Ohm Force, makers of the excellent Symptohm, Frohmage and Ohmicide plug-in instruments and effects, have unveiled their latest project, which the French company has been working on for several years. The Ohm Studio is an online audio and MIDI sequencer for PC and Mac, offering everything you'd expect from your regular DAW, including audio/MIDI editing, envelopes, a piano roll, audio effects and virtual instruments – the only major difference being that you and your collaborators can all work on the same project in real time. What's more, Ohm Force announced that they're setting up the Cohmunity (you've got to love the company's ability to cram "ohm" into all their product names), where you can find other musicians to work with, post your mixdowns and receive feedback.
While the concept of the ‘best’ DAW is a hard one to swallow for many (everyone works in different ways, after all), you’ll more than likely have a favourite. And our friends at MusicRadar are on a mission to find the most popular recording app of all…
After the success of last September's Hospitality Q+A+E at the British Music Experience museum (www.britishmusicexperience.com), Hospital Records are sending three of today's hottest producers to run one of its masterclass sessions. On March 5 2010, the BME in London will play host to DnB dynamo Danny Byrd, prolific electronic producer John B and rising dubstep star Emalkay. During the two-hour session running from 19:30-21:30, the trio will be answering questions from the audience, talking about their experiences in the industry and demonstrating some of their prized production techniques.
As you may already be aware, Ableton was originally founded by Bernd Roggendorf, Gerhard Behles and Robert Henke, with the latter two men first coming to public attention through the electonic group Monolake. Behles now spends his time running Ableton, leaving Henke to carry on Monolake, along with new recruit, Torsten Pröfrock. In addition to Monolake duties, though, Henke still plays a technical role within Ableton, chiefly working on Live's included instruments and effects.
KJ Sawka, the live DnB drummer, has teamed up with Ableton to give Live owners an early Christmas present. Head over to Ableton's site to get hold of two exclusive Live Packs: the first consists of a bunch of drum, bass and melodic loops for throwing into your own projects, as well as some groove templates and MIDI grooves recrded by KJ during a live session at the Art Institute in Seattle, USA; the second contains a Live Set of KJ's latest tune, Void of Truth, for either learning a little more about the tub-thumper's music-making process or for remixing in any way you want. Note that you can't release a remix of KJ's tune yourself without permission, and you'll need Ableton Live 8.1 to run the sessions.
The music piracy debate is dividing artists, labels and the music industry as a whole. Some artists, such as Blur sticksman Dave Rowntree, believe that there should be no legislative action taken against those using P2P (peer-to-peer) file-sharing networks, where the illegal uploading and downloading of vast quantities of music is rife – the frontline of piracy, if you will. The major labels, of course, want to completely ban the use of P2P software for downloading their artists' work for free, and it seems that the UK government are fully behind them.
subcycle labs main man Christian Bannister has recently been hard at work developing a way to visualise and manipulate bass sounds. His 'low frequency entity' is a real-time, multi-touch interface that can be used to adjust various synthesiser parameters on the fly. These comprise thing like filter modulation rate, feedback, oscillator phase, sample rate reduction, frequency modulation and sample and hold effects. Everything is represented by a 3D shape that twists, turns and vibrates in time with the various parameter levels.