Sam Battle, aka master of custom-built music gadgets, Look Mum No Computer, has opened a museum of audio and tech oddities and weird instruments in Ramsgate UK. This Museum is (Not) Obsolete – to give it its official title – features many of the instruments Battle has built and modded on his popular YouTube channel, as well as other “experimental, obsolete, scientific and musical technologies”.
Apple has announced a new update for Garageband iOS and iPadOS that includes sound packs, template sessions and music-making tutorials from artists like Boys Noize, Tom Misch and TRAKGIRL. Alongside the sound packs, Apple is also adding new ‘Art of the Remix’ templates with Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga, which let users open Garageband sessions full of stems from each artist with step-by-step “remix instructions”.
A-Trak has teamed up with RANE on a new Signature edition of the Seventy battle mixer. The DJ and producer teased the mixer on his socials last week, which is a re-branded and re-plated version of the flagship and popular Seventy mixer. According to RANE, “A-Trak himself played an integral part in the mixer’s creation, handpicking the features, signature sound, and look of what he considers to be the ultimate mixer for the future of turntablist performance.”
BandLab, the online DAW and music collaboration platform has announced version 10.0, the biggest update since 2015. BandLab 10.0 brings with it a new sampler that lets users select sounds from over 15,000 included, royalty-free sounds, or import their own. There’s also the usual sample editor to get creative with your sounds.
DJ hardware and software company Hercules has updated DJUCED, their own bespoke DJ software to version 5.2, and with it added compatibility for SoundCloud streaming.
Holly Herndon has launched a new ‘digital twin’ version of herself called Holly+. The new virtual alternative is built using machine learning and AI and can sing any song or melody uploaded to the Holly+ website in Holly’s voice. Anyone can upload any audio file and the AI instrument – made in conjunction Never Before Heard Sounds – will attempt to recreate it based on thousands of hours of machine learning.
Ableton has launched Live 11 Lite, the latest major update to Live Lite, the cutdown version of Live often included with hardware purchases like soundcards and MIDI controllers. Live 11 Lite is a free upgrade for current Live Lite owners, and includes some of the features added to the full version of Live 11 including support for MPE-compatible hardware like ROLI devices, three new devices – Phaser-Flanger, Limiter and Saturator – and can now host up to 16 scenes in Session View.
Native Instruments has updated Traktor Pro to version 3.5, adding integration with Beatport LINK streaming and integration with Pioneer DJ’s latest CDJ-3000s.
The update – announced back in May 2021 – has gone through a round of public beta and is now available to download for free for Traktor Pro users.
Roland has introduced a new mixer for livestreaming, recording podcasts, music videos and more – the GO:MIXER PRO-X. The original GO:MIXER was a popular choice for DJs and musicians throughout 2020 who wanted to live stream their sets and performances as it connects straight to your iOS and Android device.
The PRO-X offers expanded support for Android devices, as well as a guitar and bass pad switch and the ability to use headset and in-ear mics like Airpods as an input.
Spotify has launched a new Clubhouse competitor service called Spotify Greenroom. The new service mimics Clubhouse’s functionality of live audio discussion ‘rooms’, allowing listeners to ask questions live to any host or guests, or take part in the discussion. Spotify says Greenroom is “built for artists and creators to enhance fan relationships.”