Arturia MatrixBrute Review By Techno Producer Blawan

This video, via Telekom Electronic Beats, features techno producer Blawan offering his take on the new Arturia MatrixBrute synthesizer.

Video Summary:

Telekom Electronic Beats TV and Bonedo kick off a new co-operative effort that sees some of the leading producers in electronic music review the latest in tech and studio gear. Starting the series in style is mastermind and modular enthusiast Blawan. Watch as he gets his hands dirty with a full run through of the MatrixBrute, the latest in the Arturia product catalogue.

Isotonik Intros Circuit Editor Pro Standalone Version

Isotonik has released a standalone version of the Circuit Editor Pro, which was previously available as a AU/VST version for use in your DAW software.

In addition to the standalone version, they’ve added Session Randomization and the ability to save Session Presets in the Editor. A new Audition Mode allows you to audition patch presets directly from the browser, and then load them into your Circuit Bank. And you can drag & drop presets to arrange them in the order you want.

Pricing and Availability

The new version is available now for £25.00.

Korg Minilogue Gets New iPad Patch Editor & Librarian

Developer Chadwick Wood let us know that he’s updated his iPad patch editor, Patch Base, to support the Korg Minilogue.

Here’s what he has to say about it:

Now you can visualize any patch on your Minilogue, as well as edit all synth and sequencer parameters. Fetch patches from your synth, create new patches from an init patch, or create random patches to discover new sounds. And as always, you can store your entire patch library on your iPad, and organize it into folders.

The top half of the editor shows all of the synth’s voice parameters, while the bottom half gives controls for editing both notes and motion sequencing data, complete with copy, paste, randomization, and initialization functions. You can create your own sequences in the editor itself, or use it to perfect a sequence you recorded while playing the Minilogue itself.

The top 4 rows of the editor give access to all the voice parameters of the Minilogue, including some parameters that are only accessible via menu diving on the synth itself.

The bottom 5 rows of the editor give you full access to the Minilogue’s step and motion sequencers. You can edit up to 4 separate notes per step, and 4 different motion-sequenced parameters. You can also initialize, randomize, copy, and paste sequence data.

Pricing and Availability

The Patch Base app is a free download, but support for specific synthesizers is unlocked via In-App purchases, which are $19.99/synth.

Found Via http://www.synthtopia.com/

Akai Pro Announces Standalone MPC Live

2017 NAMM Show: Akai Professional today announced a new addition to its iconic MPC line, the MPC Live.

While the new MPC X is designed to be a flagship MPC, the MPC Live expands on the production workflow of the more compact MPC Touch by adding standalone functionality.

At the heart of the new MPC Live is a full-color 7-inch multi-touch screen, 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads, and a large, clickable master encoder knob. The MPC Live is designed to be both portable and powerful, packing 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, but weighing in at just 5.5 lbs. It can even run battery-powered, via the internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Powering MPC Live is MPC 2.0, Akai Professional’s new version of the MPC software. Capable of running natively on MPC Live in standalone mode, MPC 2.0 can also be run from a Mac or PC, with the MPC Live connected to a computer.

Among the new features added to 2.0 are: audio track recording, an improved time warp algorithm, enhanced Q-Link control, drag and drop audio/MIDI – all appearing on a new graphical interface.

Here’s the official intro video:

Features:

  • Works standalone or as a control surface for MPC 2.0 software
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Turntable (RCA) inputs with ground peg
  • 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of sound content included)
  • User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
  • 2 pairs of full-size MIDI inputs and outputs
  • 2GB of RAM for sampling
  • SD Card slot
  • 2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers

“The MPC Live is an absolute beast. It truly represents a huge step forward in the product category,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. “MPC Live is the most powerful MPC we’ve made to date and yet it’s portable enough to take anywhere.

Here are a few beatmaking demos with the MPC Live:

In this ‘Standalone Challenge’ video, above, Grammy-award winning Trap producer Zaytoven (Gucci Mane, Migos, Drake, Future) creates a track from scratch using only the MPC Live and an MPK249 plugged directly into the Live. No computers were used.

Akai Pro also shared a few videos, demoing features of the MPC Live:

Pricing and Availability

The MPC Live is expected to be available in Q1 2017, price at US $1,199.

inMusic will be showing Akai’s new MPC 2.0 series, including MPC Live, later this month at the 2017 NAMM Show.