Synth, Electronic & Audio

This section covers the range of synthesisers, keyboards, electronic music gadgets, and other audio devices used in making and recording music, from manufacturers such as Yamaha, Korg, Kurzweil, Roland, Casio, and Moog, as well as looking at projects and techniques for synth playing and programming.




Native Instruments has announced that iMASCHINE is now available in the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The first ever Native Instruments app is an intuitive beat sketchpad based on MASCHINE’s groove production studio concept. iMASCHINE is perfect for developing song ideas anytime, anywhere. Play and record drums […]

iMASCHINE for iPhone/iPad launched by Native Instruments




Summit Audio has launched its “set and forget” TLA-100A compressor plugin featuring parallel compression, saturation control and low cut filtering. At a glance: The first and only Summit Audio plug-in Easy to use Built-in parallel compression and detector filtering Each and every component carefully modeled. Modeled output distortion, easily controlled […]

Softube releases TLA-100A compressor plugin


Sound Magic has announced the availability of its Supreme Piano 2 sample pack featuring a rich Bösendorfer, a Fazioli, a Steinway and a Yamaha grand piano. The Ruby Piano captures the mellow sustain and beautiful tones of a Yamaha C7 built in 1972, which has original ivory keys, and represents […]

Sound Magic Supreme Piano 2 includes four stunning grand piano ...



Nord has announced its latest addition to the Nord Sample Library include fully mapped Saxophones, Trumpets and Trombones in single and doubled versions, both recorded at Mezzo-forte and Forte. The Brass Section features a split point (at C5), with sustained notes on the lower part of the keyboard and “falls” […]

Nord Sample Library expands with brass






With the release of Reason 6 comes the inevitable tutorial guides. If you’re on a Mac you can grab a free copy of the “Reason 6 101 Quick Start Gude” from MacProVideo.com. Reason expert Hollin Jones covers many aspects of the latest upgrade to Propellerhead Software’s Reason software. The table […]

Reason 6 101 “quick start” guide for Mac


Yet another couple of apps in the growing list of software for DJs. This time, LifeVision Studios has brought out its Dubby and Dubstep Pro+ apps for Apple devices. As the names might signify, these two bits of software are related to one another. Dubby is the ‘lite’ version (though […]

Dubby and Dubstep Pro+ come to iPad, iPod touch, iPhone




There are plenty of mobile DJ applications coming to the market particularly for Apple’s popular iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. Now DJ David Guetta has put his unique sound on an app. djay – David Guetta Edition is packed with his own beats and sounds. This special edition of […]

djay: David Guetta Edition launched in App Store


The classic Beyer piano instruction books make their way to Apple’s mobile devices courtesy of the My Piano Lite app. Now it’s possible to watch and learn from the Beyer 1 book for free: “My Piano” remembers the lesson you were practicing last time and automatically jumps up to this […]

Beyer Elementary Piano Lessons come to Apple mobile devices





The award-winning Alchemy software comes to an Apple device near you, as Camel Audio announces an iOS version is now available to download from the App Store. Here’s a run down of the main features: Touch Remote for Alchemy on Mac/PC With the Pro Upgrade ($19.99/€15.99/£13.99), you can remotely control […]

Alchemy Mobile comes to iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad







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In crafting his latest release, The Bowie Variations, celebrated composer, pianist and session musician Mike Garson relied on the Yamaha Disklavier performance reproducing piano not only to unleash his creativity, but to singlehandedly compose and create works in ways previously unimaginable. According to Garson, The Bowie Variations was the perfect […]

Yamaha Disklavier used on Mike Garson’s Bowie Variations CD



Calling it “the ultimate percussive sampling instrument”, Roland introduces the SPD-SX Sampling Pad, making it easy to capture, manipulate and play back audio. Features include: Unique sampling-pad concept — the only instrument of its kind in the world 2 GB internal memory, enabling approximately 360 minutes of sampling (mono) without […]

Roland intros SPD-SX Sampling Pad









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Take a gander at this amazing looking instrument. The Kelstone 9-string guitar (reported by GizMag) is a monster of an acoustic instrument which spans some five-and-a-half octaves and is played horizontally by both hands. In case you were wondering, that’s why we’ve featured it here (we haven’t suddenly turned into […]

Kelstone Guitar: keyboard-esque 9 stringer offers great possibilities




PG Music, creators of Band-in-a-Box, has announced over 700 RealTracks to add some “REAL” accompaniment to your musical arrangements. With Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Reggae, and more you’re sure to find the RealTracks for you. Listen to all the RealTracks Demos here: Windows | Macintosh. Get all of the RealTracks with a purchase of the […]

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Propellerhead has released ReBirth 1.2 for the Apple iPad. Version 1.2 adds WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology developed by Korg). WIST uses a Bluetooth signal to simultaneously start two compatible iPad or iPhone apps. The free update to current owners is available now from the iTunes AppStore. ReBirth 1.2 users can […]

Propellerhead Adds Wireless Sync-Start (WIST) to ReBirth for iPad and ...



Today’s the day Reason and Record users can elect to upgrade to the new Reason 6 for whatever they think it’s worth. A number of musicians, authors and others have already adopted the “pay what you want” model for their albums, books and other merchandise, so it’s not surprising that […]

Reason 6: Name Your Upgrade Price


High quality portable audio recorders are now easily obtainable and affordable enough that even hobbyists can dabble in the world of digital sound recording while on the move. Being able to capture high quality sounds on location can open up a whole wealth of music possibilities, particularly in certain genres […]

TASCAM intros DR-40 4-track portable audio recorder


It’s not at all surprising someone has rigged this up, but I haven’t personally seen it before. A great use for those old floppy disk drives and disks you (might still) have lying around. Got an interesting musical/synth use for old computer parts? Share in the comments!

Video: Floppy music DUO – Imperial march



TASCAM has announced its iXZ mic/instrument interface which will turn any iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone into a high quality mobile recording studio. It can be used with a variety of audio apps already installed on Apple’s handheld devices. Features include: Switchable mic/line input Phantom power Gain control 1/8” headphone output […]

TASCAM announces iXZ mic/instrument interface for iPad / iPhone / ...


When inspiration strikes when you’re on the move or you don’t want to fire up your studio equipment, you can plump for the likes of Roland’s BOSS BR-80 portable digital recorder or jump straight in with a compact arranger workstation like Korg’s new microARRANGER. Space needn’t be an issue with […]

Korg intros microARRANGER professional compact arranger workstation


Roland BA-55 portable amplifier
Roland has introduced its latest portable amplifier with a range of easy to use features including automatic mono/stereo output switching, echo and reverb modes, wireless microphones and either battery or mains powered operation. Built in to the BA-55 portable amplifier is an accelerometer, similar to what you’d expect to find […]

Roland intros BA-55 portable amp with easy switching modes



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Sometimes (in fact, most of the time in my experience) musical inspiration hits you when you’re away from your studio. In the rush to get down the ideas before those creative juices dry up, or your memory plays tricks and you forget the melody line for that future masterpiece, equipment […]

Roland intros BOSS Micro BR BR-80 portable digital recorder