This weeks’ news headlines for the music production scene featuring stories from Spotify & Google, Apple Inc and Pioneer and more!
This week in the news finally, Apple announces an upgrade to two of their old/out-of-date offerings, and Spotify and google get together to give subscribers something free! On the software side of things Allen & Heath add substance to their SQ mixers, and Pioneer are first to the finish line with testing of their products on the latest macOS.
DEEP plugins now available on SQ Mixers
Allen & Heath have done what they term ‘a major ‘first’ for the manufacturer’ recently with their release of the DEEP plugins suite for SQ series mixers. They have ported the plugins from their dLive mixing systems and claim ZERO additional latency since the plugins are built into the SQ system itself. Furthermore, these plugins can be applied independently to each of the 48 input channels.
The plugins are available in the Allen & Heath store here with plugins starting at $59USD, and the Tube Stage Preamp plug-in (worth $149USD) is thrown in for free to all SQ users.
Source: Allen & Heath News October, 2018 link
Spotify and Google Home team up!
Got on a Spotify Premium for Family plan! That’s what Spotify and Google have partnered up together to do. Starting in November 2018, Spotify will give every Spotify Premium for Family account 1 free Google Home Mini which will be integrated with Spotify. The Google device will be sent to owner of the Spotify account so they can enjoy their listening experience hands free. Note, this is just for US Spotify account holders and available for a limited time only so why not get involved!
Source: Spotify Newsroom October 31, 2018 link
Apple releases new Mac Mini and Macbook Air
Huge news to Mac users today with the release of the new 2018 Mac Mini and Macbook Air computers. The new Macbook Air keeps its great battery life (12 hours) and lightweight (2.75 pounds) but, gets greatly upgraded hardware over its predecessor with 8th gen Intel chips more RAM and SSD storage. The same goes for the Mac Mini retaining its form factor and getting a major hardware upgrade.
All things considered, whatever Apple released would have been a huge step up compared with their predecessors since these upgrades have been a long time coming. Let’s hope we don’t see any of the thermal throttling on launch, like we did with the new Macbook Pro’s.
The new 2018 Mac Mini now gives music producers a real, viable option over the highly priced iMac Pro with usable specs rather than being just an under powered cup warmer. The Mac Mini starts at around 799 GBP and the Macbook Air starts at 1199 GBP.
Pioneer and macOS Mojave tested
Pioneer completed testing against the new macOS Mojave confirming that their hardware and software is compatible. A full list of tested hardware and software can be found here and in summary this covers the entire Pioneer range of current products. This is the first announcement we have seen of full compatibility with Mojave, where Native Instruments, Serato and Ableton still working through issues. Props to Pioneer for getting their testing done!
Source: Pioneer News October 25, 2018 link