New Sounds For The Korg Prologue From Jexus

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Sound designer Jexus shared this no talking demo of the Korg Prologue synthesizer.

The video demos a collection 200 custom patches by Jexus for the Korg Prologue, but it’s also a good showcase of the synth’s sound design possibilities.

Here’s what Jexus has to say about the demo:

“I did not use any external FX in the demo; all the delays, phasers, noises and other effects are part of the Prologue engine & my intentional patch design. I did not use the onboard LF Comp but I used some slight EQing on some patches. I recorded my demo straight through an audio card.

This is a standard factory Prologue unit – you don’t need any custom oscillators, FX or other addons (just the factory „Waves” oscillator).”

Sounds featured:

0:00 097 | elpiano / organ
0:10 049 | acid / growl
0:27 065 | acoustic / harmonica
0:46 128 | bass / woody
1:06 191 | metallic / bell
1:21 073 | acoustic / flute
1:38 072 | acoustic / woodwind
1:52 048 | bass / gritty
2:09 143 | elpiano / keys
2:29 178 | pad / mellow
2:43 021 | guitar / distorted
2:57 150 | pad / ambience
3:29 099 | keys / fragile
3:56 069 | lead / juicy
4:10 122 | bass / lead
4:30 120 | pad / bass / keys
4:50 123 | string / delicate
5:11 052 | pad / gritty
5:29 166 | bass / warm
5:43 057 | bass / aggressive
5:59 016 | lead / ensemble
6:15 089 | dirty / texture
6:36 109 | bass / noise drums
7:01 005 | lead / flute
7:14 121 | digital bass / synth
7:41 001 | pad / warm
7:59 145 | string / phased
8:26 190 | texture / pad
8:44 119 | pad / chord
9:00 179 | epic / pad
9:42 062 | delicate / keys
10:08 009 | metallic / bells
10:27 019 | pad / texture
10:48 004 | bass / digital
11:05 142 | experimental / reverb
11:31 162 | texture / pad
11:48 176 | corroded / rusty

Pricing and Availability

200 Custom Patches for the Korg Prologue are available now for $26 USD.

Korg Opsix Altered FM Synthesizer Now Available For $330, Was $750

Korg appears to be blowing out its remaining stock of the Opsix Altered FM Synthesizer, with, American Musical Supply and other retailers now listing it for $329 USD, 69% off the original list price and less than half the previous retail price.

The Korg Opsix was introduced less than 2 years ago, after being previewed earlier in 2020 at NAMM in more of a flagship keyboard design:

The Korg Opsix has been well-reviewed since its introduction. Reviewers have critiqued the Opsix’s build quality, which has a lighter and more plastic build than recent Korg keyboards like the Minilogue and Prologue, but have praised the Opsix’s sound engine, which sounds great and makes FM synthesis easy to use.

The Korg Opsix is described as an “altered” six-operator FM synthesizer, because the keyboard’s sound engine goes far beyond traditional FM synth capabilities. While it has a six-operator FM sound structure, like classic FM synthesizers, the Opsix goes further, featuring new operator modes, 11 filter options, 30 effects, a polyphonic step sequencer and more.

Last year, Korg updated the Opsix to version 2, adding a feast of new capabilities, including an Effect Operator, which lets you feed that oscillator signal and input signal into one of 10 different effects: Peaking EQ, Shelving EQ, Phaser, Short Delay, Comb Filter, Distortion, Drive, Decimator, Waveshaper & Punch.

The update also added Noise Pink and Noise Blue as oscillator waveforms, and added support for aftertouch as a control source for LFOs, EGs, and the Virtual Patch.

Earlier this year, Korg introduced wavestate native and opsix native, fully-compatible software versions of their wavestate and opsix hardware synthesizers. At the time, Korg said that the soft synths give you the best of both worlds, by having software and hardware versions that are fully compatible. But the availability of the soft synths may have also impacted their hardware sales.

Here’s the loopop review for the Korg Opsix:

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And here’s Nick Batt’s Sonic State review for the Opsix:

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Korg Opsix Audio Demos:

At the new price, the Korg Opsix may be a no-brainer purchase for many.

What do you think? Leave a comment share share your thoughts on the Opsix and its new pricing!

Relive every currently available set from all three weekends of Tomorrowland 2022

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Three weekends of Tomorrowland are somehow already over. It’d been exactly three years since Tomorrowland last touched down in the heart of Boom and it seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. And while Tomorrowland had typically begun to upload sets immediately following each of its two prior weekends in years past, it took an entirely route for its 2022 edition by hosting a continual 21-day livestream on its YouTube. With its third weekend having now officially come and gone, Tomorrowland has begun to unlock the stream archive from all three weekends.

With plenty more surely set to be released in the coming days, weeks, and months, Tomorrowland has started off with 68 total sets to get us through the near future, including Hardwell’s weekend three closing set, both Alesso’s weekend one mainstage set and Eclipse set at the Freedom stage, Martin Garrix’s weekend two mainstage set plus other sets from Vintage Culture, Dombresky back-to-back Noizu, and many more.

Scan through Tomorrowland’s complete 68-set playlist here and watch additional sets below that are being uploaded directly by artists.

Featured image: Alive Coverage

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Liquid Sky UFO modules: wild sounds, enough space for your fingers, plant a tree

In this first teaser for Liquid Sky’s instrument label, the makers promises gear that raises some great questions. Like, what if a connected Eurorack module actually had enough room for your fingers? And what if your instrument makers used proceeds to reforest southern Portugal?

As the Liquid Sky d-vices folks are moving forward on their gear series, they are backpedaling on the “never doing Eurorack” mission from a few years ago. Or kicking their motorbike into reverse – there’s something about Harley Davidson. (And pitbulls!)

Scroll, scroll, scroll – wait, here’s what this is about. Think experimental sound devices from the folks who helped birth the Ninja Tune x Erica Synths Zen Delay, and with control layouts you might actually enjoy using.

It’s playable weirdness.

That’s been the elephant in the room with a lot of modular – once you patch up the thing, it’s often impossible to tweak anything comfortably. Not so, here: big people with big pit bull pets have created an ergonomic design for the rest of us — one that won’t bite.

Here’s a look at an early module prototype – check out the dual wavetables, big sliders, sub oscillator, and tons of FM plus… whatever “wild mode” is.

They’re serious about the tree planting endeavors, too. As Europe faces the potential of devastating deforestation and desertification, they’re actively reforesting the area of southern Portugal where Liquid Sky Artistcollective now make their homes. I believe that, partly because Liquid Sky founder Ingmar Koch has been emailing me near-weekly pics and updates for the last years.

“The liquid sky reforestation project is not a greenwashing or alibi story but is seen and treated by our team as an absolutely elementary part of all our artistic and business actions,” they say in a statement. That’s some 20,000 trees in the region for this year alone.

With each new module and each new instrument you buy, they’ll purchase 5 square meters of land for their noncommercial reforestation project and plant “at least one oak tree at least five years old, and maintain it for the next five years until it can survive on its own.”

Maybe your rack is awaiting modules – but this land is even more urgently awaiting trees.

We’ll be watching this one.

And honestly, modules aside, hope to help them out with the trees.

DJs to cycle 500km from London to Amsterdam for music charity

Music charity Bridges For Music is staging the sixth edition of its annual charity Amsterdam Dance Event cycle this October.

The cycle from London to Amsterdam, a distance of over 500km, will this year raise funds for refugees affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Bridges For Music has partnered with Choose Love especially to direct funds towards providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

The ride kicks off in London on 16th October and will stretch out across four days, passing through France and Belgium before reaching the final destination on 19th October.

Musicians getting involved in this year’s cycle include Msaki and Dope Saint Jude, while there will also be music industry figures from SONOS, fabric and Parlophone all taking part.

Rebekah, who took part in the 2019 and 2020 cycles from London to Amsterdam said of the experience: “Joining the ADE/Bridges for Music cycle was one of the most exhilarating experiences, yet challenging, a true test of fitness. All whilst raising money for an awesome cause.”

In order to take part in the charity event, which is officially linked with Amsterdam Dance Event, cyclists must sign up at an early bird cost of €800, which includes coverage of accommodation, breakfast and energy snacks, as well as official ADE kit, bike return to London, luggage transport, a welcome lunch at ADE, and an ADE pro pass that is usually worth €525 itself.

Last year’s cycle took place within Amsterdam due to COVID-19 restrictions. ADE co-director Jan-Willem van de Ven said of the cycle’s full return this year: “After last year’s tour around Amsterdam, we’re happy to welcome this year’s riders from across borders again and be able to help raise funds for both Bridges For Music and Choose Love with the sixth annual cycle already.

Find out more about the ADE cycle here.

The first names for this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event were announced last month.

dreamcastmoe releases new mixtape, ‘Sound Is Like Water – Part 1’: Listen

Washington DC artist dreamcastmoe has released his second full-length project, ‘Sound Is Like Water – Part 1’.

Out now on Ghostly International sub-label Spectral Sound, the five-track mixtape comes four years on from 2018’s ‘The Lost Tape Vol. 2’, and features contributions from producers Jordan GCZ and Zackary Dawson.

A second instalment in the ‘Sound Is Like Water’ series is set to be released via Spectral Sound before the end of this year, while dreamcastmoe also has a number of tour dates lined up in Europe this summer, taking in appearances at We Out Here (25th August), London’s NT’s Loft (28th August), Exil in Zürich (1st September), and Amsterdam’s Radio Radio (2nd September).

The producer first announced his latest mixtape in May of this year, and also shared the track ‘Complicated’ last month.

Listen to ‘Sound Is Like Water – Part 1’ in full below.

Sampa The Great shares new single, ‘Bona’: Listen

Sampa The Great has released a brand new single, ‘Bona’.

The second track to be unveiled from the artist’s forthcoming second album, ‘As Above, So Below’, ‘Bona’ nods to the music she heard as a child, while being raised in Botswana, much like previous single ‘Never Forget’.

The track is produced by Zambian artist Mag44, with co-production from Sampa herself, and nods to kwaito and amapiano music.

Speaking about ‘Bona’ in a statement, Sampa said: “I haven’t yet shown the influence Botswana has had on me musically; this is the style, language and swag of Batswana youth.

“‘Bona’ is a chance for me to shine light on other elements of music that I was influenced by when growing up, outside of Zambian music. I want to bring a Southern African anthem to the mix and DJ desks, and show that not all music coming out of Africa is Afrobeats.”

‘As Above, So Below’ is out on 9th September. You can listen to ‘Bona’ below.

New amapiano documentary released by BBC Radio 1Xtra: Watch

BBC Radio 1Xtra has shared a new documentary about amapiano music.

‘This Is Amapiano’ looks at the genre’s rise from South Africa’s townships to a global sound that is being heard across clubs and festivals. The 25-minute film also focuses on the genre’s distinctive sound and drum programming, and explores other elements such as fashion that exist around the music.

Among those who contribute words and thoughts to the film are key amapiano scene figures such as Major League DJz, Mr JazziQ, Oskido and Felo Le Tee. BBC Radio 1Xtra DJs Jeremiah Asiamah and DJ Edu also feature.

Watch an edited 16-minute version of the documentary below, and find the full programme via BBC iPlayer.

Revisit DJ Mag’s feature on some of amapiano’s most exciting producers, originally published earlier this year, here.

Fred again and Swedish House Mafia link up on new single, ‘Turn On The Lights again.. (feat. Future)’: Listen

Fred again.. has teamed up with Swedish House Mafia and Future for a new single, ‘Turn On The Lights again..’.

Fred again.. first teased the new track last month when he took to his Discord channel to reveal that the new song was the reason he decided to push back the release of his forthcoming collaboration-heavy project ‘Actual Life 3’.

With the track picking up positive reactions, he revealed that he wanted more time to finish the song and include the final version on his next release, which will also include collaborations with HAAi, Headie One, Skrillex and The xx’s Romy.

‘Turn On The Lights again..’, which emerged from an impromptu studio session in Sweden, marks the second time Fred again.. has worked with Swedish House Mafia on record, after the former was credited as a producer on the latter’s ‘Paradise Again’ album track ‘Calling On’.

While a viral TikTok clip teasing ‘Turn On The Lights again..’ has been viewed almost 4 million times to date, the track has now also been used to soundtrack a video in which Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain unveiled one of their new summer signings, Vitinha.

Listen to the full track below, and read DJ Mag’s Get To Know feature on Fred again.., from August 2021, here.

Earlier this year, Fred again.. collaborated with I. JORDAN on the single ‘Admit 2 (U Don’t Want 2)’.

Daft Punk-inspired live VR experience launches this week

A virtual reality experience based around the live performances of Daft Punk is set to debut in Los Angeles this week.

The show, dubbed ‘CONTACT’, is offering fans of the French robots the chance to catch their final album, 2013’s ‘Random Access Memories’, in a live setting for the first time. It will take place at Los Angeles’ Wisdome, a vast, 12,000-capacity VR venue.

The performance will take place within a 3D LED cube stage, similar to the iconic pyramid set-up that the duo performed from during their ‘Alive 2007’ tour. Performed in a 360° set-up, the show will also come complete with immersive visuals to help bring ‘Random Access Memories’ to life.

The show is scheduled to last for around two-and-a-half hours in full, with three initial performances scheduled to take place this weekend, on Thursday, 4th August, Friday, 5th August, and Saturday, 6th August.

Find more information, and get tickets, here.

Daft Punk officially called it quits as a duo in January 2021. They did return, however, a year on from the announcement of their split to share a one-off live stream of a set they played in 1997.