Jon Hopkins – Music For Psychedelic Therapy

Jon Hopkins – Music For Psychedelic Therapy
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English synthesist and frequent Brian Eno collaborator Jon Hopkins shared this preview from his upcoming release, Music For Psychedelic Therapy.

“Psychedelic-assisted therapies are moving into legality across the world, and yet it feels like no one is talking about the music; the music is as important as the medicine,” notes Hopkins.

“In my own psychedelic explorations testing this music, I found a quote I had read would keep coming to mind. ‘Music is liquid architecture, architecture is frozen music.’ I love this idea of music as something you inhabit, something that works on you energetically.”

Music For Psychedelic Therapy is available for pre-order now on Bandcamp.

New Korg Prologue Sound Library Inspired By Dune Soundtrack

New Korg Prologue Sound Library Inspired By Dune Soundtrack
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LFO Store has introduced Arakis, a new sound library for the Korg Prologue 8/16, inspired by the soundtrack to the new movie of Dune.

“We had a huge inspiration after seeing reboot of Dune and put all our effort to this sounds,” note the developers. “Here you will find all what you need for writing your desert soundtrack, electronic song, ambient & cinematic music.”

The library includes 55 presets:

  • Massive Basses
  • Moving Leads
  • Unusual modular Arpeggios
  • Recreation of famous sounds of Juno & CS Series
  • Beautiful cinematic strings – massive & wide
  • Organic pads & low drones
  • Bells & Plucks

Pricing and Availability

Arakis is available now for $20.

Martinic AX73 Brings Back Rare Akai AX73

Martinic AX73 Brings Back Rare Akai AX73
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Martinic has introduced AX73, an third-party software emulation of the rare Akai AX73, a mid-’80s analog synth.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Martinic has taken what was great about the original AX73 and elevated it into a powerful, flexible software instrument that fits right into the modern producer’s lineup of go-to synths.

With four analog oscillators across two synth layers, unique modulation features, extended performance options, and an eight-module effects section, this plugin AX73 (VST/AU) unleashes the full power of the original hardware and more – no menu diving required, and all perfectly modeled through our Advanced Circuitry Emulation technology. And, it includes a generous lineup of 600+ inspiring presets to get you started right away.”

Martinic AX73 features a variety of enhancements over the original:

  • New Effects Section
    • Process the synth’s output with eight built-in effects units: Compressor, Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Distortion, and EQ
    • ?These effects can be routed in any order you like – simply rearrange them by dragging and dropping them in the FX Chain.
  • Expanded architecture – The best elements from other synths in the AX range have been distilled into a feature-rich reinterpretation of the AX73. Notable examples include: extra chorus settings and the arpeggiator from the AX60, a second VCO and sub-oscillator from the AX80, and an extended VCO octave range down to 32’, as seen in both the AX60 and 80.
  • Expanded modulation options – The AX73 plugin also offers far greater modulation capabilities than the original. It features four envelopes per layer (three of which are assignable), and four assignable LFOs per layer. Taking both layers into account, this gives eight envelopes and eight LFOs.
  • Split or Stack Layers to build your sound – Uniquely, the AX73 has two layers that can be split across the keyboard – allowing you to play two patches simultaneously – or stacked, providing an extra dimension of sound design. And, each layer has its own independent arpeggiator with 11 built-in modes – including some unusual modes such as Shuffle and Improv – that you can use to quickly create melodies.

Audio Demos:

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Pricing and Availability

Martinic AX73 is available now for macOS & Windows with an intro price of $59.50 USD.

Baby Audio TAIP Uses AI To Emulate Tape Effects

Baby Audio TAIP Uses AI To Emulate Tape Effects

Baby Audio has introduced TAIP, an AI-powered audio tape effect plugin, for macOS & Windows, that’s designed to bring ‘authentic analog heat’ to your tracks, without the need to route your audio outside the box.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Tape plugins are not a new concept. However, our emulation method is.

Instead of using traditional DSP, we’ve developed TAIP around an AI algorithm designed to decipher the invisible nuances of analog circuits.

The result is a truly faithful tape emulation that’s intuitive and creative in use – with some added features to accommodate a modern workflow. Use TAIP to bring a touch of warmth and glue to your tracks, or ‘drive it like you hate it’ as an alternative to your distortion plugins.”

Key Features:

  • AI-powered algorithm, giving you the true warmth and behavior of analog tape
  • Flexible feature set, allowing you to create a custom ‘tape flavor’ for any need
  • Use TAIP to add musical saturation and glue to drums, instruments, vocals and beyond
  • Read more about our AI emulation approach further below

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability:

Baby Audio TAIP is available now for $39 USD (normally $69).

New Waveform Posters Visualize Famous Electronic Albums

New Waveform Posters Visualize Famous Electronic Albums

Designer Alex Szabo-Haslam let us know that he’s launched a Kickstarter project, Waveform, to fund production of a series of posters visualizing classic electronic music albums.

“I’ve launched a series of 40 holographic Waveform artworks visualizing soundwaves generated by some of my favorite British dance, rave, synth, and electronic music albums,” he notes. “This includes releases by Aphex Twin, Altern-8, Bicep, Cabaret Voltaire, Chemical Brothers, Goldie, LFO, New Order, Orbital, Prodigy, Sophie — and lots more.”

Each track is silkscreen printed onto high quality paper, before being signed, numbered, and stamped with a custom embossing.

Pricing and Availability

The Waveform posters are available to project backers for £60 (about $82). Szabo-Haslam says that at least 50% of profits after the campaign will be donated to Help Musicians, a charity offering health and welfare services, creative development funding, and a mental health helpline for the entire music industry.

Note: Participating in crowdfunded projects involves risk, see the project site for details.

How To Make The Perfect DIY Studio Desk

How To Make The Perfect DIY Studio Desk
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The latest LeoMakes videos take a look at how to make the ‘perfect’ DIY studio desk.

“I just built the perfect studio desk (for me)!” he notes. Even if your needs differ, the videos offers ideas and inspiration for anyone planning to DIY a studio desk.

It’s build on a foundation of an IKEA standing desk, but with lots of custom work and mods to tailor the desk to add space for Eurorack modules, cable storage, a camera support, sliding keyboard and more.

Part 1, embedded above, offers an overview of the custom studio desk and background on design decisions. The second video, embedded below, digs further into the actual DIY build:

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Check out the videos and let us know what you think about this awesome DIY studio desk project!

Focusrite Debuts Clarett+ USB Audio Interfaces With Improved Converters & Preamps

Focusrite Debuts Clarett+ USB Audio Interfaces With Improved Converters & Preamps

Focusrite has introduced the Clarett+ range of premium-quality USB audio interfaces for PC and Mac.

Compared to their predecessors, the Clarett+ 2Pre, 4Pre and 8Pre interfaces offer improved dynamic range and more:

There are three new Clarett+ interfaces:

Clarett+ 2Pre 10-in / 4-out audio interface

Features:

  • Two professional-quality Clarett+ mic preamps featuring All-analogue Air with impedance switching and relay control.
  • Two JFET instrument inputs allow the user to plug straight in and preserve the natural tone of their guitar, just like plugging into an amplifier.
  • Independent A-D and D-A converters offer a greatly improved D-A dynamic range and lower A-D converter distortion.
  • Clarett+ 2Pre is expandable using ADAT optical input.

Clarett+ 4Pre 18-in / 8-out audio interface

Features:

  • Four professional-quality Clarett+ preamps featuring all-analogue Air.
  • New and improved A-D and D-A converters, which deliver extremely low noise, low distortion, and high dynamic range.
  • Two improved, powerful, transparent analogue headphone outputs.
  • Two dedicated, ultra-high-impedance JFET instrument inputs and extremely wide audio bandwidth.
  • Clarett+ 4Pre is expandable using ADAT optical input.

Clarett+ 8Pre 18-in / 20-out audio interface

Features:

  • Eight professional-quality Clarett+ preamps featuring All-analogue Air that bring masses of headroom, low distortion, and ultra-low noise.
  • New and improved A-D and D-A converters that deliver extremely low-distortion, low-noise audio with high dynamic range.
  • Two improved, powerful, transparent analogue headphone outputs.
  • Clarett+ 8Pre is expandable with ADAT optical input and output.

All Clarett+ audio interfaces offer cross-platform compatibility, plus a collection of mixing software and virtual instruments.

See the Focusrite site for details.

Metasonix T1 Vacuum Tube Synthesizer First Look

Metasonix T1 Vacuum Tube Synthesizer First Look
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Metasonix shared this first look demo of their upcoming T1 vacuum tube synthesizer.

The Metasonix T1 is a three oscillator vacuum tube synth, housed in custom wood case:

Specifications are to be announced, but the prototype appears to be a patchable monophonic vacuum tube synth. The panel shows sections for three oscillators, bandpass and lowpass filters and a VCA.

Other features include a ribbon control, sequencer and push-button keyboard.

Details on pricing and availability are to be announced.