Learn the Basics of Beatmaking with This Open-Source Synthesizer App

iOS: One of the best parts of any science-fiction game or movie are those ominous tones that suggest a conversation or discovery is about to head south—a quintessential part of the soundtrack that adds a lot of atmosphere (and tension) to an experience. And now, thanks to an open-source iOS app, you can make your own…Read more…


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A Global Shortage of Magnetic Tape Leaves Cassette Fans Reeling

A reader shares a report: Steve Stepp and his team of septuagenarian engineers are using a bag of rust, a kitchen mixer larger than a man and a 62-foot-long contraption that used to make magnetic strips for credit cards to avert a disaster that no one saw coming in the digital-music era. The world is running out of cassette tape (Editor’s note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source). National Audio Co., where Mr. Stepp is president and co-owner, has been hoarding a stockpile of music-quality, an-eighth of an inch-wide magnetic tape from suppliers that shut down in the past 15 years after music lovers ditched cassettes. National Audio held on. Now, many musicians are clamoring for cassettes as a way to physically distribute their music. The company says it has less than a year’s supply of tape left. So it is building the first manufacturing line for high-grade ferric


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Spotify in Talks To Acquire SoundCloud

Janko Roettgers, writing for Variety: Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire rival music service SoundCloud, according to a report by the Financial Times. An announcement of the acquisition could be made soon, according to the Times. The acquisition would come just months after SoundCloud launched its own paid streaming service. A Spotify spokesperson declined to comment on the report when contacted by Variety; SoundCloud didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Spotify is the market leader in the growing paid streaming business, disclosing earlier this month that it now has more than 40 million paying subscribers. Its biggest competitor is Apple Music with 17 million paying subscribers.

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The Moog Model 15 Synthesizer Stuffs a $10,000 Synth Into an iPad App

iOS: The Moog Modular Model 15 is one of Moog’s more popular synths, but it retails for around $10,000, which is far too expensive for most of us. If you’ve got an iPad sitting around, you can snag a digital recreation for $30.

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Audiophile Torrent Site What.CD Fully Pwnable Thanks To Wrecked RNG

Reader mask.of.sanity writes: Users of popular audiophile torrent site What.CD can make themselves administrators to completely compromise the private music site and bypass its notorious download ratio limits thanks to the use of the mt_rand function for password resets, a researcher has found. From the report (edited and condensed):What.CD is the world’s most popular high quality music private torrent site that requires its users to pass an interview testing their knowledge of audio matters before they are granted an account. Users must maintain a high upload to download ratio to continue to download from the site. […] “I reported it a year ago, and they acknowledged it but said ‘don’t worry about it,'” said New-Zealand-based independent security researcher who goes by the alias ss23.


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Apple’s New GarageBand For iOS Is An Electronic Musician’s Dream

IMG_0002 Well today, Apple launched a huge new update to GarageBand for iOS that has a lot more appeal to novices (like myself) and will undoubtedly be much more popular with electronic musicians thanks to the addition of Audio Units and a new feature for crafting beats. The real star of the show here is a feature called Live Loops which gives you a brand new way of producing tracks that’s… Read More


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Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a Google Music Player

Google Play’s a pretty simple way to get access to all your music. If you’re looking to build a little standalone machine for playing that music, GitHub user fredley created a simple little front end that’s easy to use.

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