SOUL, the new “universal language” for audio apps reaches v1.0

NAMM 2021: SOUL, a new audio development language that could potentially revolutionise music and audio application development, has been released.   Conceived by Jules Storer – the developer behind Tracktion and JUCE – SOUL is made to overcome some of the major hurdles in the production of audio apps. Compared to C++, the standard audio programming…

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Native Instruments and EMH Partners selling majority ownership to Francisco Partners

Renowned Berlin-based music technology company, Native Instruments, has announced an agreement with EMH Partners and Francisco Partners to sell the majority of NI shares to Francisco Partners. The firm specialises in technology investment and will support NI in improving its product experiences. Both EMH Partners and the founding shareholders will continue their involvement in NI’s…

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Producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector dies

Phil Spector, known for his Wall of Sound production style in the 1960s and who was imprisoned for murder in 2009, has died. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed Spector’s death on January 17 in a brief statement. “California Health Care Facility inmate Phillip Spector was pronounced deceased of natural causes at 6:35…

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Gearslutz forum faces petition to change its name

Pro audio forum Gearslutz is facing pressure from a Change.org petition to change its name. At the time of writing, the petition had over 4,200 signatures, 1,500 of which it gained over the weekend. Cam Ran, who started the petition with the goal of getting 5,000 signatures, wrote, “most of the engineers I know feel…

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RØDE founder and chairman donates $5million to Sydney Festival

Peter Freedman AM, founder and chairman of RØDE Microphones, is donating $5million to the Sydney Festival, marking the largest singular philanthropic contribution to the festival in its history. The donation will have a pivotal impact on the success of the festival in 2021 and beyond. Mr Freedman’s donation comes as part of his renewed commitment…

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Reverb.com’s Sites feature to shut down on 30 April 2021

Reverb.com will be shutting down its website-building tool, Sites, on 30 April 2021. The gear marketplace announced the service’s closure yesterday (7 January), in an email addressed to Reverb Sellers. The decision came after it “became clear that better, more robust website services already exist.” “We launched Reverb Sites in 2017, hopeful that it would…

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Gibson acquires esteemed amplifier brand Mesa/Boogie

Gibson has officially announced its acquisition of esteemed amplifier makers Mesa/Boogie. The move marks a renewed focus in guitar and bass amplifier production for Gibson, as Mesa/Boogie is expected to operate as a “Gibson Custom Shop” for amplifiers. “At Gibson, we are all about leveraging our iconic past and leaning into the innovative future,” Gibson…

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Behringer parent company Music Tribe announces partnership with Sweetwater

Behringer parent company Music Tribe has announced a new partnership with US online retail giant Sweetwater. This follows Music Tribe’s move away from distribution through traditional brick and mortar stores. The “Super Partnership” was announced yesterday (6 January) and will see the two companies collaborate in several areas. Music Tribe, which manufactures its products in-house,…

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