread the sounds across the keyboard so you can audition them. (Ah, brings back memories of going nuts with the old General MIDI drum set, right? So why not do that with a multi-patch that actually sounds good?)

There are also hundreds of loops composed by Clouser, including warped loops and variations, then getting into modular analog processing and sequences.

Plus you get different modes:

  • Reverse
  • Normalize
  • Retro Pitch (just meaning they’re pitched up and down)
  • Key triggers for techniques (Hit, Ruff, Hit, Flam, Hit, Roll)
Mixer page, accessing some of the layers/mic options (and note the way things are deployed in the keyboard split at bottom).
Effects options, for more mangling if you like.

Oh yeah, and – that’s the other thing, if you’re wondering about a drum library programmed by a keyboardist, the advantage here is things are clearly set up for keyboard triggers. That means if you’ve got key chops, you’re likely to be at home – and even if not, this is conveniently accessed from a MIDI input device.

That is essentially what makes Clouser unique – he’s the full package of composer, sound designer, and drum programmer.


Full – £249 €299 $299
Promo – £199 €229 $229

Curious to look at this more. Check it out:

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Erica’s Matrix Mixer means analog performance without re-patching cables

Oh, sure, patched-up rigs are great – until you actually want something to change. Enter the Matrix Mixer, a clever desktop patch matrix in a desktop form factor from Erica Synths.

Like a lot of Erica’s product entries, this one feels … necessary. It’s a capable patch bay with 16 inputs x 16 outputs – but plug those into a matrix, and you get some 256 connections. Those also have three different attenuation levels, so you get some rudimentary level storage, too.

And then, since we live in the digital age, you get preset storage and recall. It’s literally preset saving for an analog rig, be that a modular/Eurorack or some other analog gear. (It even works, via adapter, with the sorts of instruments that inspired this idea in the first place – the EMS Synthi and Buchla Music Easel.)

You can also roll the dice, with a randomized pattern mode – that’s the pattern controls you see. You can set the area and density and then let things get indeterminate – SHIFT + PATTERN then makes a random patch based on those settings.

The really important bit to me is putting this in a desktop form factor. It sets the patch points vertically, and pulls the whole rig out away from your hardware cable spaghetti for easy access – which is rather the whole point of using this live.

It’ll cost you 490 EUR to bring this home, shipping in a few days (estimate).

But the advantage is clear, especially readying the manual – push-button save and recall, and even external MIDI control.


  • All analogue signal path
  • 16 buffered, DC coupled inputs
  • 16 independent, buffered, DC coupled outputs
  • 256 connections, each with 3 attenuation levels
  • Random pattern mode with definable randomization area and density
  • 254 pattern memory
  • Pattern change via MIDI program change messages
  • 32 3,5mm jack sockets
  • 4 6,3mm jack sockets

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Erica Synths Intros Desktop Matrix Mixer

Erica Synths Intros Desktop Matrix Mixer

Erica Synths has introduced the Desktop Matrix Mixer, a 16-input, 16-output desktop patch matrix.

The Desktop Matrix Mixer can be used to route and mix signals with high precision, create buffered multiples and random patches. It can be used to save and recall patches with a modular system, but it’s not limited to that.

You can use the Matrix Mixer with modular and semi-modular synthesizers, as well as through adapter cards with the EMS Synthi and Buchla Music Easel. You can also make patch changes via panel buttons or MIDI program change messages, which the developers say makes the Mixer particularly useful in performances that combine Eurorack and other performance instruments.


  • All analogue signal path
  • 16 buffered, DC coupled inputs
  • 16 independent, buffered, DC coupled outputs
  • 256 connections, each with 3 attenuation levels
  • Random pattern mode with definable randomization area and density
  • 254 pattern memory
  • Pattern change via MIDI program change messages
  • 32 3,5mm jack sockets
  • 4 6,3mm jack sockets

Pricing and Availability

The Desktop Matrix Mixer is available to pre-order now, with shipping expected to start at the end of July 2021.

Raving on a budget—look your festival best for less than $25 with these Amazon finds

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“What are you wearing tonight?”

This age-old question permeates text messages threads and slides its way into conversations pre-festival/show, prompting soon-to-be attendees to send potential outfits to their group chats and, along the way, contemplate lugging their closet in its entirety to wherever they’ll get ready. But after a year and a half in lockdown, during which baggy shirts and comfortable sweats took center-stage, fashion lost its prominence for many. The result? “What are you wearing tonight?” has now become a more challenging question, increasingly complicated by limited budgets as the economic effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt. With the reactivation of festivals comes the return of costs associated with attending: tickets, ride share services, accommodations, food/drinks, and all other accoutrements, including those related to festival fashion. Conscious that these costs can quickly accumulate, Dancing Astronaut has compiled a list of nine budget-friendly fashion finds for festival season, all retailing for less than $25.

1. Flyrose halter tops – $15.99

For $15.99, Flyrose provides a variety of different halter tops that can be paired with just about any type of bottom. From metallic stars and shiny black flames, Flyrose tops are sure to become the centerpiece of any outfit. See the tops here.

2. WDIRARA mesh t-shirt – $15.99

Although rave fashion has continuously evolved over the years, glitter and gems have remained two of the few timeless staples, no matter the decade. WDIRARA on Amazon offers a sheer glittery nylon top that can keep you sparkling on the dancefloor for only $15.99. With options in short and long sleeve varieties, the top can be layered over pasties, halters, bralettes, and more. Buy the top here.

3. SweatyRocks long sleeve mesh – $16.99

With an assortment of prints, SweatyRocks offers long sleeve sheer mesh tops for $16.99. Black embroidered roses, butterflies, floating angels, dragons, and moons are only a small portion of the brand’s numerous design options. With plenty of tops to choose from, it can be hard to pick just one. See the variety of tops here.

4. Victray sequined skirt – $16.99

Victray offers a $6 discount to Amazon Prime members for its sequined skirts, allowing subscribers to purchase one for just $16.99. Offered in 15 colors, their skirts can pull together nearly any outfit. Pair it with pasties or one of the tops above and a pair of platforms to pull your look together. The skirt is available here.

5. Perfashion holographic shorts – $17.99

As the weather grows warmer and the sunshine brighter, Perfashion is offering purchasers a pair of holographic shorts with matching sunglasses to help a look come to life. For $17.99, you can get two items for the price of one, epitomizing bang for one’s buck. See the options here.

6. ZGMYC sheer mesh pants – $24.88

ZGMYC’s sheer mesh pants allow you to wear longer pants while still keeping cool on the dance floor. Although the mesh might not necessarily keep wearers warmer at night, the shimmer accents have a leg-accentuating appeal that’s sure to steal the show. Purchase here for $24.88.

7. SoJourner holographic fanny pack – $15.99

Accessories are always necessary, and fanny packs have long been a rave staple on account of the carrying convenience they offer attendees of all types of events. SoJourner furnishes fanny packs for $15.99, providing shoppers a cost-effective variety of sequined and holographic fanny packs to choose from, completing any outfit. Grab one here.

8. PIXIADORE LED mask – $15.99

Masks have a long history within rave and festival fashion, and if you’re looking for a go-to, these rechargeable masks will light up your night in a variety of colorful LEDs for $15.99. Purchase from PIXIADORE here.

9. Mashiaoyi bucket hat – $13.89

Protect your eyes with sunglasses, and protect your head with animal print, tie-dye, and floral patterned bucket hats from Mashiaoyi. The reversible hats are a steal, retailing for just $13.89. Peruse the options here.

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Ministry of Sound announces fundraiser for Bobby & Steve’s Steve Lavinere following rare brain injury

Ministry of Sound have announced a fundraiser for Steve Laviniere of Bobby & Steve.

The English DJ and producer recently suffered a rare brain injury called acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis after contracting COVID-19 in March 2020. The diagnosis has caused a Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness, leaving Laviniere unable to communicate or move his body.

Aiming to raise funds to facilitate Laviniere’s rehabilitation and future care, Dance For Stevie takes place at Ministry of Sound on 3rd October and will feature sets by friends and collaborators including David Morales, Norman Jay MBE, Barbara Tucker, Trevor Nelson, Dave Lee and many others. Check out the full line-up below. 

Bobby & Stevie are best known as pioneers of soulful house with their KISS FM slot, Garage City and enduring Groove Odyssey label and club event.

“I first met Bobby & Steve when I first went to London in the late 80’s,” said David Morales. “Bobby & Steve have and still play a pivotal role in the world of house music in the UK. Respect.”

“The love & respect of family & friends is hard-earned,” added Simon Dunmore. “For over 30 years Steve has promoted good times, great music, supported and been at the forefront of a great London scene, created communities, bringing people together, made them dance…made them smile. As father. As DJ. As an entrepreneur. As a man. I feel & see nothing but respect & love for Steve.”

Tickets for Dance For Stevie are on sale now. There is also a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for Laviniere’s rehabilitation. 

Ministry of Sound have also recently partnered with sleep and meditation app Calm for a new series of chillout-focused mixes.

Chicago house legend Paul Johnson is in an intensive care unit (ICU) after becoming infected with COVID-19

The BPM Festival reveals more than 100 acts set to perform for 15th anniversary run

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The BPM Festival is returning to Tamarindo, Costa Rica for the festival brand’s 15-year anniversary from Jan 12 – 18, 2022. Known for bringing together some of the biggest techno and house acts in the world, the BPM Festival’s 2022 edition certainly won’t disappoint. That’s because there’s something for everyone—with more than 100 acts to pick from. The Martinez Brothers, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Carl Craig, and Stacey Pullen present just a few of the highlights found on this towering talent roster.

Joining them will be Skream, Luciano, Loco Dice, and Dubfire among many others. The festival is set to feature performances from artists in addition to slated showcases, diversifying the programming across the array of daytime and nighttime schedules, which are set to take place across a variety of venues across Tamarindo. The festival’s 2022 edition is expanding from the five days initially planned for the 2021 iteration, to seven days in 2022. Tickets are available for purchase here. See the first wave of artists announced on BPM’s 2022 lineup below.

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Pauline Herr teams up with Fool’s Gold beatmaker Juelz for ‘Colours’

Pauline Herr teams up with Fool’s Gold beatmaker Juelz for ‘Colours’Pauline Herr

Insomniac’s Pauline Herr has been carrying steady momentum ever since her Monstercat debut in 2018, providing vocals for Tails’ “Ghosted.” Herr’s latest release, “Colours,” highlights the Wisconsin-native’s knack for not only great lyricism, but for exceptional vocal melodies.

The trap-leaning dance production, perhaps reminiscent of the Jack Ü‘s buzzing crossover appeal, can be credited to Fool’s Gold producer, Juelz. Tribal, flute-laden percussion arrangements net Pauline Herr another hit under her belt, showing off an evident chemistry with Juelz on their new collaborative cut. “Colours” arrives as Herr’s follow-up single to “Dodgeball,” which she released shortly after her recent EP, titled Genesis. Herr also performed at her first show in April at a Brownies & Lemonade event, effectively securing her footing for a full-fledged festival and touring circuit.

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