Softube announce modular-modelling plugin, the story of Larry Levan, and how the EDM bubble burst.
Softube Announce Modular-Modelling Plugin. Plugin manufacturer Softube announce the result of their collaboration with legendary inventor Dieter Doepfer and modular stalwarts Intellijel: a new cross-platform modular synthesiser plugin that creates circuit emulations of existing Eurorack analogue hardware modules. Watch Softube‘s teaser above, and find out more here.
Sasha and John Digweed set to reunite at Social Festival. This year’s instalment of Nic Fanciulli’s Social Festival, set to be held on September 9th and 10th at the Kent County Showground, will feature headline sets from Sasha, who goes back to back with John Digweed on the Friday night, and Carl Cox, who closes things out on the Saturday. More info and tickets here.
How the EDM Bubble Burst. “The festival industry was bloated and top-heavy. DJs were paid too much. A former subculture was being inflated into a mass-market fad…” Pitchfork‘s timeline charts the spectacular fall of EDM, beginning with dubstep’s peak in 2011, ending with SFX filing for bankruptcy and Avicii‘s retirement. Read it in full here.
Eventide’s Ensemble Subscription. Eventide announce a plugin subscription bundle containing a complete collection of all of its current plugins: “A subscription bundle provides flexibility for our customers who may only need to use our plugins occasionally.” Options include a monthly package that can be stopped at any time, as well as an annual subscription with a two month discount. More info here.
A New Pioneer Sampler and Sequencer. Pioneer‘s forthcoming TORAIZ SP-16 professional sampler and step sequencer can be used as a standalone unit. The unit contains 16 powerful sampler engines, Dave Smith analogue filters, an intuitive touch screen, and Pro DJ Link for synchronising one-shots and loops with a DJ performance on CDJs. Watch the promo above, and find out more here.
SFX CEO Steps Down. Robert Sillerman has stepped down from his role as CEO at the recently bankrupted EDM conglomerate SFX, stating in a letter to staff: “We had a bold vision, a revolutionary one. That we stumbled along the way can never detract from the energy and hope that brought us all together.” Read the letter in full here.
The Story of Larry Levan. The Guardian speaks to peers and devotees including Nicky Siano and DJ Harvey to find out the true story of one of the most influential DJs of all time, Larry Levan. Read their tributes here.