This weeks’ news headlines for the music production scene featuring stories from Spotify, Akai, Roli and more!
This week in the music production news Akai and iZotope show off their latest software updates. Spotify makes a new app for your wrist, Roli repackage their hardware and sell their soul to the Devil and the guys in Australia have been thinking hard and have come up with an ingenious device for the podcasting market.
Akai MPC 2.3 released
Akai have released a major update to their MPC 2 software with the biggest change being the addition of three standalone plugins. Working with AIR Music Technology, Akai has added the AIR TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric plugins. The software also gets an Arpeggiator and auto sampler. The update is recommended by Akai for all MPC Live, MPC Software 2 and MPC X owners. Check out the link below to see more info on the three new plugins.
Source: Akai News November 15, 2018 link
Spotify app for Apple Watch
Spotify quite often gets a mention in our weekly news listings and its not because we like them or get any kind of incentive to do so. It is because they are always bringing out new features all the time. This week Spotify release a new Apple Watch app. The app is available now from the App Store and will make browsing your Spotify library and playlists that much more convenient.
Source: Spotify Newsroom November 13, 2018 link
ROLI launch Garageband controller
ROLI release a new version of the Beatmakers kits that has been tightly integrated with Apples Garageband which is a first for the software. This new integration is both exciting for Garageband users but also the Logic Pro users since this could hint at further collaboration between ROLI and Apple. The kit is now available from the Apple Store for £549.00.
Source: Roli Pressroom November 14, 2018 link
Updates to iZotope’s Nectar 3, Vocal Chain Bundle, and Music Production Suite 2
This Week iZotope release updates to their Nectar 3 and Music Production Suite 2 software along with the brand new Vocal Chain Bundle. Nectar 3 gets a new Dynamic EQ, a Vocal Assistant and inter plugin communication. Music Production Suite 2 also gets injected with Machine Learning goodness for assistive audio features. Finally, the new Vocal Chain Bundle is iZotopes all-in-one solution to vocal processing containing 6 products including RX 7 Breath, Celemony’s Melodyne 4 essential, Control, iZotope Relay, Nectar 3 and more.
Source: iZotope Pressroom November 9, 2018 link
RØDE release RØDECaster Pro
Rode come out of left field this week releasing a hardware podcast recording solution. You can record 4 microphones at the same time, trigger jingles, monitor levels and record everything to an SD card. You can even connect your phone to take live calls and record this too. The solution is great for any size operation (as long as you don’t need more than 4 microphones) and you know the quality is going to be good on this one.
Source: RØDE News November 16, 2018 link