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Arturia MicroLab: Small 25-Key Go-Anywhere Controller

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Arturia MicroLab: Small 25-Key Go-Anywhere Controller

Here’s Arturia MicroLab, a small and portable MIDI 25-key controller targeted to anyone looking for something with either a small footprint or just being able to bring your controller wherever you go.

Besides the 25 velocity sensitive keys it got smart features like a small dent around the rubberised casing where you can safely store the usb cable when not in use, chord mode and touch strips for pitch bend and modulation.

Read more about the MicroLab at Arturia.com ($89)

Crowdfunding for Strata: A new Ableton Live controller

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Crowdfunding for Strata: A new Ableton Live controller

Envision Sound has started a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to make Strata a reality. They call this controller a control system more than just another MIDI controller since it has two parts: the MIDI controller (with plenty of pads and knobs) and the nativeKONTROL scripting which handles the midi data between the controller and Ableton Live.

Envision Sound asserts that Strata’s unique approach improves the fluidity and possibilities of music creation and performance in ways otherwise not currently available.

The Kickstarter campaign is set to start at October 1st.

Read more on envision-sound.tech

Plogue Chipsynth MD: Genesis FM power!

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Plogue Chipsynth MD: Genesis FM power!

Plogue – makers of the incredible Chipsounds plug – announced a new synth plug, the Chipsynth MD. It’s a 16 bit four operator polyphonic FM synth that’ll bring back the sounds of the classic Sega Mega Drive / Genesis as it emulates the classic OPN2 (YM2612) with a SN76489 compatible square wave core.

‘The Mega Drive™ – also known as Genesis™ – is a much beloved console system that brought the bright and sparkly sound of FM to the masses. It resulted in the creation of numerous fast paced and exciting soundtracks, and it still drives the creativity of composers to this day.

Since Plogue promises this thing to be bit accurate it also comes with a complimentary VGM file player so you can load up those classic Sonic tunes and see how exact it is yourself (and maybe rip some classic presets out… who knows).

Read more about the Chipsynth MD on Plogue.com

Native Instruments reveal Massive X

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Native Instruments reveal Massive X

Now this is interesting! Native Instruments teases us with a new generation of their incredibly popular synth Massive dubbed Massive X. The new version will co-exist with the current Massive plug and will be released in February 2019.

Massive X will sport a new sound engine that takes advantage of modern CPUs, a big modular engine, plenty of effects and new subtractive filters. Judging by the quick view we get of it in the video below it looks like the UI is completely revamped and probably a bit more user friendly.

The current version of Massive will continue to get updates though, so don’t fret if you don’t want to upgrade.

With a next generation sound engine, state of the art components, and new effects, MASSIVE X will ensure your music stays on the cutting edge for the next decade.

Read more at native-instruments.com

Limited edition of KORG nanoSERIES controllers

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Limited edition of KORG nanoSERIES controllers

KORG’s nanoseries celebrates ten years with a set of limited edition controllers (nanoKEY2, nanoPAD2, and nanoKONTROL2). The blue and yellow models are meant to fit perfectly with Korg Gadget (their iOS/Mac DAW software) and the brown/yellow are meant to fit Ableton Live users.

Besides color matching nicely with your daw they come with downloadable codes for the Korg software bundle and a 20% discount coupon for Korg Gadget for Mac OS X.

Read more at Korg.com

KAMI-OTO: A DIY Cardboard MIDI Keyboard

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KAMI-OTO: A DIY Cardboard MIDI Keyboard

Step aside, Nintendo Labo, here’s KAMI-OTO; a DIY midi keyboard you fold yourself out of prime cardboard.

The KAMI-OTO is the brainchild of Reo Nagumo who created Beatmania 20 years ago, these days he runs a company called Yudo and this project is now up on Kickstarter (it still needs a few bucks to reach the goal though). Based on Japanese origami you get the cardboard body and keys ready to be folded, then just add the silicone contacts and main board and you’re ready to go.

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Serato Updates DJ Pro, No Need For Hardware

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Serato Updates DJ Pro, No Need For Hardware

Serato has changed the name of their flagship DJ software, going from simply Serato DJ to Serato DJ Pro.

So, basically, Serato DJ Pro is a free update if you already got a Serato DJ license – all supported hardware will still work and so will your existing expansion packs. What’s new is that they reset the trial period, so if you tried it before and want to have a go again you’re all set to do so, added 64-bit support (better performance and no limit on library size) AND they’ve added a new mode called Practice Mode (ta-daaa!).

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Wavesfactory Spectre: Spectral Enhancer Plugin

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Wavesfactory Spectre: Spectral Enhancer Plugin

Wavefactory’s Spectre is a sound-shaping plugin promising to combine a sound enhancer with a graphical parametric equalizer.

Spectre processes the difference between the input signal and the EQ signal, introducing harmonic content to just the part of the spectrum that you want from a variety of saturation algorithms based on classic recording hardware.

You can choose from eight different saturation algorithms to get the sound you’re after, from warmth to creamy or harsh.

Check it out in action here:

Download it here: Wavesfactory: Spectre Plugin (32/64 bit VST, AU, AAX)