New Analog Synthesizer Features Motorized Knobs For Robotic Patch Control

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Tonelab shared this sneak preview of a new analog synth, debuting at the 2022 NAMM Show, that features motorized knobs for robotic patch control.

The motorized knobs promise to address a problem shared by classic analog synths, knockoffs and many reissues – lack of patch memory. Early analog synths used analog pots and physical switches to control patch parameters, which meant that patch memory was impractical. Modern synth designs generally use encoders, which means that the knob and switch settings can be saved and recalled.

This new synth, from Melbourne, Australia, uses motorized knobs – a new approach to handling patch memory with analog synths.

No details have been announced for the new synth, except that it is a 12-voice polyphonic analog synth design with motorized knobs.

Check out the sneak preview and share your thoughts in the comments!

Depeche Mode Founder Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher Dead At 60

Depeche Mode announced today that founder and keyboardist Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher has died at the age of 60.

Andy Fletcher (8 July 1961 – 26 May 2022) was a founding member of Depeche Mode, playing with them for over 40 years, from their debut album, Speak & Spell, through their latest studio album, Spirit. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, along with his Depeche Mode bandmates, in 2020.

The band shared the news via a statement:

“We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher.

Fletch had a true heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh, or a cold pint.

Our heart are with his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy in this difficult time.”

ASM Hydrasynth Flora Sound Pack Features Ambient, Techno & Electronica Presets

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Limbic Bits has introduced Flora, a new collection of presets for the ASM Hydrasynth line of synthesizers.

The sound pack features 70 patches that the developers say are suited to Ambient, Electronica, Techno, and other electronic music styles.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Without any doubts, Flora has a strong focus on cinematic atmospheres and deep pads. But you’ll also get lots of powerful bass sounds and complex leads with it. If you’re producing dub techno or ambient, you can choose from several typical dub chords and stabs.

Over 3300 modulation routings and extensive controller assignments

Every one of the 70 Hydrasynth patches makes heavy use of the modulation matrix resulting in a total of over 3300 modulation routings. Using the macro controllers, you get access to several parameters at once: Easily reshape the character of a tone completely in no time, e.g. morph a lead sound into a pad. Every assignment has been chosen for each patch individually. This way the results are always useful in a musical context.

Also, every patch features parameter assignments to the most important live performance controllers such as modulation wheel, velocity, and aftertouch.”

Features:

  • 13 Pads & Textures
  • 10 Rhythmic Pads
  • 12 Leads
  • 10 Basses
  • 10 Arpeggios
  • 3 SFX
  • 12 Dub Chords & Stabs
  • Over 3300 modulation routings in total
  • Compatible with Hydrasynth Keyboard, Hydrasynth Desktop, Hydrasynth Deluxe, and Explorer

Pricing and Availability

Flora is available now for $25 USD.

Audient Launches EVO 16, A Compact 24-in, 24-out Audio Interface

British audio company, EVO by Audient, has launched the latest product in its range, EVO 16.

EVO 16 is a 24 in / 24 out Audio Interface, featuring eight EVO Preamps, advanced converter technology, as well as the Smartgain feature, which can be used on all 8 channels simultaneously.

“Building on the success of EVO 4 and EVO 8, we wanted to super-size the EVO concept,” says EVO marketing director, Andy Allen. “EVO 16 offers the intuitive user experience, professional sound and technical quality you’d expect from parent company Audient, with plenty more I/O than its smaller counterparts. And yet it still fits firmly into the ‘affordable’ audio interface category.”

Features:

  • 8 x EVO Mic Preamps with Smartgain
  • 2 x JFET Instrument Inputs
  • 2 x Independent Headphone Outputs
  • 8 x Line Outputs
  • 2 x Optical Inputs
  • 2 x Optical Outputs
  • Multi-Channel Smartgain
  • ‘EVO Motion UI’ Control System
  • High-Res LCD Screen
  • One Knob Centralised Control
  • Ultra Clear Metering
  • Input/Output Control
  • Channel Status Indication
  • Programmable Function Button
  • Ultra-Low Latency Software Mixer
  • Monitor Control
  • Audio Loop-back
  • Word Clock Output
  • USB2.0 (USB-C Connection)
  • 24bit / 96kHz

The EVO Mixer software compatible with MacOS and Windows gives further options to set up and route inputs & outputs, provide ultra-low latency monitoring and much more.

Pricing and Availability

EVO 16 is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2022 and will retail at: £399.99 inc VAT, €469 inc Local VAT and $499 MAP.

38 Drum Kits For The Korg Electribe SX

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Ambisonic Interpolation has introduced Electrom, a collection 38 drum kits for the Korg Electribe SX.

The project includes 38 kits with patterns, based on well-known drum machines, plus 2 extra patterns using samples from mixed kits.

The project also includes 95 extra samples, consisting of single cycle sine, triangle, saw down, saw up and PWM waveforms, plus a selection of 62 additional waveforms.

Pricing and Availability

Electrom is available now, with ‘name your own price’ pricing.

Texture Drone Generator Lets You Create Sustained Chords & Sonic Clusters

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Pangrus Electro Acoustic Lab shared this video demo of Texture, a performance-oriented drone generator.

Texture is a device that incorporates three independent sound generators, for the production of a wide variety of sonic environments. All sound parameters can be modified through direct manipulation of the knobs for immediate control.

The sound generators are designed to have complementary tonal characteristic and their circuits can be customized easily, by changing the electronic components values that affect the frequency of the oscillators and the cut-off frequency of the passive filters.

The circuit derives directly from Kinetik Laboratories’ Protean, a powerful drone sound generator.

Texture is divided in three sections: Cluster, Ring and Chaos.

  • Cluster is composed of three frequency-controlled oscillators. This allows the creation of eternally sustained chords and clusters of microtonal intervals.
  • In the Ring section, the signal from the center oscillator is processed by two pseudo-ring modulation circuits with the other two oscillators. Adjustments of the oscillator pitches result in evocative and constantly changing textures, bell-like or otherwise metallic sounds.
  • Chaos is formed by three oscillators in cross-modulation. Its sonic character far exceeds the typical white and pink noise sources. Tuning the oscillator pitches allows timbral metamorphosis and complex variations in tone and sound granularity.

Each section has a level knob to mix the three voices.

Pricing and Availability

Texture is available now in limited quantities, priced at $165.

Waves Audio Nx Virtual Studio Collection Lets You Preview Your Mix In World-Class Mixing Rooms

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Waves Audio is now shipping the Waves Nx Virtual Studio Collection.

This plugin bundle is designed to give you virtual access to the acoustics and monitoring systems of world-famous mixing rooms, using any pair of stereo headphones.

Waves Nx uses channel crosstalk, inter-aural delays (ITD), filters (ILD), early reflections, and head motion tracking to replicate the immersive experience of hearing audio in the real world. All these are coupled with precision measurements of the actual studios, to deliver a faithful three-dimensional representation of the original acoustic experiences.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“The Waves Nx Virtual Studio Collection brings together precision acoustic models of multiple world-class studios. Put on your favorite headphones, and enter Ocean Way Nashville, Chris Lord-Alge’s Mix LA, Germano Studios New York (originally The Hit Factory), and the original Waves Nx Virtual Mix Room.

Now you can make your best decisions about balance, stereo image and panning, mix depth, low-end response, reverb usage and more. Get reliable perspective as you cross-check your mixes in trustworthy acoustic reference environments, expertly tuned to ensure that your work translates properly to all systems.

Each Nx plugin comes complete with several monitoring systems from the original studios, emulating the acoustic response of studio classics including NS10s, high-end Ocean Way and Exigy monitors, and more—for a total of 4 studios and 12 stereo and surround monitoring systems.”

Features:

  • Stellar acoustic reference for your mixes – on any headphones
  • The acoustics and monitoring systems of world-renowned studios
  • 4 studios, 12 monitoring systems
  • Includes the Nx Ocean Way Nashville, CLA Nx, Nx Germano Studios New York, and Nx Virtual Mix Room plugins
  • Reliable reference for mix depth, balance, panning, reverb, low end
  • Powered by Waves Nx immersive audio technology
  • Compatible with all headphone models
  • Adjustable Studio Ambience control
  • Personalized head anatomy calibration
  • Stereo and virtual surround components
  • Supports head tracking for enhanced realism, via webcam or the Nx Head Tracker (purchased separately)

Pricing and Availability

Nx Virtual Studio Collection is available now, with a discounted intro price of $79.99.

Callie Reiff returns to Dim Mak with ‘Arms Length’

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Callie Reiff has been at it for longer than you think. After bursting onto the scene at the young and impressive age of 15 as Webster Halls’ youngest DJ, the young Reiff has proved to be a unique and unmissable force behind the decks. Boasting support for Sofi Tukker, Tiesto, and Steve Aoki, Reiff returns to Dim Mak for an onslaught of releases dropping throughout the summer. First up, “Arms Length,” an expertly produced haunter that features a darker, more sophisticated sound than her past single “Scream It Out” with Aviella. A booming experimental bass line and twisted vocals from Lia feel right at home on Aoki’s stalwart imprint.

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Rich Furniss, Morsy merge different eras of house on ‘On The Moon EP’

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Inspiration in the Lower East Side of Manhattan put Rich Furniss and Morsy On The Moon—figuratively, at least. The house heater and its deft balance of old- and new-school elements of the genre has roots in the summer 2021 season, when New York native Rich Furniss found himself standing atop Mr. Purple’s roof, doling out beats poolside as a crowd danced in a carefree fashion that had its own type of special novelty, given the time, “the visibility of the evening mainly coming from the moonlight,” he says.

Nearly one year later, the experience has translated to influence, and influence, to Furniss and Morsy’s On The Moon EP. The parcel, comprising an original and a radio mix of “Moonlight,” is Furniss and Morsy’s first collaborative outing and, considering that the pair has been friends for more than a decade, their creative collision is of an expected and even destined character. And it shows. In a sophisticated house framework that doesn’t skew too much in one stylistic direction, Furniss or Morsy, the producers fashion a candidate for heavy rotation that’s well-suited for a secondary meeting on the dance floor at Mr. Purple, or anywhere, for that matter. Stream their On The Moon EP below.

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DJ Mag announces line-up for Best of North America 2022 awards party

The line-up for DJ Mag’s first-ever Best of North America awards show is here.

Following the announcement of 2022’s nominees last week, DJ Mag will be heading to New York on 16th June to present the Best of North America awards show at Kings Hall (Avant Gardner) in Brooklyn. The awards show will be hosted by the DJ, producer, radio host and journalist, Vivian Host, aka Star Eyes

Taking place from 7PM until 2AM, the winners will be announced at the event, with sets on the night coming from nominees ZHU, Layla Benitez, AceMoMA, Lauren Flax and Tim Sweeney.

There will also be a very special guest performance from the winner of this year’s editorially chosen Outstanding Contribution award. Previous winners have included the likes of Richie Hawtin and Kerri Chandler.

Tickets for the event are free but are limited in numbers. Sign up to the pre-sale link for tickets here, which will be available from Thursday 2nd June at 12pm ET. 

Voting is open now until 1st June 2022. You can check out the nominees and full list of categories below, and vote at vote.djmag.com.

DJ Mag’s Best of North America awards cover the territory in which the DJ Mag North America print edition is distributed, which is USA & Canada. DJ Mag Mexico is a licence of DJ Mag owned by a separate publisher, and thus owns the rights to any localised awards.

Best DJ

  • Eris Drew
  • Green Velvet
  • Jayda G
  • RL Grime
  • RP Boo

Breakthrough DJ

  • Ariel Zetina
  • John Summit
  • Kush Jones
  • Layla Benitez
  • UNIIQU3

Best Live Act

  • E-Dancer
  • Jessy Lanza 
  • Minimal Violence
  • Porter Robinson
  • ZHU

Best Producer

  • Avalon Emerson
  • DJ SWISHA
  • Flying Lotus 
  • Lane 8
  • WondaGurl

Breakthrough Producer

  • Bored Lord
  • LP Giobbi 
  • Moore Kismet 
  • Nikki Nair
  • TYGAPAW

Best Label

  • Backwoodz Studioz
  • Brainfeeder
  • Incienso
  • Monstercat Silk
  • Nervous Records

Breakthrough Label

  • EAT DIS
  • Kindergarten Records
  • Odyzey Music
  • Rules Don’t Apply 
  • Worst Behavior Recs

Best Album

  • AceMoMA ‘A Future’ [HAUS of ALTR]
  • DJ Manny ‘Signals In My Head’ [Planet Mu]
  • Eris Drew ‘Quivering In Time’ [T4T LUV NRG]
  • Moor Mother ‘Black Encyclopedia of the Air’ [ANTI-]
  • Vindata ‘With Opened Eyes’ [Monstercat]

Best Compilation

  • Defected presents ‘House Masters: Todd Edwards’ [Defected]
  • DJ Holographic ‘Detroit Love Vol. 5’ [Planet E Communications]
  • V/A ‘CRITICAL MASS VOL. 1’ [Space Yacht]
  • V/A ‘Deep Cutz’ [Dirtybird]
  • V/A ‘Juke Bounce Werk presents: JBDUBZ vol. 9’ [Juke Bounce Werk]

Best Track

  • Louie Vega ‘All My Love feat. Robyn’ [Nervous Records]
  • LSDXOXO ‘Sick Bitch’ [XL]
  • ODESZA ‘The Last Goodbye feat. Bettye LaVette’ [Foreign Family Collective]
  • REZZ & Deathpact ‘Chemical Bond’ [Rezz Music, Inc.]
  • UNIIQU3 ‘Microdosing’ [Local Action]

Best Remix/Edit

  • Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs ‘Heartbreak (Kerri Chandler Remix)’ [OUTLIER]
  • Kavinsky (feat. Cautious Clay) ‘Renegade (Oliver Remix)’ [Record Makers]
  • Midnight Magic ‘Beam Me Up (Each Other Remix)’ [Razor-N-Tape]
  • Ouri ‘High & Choking (Jacques Greene Remix)’ [Born Twice / Lighter Than Air]
  • ZHU & partywithray ‘Zhudio54 (J. Worra Remix)’ [Astralwerks]

Best Large Club 

  • Avant Gardner & The Brooklyn Mirage, Brooklyn
  • Club Space, Miami
  • Echostage, Washington DC
  • Exchange LA, Los Angeles
  • The Concourse Project, Austin

Best Small Club

  • CODA, Toronto
  • Good Room, Brooklyn
  • Kremwerk, Seattle
  • Spot Lite, Detroit
  • Stereo, Montreal

Best Club Event / Event Series

  • A Club Called Rhonda
  • Interdimensional Transmissions 
  • Mister Sunday 
  • RE/FORM 
  • STEAM 

Underground Hero 
Recognising the champions of grassroots music communities

  • DJ Bone
  • DJ Deeon
  • DJ Minx
  • Lauren Flax 
  • Tim Sweeney