Latest Music News and Technology: July 2019

This EDM news roundup features a selection of new music gear and announcements from Native Instruments, Ableton, Slate Digital, FabFilter, and more.

Native Instruments MASSIVE X Music Studio
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ICON Collective’s music news roundup is your source for the latest music technology, industry news, gear reviews, artist interviews, events, and more.

ICON Collective Introduces Two New Courses Coming in 2020

Vocal Artist School Microphone

We are proud to announce a new Vocal Artist School and Music Business School in Los Angeles. The 12-month Vocal Artist program focuses on vocal training, songwriting, and performance. While the 12-month Music Business program offers students the leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to develop, launch, and manage an artist in the music industry.

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Native Instruments Releases MASSIVE X

Native Instruments MASSIVE X

MASSIVE X is the successor to an iconic synthesizer that helped spawn entire genres. This new edition brings a complete design overhaul and exciting new possibilities to make cutting edge sounds. MASSIVE X offers 170 wavetables driven by two wavetable oscillators, extensive modulation options, intuitive routing, new sound sculpting tools, macro-control, a range of effects, and more.

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Slate Digital Introduces the All Access Pass

Slate Digital All Access Pass

Slate Digital’s new ALL ACCESS PASS adds some incredible music production services and applications for subscription members. The ramped-up membership offers access to Slate Academy, an expanding series of courses featuring the biggest names in the industry. The ALL ACCESS PASS also adds the Kilohearts Bundle of 28 multi-FX plugins and Sonic Academy’s ANA 2 synthesizer. Moreover, existing Everything Bundle subscribers can upgrade for free!

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Output Releases the PORTAL Granular FX Plugin

Output Portal Granular FX plugin

PORTAL is a Granular FX plugin designed to resynthesize sounds. This new take on granular syntheses will transform any sound in a new and musical way. Easily alter drums, vocals, live guitar, and any other sound imaginable. Moreover, PORTAL features and an extensive set of advanced controls, sound-shaping tools, onboard effects, and presets.

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Ableton Introduces Learning Synths Website

Ableton Learning Synths Website

Ableton launched Learning Synths, a new website that interactively teaches the fundamentals of synthesis. The website includes playful explanations of the basic components of synthesizers. Learn about oscillators, filters, envelopes, LFOs, and more. Learning Synths also offers step-by-step breakdowns of a range of classic synth sounds.

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FabFilter Pro Plugins Now Available On iOS

FabFilter AUv3 Plugins

FabFilter has announced their FabFilter Pro Bundle is now available as AUv3 plugins on iOS. The FabFilter Pro Bundle offers seven invaluable plugins for mixing and mastering. FabFilter fans can now use these set of tools in any DAW or iOS device that supports AUv3 plugins.

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Focusrite Unveiled Third Generation Scarlett Interfaces

Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Generation

Focusrite unveiled the third generation Scarlett range of USB audio interfaces. The new Scarlett interfaces are available in six configurations. They bring upgraded audio performance, high-performing Scarlett mic preamps, intuitive monitoring features, low-latency, Type-C USB connection, and more.

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Native Instruments Releases Traktor Pro 3.2

Native Instruments Traktor Pro 3.2

The free TRAKTOR PRO 3.2.0 update brings improvements and fixes. Dubbed “The Harmonic Mixing Update,” this latest version also aims to help users mix in key. The update highlights include a new set of features that focus on harmonic mixing, new time-stretching algorithms, new controls for pitching, new display options, and more.

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ROLI Introduces LUMI Keyboard and App

ROLI LUMI Keyboard

LUMI is an illuminated keyboard and interactive app. The concept aims at helping users learn music fundamentals through fast and fun interactive lessons. Just follow the colors in the app and the lights on the keyboard to learn scales, chords, playing techniques, and other music fundamentals.

LUMI is also a portable keyboard controller that features polyphonic aftertouch. In addition, you can snap two or more LUMI Keys together to expand your keyboard.

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Keith McMillen Instruments Releases K-Board Pro 4 Controller

Keith McMillen K-Board Pro 4 Controller

Keith McMillen Instruments released their K-Board Pro 4 Expressive Smart Sensor Keyboard. This four-octave MIDI keyboard controller offers multiple dimensions of touch sensitivity in each key. It sends attack velocity, release velocity, continuous pressure, horizontal position, and vertical position data to offer deep expressive capabilities.

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