FXpansion Geist 2 Announced, Zombie Nation’s Live Studio Session, and Detroit’s Architects of Techno Honoured.
FXpansion Geist 2 Announced. The second version of FXpansion‘s sound sculpting and beat production system Geist combines award-winning sample manipulation, arrangement and modulation capabilities with a fast and intuitive workflow that provides instant inspiration. New features include the company’s own Bloom and Maul effects, and high-quality time-stretching, pitch-shifting, and pitch correction. Watch the promo video above.
The Tangled History of ‘Stand On The Word’. Red Bull Music Academy Daily‘s long-form piece tells the convoluted story behind the Joubert Singers‘ gospel classic ‘Stand On The Word’. Read it in full here.
Zombie Nation’s Live Studio Session. German techno and electro producer Florian Senfter, aka Zombie Nation, performs a live studio recording session using the “left rack” of his studio, which includes a Modulus Monwave, a Doepfer 404, an Ursa Major Space Station, an SND FB-14 Filterbank, and an Elektron Analog Rytm. Watch it above and check out his excellent My Studio feature here.
Detroit’s Architects of Techno Honoured. Detroit News reports that pioneering techno DJs and producers Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson have been honoured by Detroit’s City Council for their contributions to the city’s music culture. Find out more here.
Bandcamp’s Bright Future. Following a recent report that Apple will soon abandon music downloads, Bandcamp updates the world on the state of their business and their plans for the future, with impressive statistics like a 35% growth rate and $4.3m being paid to artists each month. Read the blog post in full here.
Pioneer DJ releases CDJ-TOUR1 and DJM-TOUR1. The CDJ-TOUR1 multiplayer and DJM-TOUR1 mixer is a “festival-ready set-up with arena-grade sound components for a huge, reliable sound.” Both models have an ESS Technology 32-bit D/A converter to eliminate noise and distortion and give a clear, crisp sound at scale, and the DJM-TOUR1 has a pro audio grade AES/EBU digital output. Watch them in action above.