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Poly Effects Beebo review: A versatile and complex touchscreen guitar pedal

Image Credit: Terrence O’Brien / Engadget Alright, but the most important part is what’s inside: the software. Despite a few warts, it’s largely a success. Yes, the UI can be a bit slow to respond. And yes, it’s much easier to chew through the DSPs power and max out the CPU than you might expect. …

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Mixing console pioneer Rupert Neve dies aged 94

Pioneering audio equipment inventor Rupert Neve has died aged 94 of non-Covid pneumonia and heart failure, according to his official website. The entrepreneur, whose custom Neve 8028 mixing console was integral to the classic rock sound of the 1970s, passed away on February 12th in Wimberley, Texas. Born in England in 1926, Neve volunteered to …

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Listen to haunting notes from an 18,000-year-old conch shell trumpet

Enlarge / Archaeologists in 1931 found the conch shell near the entrance of Marsoulas Cave. This is a reconstruction of where and how the shell might have been played. G. Tosello After 18,000 years of silence, an ancient musical instrument played its first notes. The last time anyone heard a sound from the conch shell …

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Arturia’s flagship PolyBrute synth is shipping now

Arturia’s $2,899 PolyBrute isn’t for the faint of heart. But it’s definitely gotten the synth nerd world all worked up. And with good reason: Its six analog voices, three LFOs, dual filters, digital effects, unique Morphée and ribbon controllers make it one of the more interesting instruments to be announced in the last couple years. …

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YouTube’s lo-fi music streams are all about the euphoria of less

Enlarge NurPhoto | Getty Images Dion Lewis was trying to make the best out of a difficult situation. Last August, when a storm left his Chicago neighborhood without electricity for a week, he improvised. Lewis had recently created a YouTube page for tutorials about the various aspects of computer programming called Code Pioneers, and that …

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This portable, rechargeable synth focuses on the pretty side of modular

Modern Sounds Normally when people talk about “modular synths”, you probably envision a giant Eurorack system with thousands of dollars worth of modules and rats nests of patch cables forming impossibly complex networks. But, over the past few years companies have made a concerted effort to bring the flexibility of modular to smaller and more …

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Poly Effects fully merges Digit and Beebo into one super pedal

The Poly Effects Digit and Beebo are two of the more interesting guitar pedals to come out in the last few years. They feature large touchscreens and incredible depth for designing your own effects and instruments. They’re basically virtual modular synths in a pedal format. While Digit and Beebo have different strengths, they are built …

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Meters’ OV-1-B Connect headphones have VU dials and a $349 price tag

Daniel Cooper The best laid schemes of mice, men and niche British audio brands can go awry when the world is gripped by a global pandemic. Meters Music announced its new flagship headphones back in January, with shipping due a few months later. It’s now December, and this is the first time we’ve seen the …

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Sean Ono Lennon sells NFT art piece for $3K in crypto

Sean Ono Lennon, a British-American musician, songwriter, and producer, has auctioned a tokenized digital illustration on NFT marketplace, Rarible. According to Rarible data, Lennon sold a piece entitled “Etharian 1” on Dec. 14 for 5.5 wrapped Ether (WETH), worth about $3,200 at time of publication. The musician subsequently congratulated the new piece’s owner on Twitter: “Congrats …

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Vocal synth with teeth is equally hilarious and horrifying

Love Hulten No, 2020 isn’t done with deeply unnerving technology just yet. The artist Love Hulten has built VOC-25, a vocal synthesizer where each of the keys is represented by a set of plastic teeth. Yes, it’s just as freaky in action as it looks. Play a piece and you’ll watch the teeth clatter as …

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