Sample and education platform Splice and streaming giant SoundCloud have teamed up to find the next generation of artists. Their new platform – called Nova – aims to discover talent through Splice’s Discord server, using artist packs and producer contests, with twelve total packs released starting in January 2022.
MasterSounds – the UK company that manufacture bespoke rotary mixers and high-end audio equipment – has announced a new hi-fi system for ‘music lovers’, called Clarity A. The system includes two cube-style speakers called Cube:6 and a subwoofer called Sub:8, both numbers referring to the cone size in inches. The whole system is subtly designed to fit in both a public venue or in your own private listening space.
Apple has added Spatial Audio mixing to Logic Pro X in a new update. The new feature lets users take advantage of the new tech that Apple has invested heavily in over the past few years, adding it to their AirPod Pro and Max headphones, as well as Apple Music, Apple TV and now MacBook Pros. Other services like Disney Plus also support the feature.
Numark has announced a new DJ hardware unit, the MixStream Pro. It’s designed to be used without a computer and can stream music from multiple sources including Beatport LINK, Beatsource LINK, TIDAL and SoundCloud Go+. Tracks are buffered to an internal memory system so they won’t drop out if you lose connection. You can even use Dropbox to store your music and access it straight from the device without a computer.
Apple has announced a new Apple Music subs model – Voice Plan. Users who subscribe to the new plan will only be able to use Siri to access the Apple Music library. That means you’ll have to speak to any Siri-supported devices like iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, HomePod, CarPlay and AirPods and ask for the music you want to hear. It's designed for the ultra-casual listener who just wants a mood or a vibe, or a certain artist but isn't as interested in putting on a special song or album.
Apple has announced a new range of MacBook Pro computers with a focus on high power and features for creative professionals. The laptops come in two sizes – 14-inch and 16-inch – and, to the joy of many music makers, have returned some of the much-missed ports to the computers. MagSafe charging has returned as well as a physical HDMI output and – a heavily requested – SD card slot on the side for expanding storage space and also for transferring media quickly.
Apple has launched the next version of their popular AirPod headphones. The third generation of AirPod won’t replace the current second-gen but adds some features from both the Pro and the AirPod Max including Spatial Audio, Adaptive EQ and Dynamic Head Tracking. The new pods are also water and sweat resistant and add up to six hours of listening, with four full charges via the new case, which now also supports wireless charging.
Software and hardware company IK Multimedia has announced four new plugins designed to emulate classic TASCAM tape hardware. The models are officially certified from TASCAM and focus on everything from the high-end reel-to-reel tape to portable cassette recorders that were a super popular home-recording solution from 1984 onwards.
Roland’s infamous SP-404 sampler has been given its first major update since the original release back in 2005. The unit is famous for making lo-fi beats and has been the go-to sampler for the likes of Flying Lotus, James Blake and many more.