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    Various third-party apps have turned your iPad (or, occasionally, Android) into a control surface for DAWs. Many simply emulate the features of Mackie Control, a popular inter-app control protocol. Steinberg offered its own tool with the awkwardly-named but powerful Cubase iC Pro. Killer features: keyboard shortcuts, visual arrangement overview for navigation. Then, came Apple with the wide-reaching Logic Control. While strikingly similar to Steinberg’s offering, Apple earns points for adding instrumental control, interactive help, and something called Smart Control. What Apple didn’t do was provide touch interfaces for all its instruments and effects. And as I said in the review, ...

    The post iPad DAW Control App To Beat? V-Control Pro Offers Direct Window on Desktop, More [Gallery] appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Alongside starting orders for the Mac Pro, Apple this week released updates for all its pro apps, including Logic Pro X. And, showing ongoing attention to MainStage – which Cupertino says is used by a number of high-profile celebrities in their tours – the live performance companion app gets some attention, too. The banner feature of 10.0.5 is “450 bug fixes,” which is not necessarily what I’d want to advertise, as it suggests 450 bugs shipped in the previous releases. But in a crucial contrast to what has been the norm for their other updates, Apple shares details of what ...

    The post Logic Pro X 10.0.5: Improved EQs, 450 Bug Fixes, Drummers, More appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    If the album business model is collapsing, the frantic rush to everything else is at least interesting. Hip hop as a genre, of course, came from a deconstruction and reconstruction of the album, from the early evolution of DJ techniques and sampling. So, the fact that Wu Tang is skipping the conventional release altogether is new, but it’s also connected to history. Sure, plenty of artists have gone for remix contests and the like. What’s different in Wu Tang’s case is that this time, the debut track “So Many Detailz” from their Parent Advisory will head straight to Blend as ...

    The post Wu Tang Debuts Song in Hackable Form: New Track on Blend First appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Roland’s PLUG-OUT introduces a new way to deliver electronic musical instruments. You get a plug-in you run on your computer, but then the same sound-making code can be loaded onto hardware – the AIRA SYSTEM-1 synth keyboard. The good news is, the future-y stuff all works perfectly well. As we reported in our initial hands-on, when the installation works, you can use the software alone, the SYSTEM-1 alone, or a combination, which is a nice arrangement. The bad news is, the old-fashioned “install the plug-in and it works in your DAW” part? Well, for some – not so much. We’ve ...

    The post Roland’s PLUG-OUT SH-101 Doesn’t Work in Many Hosts; What You Need to Know appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    The world has no shortage of MIDI controllers. There are big ones, small ones. There are, increasingly, loads of specialized controllers designed around apps. The DS1 is designed to be something different: it’s a mixing controller. And as conceived in a partnership between educational studio Dubspot and Austin, Texas boutique builder Livid Instruments, it’s meant to mix in any app. It’s a mixer for prodution, but also for DJing. With templates for a variety of tools, it’s made to be as comfortable in Traktor as in Ableton Live as in Logic. We’ve still yet to test whether it delivers on ...

    The post MIDI Controller with Loads of Faders, Knobs, App Support: Livid DS1 on Preorder [Gallery] appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Numerology is a ray of hope, proof that there’s more than one way to build software for making music live and in the studio. Instead of locking you into yet another multitrack recorder, it’s an open canvas for combining sequencers into note-making machines. But maybe the idea of using some idiosyncratic modular step-sequencing environment just hadn’t quite won you over. Quietly working away in New Mexico, developer Jim Coker has been working away on a new Numerology to change your mind. What’s different about this fourth revision? Well, a whole lot of details, but here are the important new developments: ...

    The post Numerology 4 is the Deep Modular Sequencer You Didn’t Know You Needed [Mac] appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    With version number 10.1, the Logic Pro release out right now sounds like a “yawn, move along” bump. But there’s actually a big story here. Half that story is about making electronic beats. The other half, and maybe the more important half, is about editing. But let me explain. Even with a steady stream of updates, I’m not convinced Logic Pro X has entirely shaken concerns from some hard-core producers about serious editing – whether they’re being fair or not. Something about all the cute graphics and loop browsing and GarageBand and iPad and iPhone seems to make them, well, ...

    The post What’s New in Logic Pro X 10.1: Editing Power, Electronic Drums [In Detail] appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    When audio software maker Camel Audio announced they were ceasing operations and making their product line unavailable, we considered two possibilities: either they had simply closed shop, or they were bought. Well, they were bought. That is, we can’t confirm the plug-in vendor has been purchased by Apple. Here, let’s line up two scenarios again. Either: 1. Camel Audio spontaneously moved their UK business registration to Apple’s London address and named Apple lawyer Heather Joy Morrison as their sole Director. (Upside: awesome prank. Downside: um, maybe you get thrown in the Tower of London, or whatever England does these days.) ...

    The post Camel Audio Almost Certainly Acquired by Apple appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Remember the days of clicking laboriously to add notes to a piano roll editor? Well, that’s a bit silly nowadays if there’s a touchscreen sitting next to your desk. You probably want to make use of it – and maybe without stumbling around helper apps and wifi configuration. We’ve already seen how Auxy, the iPad pattern editor, reduced a widely-known music process to its simplest elements. The recent addition of MIDI opens it up to external hardware. But it also makes a nice example of what the new utility midimux can do: connecting this app to the wealth of sounds ...

    The post Here’s How To Connect the iPad’s Easiest Pattern Maker to Your Mac [Video Tutorial] appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Logic Pro has a new flagship synth instrument. And that synth is no basic pack-in – it’s one of the deepest software instruments on the market. It’s also no stranger. As expected following Cupertino’s acquisition, Alchemy, a deep “sample manipulation” synth, has made its way into Apple’s product line. It’s now everywhere on the Mac desktop. Even in GarageBand, you can access Alchemy-based presets. In Logic Pro X, and even MainStage, you can access the full instrument. (That means the $29.99 MainStage is now also a heck of a steal if you just want the synth.) (I do say desktop ...

    The post Alchemy synth is now a part of Logic Pro X; here’s what’s new appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    First, there was software – and mapping it manually to controllers. Then, there was integrated hardware made for specific software – but you practically needed a different device for each tool. Maschine Jam is a third wave: it’s deeply integrated with software workflows, but it can swap from one tool to another without having to change how you work. That’s possible because Maschine Jam is focused on some fairly specific workflows as far as triggering patterns, creating melodies and rhythms, and controlling parameters. The “jam” part is really focused on live control. So it’s not quite about deep sample editing ...

    The post Ableton or FL Studio or Bitwig, Maschine Jam integrates with everything appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Happy New Year? Not yet. In the universe of music gear, the NAMM show in California is a sort of unspoken new year’s holiday – home to the biggest wave of music tech announcements of the year. It doesn’t cover everything, as many music producer-specific makers have fled the pricey trade show booths for more focused events. But there’s still rather a lot. Here’s a look at what to expect. Year of the drum machine The monosynth has made its comeback; now it might be the drum machine’s turn. Behringer and Akai are likely to join recent product launches from ...

    The post What to expect from 2017’s first wave of new music gear appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Apple continues to modernize and streamlined its flagship Logic DAW. And for anyone fearing it would turn the app into GarageBand, what you’re getting is quite the opposite – Logic features added to GarageBand, and some ongoing pro-oriented improvements to Logic itself. (Don’t worry: no EDM presets or fake drummers in this article. So read on, if you’re not into that sort of thing.) GarageBand: Alchemy, mobile recording for Logic Let’s talk GarageBand first. The big news here is baking Alchemy, the synth Apple acquired, into GarageBand on iOS. That will do little to comfort Alchemy fans who previously had ...

    The post Updates make Logic more pretty, powerful; GarageBand more like Logic appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Logic Pro X gets another update this week. Apart from Apple’s continued fascination with automated Drummers, look to some new fluidity with sound, pitch, and time. As usual in Apple’s fairly frequent, packed update cadence for their flagship DAW, you get a load of little improvements. Drummers will appeal to those wanting quick results, though […]

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    Apple’s music production tool gets a new step sequencer for rhythms, sound libraries, and Eastern touch instruments – plus it looks good on the iPhone X. The first thing to know about GarageBand is, it’s everywhere. Apple’s generous availability of its serious, beginner-friendly producer tool means theoretically anyone with an iPad or iPhone might wind […]

    The post GarageBand on iOS adds powerful sequencer and a lot more sounds appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Apple’s free update to Logic adds a slew of new FX. But the banner feature is Smart Tempo: record without a click, and mix and match audio, automatically. Playing to click tracks has been the bane of DAW and sequencer users since the beginning. The idea of Smart Tempo is, you record with a human […]

    The post Logic Pro X 10.4: New effects, and play and mix audio without a click appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Until we evolve more arms, foot controllers are very necessary. So it’s nice to see a new entry for both software and hardware control, in the form of the Nektar PACER. If you don’t know Nektar, they’ve had a range of controller keyboards for some years now. They made a name for themselves by integrating […]

    The post Finally, a new controller for your feet, for software or hardware appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Native Instruments quietly stuffed a bunch of little improvements into its Maschine groove production tool today – including the ability to control Apple Logic and at last, to record loops. It’s only called 2.7.3, but it shows NI are continuing to smooth out workflow and integration in their software. The big one: loop recording. So, […]

    The post Maschine adds loop recording, controls Apple Logic, more appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Sonic Logic has been on the app store since 2012 and has consistently delivered new features and functionality. Version 3 lands with a whole set of new features and a solid foundation to build on for the future

    The post Sonic Logic 3 lands with a whole set of new features and a solid foundation to build on for the future appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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    Oh, look, a new MIDI controller keyboard ranks there with “wow, a new moderately-priced mid-sized sedan.” But… Arturia may have a hit on their hands with the MKII KeyLab. Here’s why. While everyone else guns for the elusive entry level “everyone,” Arturia has won over specific bands of enthusiasts. The BeatStep Pro is a prime […]

    The post Arturia’s KeyLab MKII: a more metal, more connected keyboard controller appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.


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