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Isaac Elejalde

Snarky Puppy’s keyboard player gets his hands on the new Rhodes MK8

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Over the last several weeks, we’ve learned a lot about the upcoming Rhodes MK8 electric piano, and we’ve even seen some renderings, but it’s only now that the team behind it has given us our first good look at what it is looks like.

Bill Laurance, the keyboard player for Snarky Puppy, recently paid a visit to Rhodes HQ and had an opportunity to play the new piano.


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If this is the final MK8 design, it has the traditional Rhodes appearance while yet having its personality. To the left, we can see the Preamp, EQ, and Vari-Pan sections, but there are no effects, indicating that they will not be included as standard. Those who wish to specify the compressor, delay, and chorus will most likely find them to the right.

“Making it into a Rhodes synthesizer while retaining the legacy of the classic MKI and MKII,” Bill said. “It’s stunning. This is a really important instrument.”

The Rhodes MK8’s pricing and release date are yet to be determined, but we do know that the new Rhodes website, which will allow you to learn more about it, will go up on November 1st.

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Spotify launches DJ Mixes

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Spotify has added a new area dedicated to DJ mixes.

The new area premiered in the first week of October, as well as new mixes from artists such as Adam Beyer and Noisia, and other previous mix content from the Spotify archive.

Currently, the service is offered in eight markets: the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand. Spotify stated in an official statement that it expects the list of areas to grow shortly.

The initiative, which comes on the heels of a similar statement made by Apple Music in September, provides a possible new cash source for creatives. Spotify has recently been under increased scrutiny as concerns about the broader streaming strategy have arisen. According to a recent UK survey, just 0.4 percent of musicians make a living solely from streaming.

Hopefully, we will have a larger catalog including DJs from different music style in the near future.

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Pianity marketplace lets you collect unique music NFT

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NFTs, also known as crypto collectibles, are one-of-a-kind assets that use blockchain technology to establish scarcity and value on one-of-a-kind artworks, connecting the virtual and real worlds. In context, crypto arts have lately grown by 299 percent in 2020, with half of its whole historical worth created in March 2021 ($200M).

NFT or Non-fungible Tokens

Non-fungible Tokens are bits of data that are registered and validated on a digital ledger known as a blockchain and can be artworks, audio, movies, or games, among other things, confirming an asset’s validity through unique IDs. But what exactly is a blockchain? In a word, it is a digital ever-growing list of data records composed of multiple data blocks organized chronologically and linked and secured by cryptographic proofs.

Pianity is made for collectors and artist

There’s no doubt that Pianity’s Nature is designed to create value for artists and collectors. It will continue to release some great features while offering a wider range of options to its community of musicians and collectors. Profit-Sharing NFTs are a new reward-distribution system that encourages long-term collectors to continue collecting.

To reward collectors for their support of musicians, Pianity has been working on a reward-distribution mechanism. This implies that every collector on Pianity will get a weekly reward equal to the size of their NFT portfolio – paid in fiat and immediately added to their NFT balance.

The beta edition of Pianity, a fresh new NFT marketplace that acts as a digital art gallery featuring many music sectors, was made available to us a few months ago.

A new music NFT marketplace

Artisans and their audiences join Pianity to create, collect and exchange unique digital artworks. It is a social platform that encourages discovery and creativity, as collecting is intrinsically social.

We’re thrilled to be a part of Pianity’s weekly releases, which feature a variety of musical genres, including Minimal House, along with some of our dearest friends and producers, who will showcase some of their exclusive works in extremely limited editions.

Taking into account Pianity’s infancy, we spent a lot of time figuring out how to make this brand new aspect of music revenue relevant for both artists and collectors. We developed an evolving strategy and a special video clip, which Pianity amazingly allowed us to make exactly the way we wanted it to be.

NFT benefits to the music industry

By limiting live concerts, 2020 has turned the music industry on its head and taken away a key source of income for musicians. Because of this, artists have been seeking new methods to interact and develop with their audiences, which has led to the creation of NFT marketplaces, which provide numerous benefits to artists.

An essential element of crypto exchange, NFT transactions let users send money and receive content directly to their digital wallet. Aside from that, artists have complete control over the goods they wish to transform, as these tokens may be digital or physical, and can be used to tokenize everything from albums to records to digital art to studio sessions to merchandising to event tickets.

Collecting and trading their favorite producers’ creations is possible with NFTs thanks to the ability to own a piece (or a portion) of their reproduction on the blockchain. The ability to be open to newcomers has allowed NFTs to uncover a creative side that is pretty much exciting to understand and discover.

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Alex Ball’s YouTube channel is a gold mine of synth documentaries

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Alex Ball is a composer and producer with a long trajectory of 15 years, in which he has been recognized for his talents.

Alex has worked with a variety of companies like Jameson, Ribena, Douwe Egberts, Amazon Prime, Coca-Cola, Peroni, FCA, Public Health England, Ballantine’s, Virgin Holidays, Currys PC World, HP, Gulf Air, Ladbrokes, Hyundai, and others.

Alex Ball focused his passion for music six years ago when he launched a new YouTube account and began making videos demonstrating music production, composition, and arrangement.

His YouTube channel is well-known in the electronic music scene for its reviews of popular or freshly launched synthesizers. Each of his viewpoints has ensured progress for producers of electronic music.

With the progression and expansion of his YouTube channel, Alex has made DIY films evaluating and researching the top synthesizers on the market. Also, as long and fantastic lessons that have helped many DJs improve musically.

Alex, on the other hand, is more than just a YouTube video creator. Alex Ball has made a name for himself as a composer for series and movies that have been nominated and chosen as the best compositions, including on the trailers for “Sackboy: A Big Adventure” and “Watch Dogs: Legion,” and for the Cbeebies BAFTA nominated series “Tee & Mo.”

Alex has built a career out of his talents, including a loyal base that follows his every step with the development of new songs and all the reviews of new and old synthesizers. We recommend you watch each of his videos and learn more about his inventions by visiting his website.

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Alex Ball
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Improve your music skills with Gene On Earth’s masterclass

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Gene on Earth has emerged with one fantastic idea, a never-before-seen deep-dive look at his creative process and make it a Masterclass.

Gene’s ‘Nuggets – The Blueprint’ tutorial course provides unequaled access to an artist at the top of his profession, and he has lots of pearls of knowledge to impart.

Gene On Earth takes you behind the scenes of his studio to show you how he makes his renowned Limousine Dream nuggets every year. He teaches you everything from digging techniques to his process with samples and soft synthesizers, as well as a variety of methods to obtain the right arrangement.

This course presupposes a basic understanding of Ableton and electronic music production principles (for example, what an EQ does, how to work with MIDI notes, and things on that level).

This is a thorough Ableton lesson that covers all aspects of Gene’s music-making process. You will learn the following from it: How he completes every track he starts, employs all of the technical and musical skills he employs in his tracks, and some strategies for success both inside and outside the studio. Each procedure in the course addresses the stages involved in the effective development of electronic music.

In this way, the course may be used by both beginners and pros, when the student can follow the introduction and additional videos, they will have the knowledge needed to use Ableton correctly.

The course lasts for 5 hours and 30 minutes and consists of 13 videos that Gene explains in-depth, as well as instructions on how to make a good track with your habilities.

We recommend you check it out here to improve your music producing skills.

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TELUM will be back at fabric in October

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On October 17th, the successful Telum label will perform their next show at fabric.

In keeping with their enigmatic, music-first attitude, the team staged their inaugural ‘No Names, Just Music’ event at the London institution in August. Mihigh from Romania stepped up as the first surprise visitor, presenting the metropolis to a spectacular Sunday evening of creative minimalism.

The project has been a fixture in the sets of RPR, Ricardo Villalobos, and Sonja Moonear, pushing a sleazy, edit-driven sound in their many sought-after releases. Walking the border between mainstream and underground, well-known tunes are tastefully remixed into smooth rhythms, such as the latest Dr. Dre edit in TELUM007.

Fabric is the ideal setting for this complex, multi-layered music, which comes to life on high-end sound systems. The club’s immaculate Martin Audio system is no stranger to the delicacy of stripped-back music, having hosted kingpin Ricardo Villalobos and RPR Soundsystem for long performances.

Buy event tickets here.

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Ergot Records opens a record store in New York

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Ergot Records, a new record store managed by the label of the same name, has opened in Manhattan’s East Village, New York.

The business is situated at 32 E. 2nd Street and will be open from Wednesday through Saturday, with appointments only on Sundays. Specializing in used vinyl and cassettes, the emphasis is on house, disco, minimalism, avant-garde, punk, and recordings by visual artists, with frequent in-store events. With time, the selection will include new releases, books, and other items.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said last week that vinyl income in the United States increased by 94 percent during the first half of 2021, reaching $467 million. Meanwhile, New York’s Nightlife Advisory Council issued several suggestions in July, including loosening limits on public dancing and legalizing drinking in parks. Earlier this summer, a second study suggested the development of new 24-hour nightlife areas in New York City, modeled after Berlin and Amsterdam.

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Dubler 2 can convert your voice to midi

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Dubler 2, the latest edition of the award-winning voice to MIDI standalone program that enables you authentically transform your speech to MIDI notes and drum patterns in real-time, has been published by software developer Vochlea.

The latest version, which is used by artists like Novelist and Portrait XO, allows you to use whatever microphone you choose and can be tuned to recognize your voice more precisely.

After you’ve set up your voice, you can use it to trigger a variety of features such as standard MIDI notes, chords, and scales, drums for beatboxing, as well as other unique features such as pitch bend that follows your voice, voice timbre plotted to three different CC outputs for creative modulation, and velocity and envelope mapping. You can use the official Dubler mic if you like, but you can use any input you want, using any soundcard.

If you aren’t the finest keyboard player in the world, or if you want to rapidly lay down ideas without plugging in your MIDI controllers, Dubler 2 is a wonderful method to develop a new interface that isn’t limited by skill level or instruments. To understand more, download the 7-day trial here and watch the video below.

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Ableton Live 11.1 beta version supports Apple M1 chip

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Ableton Live has been updated to version 11.1, which includes compatibility for Apple’s latest Silicon M1 processors. The new processors were revealed in 2020, and while they provide substantially more power and performance to Apple’s new computers due to their design by Apple, it meant that the majority of audio apps had to be re-coded for the new chip.

Since then, we’ve seen DJ software like Serato and Traktor release upgrades, but most DAWs, except for Apple’s Logic Pro, have been sluggish to catch up, most likely owing to complications beneath the hood.

Ableton is the latest business to provide M1 compatibility in the Live 11.1 public beta. They’ve also upgraded Shifter and introduced two new Max for Live instruments called Align Delay and MIDI Shaper.

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Intaresu’s October gigs

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Come by and enjoy the night with fresh music mixed by our crew at Mein Haus am See, Minimal Bar and An einem Sonntag im August starting from tomorrow.

Our gigs for October 2021

02.09 > Isaac Elejalde @ Mein Haus am See
03.09 > Isaac Elejalde b2b Hypnoize @ Minimal Bar
08.09 > Isaac Elejalde @ An einem Sonntag im August
09.09 > Hypnoize @ Mein Haus am See

Listen to our latest recorded session

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