Roland founder, pioneer and 808 creator Ikutaro Kakehashi has died

One of modern music’s biggest influencers, the Japanese engineer behind some of the world’s most iconic drum machines and synths has died. Roland’s original founder, Japanese engineer Ikutaro Kakehashi, has died at the age of…

Arturia Beatstep Pro: step sequencer / controller review and hands-on performance

Arturia have been making some really interesting gear in the past few years, from analogue synths and drum machines such as the Mini/Micro & DrumBrute, to very impressive modular systems like the Matrixbrute. Wherever Arturia…

Lithuanian band Justin 3 drop inspirational new single ‘Survivor’

Lithuanian band ‘Justin 3’ release an atmospheric new single with their new track ‘Survivor’, with a catchy chorus and a kick ass video, this is definitely a band to look out for in months to…

Get a pack of Radiohead grooves for Ableton completely free

Transform your clips with the weird rhythms and time signatures of Radiohead thanks to this great, free pack of Radiohead grooves for Ableton. Radiohead are known for balancing accessibility with experimental techniques, most notably interesting…

Ableton’s new beatmaking kit ‘Beat Tools’ offers you amazing new sounds

With more than 120 Drum and Instrument Racks, over 180 loops for slicing, tweakable effects chains and more, Beat Tools has all the sounds you need for hands-on beatmaking – especially with Push. Developed by…

Get free Kontakt drum kits with G&S Custom Work 2.0

Autodafe are giving away a new version of the awesome free Kontakt library released all the way back in 2005, the new G&S Custom Work 2.0. The new version of G&S Custom Work comes with…

Discover the legacy of Roland’s famous 808 drum machine in this Apple exclusive documentary

‘808: The Movie’ is a deep exploration of history’s most influential drum machine, Roland’s famous TR-808 that created a generation of entirely new sounds. If there’s one name that people associate with when they think…

Nab this free Techno Ableton Live set from Marc Houle

Marc Houle has decided to share a Live set of his techno sounds from an experiment project called Buji Tek through Ableton so that other users can use and develop them. Items & Things main man…

This awesome bundle of Cassette Drums plugins is 100% free

Bedroom Producers Blog are offering a bundle of free VST/AU drum plugins based on their great Cassette drum samples. Cassette Drums is a bundle of plugins filled with brilliant drum sounds all based on unprocessed recording samples…

Loads of great free online resources for Drum teachers

Finding new and creative ways to teach instruments is almost as hard as learning them, but Rivington Music have collected a bunch of brilliant resources to transform your lessons. Rivington Music recently collated a bunch…