Our weekly review of the latest news in music and tech. This week: 40% off Cubase 7 upgrade, download Traktor DJ app for free, Miselu crowd funds iPad cover keyboard, Bromance opens up a US arm, and the UK launches Music Skills Academy.


Miselu launch two-octave keyboard primarily designed for iOS on Kickstarter. Miselu’s C.24 is an iPad cover-cum-keyboard with optical sensing to track key position and a ribbon for octave shift and analogue expression.  A pledge of $99 gets you the keyboard when they ship in November.

Defected release retrospective Charles Webster compilation. Defected’s first House Masters release of 2013 features 22 of Charles Webster’s productions and remixes, with an additional 14 tracks included on the digital version. House Masters: Charles Webster is released on Defected on 25th August.

Universal Audio announces the Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection.  The latest Pultec emulation revisits the EQP-1A and MEQ-5 and includes the HLD-3C – adding 12 dB per octave low and high cut filters. Available here for $299 USD, or $149 for current owners of the legacy Pultec Pro EQ plug-in.


Brodinski gives away The Purple Ride mixtape, launches Bromance US. The Frenchman’s hip-hop infused mixtape coincides with an announcement that Bromance, in partnership with Skrillex’s OSWLA (“the American extension of the family”), is launching in the US, commencing with the release of Toronto-based Illangelo’s debut album History of Man on 20th August.

Steinberg announce 40% off Cubase upgrade from 1st July until 31st August. The discount on Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 upgrades is available through the Steinberg website. The latest Cubase iteration includes new instruments, MixConsole with integrated EQ/dynamics channel strip modules and Chord Track for creating chord harmonies.

Native Instruments’ Traktor DJ iPad app is offered up for free download. To celebrate iTunes App store’s 5th birthday the mixing app whose features include eight effects, tempo adjustment and the ability to record a mixtape, is available for free download until Sunday (as long as you are running iOS6).

UK Music and Creative and Cultural Skills launch UK Music Skills Academy. The Academy aims to train and nurture the next generation of talent in the music industry in order to maintain the UK’s ‘competitive and imaginative edge’. Companies already supporting the Academy include Universal, Sony, Warner, Live Nation and Beggars Group. Read more about the initiative here.

Mixes this week:

… and Romare’s rough Summer Mix

12th July, 2013

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