Month in music tech: the biggest news of March 2021

The hardware synthesizer market was relatively quiet this month, but intriguing music tech business developments and acquisitions were rife. Likewise, software and tech innovation brought AI vocalists and NFTs into the limelight, instigating heated discussions and new opportunities. For the first time in a while, talk of in-person events came back into the conversation, much to our excitement.

In this round-up, we recap the biggest and best news of March 2021, keeping you in the loop on announcements, product releases and new freeware you might have missed.

Industry

Gearspace

UMAW Spotify Protest
A musician holds a banner saying “1cent for stream” in front of Spotify’s headquarters in Madrid, Spain / Alberto Ortega / Europa Press via Getty

Gear releases

Lego Turntables Look Mum No Computer
Image: YouTube.com/LEGO
  • Love Hultén has transformed a Korg Minilogue XD into a gorgeous retro machine. It’s so attractive that even Hollywood actor Michael B Jordan has said he needs one.
  • Analogue Solutions, the synth manufacturer behind the titanic Colossus synth, unveiled the Leipzig V3 maintaining the “wonderful, angry pure-analogue sounds” the Leipzig range is renowned for.
  • Focal builds on the legacy of its revered Alpha range with the Alpha Evo 50 and Alpha Evo 65.
  • Moog’s Sound Studio packages “everything you need” to dip your toes into analogue synthesis.
  • MMXX T-APE is a flexible bytebeat synth-sequencer designed to fit in the palm of your hand like an unassuming cassette tape

Software

Beatport DJ

Freeware

Obituaries

  • This month we give thanks and say goodbye to Lou Otten, the creator of the cassette tape, who passed away at 94-years-old. An estimated 100 billion cassette tapes have been sold since the format’s introduction.
  • Malcolm Cecil, the creator of the legendary TONTO synth has passed away at the age of 84. The TONTO, or The Original New Timbral Orchestra, was the world’s first and largest multi-timbral polyphonic synth.
Lou Ottens
Lou Otten / Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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