Music Tech News: Emerging Music Technologies + Product Updates

In this Music Tech News Roundup, we look at some emerging music production technologies, workflow solutions, and a few major product updates.

Music Tech News


Leviathan | Gestural Music Control for Myo

Expanding on a new era in music performance, Leviathan is a powerful Mac OS X application that allows you to perform chords and fx parameters using customizable gestures via MIDI and OSC. Combined with the Myo armband, you can control your DAW, plugins, and hardware controllers with your hands using custom gestures and movements. The Myo senses gesture and motion control to seamlessly interpret what your hands and fingers are doing and then transmits that information over Bluetooth. Compatible with all DAWs and standalone music software, you can perform chords, basslines, sequences, and entire songs with just the flick of your hand. Read more at Precision Music


Virus TI2 Darkstar | Analogue Synthesizer

Virus TI Darkstar

Access Music has announced the return of the Virus TI Darkstar. Based on a Virus TI Polar, the special edition Darkstar features a Gun Metal style finish housed in a wood and aluminium casing that screams style. Other than then a dark and groovy look, the technical specifications are identical to the Virus TI Polar 2009. Will you join the dark side? Read more at Access Music


Editors Keys | Dedicated Editing Shortcut Keyboards

Editors Keys

Editors Keys offers a range of wireless editing shortcut keyboards designed for audio producers, video editors, and graphic designers. The color-coded backlit keyboards help you speed up your workflow by providing all of a specific program’s shortcut keys, which would not normally be available with a standard keyboard. The dedicated PC and Mac editing keyboards are compatible with many major video, audio, and design programs such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Cubase, Final Cut Pro, Reason, Sony Vegas, and many more. Read more at Editors Keys


Elektron OS 1.22 | Analog Keys/Four and Analog Rytm Update

OS 1.22 for Analog Keys/Four and Analog Rytm adds some impressive new features to their line of machines. Added features for Analog Keys/Four include a variety of sequencer note conditions, pitch-tracking LFO modes for FM-type sounds, new modulation destinations for linear pitch modulation, and free-running LFO modes that are disconnected from BPM. Added features for Analog Rytm OS 1.22 also includes a variety of sequencer note conditions and free-running LFO modes in addition to a re-trig feature that can be recorded in Live Rec mode. Note that OS 1.22 is only compatible with Overbridge 1.10. Read more at Elektron

Traktor Stem View | Stems Support Expanded for All

Native Instruments has released an update for Traktor Pro that allows anyone to see the full Stems files being played without special hardware as well as the ability to map the stem controls to any MIDI controller. Stem View introduces a 4-track view for the Stem Deck. Now all Traktor DJs can play with a Stem track’s musical elements such as drums, bassline, melody, and vocals, for example. This Traktor Stem View announcement also includes built-in support for Kontrol S4 users, a discount on Stems, and 65 free premium Stem tracks for everyone to download. Read more at Native Instruments


Eye Conductor | Facial Gesture Controller

Developed by design student Andreas Refsgaard, Eye Conductor is a musical interface that allows people with physical disabilities to play music through eye movements and facial gestures. Using an eye tracker and a regular webcam, Eye Conductor detects the eye gaze and selected facial movements, enabling people to play any instrument, build beats, sequence melodies, trigger musical effects, and more. For example, raising your eyebrows can be used to transpose all played notes up one full octave while opening your mouth can add audio effects. The open system is designed for inclusion and can be customised to fit the physical abilities of whoever is using it. Read more at Andreas Refsgaard


Learn Native Instruments Maschine – Enroll Now!

Native Instruments’ Maschine redefines the intersection of hardware and software, performance and production. With Dubspot’s Maschine program for performers and producers, you will go from shaking hands with this cutting-edge music platform to making full tracks and performing your music live over the course of three levels. The future of performance and production is here, and there is no time for the future like today.

What’s Included:

  • Maschine Level 1: Programming and Beat Making Basics
  • Maschine Level 2: Sampling, Slicing and Composing
  • Maschine Level 3: Advanced Production and Performance Techniques

More start dates and information about payment plans can be found here. If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.