Christian de Looper

Christian de Looper was born in Canberra Australia, and since then has lived in Europe and now lives in sunny California. When he's not tinkering with the latest music gear, Christian is devouring news on new consumer technology.

Presonus releases the Monitor Station v2.0

Today Presonus started shipping the second version of their popular monitor control station, Monitor Station V2. Apart from the obvious change of white to black, the new device offers a number of improvements over the first version of the Monitor Station. Improvements include a more ergonomic design as well as a S/PIDF digital input. It also offers 4 stereo inputs, including 2 stereo balance TRS i...[Read More]

Akai teases iMPC Pro iPad app

Akai began teasing their upcoming iMPC Pro iPad app a couple of weeks ago with an image of the app and the caption “…and in this corner, iMPC Pro. 64 tracks of heavyweight music production for the iPad. Coming mid-Spring.” Well Akai has once again released a teaser, this time in the form of a few videos. The first video explains the mixer, which can be watched below while the second of...[Read More]

Arturia announces Spark 2, for premiere beat creators

Arturia has announced the second version of their Spark software, Spark 2. The software promises to expand on the original Spark, and offers a number of great features. Some of the features of the new beat creation software include TAE virtual analog, sampling and physical modeling sound engines, a full mixer with studio effects, and an impressive library of sounds that covers all genres, with ove...[Read More]

TC Electronic announces 3 new loudness meter plugins

Today TC Electronic announced 3 new loudness meter plugins – the LM1n, LM2n and the LM6n. According to TC Electronic, the LM2n and the LM6n offer a wealth of new features, including their “radar view” (pictured above). The LM2n and LM6n will replace the old LM2 and LM6 plugins. The plugins support all major plugin formats, including AAX, RTAS, VST, and so on. The LM2n and the LM6...[Read More]

Moog announces the Emerson Modular System

Moog recently announced one of their biggest undertakings to date – the Emerson Modular System. People have come to appreciate the flexibility that Moog‘s modular systems offer, and this new system is a true testament to that. The Emerson Modular System has been in the works for about 3 years now. 3 years ago Moog set out to recreate the highly complex instrument, and used original doc...[Read More]

PRS Guitars releases lefty Custom 24

PRS recently announced that they would be releasing a small number of left handed Custom 24 guitars. The Custom 24 is the original PRS guitar, the one that Paul Reed Smith himself took to his first trade show in 1985. The guitar features a maple top, mahogany back and neck, rosewood fretboard, abalone bird inlays, 5-way blade switch, and so on. The pickups are dual humbucker and the guitar will be...[Read More]

Arturia releases Beatstep pad controller

Today Arturia released their new Beatstep pad controller, an affordable MIDI pad controller that offers portability and functionality. The device only costs $129, which is really not bad at all for something like this. The Beatstep has two different modes, the MIDI controller mode, and the Step Sequencer mode. It includes 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads, 16 encoders, and even iPad compatib...[Read More]

Antares announces Auto-Tune EFX 3

Yesterday Antares announced the new Auto-Tune EFX 3, which is powered by the same technology as their flagship, Auto-Tune 7. Auto-Tune EFX 3 is designed to be a quick and easy solution to pitch correction, but it does strip away many of the more complex features that can be found in Auto-Tune 7. Auto-Tune EFX 3 has a variable retune speed and Humanize controls, which provide “a new level of ...[Read More]

Elektron Analog Rytm shipping starting today

The Elektron Analog Rytm was unveiled a couple of months ago and many people have been excited about its release since then. According to the company, if you want to buy the machine you’ll have to act quick because the first run has a limited number. The Analog Rytm is a “one stop solution beat machine”. It includes 8 drum voices, 12 velocity sensitive pads, an analog master comp...[Read More]

FabFilter Pro-MB multi-band compressor [Review]

A couple days ago we introduced you to the FabFilter Timeless 2, a beautifully well designed delay plugin. Now it’s the Pro-MB’s turn. As one of FabFilters more recent plugins, I was very excited to test drive the new Pro-MB (ok, so it was released a few months ago…). I’d been on the hunt for another multi-band compressor to add to my plugin list, and I’d also read a ...[Read More]

Puremagnetik and Ableton release effects pack with over 200 racks

Today Ableton released a new effects pack in collaboration with Puremagnetik. The pack includes over 200 racks, including channel strips, DJ and live effects, modulators, filters, and so on. According to Ableton, the creators of the effects pack aimed to explore a wide range of sound manipulation possibilities. Source: Ableton

Gibson introduces the Joe Bonamassa 1959 Les Paul

Gibson today introduced the Joe Bonamassa 1959 Les Paul “Skinnerburst” model, featuring Gibson‘s Custombucker and Burstbucker pickups, which were favored by Joe Bonamassa himself. The guitar will also feature a precise neck profile, and an aged look finish, giving it that well used look. The guitar is a perfect representation of Joe Bonamassa’s Les Paul, and Gibson studied ...[Read More]