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FL Studio 20.6 does what FL does best – adds more great toys to play with

It’s still tough to beat FL Studio when it comes to, well, playing with stuff – in a tool in which that play can get very advanced indeed. There are some great new toys here: Distructor is a new pedal-style distortion and multi-effects plug-in. What’s especially nice is you get four slots, each of which … Continue reading FL Studio 20.6 does what FL does best – adds more great toys to play with

Spitfire Audio’s free experimental LABS synth lets you play with unique textures

Spitfire Audio is back again with another LABS instrument, this time going for a more experimental approach with Opia. The software instrument was created from a collection of sonic textures taken from Ólafur Arnalds and artists performing at his London festival, Opia – hence the instrument’s name. These artists include Kiasmos, VAAL, Rhye, Poppy Ackroyd, … Continue reading Spitfire Audio’s free experimental LABS synth lets you play with unique textures

Aaltoverb is a reverb you can play like an instrument (VST, AU)

Normally, when you touch reverb controls, you get weird clicks and ranges that make no sense… Aaltoverb is different. It’s a performance-friendly reverb effect, now as a Windows and Mac plug-in. Madrona Labs are a boutique instrument builder in Seattle. How boutique? Well, their “about” page just has a nice picture of a tree. It’s … Continue reading Aaltoverb is a reverb you can play like an instrument (VST, AU)

Error Instruments’ TOMO lets you play parameters by touch

Experimental electronic instruments brand Error Instruments has released TOMO, a CV/Gate controller and sound generator for Eurorack. Inspired by the STEIM Crackle box, the new module is all about deliberate glitching and randomness. Equipped with CV out, the 12HP-sized module lets you control parameters with a pressure-sensitive touch interface designed to yield unpredictable results. Besides … Continue reading Error Instruments’ TOMO lets you play parameters by touch