10 Apr · Metallica's James Hetfield is now wielding a unique guitar named Carl and one that has been built from reclaimed timbers from a very special garage indeed!
Equipment news, leaks and tips
10 Apr · Apple has officially confirmed that the redesigned, modular Mac Pro won't arrive before 2019 at the earliest. The modular design direction allowing for easy upgrades has also been confirmed.
10 Apr · Tracktion has released the public beta of BioTek 2. It's a new evolution of their organic/mechanic hybrid virtual synthesizer and brings new oscillators and presets by Richard Devine.
10 Apr · Two new USB interfaces by Steinberg, with transformers by Rupert Neve Designs, no less. Will these worry makers of luxury 2- and 4-preamp units already on the market by Focusrite and others?
10 Apr · Make Synths Not War has created the StringTheory module that brings 4-voice Solina Strings into your Eurorack. It's played by MIDI, not CV which won't suit everyone but makes it very good value.
10 Apr · Developer start-up Neural DSP has a new distortion pedal emulation created in partnership with Darkglass Electronics and models their super-nice (and pricey) Ultra pedal series.
10 Apr · A bunch of photos of an unannounced prototype desktop effects box emerge. The Zen Delay has record labels Ninja Tunes name on it, an Erica Synths flavour, a filter, drive and nice fat tube.
10 Apr · The new Mac Pro has already been in the works for some time and could be showcased in June at Apple's WWDC event, envisioned as the highest-end desktop system in the Apple line-up.
09 Apr · As Spotify is gearing up for an April 24 event, informed speculation arises that the music streaming giant is about to launch its first hardware device, reportedly an in-car controller or player.
09 Apr · Featuring an extremely minimalistic, distraction-free user interface, this EQ offers true analogue phase behaviour up to 20kHz and very broad Q factors (<0.1) for final wideband tone sculpting.
09 Apr · With the latest update (v. 2.7.3) to its Maschine production platform, NI has added integration with Logic Pro X to the Maschine MK3 hardware controller. The unit's displays now showcase the Logic mixer.
09 Apr · RME is furthering its audio networking catalog with the impending launch of Digiface Dante and Digiface AVB. Both are USB 3.0 mobile audio networking interfaces that offer different things.
09 Apr · Developer Dimos Gaidatzis created Pen2Bow, an EUR 9 app that turns the Apple Pencil into a violin bow MIDI controller. The algorithm detects linear and circular motion, generating four MIDI streams.
08 Apr · At Musikmesse 2018, British manufacturer Drawmer will introduce a pair of new monitor controllers: CMC3 and CMC7. The CMC3 is the compact model, while the CMC7 is designed for Surround setups.
08 Apr · The makers of Boom 3D claim their software enables a 3D Surround Sound audio experience using just your built-in Apple speakers on the iMac, MacBook Pro, or whatever fruity computer you have.
08 Apr · To give guitar players some Easter inspiration, Audiority released a pack of three distortion plug-ins. They emulate actual pedals which have seen plenty of action in pedalboards across the planet.