Daily Roundup 3 Feb 2022: Musical Instrument closeups, Meta acquiring Accusonus, underrated synths, why you hate modular synths


Musical instruments superb closeup shots

Steinway Model D – © Charles Brooks

Musician and photographer Charles Brooks has created some exceptionally beautiful and revealing photographs, showing the detail and grandeur to be found inside some of the world’s greatest musical instruments including high-end acoustic grand pianos.

Using a special 24mm probe lens rom Laowa and paired with a Lumix S1R camera body, he realised his fascination for the inner workings of instruments by taking hundreds of shots of each scene, adjusting the focus slightly on each one, and then using software to stitch together the sharp focus areas to create a single image which has a huge depth of field and gives the instruments a cavernous quality.

It really is worth checking out the images on his website. Instruments captured include the Steinway Model D and Fazioli grand piano.

Meta (Facebook) to acquire Accusonus music software developer

Facebook’s parent company Meta is said to be close to securing a deal to buy out the Greek music AI software developer Accusonus, in a deal which could be worth up to $100m.

Although there is no detail as to why the acquisition might be desired, Meta seems to have some grand ideas about the “metaverse” and what we’ll all be doing in it in years to come. Accusonus uses machine learning in plugins such as Drumaton, Rhythmic and Regroover, which are used to manipulate and clean sound sources and tracks.

Via Music Radar.

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