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Saltline Releases Cadence, Jekyll & Ichi – Free Windows Plug-Ins

Saltline has released three new products, Cadence, Jekyll, and Ichi for Windows. Saltline’s website is horrendous, so it’s hard to give you specifics, but Cadence and Jekyll are two new VST effect plug-ins, and Ichi is a VSTi virtual analog synth. Cadence is an LFO controlled filter and pan effect, and Jekyll is some sort of circuit bent delay...

Vintage Ad Monday Madness: Roland CR-78

FutureMusic’s Vintage Ad Monday Madness continues with this gem from Roland. This black and white special declares “you’re only limited by your own imagination” — that, and of course the 14 sounds… The preset disco rhythms must have been a big selling point since they dedicate eight of the 34 just for that genre – oh,...

de la Mancha Releases Machin – Free VST Plug-In For Windows

de la Mancha has released machin, a random, probability-based, step-sequenced multi-fx VST plug-in for Windows. Machin was co-developed by de la Mancha and France’s sink music, after their initial collaboration on TRUC. It appears to be a match made in tweakers heaven since both these nutty concerns seem to have an affinity for plug-in weirdness. Machin...

Ableton Announces Distribution Agreement With Focusrite – Novation Live Controller On Its Way?

Ableton has announced a new UK distribution partnership with Focusrite, who owns Novation. The partnership has raised speculation among Ableton aficionados that a sanctioned controller could be on its way to the Live faithful. Many Ableton Live users have wondered aloud whether the concern would ever get into the hardware game and release a designated...

Sharper Image Unveils beamz – Laser Music Performance System

The Sharper Image has unveiled beamz, a 19″ tall “music performance system” that utilizes laser beams to trigger sounds. (But can you use it as a MIDI controller?? —Ed.) The beamz system has a “W” shape, with six laser beams spanning the two sections. Apparently, you connect the beamz to your computer via USB, hook up some...