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MIDI MAT­TERS Good news for fans of nailed-down MIDI stan­dards: the MIDI Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has agreed a set of spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the use of MIDI TRS con­nec­tors, which should help to en­sure full com­pat­i­bil­ity be­tween TRS and DIN MIDI de­vices. Phew.

LIGHTSHOW, CAM­ERA, AC­TION No­va­tion’s Launch­pad con­troller hard­ware is the sub­ject of a mini doc­u­men­tary that ex­plores the Launch­pad Lightshow phe­nom­e­non that sprung up on YouTube. Check it out here:­cul­ture

SEQUENTIAL RE­TURNS Synth icon Dave Smith re-ac­quired the Sequential name back in 2015, us­ing it on their new Prophet synths. He’s now gone a step fur­ther and re­branded his com­pany with the Sequential name, bring­ing a clas­sic synth moniker back into full ac­tive ser­vice.

MOOGER-GONER They weren’t quite as iconic as the com­pany’s synths, but Moog’s Mooger­fooger ana­logue ef­fect mod­ules carved out a niche for them­selves over their 20-year life­span, so we’re sad to re­port that they’re go­ing out of pro­duc­tion. Snap them up now.

TOUGH TASK Soft­ware de­vel­op­ment is a tricky busi­ness, but for the task of en­hanc­ing VST per­for­mance in Rea­son, Pro­peller­head will be as­sem­bling “an ex­pert task force” to un­der­take “an ex­ten­sive re­write of the in­ner work­ings of the pro­gram”. Se­ri­ous stuff!

RIP ARETHA FRANKLIN It’s all too easy to over­es­ti­mate some­one’s in­flu­ence and his­tor­i­cal im­pact when they die, but in the case of Aretha Franklin, all the plau­dits were jus­ti­fied. The Queen Of Soul in her life­time, her le­gend will surely grow in the years to come.

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