Between Apple unveiling Logic X, Serato rolling out a new iPad app, and Native Instruments teasing an updated Kontrol X1, it was a busy week in the world of gear news. We recap those developments, check out a 909 tutorial, a QuNeo update, and a German DIY instrument builder in the latest round of This Week in Music Tech.
This week brought the somewhat surprising news that Apple released a new version of its flagship DAW, Logic Pro X. Complete with a redone GUI and a host of new features such as "Flex Pitch," "Drummer," and a new Arpeggiator, the update also allows for users to control the program using an iPad via the Logic Remote app. Logic Pro X is currently available to purchase for the sum of $199.99.
This week, Native Instruments unveiled the Kontrol X1 MK2, an update to its popular X1 controller for Traktor—adding a multi-function touchstrip and smart encoders for the "Loop" and "Browse" functions, among other new features. The Kontrol X1 MK2 can currently be pre-ordered for $199, though no exact release date for the product has been shared at this point.
Serato entered the app market this week with Serato Remote, a $19.99 iPad application that allows Serato Live and Serato DJ users to gain addtional control of their performances using an iPad. A few features the new app brings to the iPad surface are the ability to control loop points, load tracks (and instantly copy playing tracks to another deck), creatively control FX, and trigger samples, all using the touch screen on an iPad. Serato Remote can be purchased from iTunes now.
London producer Mumdance recently linked up with FACT TV to give a tutorial of sorts on how to use Roland's classic 909 drum machine, detailing his methods with the rythym box both live and in the studio.
The Keith McMillen-designed QuNeo controller got an update this week with the company's release of its version 1.2.3 firmware. The update boasts "a faster scan rate that increases pad performance" and the new ability to power the unit solely using an iPad. Existing QuNeo users can grab the update here.
As part of the ongoing Slices video series, the German producer and DIY gear-builder behind Leaf Audio was highlighted for his efforts to help others learn how to build their own audio circuits. During the course of the mini-doc, Leaf Audio head Manuel Richter shows how to build his 808 kick drum clone circuit and discusses the importance of sharing electronics know-how with other DIY producers through workshops.