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GO FIG­URE

We’re not sure if Pro­peller­head split­ting off its Al­li­hoopa so­cial mu­sic net­work into a sep­a­rate busi­ness is good news or not, but the fact that the com­pany’s Fig­ure and Take apps have gone with it could mean we’re one step closer to Rea­son on the iPad.

D-50 DE­LIGHT

Pro­duc­ers of a cer­tain age will be de­lighted to know that, fol­low­ing the re­lease of a soft­ware ver­sion in their Cloud, Roland have brought back the 80s clas­sic D-50, in the form of the D-05. Now we just need to work out where we’re go­ing to use that Dig­i­tal Na­tive Dance pre­set...

PRIZED PROCESS

Congratulations to Sam­pha on scoop­ing the Mer­cury prize for his al­bum Process. There’s plenty to rec­om­mend about his blend of elec­tron­ica and for­ward­think­ing R&B, and he was surely a more de­serv­ing win­ner than Ed Sheeran.

POWER NO MORE

Although TC Elec­tronic ef­fec­tively dis­con­tin­ued their Pow­erCore ‘pow­ered plug­ins’ plat­form in 2011, the com­pany had still been sup­port­ing it. That sup­port will cease at of the end of 2017, though, ef­fec­tively end­ing the life of what was once a very highly-re­garded sys­tem.

AI PRO­DUC­ERS

Taryn South­ern re­cently re­leased an al­bum com­posed en­tirely with ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. Com­put­ers may be get­ting stronger in the world dom­i­na­tion stakes, but we reckon they’ll still get stuck when try­ing to turn a four-bar loop into a proper ar­range­ment.

iPHONE X-PENSIVE

It’s got an edge-to-edge screen, n, fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy and can be charged wire­lessly, but we still can’t get over the fact that the iPhone X costs more than most peo­ple would pay for a lap­top. Oh, and it’s the iPhone ‘ten’, not the iPhone ‘ex’.

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