We've again compiled the most intriguing pieces of gear and production-related news from throughout the week into one convenient place, visiting the studios of Laurel Halo and sound designer Richard Devine while checking in on new developments in iOS synthesis and compact field recorders in the latest edition of This Week in Music Tech.
Brooklyn resident and one of Hyperdub's more adventurous sonic explorers, Laurel Halo shared a view of her home studio as part of Resident Advisor's Machine Love interview series, talking about the various pieces of hardware she's amassed over the years and how her creative process has evolved. The full article can be read here.
Propellerhead took another leap into the world of iOS apps, unveiling the Thor "polysonic" synthesizer app. Featuring six different oscillator types, four unique filters, a host of FXs, and a step sequencer, the new virtual synth appears to be another powerful iPad instrument to add to the growing list.
Speaking of iOS apps, Waldorf's new Nave app slipped under our radar last week, but is certainly worth a nod. The wavetable synthesis-based app offers 500 presets and three different wavetables to choose from. Nave also allows users to create their own wavetables using the internal speech synthesizer or by analyzing imported audio files, which we imagine could lead to some interesting and unique sounds.
Japanese electronics company Zoom introudced a new portable recorder this week, the H6, which is capable of separately recording six simultaneous audio signals with a variety of inputs. Though the preview video above focuses on the H6's usefulness as a video production tool, we're sure many electronic musicians will find creative ways to use the forthcoming field recorder, which is expected to see a release sometime next month.
Though we don't cover much of his music, Richard Devine's work as a sound designer should not be overlooked—the man has contributed to countless sample libraries and designed sounds for loads of software and hardware synths. Recently, Devine opened the doors of his incredibly impressive studio to Future Music, and the result is a video interview that is part gear porn, part nerd-out, and will have most synth nerds drooling non-stop.