Music Tech News: 10 Emerging Technologies and Announcements

This roundup of music tech news features major announcements from Elektron, Native Instruments, FXpansion, and Sony as well as emerging technologies from Arturia, iConnectivity, Pioneer, Hive, and AudioThing.

Elektron Discontinues Monomachine and Machinedrum

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Elektron have announced that they are discontinuing production and sale of their popular Machinedrum and Monomachine musical instruments. Both machines have a limited stock that will continue to sell on the company’s website until June 21. After the 21st these machines will officially become “classics” so jump now if you’ve been wanting one. Read more at Elektron

Red Arturia Microbrute and Minibrute

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Arturia have launched a special edition red version of their Mini and Microbrute synths that are currently available at Sweetwater.

Free Bass Station II Artist Pack

Bass Station II users – you can grab a free download of patches for your synth that were designed by artists such as Nite Jewel, Cian from Super Furry Animals, Jeremy from Everything Everything, Jason Miles, Victor Parris Mitchell, Adam Freeland. Grab the Bass Station II Artist Pack here.

FXpansion Geist 2 Announced

FXpansion’s Geist is a powerful drum machine and sequencer plugin that is championed by many music producers and sound designers. The company has recently launched an upgraded version of the software which is available for $199. Read more at FXpansion.


iConnectivity Mio Advanced MIDI Interface

iConnectivity make some of our favorite MIDI products so we are very excited to hear that the company has designed an advanced MIDI interface. The Mio 10 is a 10 channel MIDI interface that can operate as a stand-alone interface or it can connect up to 6 Apple or PC computers at the same time and offers built-in MIDI merging, filtering, remapping, and routing functions. Read more at iConnectivity.

REAKTOR Blocks 1.2 Update

The REAKTOR Blocks 1.2 update introduces new CV and MIDI connectivity. Calibrate pitch signals for accurate use with external hardware oscillators, use Blocks to convert any signal into gates and triggers, and send pitch, gate, and modulation signals from a Blocks patch to REAKTOR’s MIDI out. Read more at Native Instruments

Sony Sells Acid and Sound Forge

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“It’s the end of an era – but maybe not such a golden era. Once upon a time, ACID and Sound Forge were each industry-leading software tools, originally developed by Sonic Foundry. Now, languishing alongside their stablemate, video editor Vegas, they’re seeing ownership pass from Sony (via its creative software division) to German software house and holding company MAGIX.” Read more at Create Digital Music.


Pioneer have launched a new system for DJs this year that offers “festival-ready set-up with arena-grade sound components for a huge, reliable sound. Read more about the system at Pioneer

Hive Touch Synthesizer

The Hyve Touch Synthesizer is an inexpensive DIY synth building kit that was designed by Skot Wiedman who has been teasing the synth community with videos of this upcoming project. We don’t know much about this synth yet but we’re waiting to learn more and you can learn more too by signing up for the Hive mailing list. ”Be melodic and expressive, or drum and tap. Here are some fun ways to explore 3D touch and performance gestures on this little synthesizer.”

AudioThing SR-88 VST

SR-88 is a sample-based plugin emulation of the Sound Master Memory Rhythm SR-88, which is a rare analog drum machine from the 1980s. The instrument features 5 classic analog sounds: Kick, Snare, Hi Hat 1, Hi Hat 2, and Cymbal, which can be pitched, panned or mixed independently. You can additionally shape the sound with the Low Pass Filter (Zero Delay Feedback), Overdrive, Compressor and Reverb. The sequencer lets you easily build patterns that can be dragged and dropped to your DAW/host. Read more at AudioThing


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Sound Design Komplete Program

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  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
  • Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
  • Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Production Techniques
  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming and Instrument Building

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