Ins & outs
THREE CHEERS FOR WAVES Waves, one of the original plugin developers, have just turned 25 years old. They celebrated by reissuing three ‘vintage’ effects – Q10, AudioTrack and L1 Ultramaximizer – which some of us are old enough to remember when they were new. WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY Apple do it, and now it appears that their great rivals Microsoft might fancy the idea of developing their own music software. The company were recently advertising jobs as audio software engineers and program managers, so something’s got to be coming, right? THE SINGING KEYTAR Yamaha’s Y Vocaloid software has taken ta on a life of its own in Japan, so much m so that the company is now launching laun a keytar with the ‘singing synth’ technology built in. It’ll probably probab never be released in the UK, and we probably wouldn’t buy one, but we’re still kind of glad it exists.
THERESA MAY NOT
DJ Calvin Harris was less than impressed that his Rihanna collaboration This Is What You Came
For was played during the recent Conservative Party conference: “I do not support nor condone happy songs being played at such a sad event,” he explained in a Tweet.
LEFT HAND MAN
Things weren’t looking good for Chinese pianist Lang Lang recently, when he suffered an arm injury that left him unable to use it at a concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The day was saved by his 14-year old protoge Maxim Lando, who stepped in to play the left hand parts.
Mystery now surrounds the story of Blade Runner 2049’ s soundtrack. This was originally set to be composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson, but just before the film’s release, it was announced he was no longer involved, and that Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch had taken over.