The dark clouds on SoundCloud’s horizon, new Roland System-500 modules, and Ableton Link is available now.

iMaschine is Updated. Native Instruments has updated its iOS beatmaking app iMaschine to version 2, turning it into a fully-fledged music creation tool, with an arranger for turning loops into full tracks, a step mode for grid sequencing, scale and chord modes for melodies and harmonies, and many other new optimisations. It’s available now for $4.99. Watch it in action above, and find out more here.

A New Kind of Instrument: FLESH. NI have also released a new creation from producer, musician, and inventor Tim Exile. Made possible by the new Reaktor 6 engine, Flesh “augments source material with dynamic basslines, riffing melodies, throbbing pads, and more”. Check out the promo video above, and find out more here.

Dark clouds on SoundCloud’s horizon. The Observer asks how one of the biggest and most popular streaming platforms, which has a catalogue of 100m tracks heard by 175m listeners a month, is going to survive going fully licensed, facing both a court battle and tussles with the world’s biggest music corporations and disgruntled users. Read the article here.

A Massive Vintage Roland and Boss Gear Auction. A massive collection of approximately 1,000 pieces of vintage Roland and Boss gear was recently put up for sale on eBay, and has now sold for £25,500. Find images of the collection, and a full list of every piece it contained, here.

Roland System-500 Modules Now Available. Part of the AIRA Modular series and designed exclusively for Eurorack, Roland‘s new System-500 modules are fully analogue units based on two of the most revered electronic instruments of all time, the System-700 and System-100m. The 512 VCO, 521 Dual VCF, 530 Dual VCA, 540 2ENV-LFO and 572 Phase Shifter/Delay/LFO deliver classic Roland sound. Watch the promo video above, and find out more here.

Bloc 2016’s Second Lineup Announcement. A second wave of over 50 artists has been added to the Bloc 2016 lineup, which already features Thom Yorke, Four Tet, Jeff Mills, Floating Points and Carl Craig among others. Goldie, Space Dimension Controller, Peverelist, Om Unit and many more have now also confirmed they’ll be appearing at the electronic music festival, which takes place at Butlins, Minehead, March 11-13. Check out the full lineup here.

Ableton Link is Available Now. Ableton has announced that its new technology, Link, is now available to test as part of the latest free Ableton Live release, Live 9.5.1 beta. Link enables users to play electronic instruments together “with the freedom of a live band and without the hassle” of MIDI setup, by keeping devices in time over a wireless network. Sign up to Ableton’s beta program here.

SFX CEO Changes Plans to Buy Back Company. Robert Sillerman has changed his mind about plans to buy back all shares in SFX, stating that “at these low prices the time is not right to go forward on this path, we will instead focus all energy on righting the ship,” after the company posted a net loss of $54.5 million. Find the full story here.

20th November, 2015

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