Latest Music Industry News and Technology: May 2018

This music industry news roundup features a selection of new music technology and announcements from Moog, Native Instruments, Rane, Pioneer DJ, LANDR, IK Multimedia, and more.

Moog Grandmother

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Moog Unveils Their Grandmother Synth

Grandmother is a semi-modular analog synthesizer inspired by Bob Moog’s early modular synth designs during the 60s and 70s. This retro looking analog synthesizer features a built-in arpeggiator, sequencer, and a spring reverb tank. Also, its semi-modular design doesn’t require any patching. Instead, the synth offers a reconfigurable front panel where you can mix and match various modules. In addition, the Grandmother is also an ideal analog audio processor for external sound sources. Furthermore, you can use its keyboard to expand the Mother-32, DFAM or Eurorack modular system.

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Rane Advances the DJ Game with Twelve Turntable

The hugely anticipated Rane Twelve turntable is turning heads. The innovative Twelve is the industry’s first 12-inch motorized control turntable without a tonearm or needle. Moreover, this revolutionary design brings a true-vinyl performance experience to digital music software. Say goodbye to skipping needles, damaged tonearms, and audio feedback. The Rane Twelve also comes equipped with eight hot-cue triggers and track search capability. Watch Skratch Bastid’s Rane Twelve and Seventy-Two Routine.

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Native Instruments Releases New Kick and Bass Instrument

Native Instruments’ new TRK-01 instrument for Reaktor combines classic mixing techniques with innovative sound design, sequencing, and modulation. Moreover, TRK-01 is designed to help you lock in your low-end from the start by writing solid kick-bass combinations. For instance, the Kick module supplies all the essentials to create layered kicks while the Bass module serves the goods with a choice of five synth engines. In addition, TRK-01 comes equipped with a sequencer and a suite of effects.

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Sonic Lab Looks at Samsung’s 49” Super Ultra-Wide CJ89 Monitor

Samsung’s new 49” super ultra-wide CJ89 monitor gives you a view like no other. It’s innovative 32:9 aspect ratio curved panel provides the same horizontal workspace as two 27” screens. The design is perfect for viewing the whole arrangement in your DAW. In addition, CJ89 comes equipped with two USB Type-C ports that will power your laptop as well as a USB 3.0 hub. The CJ89 also sports built-in speakers. This thing is the ultimate music production monitor!

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MSpectralDelay is “20 Delay Plugins in One,” and Free Until June 3rd

MeldaProduction’s MSpectralDelay is a creative spectral delay plugin. This unique effect is capable of performing various transformations on the delayed signal. Instead of producing identical copies of the signal like traditional delay plugins, MSpectralDelay transforms individual frequencies. For example, it lets you control the delay time, feedback, panorama, and level for each frequency. It also provides complex spectral transformations such as frequency shift, pitch, formants, and more.

Moreover, MSpectralDelay is available to download free until June 3rd. The price will be $119/€99 after this introductory period.

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Pioneer Dj Officially Adds TRAKTOR Compatibility

Pioneer Dj

Pioneer DJ has officially announced new TRAKTOR compatibility for the CDJ-TOUR1 and latest DJM mixers. This announcement follows the news of Pioneer and Native Instruments working together on a new version of TRAKTOR. The move further solidifies their partnership.

Moreover, the update provides seamless compatibility and intuitive performance via PC/Mac–USB connection. This means the CDJ-TOUR1, DJM-TOUR1, DJM-750MK2, DJM-450, and DJM-250MK2 DJ mixers are now compatible with TRAKTOR PRO 2 USB-HID control and TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 DVS control.

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Joué Expressive Controller Now Available

Joué is a modular MIDI controller with expressive control. This innovative controller comes equipped with a polyphonic pressure sensor that allows you to swap out soft, elastic modules. In particular, you can build a custom setup with modules for keys, guitar strings, drums pads, and future designs. Moreover, the different modules respond to natural gestures such as hitting, vibrato, bending, and aftertouch. Simply connect Joué to your musical gear, drop modules on it and play.

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IK Multimedia Unveils UNO Synth

UNO Synth is IK Multimedia new portable, monophonic, true analog synthesizer. This compact instrument provides easy hands-on programming coupled with advanced features. Moreover, UNO Synth comes equipped with dual oscillators, continuously-variable waveshapes, multimode filters, and all the essentials that produce true analog vibe.

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Shure Discounting Their Turntable Cartridge Line

Shure Turntable Cartridges

Shure recently announced they are is getting out of the phono cartridge business. The company will stop production of all turntable cartridges this year including their iconic M44-7 scratch cartridge and the club favorite Whitelabel.

Shure has dominated the cartridge game for decades. However, the company faced challenges of selling cartridges in the digital music age even though turntable and LP sales are booming.

In recent years, the ability to maintain our exacting standards in the Phonograph Cartridge product category has been challenged, resulting in cost and delivery impacts that are inconsistent with the Shure brand promise.

In light of these conditions, and after thorough evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Shure Phono products effective Summer 2018. Shure

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The Lekholm DM48 Brings Harmonica Players to the Synth Game

Lekholm Instruments introduces the first digital harmonica MIDI controller. The DM48 Digital Chromatic Harmonica puts harmonica players in control of electronic sounds. It features twelve independent pressure sensors, customizable tuning, and adjustable response parameters. The compact controller also sports an OLED display, anodized aluminum mouthpiece, and adjustable breathing resistance.

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LANDR Announces FREE Sample Pack Downloads


LANDR has quickly gone beyond its original auto-mastering services by offering music sharing and distribution services as well. The company also recently announced they are expanding their line of services to provide free sample packs from featured artists.

In addition to offering samples from the pros, LANDR says they might also release curated sample content produced by members of its community. The company also announced they plan to provide support services for those who want to create sample packs in the future.

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Hickory and Dickory Give Hardware Control to Fabfilter Plugins

OhMy!Bytes brings a set of MIDI controllers designed to control FabFilter plugins. Hickory and Dickory provide an analog feel for those who rely on FabFilters award-winning plugins for mixing and mastering. Additionally, these two dedicated controllers are designed for FabFilter’s Pro Q, Pro C or Pro L. However, they are also compatible with any other type of plugin that supports the same protocol.

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Holonic Systems Previews Mixed Reality Music System

Holonic Systems demos Holon, their mixed reality music system at Superbooth 2018. Henri David demonstrates how Holon works with wireless sensors that turn physical gestures into musical gestures.

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Roland TR-808 Inspired T-Shirts

Roland and Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo have collaborated on a line of t-shirts inspired by Roland’s iconic TR-808 drum machine. There are two designs in black and white. The black design sports only the backlit sequencer buttons while the white design features a full reproduction of the TR-808. They are also now available to purchase from UNIQLO’s online site.

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