This is a list of audio plugins, instruments, and effects made by indie developers, perfect for your electronic music or other productions. It's by no means exhaustive, but should provide a great starting point. Every one of these comes as a recommendation from my electronic music producer friends on Twitter
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Summary: solidly built and fantastic-sounding closed-back headphones with great frequency response and a stellar case to boot, but a touch tight, or perhaps that’s just my ego? Mackie MC-350 Closed-back headphones, limited edition whiteSince well before I went full nomad at the start of the year I’ve been
Summary: The Sennheiser MKE 400 mic is a delightfully lucid mic that's so capable of picking up sound you'll be using it as an instrument; the kit includes must-have accessories for smartphone and DSLR camera use. Recently, I was tasked with an audio project for which I needed to do
The Mackie MP-460 IEM's sound like reality, heightened.
Quick: I did a WavPak for the Modbap Osiris Eurorack module. Artists will do some stupid things at the slightest whiff of opportunity. Corry Banks, owner of the modular synth company ModBap and podcaster of BeatPpl, reached out to me during the pandemic to ask if I’d … before I
Rituals is an exclusive collaboration between Bogdan Raczynski and Bastl for the wonderful microGranny 2 sampler. It is a pandora's box of joy, relaxation, meditation, therapy, and release.
TL;DR: yes! You might be tempted to think that all headsets are created equal. Come back to me when you've been unplugged by your kids running past your cable, or your sound drops out because they're also in the room on their Chromebooks using bluetooth and bandwidth. When it
At first I wasn't convinced about the Nintendo Switch being a dual format device. It looks awkward and bulky when docked, and it bugged me that I was paying for a screen that I never used. And then I started travelling, and it clicked. I've compiled a list of what
TL;DR: both Tendrils and Ctrl-Mod 3.5mm eurorack patch cables are amazingly thin, durable, and highly functional. Make your decision based on whether you need straight or right-angled, and how you feel about the aesthetic differences. Update 2022/08/01: article updated to note that Ctrl-Mod also has 3.
tl:dr - Backblaze's unlimited online backup solution is the absolute best; set it, forget it whether you're at home or traveling as a media / content pro. Backup sucksBackup is a pain. Anyone that has lost their work can recall that sting when a drive dies and your precious work,
Kingston KC600 SSD Bundle and KCP316SD8/8 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAMQuick take: enthusiast-revered Kingston's RAM and SSD offerings make for top-tier upgrades resulting in option that is fast and inexpensive while offering a sustainable and cost-saving alternative to buying a new device. New Comes At A CostNew computers are salaciously
When my last mouse died I turned to the Logitech M650 L to dramatically upgrade my mouse experience and am a bit stunned at how much better computing feels. I'm A Little Bit StupidLet's rewind a bit. I am admittedly not the smartest of tech users. Since its introduction, I've
Since originally reviewing Rode's NT-USB Mini almost 2 years ago I have used it in countless projects. The quality of recordings are deftly matched by the diminutive size, weight, and wonderful aesthetics. If you're looking for a compact, stationary, USB mic that can also be easily transported and moved around,
What makes IK Multimedia's iRig Pro Duo I/O so special is the sheer number of features it has coupled with its tiny size. Pictures speak lounder than words, so feast your eyes on the following. iRig Pro Duo I/O Features, InputsMy interest in the Duo stemmed from the
TL:DR; OWC makes stupendously fast, inexpensive, parts packaged responsibly so you can save money, reduce, reuse, recycle, and revitalize old hardware. Painfully absent from tech reviews are any mentions of what, if anything, the manufacturer is doing to address the climate crisis in the production of their wares. Companies
What is Osiris?Osiris by Modbap is a "12HP bi-fidelity wavetable oscillator with over 6 timbere modes including FM and phase modulation, an independent sub-oscillator, LoFi processing, extensive CV modulation capabilities, a pitch quantizer, 4 banks of 32×32 wavetables each, the ability to load user wavetables via micro SD
I did a remix for CLPNG.
It's been one year since I reviewed the Matias Mini Quet Pro keyboard. How does it hold up after 365 days of daily use as the main input device at my programming job? In short, it's awesome! Honestly, it's as good as good as the day I got. The key
TL:DR; my pick, the OWC Envoy Pro FXIf you don't have the time to read the full review, get the OWC Envoy Pro FX. It has the best balance between capacity, protection, compatibility, and price. Bonus - the company is progressive to boot. OWC Envoy Pro FX External 1TB
What is Pollution?Pollution is a sound sample pack by Bogdan Raczynski for the Erica Synths Sample Drum eurorack, modular synth, sample player module. Get it here. WhereOur environment is drenched with countless sources of pollution - particulates, wired and wireless signals (ie, bluetooth, wifi, infrared), radio frequencies, biomass decay,
My curiosity was piqued when I saw the Divoom Timebox Evo with its chunky pixels sitting in the background of some Youtube video. It looked fun, an homage to a bygone nostalgic aesthetic. I was more than a bit surprised when I found out it was actually a speaker as
A review of the eurorack modular synth Travel Case by Erica Synths
The Bogdan Raczynski Sequence is a specific sequence of notes designed to elicit movement yet without any discernable direction. The notes for this sequence will be released shortly. Examples of its use can be found on the following projects: BANANSErica Synths eurorack modular synth Travel Case videoSquarp Hermod eurorack modular
Hey folx, this is Bogdan, but you can call me Bogdan Raczynski. Why am I whispering? Why are you shouting. We don't have much time. This is the Travel Case by Erica Synths. Some modular synth cases are made out of wood, others use plastic. This case is made of
It's an 8 track sequencer and interface for your Eurorack modular synth system capable of step sequencing, looping, real-time effects, LFO's, bi-directional MIDI, USB, CV input and output.
Bogdan Raczynski and Polyend Tracker collaboration.
I have a love / hate relationship with cables. They're annoying, dangly things, destined to become tangled, frayed, or lost. And I don't know about you but when I close my eyes at night and have fantasy studio dreams, there is not a cable in sight. Truth is, I only have
Intellijel Rainmaker Eurorack Delay ModuleIntellijel Rainmaker Eurorack Delay Module
Honestly, I wouldnt' care if this sounded like the whistle of a flat tire with an infinite length ADSR. Look at those knobs! You can almost imagine getting tactile with those touch panels! Check out the wonderful typography! And that lush case. Pittsburgh Modular Voltage Research Laboratorysigh
Verbos Electronics makes Eurorack modules. The design language of their modules is simple, precise, and unified. Verbos Electronics Amp & ToneVerbos Electronics Amplitude & Tone ControllerVerbos Electronics Harmonic OscillatorVerbos Electronics Complex OscillatorVerbos Electronics Random SamplingVerbos Electronics Mini HorseWhat else is there to say?
There was a guy in high school who loved to regale me with stories about his ongoing efforts to restore an old MG, a particularly unique brand of British cars. He'd go on about searching for parts, updating the upholstery, taking apart the engine and on and on. Mind you,
I have a confession to make. As a freelance programmer for the last 15 years I have been using a $20 keyboard, the Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600. It worked. But that was about the extent of what you could say about it. Sometimes simple things are great, like that hand-me-down
This video by Alex de Mora isn't just special because of its attempt to show a little light on (to me at least) is a completely foreign scene. But it's also a wonderfully shot and edited mini-doc, weighing in at under 13 minutes. The amount of restraint is a bit
Tonight I'm listening to Pawel Paide's 2016 field recordings of Tokyo and Osaka.
A recent tweet by Brie Code, maker of the highly-acclaimed Self Care app, got me thinking. Listening to a boring playlist that the boring algorithm thinks I would like. Reading a boring article recommended by a boring algorithm. Ads in the sidebar for things I looked at and decided not
The presence of audio in this collection of videos from Japan in 1913-1915 is a wonder. Things become really intriguing once the artificial intelligence kicks in to remove noise and upscale the quality. It's fun to consider what might be possible 100 years from now? In 2120 will we be
Melissa Fuentes did some floaty visuals for Zagubiona off the Muzyka Dla Imigrantów album. Zagubiona - Muzyka Dla Imigrantów
People who know my music have likely heard the story that I recorded the vocals for one of my albums using headphones plugged into the mic jack. You could thus be forgiven for bestowing too much weight on my opinion. The story is true. But in the years between that
DeForrest Brown, Jr. released an album called Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry on Planet Mu. It's a Death Star sized robo-Kaiju adorned with hi hats and power. But instead of pulverizing its target, this weapon stares you down to your core. Your inner being wobbles like an exploding hypergiant star. Rather
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Major style points to AMS Neve on this introductory video. Check out the size of this unit. More importantly, take a few minutes to appreciate the styling. Wonderful. And before your eyes pop out at the £1000 MSRP, it may be interesting to note that it's actually sold out in
This is the Polyend Tracker. I have been using trackers for 30 years. This hardware tracker is no less than a dream. I'll be sharing some thoughts, videos, and more photos soon.
The Rode NT-USB Mini is a wonderfully compact USB microphone that's perfect for streaming, podcasting, or any other application requiring clean vocal recordings at an incredible price.
Recently, I was asked to submit some samples for some modular synth gear by Squarp, makers of the megabrain Pyramid mk3 sequencer. Now that they've launched the pre-order page, I am free to share that it's the Rample sample player. Squarp Rample Teaser videoHonestly, I'm a bit torn on the
I am a total geek for beautifully designed apps. And to be perfectly frank I think most of them look like trash. Truth be told, my interface snobbery is of such an elevated degree that I make sweeping judgements on all manner of things based solely on how a thing
Something interesting is afoot that in one single week I get two messages from folks about rendering two of my tracks in a unique way. I will chalk it up to the full moon. Emanuel Clenching sequenced a track from myloveilove as a piano thing. I try not to plod
There's no denying that IKEA has been there for me over the years like a good mate. It has delighted me with doughnuts and "coffee" in Budapest. It was there for me with shower curtains and mats when our landlord in Barcelona forgot to mention that our bathroom was covered
Apple wins design awards because the design on Apple products is phenomenal. There's nothing quite like the thrill of another Apple product launch. The attention to aesthetics is so tantalizing that one immediately forgets that the constant OS upgrades are making their old devices redundant. Brilliant! That reminds me, I
Some tracks may not play due to copyright restrictions. Download the unrestricted version here: Mix 6, by Bogdan RaczynskiTracklist coming soonBogdan RaczynskiBrian AsburyTracklistUntold - That Horn Track JME - Murking Wiley - And Again (feat God's Gift) Dizzee Rascal - I Luv U Big Narstie, Big Shizz & Merkz -
Laff Attack Rappin' & Goofin' I'll never know what possessed me to buy this on tape at the ripe age of 10. There was a palpable anticipation and uncertainty about what the fuck was going to come out of the speakers. Listen to Doug E. Fresh & MC Ricky D
stop reading about art and artistsOnce upon a time, there was a musician that I admired on a deeply emotional level. Fuck, I even named my car after a song of theirs. I was so enamored, so smitten. The light at the end of the tunnel was so crisp yet
To say it was brief is an understatement, but there was a period of time during my early years where I ran for sport in grade school. My performance was laughable, the kind that garners a participation ribbon. And you know what, I enjoyed that ribbon. I still remember the
Lately, I've been inundated with Soundcloud ads on Twitter. Putting aside my mixed feelings about the service and its pricing, I felt compelled to do a little analysis on this provider on account of its unique position as being one of (the only?) Digital Service Providers with a cost. A
Some tracks may not play due to copyright restrictions. Download the unrestricted version here: Mix 5, by Bogdan RaczynskiSonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era - What The... Sons of a Loop da Loop Era - Breaks the Unbreakable Bay B Kane - Wake Up Austin - Unity in Dub
In anticipation of my upcoming release I'd like to do a special micromix. However, I thought it'd be fun to incorporate some real voices, perhaps yours? If you'd like to participate, call 1-310-734-8101 (based in the US so charges may apply if you're outside) and leave your name and say/
XLR8R is debuting Mix 5, and some AIalgo-based rando-babble.
It's unclear to me how much they payed Nick Luscombe to play track 12 (356 34h12) from my upcoming release Rave 'Till You Cry due out on Disciples early April, on BBC, but thank you very much, sir! Great variety of music on the entire 'Late Junction' set, but 356
TrailerA collection of 18 unreleased, Rephlex-era tracks. Due 2019/04/05 on 2LP / CD / Digital. Pre-orderBleep / Bandcamp MentionsBleepBoomkatClubbing SpainFact MagFaze MagHigher FrequencyInverted Audio + ReviewLive Eye TVMedellin StyleResident AdvisorSelf-TitledThe ForgottenToneshiftXLR8RIntro to Mathematics Playlist
Great news!! You can now find my Rephlex era jams on various digital music service providers: BandcampBleepDeezeriTunesJunoSpotify
Korple is a fairly new maker of stands geared towards the popular Korg's Volca line of synths and drum machines. It's an incredibly light unit so won't weigh your gig bag down noticeably. The fit is wonderfully snug; allowing you to add or remove your unit with ease. Interestingly, the
Modular synths are like custom hot rods, for geeks. The level of detail and customization is as deep as your wallet and both make loud noises that are heart-warming to some, and terrifying to others. As a maker, you can truly create something unique and special. Some manufacturers fancy futuristic
Creating a hardware instrument requires a voluminous quantity of courage. The sheer number of steps involved, layers of complexity, potential pitfalls and distractions are so great that it's really quite incredible that any musical hardware is created. Couple that reality with the difficulty of competing with large corporations that carry
Eric Pitra references the modulation effect that occurs on a radio when flipping between two stations as an inspiration for his latest creation, Stereo Field. That find is one of those divergent moments in life that can act as a subversively transformative catalyst. Some are annoyed by the inability to
Some tracks may not play due to copyright restrictions. Download the unrestricted version here: Mix 4, by Bogdan RaczynskiTracklist Thom Yorke - Cymbal Rush Pinch - Obsession (The Possession) 2562 - Aquatic Family Affair (extended re-cut) Blawan - Shader Modeselektor - Evil Twin (feat Otto von Schirach) Arp - St
Some tracks may not play due to copyright restrictions. Download the unrestricted version here: Mix 3, by Bogdan Raczynski1. Untold - I can’t stop this feeling 2. Aphex Twin - Jynwythek Ylow 3. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence 4. Autechre / Stereolab - Refractions In The Plastic Pulse
Some tracks may not play due to copyright restrictions. Download the unrestricted version here: Mix 2, by Bogdan Raczynski1. Dimitri- The Stud 2. Harmonic 313 - Flaash 3. DS-10 Dominator - Kink In the Cable 4. DJ Nehpets - Mario (16 Bit) 5. DJ Milton - House Clap 6. The
If you have much interest in making electronic music then you've heard of Elektron's lustworthy MonoMachine SFX60 MK2 (MM) and MachineDrum SPS-1 UW MK2 (MD) boxes. You've seen the videos, studied the specs and read quite a number of reviews. These machines aren't cheap but they have a unique sound,
Teenage Engineering is a combination of members from a varied history of beloved electronic music tools. Johan Kotlinski behind LSDJ is on the team as are people who worked on the ever-popular Elektron MachineDrum and MonoMachine. It's no surprise then that their upcoming product, the TE OP-1, or 'Operator' is
Download: Mix 1, by Bogdan Raczynskifrom the album MixesBogdan RaczynskiBrian Asbury
By now you've surely heard about or even demo'd a copy of NI's latest offering: Kontakt, the software sampler. focusing on the high expectations and unique features, NI's team of audio sleuths revelead a product which is tastefully designed for efficiency, modulation of sounds and integration within other hosts. we