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RE­TURN OF THE MAC MINI

Want a pow­er­ful yet semi­af­ford­able stu­dio Mac? Ap­ple have fi­nally up­dated the Mac Mini, their unas­sum­ing but highly prac­ti­cal desk­top ma­chine. Un­for­tu­nately, the ex­tra power comes at an in­creased price, but we can still see mu­sic pro­duc­ers go­ing for it.

BABY I’M A (FILM) STAR

Bo­hemi­anRhap­sody, the Fred­die Mer­cury biopic, is the cur­rent hot topic, but we’re more in­ter­ested in news that di­rec­tor Ava Du­Ver­nay is work­ing on a Prince doc for Net­flix. It’s be­ing made with his es­tate’s co­op­er­a­tion, so we’re hop­ing for some rev­e­la­tory un­seen ma­te­rial.

DENISE IDEA

Ever had a plugin idea and wished some­one would make it? James Boyle (AKA JNB) was lucky enough to have this hap­pen, as the win­ner of de­vel­oper Denise’s com­pe­ti­tion that in­volved users designing their dream ef­fect. You can buy the plugin, called Noize, for €19.

PITCHY PROLOGUES

We thought ana­logue synth tun­ing prob­lems were a by­gone, but Korg have con­firmed that some Prologues suf­fer vari­able pitch­ing if you play a note re­peat­edly. A fix is com­ing, but, be­ing the synth world, the ‘bro­ken’ ones will prob­a­bly sky­rocket in value…

GIRL (PHAN­TOM) POWER

We’re all for greater rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in mu­sic tech, but cre­at­ing an au­dio in­ter­face “de­signed for fe­males” was never go­ing to be a good idea. The fact that MIDIPlus’s Mir­ror has the look of a cos­met­ics case only makes things worse.

HOR­ROR SHOW

Ac­claimed di­rec­tor/mu­si­cian, John Car­pen­ter, was less than im­pressed when asked to try the

Hal­loween theme on the Nin­tendo Labo card­board key­board. “Frankly, this thing sucks,” he quipped. Watch the full video nasty here: bit.ly/2JfDr6V

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