Guitar gear makers support anti-racism charities with gear giveaways

Over the last two weeks, global protests against racism and demanding an end to police violence against black communities have pulled people onto the streets in their hundreds of thousands. Now manufacturers of music gear have joined the fray. Builders of guitar pedals and other gear – including well-known brands like Old Blood Noise Endeavors and Chase Bliss Audio – have been finding creative ways to raise money for anti-racism charities. Many of these campaigns are still running, so if you fancy making a donation and at the same time winning a nice new bit of gear, check these out. Of course, you could just make a donation without taking part, too… Have you seen one we’ve missed? Drop us a line on the Contact page or in the comments below. Peter Bregman Pedal builder Beter Bregman is giving away the very first hand-built prototype of his Manifold Drive pedal. This circuit inspired  the Resonant Electronic Designs pedals and provided the A side of Chase Bliss’s Brothers pedal. Your entry for the giveaway starts at $25. View this post on Instagram #Repost to keep this top of mind. You’ve only got until Monday to get your donations in. ・・・ This is the very first Manifold Drive I ever built. It has a lot of meaning for me because it helped launch Resonant Electronic Designs (w/ @resonantelectro), and it’s the heart and soul of the Resonant sound, including the “A” side of the @chaseblissaudio Brothers pedal. It’s also the only one in existence built part-by-part on perf board. Lots of hours went into this one.⠀ ⠀ Lately, I’ve been wondering about what kinds of things I can do to help the…

Meng Qi Wing Pinger adventures-in-chaos synthesizer

First shown at Superbooth last year the Wing Pinger is a unique synthesizer that uses self-resonating filters as oscillators and offers an adventure in sound discovery. It’s evolved and it’s ready to go. Wing Pinger The look as certainly changed moving from something industrial towards something more beautiful and instrument-like. The black and gold are very subdued and the growth of an entire touch-plate keyboard out the side is unexpected but very welcome. It’s based on a pair of 4-pole resonate lowpass filters surrounded by a network of comparators, pulse converters, binary counters, and shift registers. You don’t so much play it as place yourself in the cockpit of a sound-generating machine that would explode if you didn’t keep fiddling with things. The “Pinger” aspect is to do with pinging the filters to create the sound. The response is very organic, moving from noise to plucks to percussion held somewhere on the edge of chaos while being musical. But only if you want, otherwise just let the chaos flow through the cross-modulation and avenues of feedback. View this post on Instagram Newsletter : Wing Pinger – Test Production & TCR Calculator Link in bio or bit.ly/3aKqleJ #wingpinger #mengqi #mengqimusic #synthesizer #modularsynth #pcb #electronicengineering A post shared by Meng Qi (@mengqimusic) on Apr 5, 2020 at 7:44am PDT In a fascinating interview with Tom of Synthanatomy Meng goes into the details of the Wing Pinger – well worth a watch. We’re not expecting to see available product until the summer and the price is yet to be decided. More information Meng Qi website Video The post Meng Qi Wing Pinger adventures-in-chaos synthesizer appeared first on gearnews.com. … From: gearnews.com | www.gearnews.com/meng-qi-wing-pinger-adventures-in-chaos-synthes…

UAD LUNA Recording System now available for MacOS

Universal Audio’s LUNA was revealed at NAMM to widespread interest. An entire recording system baked into the Apollo DSP technology, it has a complete DAW with Neve summing, integrated multitrack tape and a whole new range of virtual instruments. It’s available now for MacOS only. LUNA They describe it as a full-featured music creation, recording and analog-style production system. It’s like UAD got fed up with the quirks of plugin formats and decided to build a DAW that’s fully integrated to everything they have to offer. There will be no discernible latency, they have this new Accelerated Realtime Monitoring feature that they believe will revitalise the way we make music on computers that’s dependable, intuitive and without monitoring and latency issues. Honestly it sounds like a brilliant idea. View this post on Instagram Introducing the LUNA Recording System — featuring Deep Apollo Integration, Built-In Neve Summing, Integrated Multitrack Tape, and All-New LUNA Instruments. Coming Spring 2020 as a free download to all Mac Thunderbolt Apollo interface owners, LUNA transforms industry-standard UA Audio Interfaces into the most inspiring, fully integrated recording systems available. Learn more at www.uaudio.com/luna #UALUNA #UniversalAudio A post shared by Universal Audio (@uaudio) on Jan 16, 2020 at 11:44am PST   They’ve emulated the audio summing from the Neve 80-Series mixing consoles from the 60s and 70s featuring that rich sound of the Neve 1272 summing amplifier. And this is no plugin, this is integrated into the very fabric of LUNAs mixer – that’s why this is such a great idea. The Multitrack Tape thing is obviously another emulation designed to bring warmth and punch to your recordings. It’s built into the transport functions via the “Oxide” LUNA…

A Little Personal Update

It may be time to catch up on a few things… I decided to stop broadcasting my shows on radio stations. The time commitments limit me too much in my personal freedom, and the unreliability of the stations annoys me too much. I will record LIGHTWORKS and TIME OUT sets (and other specials) whenever I feel like it and my time permits. I will then, as always, offer those for free download on Soundcloud. As a touring DJ, I am not very active, but still accept “good” booking requests. That means you can still book me, but I’m not running after any gig. Honestly, I’m just picking out the sweetest fruits. I’m tired of lying and cheating promoters and bad marketing because someone does not understand this job. Please do not get me wrong … I’m not one of those who announce big on social media that they’re giving up the DJ job. Once a DJ, always a DJ. And also: never say never. I love DJing and I love to play for an audience that understands and loves what I do. Mark my words: that will never end, until my last breath. But I do not feel like having to get upset about people in this business anymore. I am too old for such nonsense, and too young not to enjoy certain things in a different and better way. The music business has given me a lot and taken a lot. I have never taken the easy route and I have renounced or thrown away money because I am (still) an idealist. But I have not always kept up well with my energies, have had too much patience with…