audio

Spotify Is Killing It, And That's A Good Thing

Sony just made PlayStation immeasurably better by ditching its own Music Unlimited service for Spotify, bringing the world’s most popular (and arguably best) on-demand streaming service to the word’s most popular next-gen gaming console.


Finally, A Movie Shows How French Electronic Music Is More Than Vocoders

Thanks to Daft Punk, the 1990s French “touch” electronic music scene has its legendary figures, masks and vocoder robot voices and button pushing and all. We’ve got the sound and look, but we’re missing a little fiction to glorify the music’s rise into one of the more influential electronic music movements ever.


Apogee Groove Is A Thumb Drive-Sized DAC For Your Laptop

Laptop sound cards are often complete junk. So, if you need to actually use your computer’s audio output for something the demands crisp clear sound, you need an external solution — and Apogee’s new external digital-to-analogue converter could do the trick.


Pro Tools Is Releasing A Free Version Of Its Legendary Audio Software

Pro Tools is the industry standard for digital audio production, but if you wanna get with the pros, you’ve always had to pay. No longer! Now, there’s a free version of the software targeted at beginners, and that rules.


Korg's Rebooted Arp Odyssey Is Here, Ready For An Army Of Synth Nerds

Here it is, folks. This is probably the coolest synthesiser reboot possible.


You Can Squeeze These Tiny Synths Into Your Skinniest Jeans

Teenage Engineering’s been teasing its tiny PO-12 for nearly a year, and for the NAMM show, it’s officially launching its pocket synth not as a standalone unit, but as a line of little noisemakers that look like Casio calculators with their faceplates snapped off.


Here's What Embroidery Patterns Sound Like Played Through A Music Box

If you step back and compare the two, the intricate patterns you’ll find in a detailed folk embroidery don’t look that much different than the series of punched holes you’ll find on the scrolling scores used in a traditional hand-cranked music box. Artists Zsanett Szirmay and Bálint Tárkány-Kovács saw the same similarities, and discovered that when played through a music box, classic embroidery patterns are surprisingly melodic.


Moog's Gigantic Modular Synthesisers Are Getting A New Lease On Life

Moog’s newly announced modular synthesisers aren’t really new at all. They’re recreated versions of giant hardware the company originally released in 1973. This is big news — like literally, the synths are huge.


Oculus Rift Could Make Music Software Way Easier To Use

Design student Bryon Mallett might be onto something with this impressive virtual realty rig for playing and composing music. Finally somebody’s building something actually useful for Oculus Rift that’s not just a damn advertisement.


Interview: RZA Wants To Buoy The Music Industry -- With A Speaker?

Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA started working with speaker manufacturer Boombotix in mid-2014, and he says he wanted make more than just another branded product. “I just had a bigger idea than sticking my logo on something,” he told me at CES in Las Vegas. “I thought we could make this great product a little greater.” His idea? Load it with exclusive music.