Propellerhead reveal massive Reason 10 upgrade

Reason DAW gets it’s next major upgrade with Reason 10, introducing a bunch of brand new instruments and tools to use in your music.

New sounds and new gear pave the way for new music, and Reason 10 is here with a rackload of new synths, instruments, samples and more. Grain and Europa: two massive, brand new synthesizers. Klang Tuned Percussion, Pangea World Instruments, Humana Vocal Ensemble: three new live-sounding organic instrument devices. Radical Piano: a top-notch acoustic piano. Synchronous: creative modulation device. Loop Supply and Drum Supply: a multi-gigabyte infusion of cutting-edge drum loops and samples.

Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer

Europa synth DAW vst instrument software

Europa was created for huge, epic sounds and oh boy, does it deliver… From big stacks of buzzing sawtooths to shimmering, glitched-up sonic explorations, Europa has you covered. To call it a wavetable synth wouldn’t be wrong, but it’s so much more than that. Apply a wide range of modulation to the waveform itself, to start with. Add advanced spectral filtering, harmonics processing and even draw your custom waveforms. And the best part: despite it’s deep synthesis powers, it’s still surprisingly easy to use.

Grain Sample Manipulator

Europa synth DAW vst instrument software

Get granular with your samples! The Grain synthesizer opens up the world of granular synthesis for your creative use. Drop any sample into Grain and explore the endless sonic variations you can create with Grain’s selection of playback algorithms, ultra-flexible modulation, routing and effects. With immense sonic power and an inviting interface, Grain is the easy-to-use sonic lab that turns your samples into grains and your grains into music.

New sampled instruments

Reason 10 puts three brand new organic instrument collections in your Reason rack. Expertly crafted in cooperation with sampling experts Soundiron, these new devices offers a wealth of inspiring and natural-sounding instruments to your music making.

Klang Tuned Percussion: 
A collection of tuned percussion instruments

Glockenspiel, Music Box, Wineglasses and a whole lot more. Tuned percussion sounds are great for creating melody lines or adding an organic dimension to an electronic production.

Pangea World Instruments: 
The sounds of planet Earth

Add more colors to your sonic palette with this collection of instruments full of character from all corners of the world. Plucked, pumped, blown or strummed, these instruments will add a new dimension to any style of music.

Humana Vocal Ensemble: 
Choir and vocal instrument

Give your music a human touch with the sound of Humana’s selection of choirs and solo voices. Perfect for soundtracks or epic pop ballads, these singers will add depth and harmony to your music.

Loop Supply & Drum Supply 
A huge cache of inspiration

Update your sound with this multi-gigabyte injection of cutting-edge loops and drum samples made to deliver up-to-date pop. electronic and hip hop sounds for Reason. Get creative with a huge selection of patches for Reason’s Kong drum machine and Dr Octo Rex loop player.

Radical Piano 
Advanced Acoustic Piano

The premise is simple. The results are stunning. Three basic pianos paired with the technology to make an infinite number of your own. Based on a custom blend between sampling technology and physical modeling algorithms, Radical Piano affords songwriters, producers, and sound designers an unprecedented level of control to craft a realistic piano that is 100% unique.

Synchronous Effects Modulator 
Timed Effects Modulator

Bring your music to life with Synchronous’ modulation effects. Create quick sidechain effects or draw your own LFO curves to control filter, delay, reverb, distortion and level. Make your sound evolve, change and loop over time.


Reason 10 is currently in beta testing for Reason 9 and Reason Essentials 9 users, you can sign up to test it here.

Reason 10 will launch officially on October the 25th and will be available as an upgrade for all older Reason users at $129/€129. It will cost $399/€349 for those who don’t have a previous version of Reason. Anyone who has purchased Reason after the 1st September this year will get the upgrade for free.

Get this classic Korg synth for free as a plugin

A free plugin to add to your virtual instrument collection? Yes please. Get this Korg PS-3100 synth emulator for free.

Full Bucket Music have a new virtual instrument based off of one of Korg’s old-school synths from the 70’s. The lovely people over there have also released it entirely for free so you can download and start playing it straight away, at no cost.

The plugin emulates the Korg PS-3100 Polyphonic Synthesizer from 1977. The creators say that it has been coded specifically to maximise performance and consume very low levels of CPU power.

The ‘FB-3100’ synth plugin features:

  • Close emulation of behaviour and all controls of the original hardware
  • Band-limited oscillators, classic two-pole lowpass filters
  • Resonators section
  • Two Modulation Generators, Sample & Hold
  • Additional paraphonic Envelope Generator
  • Semi-modular patch panel
  • Micro-tuning option
  • Additional tweaks
  • MIDI Learn – all parameters can be controlled by MIDI CC
  • Plug-in supports Windows and macOS (32 bit and 64 bit)

Download the plugin for free now, and make a donation if you love the instrument, here: www.fullbucket.de/music/fb3100.html

You’ll never guess who might be making a new DAW, at last!

Some developments suggest that we may finally be seeing music production software from one of the worlds biggest makers of tech – Microsoft.

Despite meagre attempts at joining the market, Microsoft have weirdly stayed out of the world of music production for the most part. Whilst rival Apple has become renowned for its own DAW software and being capable of running heavy music software, Microsoft has sat out happy in its support of the plethora of production and recording software available for Windows.

Now it seems like that could all be changing soon as Microsoft are looking for employees “with experience building best-in-class products”. In a KVR forum post where someone reportedly part of the team advertised the new positions, they titled the post – “Microsoft looking for Audio Developers in the VI/VST space”.

The positions advertised are looking for a ‘Senior Program Manager (Digital Audio Software)‘ and ‘Senior Music Software Engineer Lead‘. Both adverts begin saying, “We aspire for hundreds of millions of people to use Microsoft tools for creative expression seamlessly across their everyday lives. Our team is growing…” before becoming specific to the role.

Whilst trying to remain as subtle as possible the adverts reveal some puzzle pieces of what Microsoft might be working towards. In their description of the Senior Program Manager role, they write:

As a senior program manager in the group, you will use your background in digital audio software, virtual instruments, or game audio platforms to partner with our Audio Engine team to prototype and build a software platform that enables new music entertainment scenarios. You will research customer habits and difficulties in digital music creation, audio software tech, and identity differentiated experiences for our team. You will craft feature specs that drive new ideas in software technology that enable music expression and enjoyment.

Imagine yourself helping unlock creative expression for people who have something to say musically, but don’t have the skills or vocabulary to make it happen. You will prototype idea, technologies and techniques to realise this dream.

We can gather that Microsoft definitely intend to build a new piece of music software that allows you to ‘express’ yourself musically. This suggest a DAW however the following lines suggesting that it should be accessible for beginners, perhaps even complete novice’s with music and music software. Hopefully this isn’t pointing towards something along the lines of Microsoft’s embarrassing Songsmith software

Ricall’s valuable assets for sale after the music licenser liquidates

UK music licensing company, Ricall, have fallen into liquidation meaning that their major assets in music, film and TV are up for grabs.

Since it launched in 1998 Ricall has been licensing music for use in adverts, TV, and film working with major brands like Fiat, The Body Shop, Heathrow Airport and more. After almost 20 years, £12 million in investment and a catalogue of over 6,200 tracks the company was liquidated by Begbies Traynor LLP.

Now Metis, on behalf of Begbies Traynor, are selling Ricall’s valuable assets including music sync licensing brand assets and e-commerce software. Metis say that they are ambitious to create a new interest in music licensing and digital music downloads via the sale of these tools.

Metis Partners’ Morven Fraser said: “This sale is certain to attract a high degree of interest from these with a foothold, or looking to establish a foothold in the music licensing industry. The software developed by Ricall allows a significant degree of flexibility in the user and right-holder online experience. It will be an excellent asset for any market players considering e-commerce development as part of their online profile.

“The Ricall brand has been in existence since 1998, and is associated with one of the world’s largest online music research and licensing marketplaces. The company has a strong reputation on the world media stage, and its stories have been covered in The Verge, BBC News and Music Week. This, combined with a strong social media presence, makes the goodwill and reputation of the brand a highly desirable asset.”

Metis Partners will stop taking offers on September 28th.

The Chinese government are NOT happy about streaming exclusives

Streaming exclusives suck, but they’re allowed, right? Well not so much in China where the government has warned music streamers of their disdain for exclusives.

The Chinese Government has come out in support of pretty much everyone with their condemnation of streaming exclusives. They say, rightfully so, that making music exclusive to one service harms the music industry and have warned streaming services and labels to avoid partaking in exclusively licensed music.

The country’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) sent a warning notice to various streamers. Those warned include local streaming giants like Tencent Music, Ali Music Group, NetEase Cloud Music, Baidu Taihe Music as well as international labels like Sony, UMG and Warner Music Group.

Roughly translated, some of the transcript reads:

The current online music copyright market, there have been some problems, driving up copyright licensing fees, snatch exclusive copyright, unathorised use of music and other phenomena have rebounded. This is not conducive to the wide dissemination of musical works, is not conducive to the healthy development of the network music industry.

The person in charge of the copyright management department stressed that the Internet music service providers in accordance with the requirements of copyright law, the implementation of the main responsibility, and actively maintain the hard-won online music copyright order, for the majority of Internet users, the audience better to provide music services.

The purchase of music copyright should follow the principle of fairness and reason, in line with market rules and international practice, not to drive up prices, vicious bidding, to avoid exclusive purchase of copyright. To actively promote the spread of online music, to promote the transfer of online music works, to eliminate the widespread impact of network music and dissemination of illegal, unreasonable obstacles.

Waze and Spotify soundtrack your drives, now on iOS

Following this years partnership with Spotify, Waze have been guiding your journey with music streaming all the way and now it’s come to iOS.

In March this year Waze, a navigation app owned by Google, teamed up with Spotify to integrate their music streaming player into their app. This meant you could easily listen and browse your music whilst following directions to your destination. Having been Android exclusive since, iOS users can rejoice as the integration comes to Apple devices.

Now with Waze on iOS you can start navigating your journey straight from the Spotify app. If you’re inside the Waze app, with Spotify integration you can easily play your music and pop a mini player up at any time above the map by tapping the small Spotify icon. Then, all directly from the Waze app, you can play/pause, skip tracks or go back, and more. Once at a complete stop you can easily tap to switch straight between the two apps.

It’s a great introduction for Spotify listeners as it allows them to keep track of their music whilst also following directions from their phone without having to risk their safety by fiddling with their mobile. With a linked Spotify account, Waze can start playing your music library automatically when you set off or you can choose from your playlists (only whilst stopped for safety reasons).

Head of Waze in the UK, Finlay Clark said: “We are delighted to team up with Spotify to create a new function that allows iOS wazers to enjoy their favourite music, while being re-routed around traffic in real-time. Safety is our priority at Waze. By discouraging drivers from tapping their device to switch between apps while on the move, we believe this partnership presents a valuable way for drivers in the UK to use their favourite technologies whilst concentrating fully on the road ahead.”

iOS users can start taking advantage of the partnership today with the Waze and Spotify apps. 

Rolling Stone magazine up for sale just before 50th anniversary

The iconic music magazine Rolling Stone is going to the highest bidder after the founder decides to sell to someone with “lots of money”.

Just before Rolling Stone hits its 50th anniversary mark the massively popular music magazine is being put up for sale by founder Jann Wenner. Along with his son Gus, Jann has decided to move away from his ownership of Rolling Stone due to how different the industry is, and also likely having already had an incredible 50 year run with Rolling Stone.

Speaking to the New York Times, Wenner said: “I love my job, I enjoy it – I’ve enjoyed it for a long time.” However he concedes that moving on from the magazine was “just the smart thing to do”. Wenner also shared that he hopes the magazine can go to someone who understands and will continue Rolling Stone’s mission and legacy, but also has “lots of money”.

Son Gus admitted that: “There’s a level of ambition that we can’t achieve alone. So we are being proactive and want to get ahead of the curve. Publishing is a completely different industry than what it was. The trends go in one direction, and we are very aware of that.”

Wenner retains a 51 percent stake majority in the business after selling 49 percent last year to BandLab Technologies. Both Jann and his son Gus hope to continue their involvement with Rolling Stone after the sale but will leave that at the new owner’s discretion.

LiveXLive double down, acquiring Slacker Radio and Snap Interactive

Just days after LiveXLive bought Snap Interactive they’ve gone and purchased Slacker Radio to combine resources and assert their relevance.

On Monday LiveXLive media started their work week by acquiring video streaming company Snap Interactive. Now they’ve closed the week with the purchase of Slacker Radio, the internet radio streaming service, for $50 million.

The Slacker Radio acquisition was the first move made by new LiveXLive president Andy Schuon, yes it’s been a busy week for them. Schuon joins LiveXLive from a successful career in radio as well as having helped to found Revolt TV with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. Speaking on his hiring, LiveXLive CEO and Chairman Robert Ellis said: “Andy joins us at a perfect time to lead this latest acquisition of Slacker Radio and direct the company overall.”

LiveXLive plan to integrate their content programming teams with Slacker Radio’s to optimise each service and to build a network of audio and video channels across multiple platforms. Slacker will be able to offer up their knowledge and experience in audio streaming. Additionally Slacker have been creating hundreds of videos over the past year since introducing original shows last year, so LiveXLive will be able to take from that as well.

Newly appointed president, Andy Schuon said: “I walked into a radio station at 16, and it became who I am, not what I do. To continue to have the opportunity to shape the future of music streaming services and streaming radio with a leading platform like Slacker Radio is incredibly exciting.”

Deezer to face up to Spotify, including a potential SoundCloud buyout

A few months after SoundCloud were reported to be broke and likely bought out soon they have, so they say, recovered. But Deezer still have their eyes on the streamer.

It’s been a tough year for SoundCloud, having only just recovered from numerous reports claiming they didn’t have enough cash to make it past this year. In addition, since last year SoundCloud have lost 100 million users and went from offering themselves for $1 billion to a $250 million offer. The past few months they’ve been getting back on track, ditching founder and CEO Alexander Ljung and investors approving $170 million in emergency funding.

Before the drama and Ljung’s dismissal Deezer were in talks to potentially purchase SoundCloud “at the right price”. A “senior music source” spoke at the time, saying: “Deezer is making a serious run. There will be a lot of consolidation, if you are Deezer or Spotify. SoundCloud’s massive user base – one that is melting as it grapples with a shrinking pile of cash – lets you convert into a much bigger player.”

Deezer’s chief executive Hans-Holger Albrecht has recently revealed their plans to stand up against larger competitors like Spotify and Apple Music. As they’re struggling to make an impact beyond Europe where they started, Albrecht says they’re looking to target smaller markets that aren’t already overwhelmed by major streaming services.

Speaking to Reuters, Albrecht said: “I strongly believe in the localisation of content. While Spotify is mainly playlist-focused, we are betting on local differentiation, and this has helped us become number one in gospel in Brazil.”

Leaked documents reveal that SoundCloud don’t predict profitability until 2020, a long time to be stepping on shaky ground in the booming music streaming industry. This could make them more open to reducing their expectations and accepting a smaller buyout for their community-based music site. Deezer certainly have an interest, and standing up to the big guns is going to require something big.

Text your favourite tunes from Spotify with iMessage integration

Share all of your best music experiences with the ones you love as iMessage adds sharing by Spotify via text.

Spotify have launched their own application on Apple’s iMessage app to make so you can share your music streaming experience easily with others. Whilst it hasn’t been formally announced for whatever reason the iMessage app can be downloaded from the iMessage app store now.

The Spotify extension in iMessage is essentially the same as the one introduced to Facebook Messenger in the past year. You can easily open up the app inside iMessage from where you can search the entire Spotify catalogue and share any song in a text message. Whoever you sent the song to can then preview the cover, title and artist and open up a tab to preview 30 seconds of the song. You can also select to go to the Spotify app to listen to the whole song.

A Spotify spokesperson spoke on the new app, saying: “Spotify’s iMessage app is available now, allowing users to quickly search for and share music with friends directly from iMessage. It’s the latest way in which we’re empowering users to share music with friends in a fast and fun way.”

The integration is interesting considering the rivalry between Spotify and Apple thanks to Apple’s own streaming service Apple Music. Interestingly sharing songs via Apple Music on iMessage allows you to listen to the whole song from the app, assumably due to being able to license streaming on their own platform with existing streaming licenses for Apple Music. However Apple Music sharing only lets you select songs from your ‘Recently Listened’ list, a massive restriction compared to Spotify’s entire catalogue of 30 million plus songs.

Unless you have automatic enabling of new iMessage apps you will have to activate the Spotify iMessage app. First you must have the Spotify app on your iOS device then, on iOS 11, select the App Store in iMessage and find Spotify. Once you’ve found it select edit to switch it on and start sharing.