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The entire lineup for Caprices Festival’s April 22nd edition has been announced

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The festival will take place over two weekends once again, and as usual, it will encompass the whole spectrum of electronic music.

The first weekend will be held on April 8th and 10th, while the second weekend will be held on April 15th and 17th. There will be something for everyone throughout the three dance zones of Modernity, Signal, and Forest, with significant additions on April 8th including Archie Hamilton, Cassy, Giorgio Maulini, and Guti on the Signal stage (live). Return will host the mayhem at the Forest stage with Digby, Eli Verveine, and Fumiya Tanaka, while Apoteoz and Canadians will take care of the weekend closing celebration at the Forest Stage on April 10th.

Whereas Weekend 1 is undoubtedly a must-see, there are even more highlights to be found on each of the festival’s days. On the opening day of the festival, April 15th, it doesn’t get much larger than a long B2B from Luciano and Ricardo Villalobos in the famed Modernity Glasshouse, with a prelude by Roman. In other news, Sven Vath and Dana Ruh will headline the Signal Stage this year. The Cocoon boss will also play an extended performance, so there’s a good chance his set will be jam-packed with bangers from throughout his sound spectrum. Yoyaku will host the Forest Stage, which will feature sets by team members Charlotte, Janaret b2b Varhat, and Lamache, bringing the day’s enchantment to a close.

The next day, the Modernity stage hosts RPR Soundystem, with Caprices resident James Mc Hale providing the all-important warmup. On April 16th, Alci, Madnax (Live), and SIT (Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia) will close the Forest Stage, with an official closing party the following day including Dune, Jay Fase, and Norman Weber of Luna City Express.

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Mobineko Express can press limited edition vinyl in only 4 weeks

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Mobineko, a Taiwanese vinyl pressing company, has announced the debut of a new service dubbed Mobineko Express, which would provide limited edition pressings in four weeks. Even though most international pressing factories have a backlog of work owing to an overabundance of orders vs. available resources.

Mobineko will be pressing and delivering orders ranging from 25 to 100 records in a shorter period with this new express service.

“We’ve noticed some dissatisfied artists discussing pressing facilities refusing to take orders for 2022 delivery, so it’s hard for us to keep this news under wraps any longer,” Mobineko said.

“Mobineko has spent the last few years creating a fresh new press from the ground up to be incredibly efficient and speedy for pressing runs starting at 25pcs with a 4 week turn time,” they stated.

Mobineko’s founder, Richard Dron, told Resident Advisor: “On a regular record press, it can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half to change tooling and prepare for a new order.”

“Then you have to wait for the press to warm up and run a few hundred recordings before you can achieve satisfactory results.

“Spending all of that time and PVC on a little order of 50 or 100 is a major concern, which is why most facilities won’t even consider pressing fewer.”

Mobineko Express will first be available to existing Mobineko customers, but if you think you might be interested, you can register here for early access, which will begin in a few months.

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How to build a DIY Eurorack stand

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Cereal Killer has a video that shows how to create a DIY stand for Eurorack all-in-one synthesizers.

The 4-tier stand is custom-made to fit the Behringer Neutron’s width. However, as seen in the video, the design may simply be modified to accommodate fewer or more synthesizers, as well as synths of varying widths, such as the Behringer D or Moog Eurorack synths.

Check out the tutorial

 

Behringer provides an update on the Syncussion SY-1 drum machine

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Behringer has released information on the development of the Syncussion drum synthesizer as well as issues with chip shortages. It appears like 2022 will be a sluggish year.

Behringer has updated their Facebook page with information on the progress of its Pearl Syncussion SY-1 clone. In July of last year, we first saw a prototype. The synth has gone through three iterations, according to Behringer, but the manufacturer claims it has now nailed it.

The Simmons SDSV was inspired by the SY-1. The two rows of faders controlled two channels of percussion-oriented synthesis. It may be played via electronic pads or pretty much anything because of the trigger inputs. Behringer is considering changing the layout to fit into their preferred Eurorack format.

Because of the global difficulty with component shortages, Behringer apologizes for the delay and predicts that these problems will persist through 2022. It appears that we will all have to remain patient.

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Arturia Noir Editions: 3 desktop analog machines with a stealthy paint finish

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Arturia has enabled stealth mode for the MiniBrute 2, MiniBrute 2S, and DrumBrute Impact with a special edition black shell.

This concept was initially seen with the Matrix Brute Noir in June of last year. With the deep, black paint job, it looked fantastic. Now they’ve brought the mood to some of the smaller brutes, like the MiniBrute 2, 2S, and DrumBrute Impact, and it makes you question why anything isn’t black.

Another example of a deliberate deepening of tone is Moog. Moog followed up with dark and savory black versions after breaking out in the color realm with the Grandmother and Matriarch synthesizers. I, on the other hand, enjoyed the colors.

Arturia is a little different in that it isn’t known for using classic or strong colors. Moving to black might be considered a beneficial step because many of the products are based on a very unremarkable dull blue. However, because they are a limited edition run, you’ll want to acquire these while they’re still available.

When comparing them to the originals, there isn’t much of a difference, but the black wooden ends and red lettering could be enough to sway you.

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Erica Synths and Moritz Klein’s Educational DIY Synth Kits teach circuit design

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Erica Synths has collaborated with the YouTuber and educator Moritz Klein to create a set of Eurorack DIY modules that will teach anybody on how to make analog synthesizer circuits from the ground up.

There are nine kits in the series, with one being released every 4-6 weeks to build a working modular mono synth. Each will come with a full user manual that will walk you through the electronics behind each circuit as well as the sound synthesis techniques featured therein. Each stage of the construction is explained in detail, including the reasons for component selection and their function inside the module.

The kits contain some of Erica Synths’ original flavor, but they’ve also been toned down to make them as basic and economical as possible. The VCO, which is now available, costs €60 plus shipping and VAT. There’s a small Catch-22 in that to test the module, you’ll need a Eurorack case, but the case isn’t currently available, making it difficult to target this towards Eurorack newcomers. So this may be more about individuals who already appreciate a little of modular delving into the nuts and bolts of the thing. The ultimate goal is to “inspire future engineers and contribute to the ever-expanding diversity of electronic music technology.”

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Google Arts & Culture presents a free online exhibition of electronic music

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Google has revealed its new online exhibition, ‘Music, Makers & Machines,’ which honors and examines the evolution of electronic music.

It digs into the various genres and technologies that comprise electronic music, as well as its pioneers and legends, as well as club culture.

The show is sponsored by Google Arts & Culture and is accessible via PC, Apple, and Google Play.

It is a collaborative project including approximately 50 worldwide electronic music institutes. Which will have interactive ar technology, allowing players to see classic synthesizers and other DJ equipment in three dimensions.

It visits Berghain, Manchester’s Factory Records, and Berlin’s club scene in the 1990s.

There are additional explanations of video game music, legendary music inventors, music technology, and the origin of the “beep.”

Google has created a video showing some of its capabilities, which you can see below.

Melchior Productions Ltd will release a new album on Perlon

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Melchior Productions Ltd AKA Thomas Melchior has a new album coming out next month on Perlon.

Vulnerabilities is the name of the new album by Melchior Productions Ltd and it’s the first album since No Disco Future, released via Perlon in 2007.

Microhouse, minimal techno, ambient, breakbeat, and other styles are all represented on the album. In February, 18th the 3xLP will be released.

You can pre-order Vulnerabilities now and listen to the previews on you favorite store: Yoyaku, Deejay.de, Juno, Decks.de.

“Over the last several years, I’ve had the mindset that dance records are a waste of time unless they include a lot of variation,” Melchior told Resident Advisor. “I suppose I was more focused on being a dance floor expert and releasing 12-inches on my labels Aspect Music and My King Is Light because I began DJing a lot more after 2007,” he says.

“Closer,” one of the album’s tracks, includes JAW and Alina Pash on vocals, as well as extra production by Perlon’s cofounder Dimbiman AKA Zip.

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A short update on how the pandemic is affecting the electronic music scene on a daily base

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As instances of the Covid-19 variant Omicron continue to rise throughout the world, here’s a rundown of how the pandemic is affecting clubs, festivals, promoters, and the electronic music community as a whole.

Germany

• German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the 16 state premiers reached an agreement to close all nightclubs by New Year’s Eve. Previously, clubs were only required to close in areas with high Covid-19 instances. Private meetings will also be limited to a maximum of ten persons who have been vaccinated.

• The Berlin Club Commission has requested for PCR testing to be made mandatory in order to replace the present dance prohibition. “We need a long-term solution here so that we don’t bring our cultural life to a halt with each new wave,” chairperson Pamela Schobess said. “PCR testing provide security in this situation.”

Poland

• Nightclubs have been shuttered since the 15th of December, however, they may return momentarily on New Year’s Eve under stringent conditions (100 people max, vaccine passports).

France

• Since December 18th, France banned UK tourists who do not have a “compelling cause to go.” This excludes both tourist and business visits. Since last week, clubs have been shuttered.

Switzerland

• Since December 20th, Switzerland implemented new admission restrictions for clubs and events, with all guests obliged to adhere to the 2G+ rule: vaccinated or recovered during the past four months, or vaccinated or recovered combined with a negative test result.

Northern Ireland

• Nightclubs closed on December 26th until further notice, and all indoor standing events will be outlawed.

Canada

• From December 22nd to January 18th, all pubs and clubs in British Columbia will be closed. Restaurants are also no longer permitted to seat more than six people per table, implying that they cannot organize parties.

• The government declared today that clubs and bars around the country that have been struck with new capacity limitations of 50% are now eligible for pay and rent assistance.

• Quebec’s bars have been ordered to close.

• Beginning this weekend, dancing is prohibited in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec, with capacity limitations in effect and clubs and restaurants required to close early, depending on the province.

UK

• Dalston Superstore in London closed early for the holidays on December 16th. The location intends to reopen on Tuesday, December 28th.

• As part of new measures outlined by Wales’ first minister, Mark Drakeford, nightclubs will close on December 27th.

• UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak stated that from December 16th, that no additional assistance measures for the hotel industry will be implemented. However, as a result of a wave of cancellations, pressure is rising.

• On December 15th, the government enacted Plan B, a new set of regulations that includes requiring proof of vaccination or negative lateral flow tests to attend clubs and venues. Many clubs, like London’s Fabric, have been doing this “for months now,” according to director Cameron Leslie. “The experience of seeing textiles and a big number of other activities will be the same as it was a week ago.”

Portugal

• Prime Minister Antonio Costa has moved the closing of pubs and nightclubs from January 2nd to December 25th, from the original date of January 2nd. They will remain closed until at least January 9th.

Sweden

• Since December 23rd, all activities with more than 20 attendees, regardless of vaccination status, must be seated. All guests must display immunization permits for events with more than 500 individuals. Here are the new measures in their entirety.

USA

• Nightlife workers from NYC can claim $500 to a local non-profit Nightlife United.

• In Puerto Rico, all events have a maximum capacity of 250 people. In addition, all venues must close between midnight and 5 AM.

Greece

• Since December 29th, bars, nightclubs and restaurants can no longer play music.

Spain

• Asturias and Cantabria have shut down clubs down entirely.

• Aragon and Navarra ordered bars and venues to close after midnight.

Updates on how the pandemic is influencing the electronic music scene on Germany

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Night clubs are presently prohibited in Berlin due to the spread of the Coronavirus. The club scene has previously campaigned for vaccination and planned events such as the “long night of immunization” in the summer.

• The Berlin Club Commission has proposed that the present dancing ban be replaced with obligatory PCR testing. “We need a long-term solution here so that we don’t bring our cultural life to a halt with each new wave,” said Pamela Schobess, head of the committee. “PCR testing provides security in this situation.”

• German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the 16 state premiers reached an agreement to close all nightclubs by New Year’s Eve. Previously, clubs were only required to close in areas with high Covid-19 instances. Private meetings will also be limited to a maximum of ten persons who have been vaccinated.

• From January 3rd to 9th, the Berlin venues Sage Beach, Klunkerkranich, Mensch Meier, and /about blank will serve as temporary Covid-19 immunization centers. More information may be found here.

• The Nachtdigital team announced last week that their most recent event, NACHTIVILLE, had been postponed for the second year in a row. It has yet to occur in its new site in northern Germany.