Native Instruments release a vast update. PRS asks musicians for their support. Help the world’s biggest synth collection find a home.
Overhaul. Native Instruments have revealed the biggest release in their history. The announcement encompasses hardware releases across Komplete, Maschine and Traktor; four new software releases including Komplete 12, Kontakt 6, and Massive X plus updates for the company’s online platforms including Sounds.com. You can see the full list of updates and releases here or watch the video below.
Not welcome. A petition to remove Konstantin from the lineup at this year’s ADE has had more than 500 signatures. Following sexist remarks last year in an interview with Groove Magazine, musicians such as Octo Octa and the Black Madonna have lent their support to remove the DJ from the event in October. You can see the petition here.
#LoveMusic. PRS is asking musicians to support the next vote on the 12th September in the continuing fight to boost the small amounts some technology firms pay out for music played online. If the current situation continues, it is likely that fewer creators will pursue a career in songwriting and our music industry will suffer as a result. You can read more about the ruling and sign the petition here but be sure to sign before the vote on September 12th.
Rubadub. Designed to replicate aspects of the in-store experience, Glasgow based Rubadub have released a new app, allegedly the first of it’s kind in the UK. More info here.
The home of history. The Swiss Museum & Center for Electronic Music Instruments (SMEM) is seeking support to build a public studio to be known as the Playroom. Regarded as the world’s largest collection of synthesisers and studio electronics, the aim is to raise enough finance to house the instruments by November 1st. See more on their Kickstarter page.
Tease. Black Corporation have teased a new synth called Xeres with an eight-voice polyphony and two-oscillator architecture. It appears to be heavily inspired by the Elka Synthex and on their Instagram, they have promised more information ‘soon’. See the post here.
TRB x M. Mastersounds and TPI are to release a new turntable isolator aimed at removing unwanted feedback and vibration. It’s being touted as a first ”to offer a no-compromise turntable isolation solution”. It will ship on September 10th and its priced at £299. See the product page on their website.