A new free sampler plugin from Sonic Charge, details of a new Daft Punk book and a strange new plugin from Eventide.

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Sonic Charge launches free vintage sampler plugin. Cyclone is a port of Sonic Charge founder Magnus Lidström’s Typhoon operating system for the Yamaha TX16W sampler, which means that “Cyclone not only looks like a real TX16W, it sounds like a real TX16W and it runs the exact same software as a real TX16W”. Be warned that the operating procedure is very retro (you’ll need to refer to the manual) but the plugin sounds great. Free download from the Sonic Charge site.

Pete Tong awarded MBE. The pioneering British house DJ was awarded the honour – full title, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – for services to music and broadcasting. Cue a thousand lame “all gone Pete Tong” jokes.


New unofficial Daft Punk book on the way. St Martin’s Press is to release Dina Santorelli’s 176-page Daft Punk: A Trip Inside The Pyramid on January 21st, priced at $24.99.

Fabric kicks off spring season with Dead Slow video. “Music evolves in elliptical circles and, as an artform, it seems to exist completely in cycles. Even if those cycles prove to be slow and cavernously wide or fast and compact, burning out after the initial bubble bursts, there’s always been a unique torrent of trends/gimmicks that play out alongside the slower broiling more transient shifts in UK club music.”

Why is vinyl so popular in Germany? The BBC investigates (link only available outside the UK, alternative for UK readers here).

Eventide launches Mood plugin. The plugin promises to tell you the mood of any music you feed through it, in case you can’t tell whether it’s happy or sad. We have to admit we don’t really get the point. Free trial for iLok owners.


3rd January, 2014

  • Rhapz

    I can see the benefit of the mood plugin for artist that want somewhat scientific feedback of the emotional content of their art.

    For example, and I’m not sure how it works since I haven’t tried it, if someone was trying to make a dark track but the mood meter was showing the track still gives off a ‘bright’ vibe.

    That artist may choose to go in and explore how to make it more ‘dark’ i.e. exploring the use of more minor chords or changing certain notes, etc.

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