News Round-Up: 17/2/17

Synth designer Tatsuya Takahashi leaves Korg. Meet the woman who masters Aphex Twin and Björk. A Guy Called Gerald recounts the story of making ‘Voodoo Ray’.

Tatsuya Takahashi leaves Korg. The designer of the Minilogue, Monologue, Monotron and other analogue synths has left Korg after ten years’ service. In a statement on his Facebook account, Takahashi revealed that he will be leaving Tokyo to set up home in Cologne, where he will “explore new areas where sound and technology can have positive social implications”. Read the statement in full above.

Meet the woman who masters Aphex Twin and Björk. One of the UK’s leading mastering engineers, Mandy Parnell, speaks to the Guardian about working with the likes of Brian Eno, Chemical Brothers and Björk as well as revealing some of the secrets of her dark art, here.

The story of ‘Voodoo Ray’. A Guy Called Gerald, Nightmares on Wax, Colin Thorpe and more recount the story of making and playing this acid house classic as the man behind it turns 50 years old. Read the piece here.

New library from Spitfire Audio. Regularly used in many styles of music, but difficult to record originally, you can now get access to a wealth of string samples recorded by the London Contemporary Orchestra, who have collaborated with the likes of Radiohead and Frank Ocean. The early bird price is £239, and is available here.

Update your Maschine. Native Instruments have released a feature-packed software update (free to owners of Maschine 2) that boasts a new Variation Engine, “tools to encourage spontaneity” and extra functionality via the step sequencer. For the full lowdown and some tutorial videos head to the Native Instruments website.

Brighton Music Conference 2017. The first names are out the bag for the event at the Brighton Dome and various other venues on the 27th and 28th April. Speakers from Fabric, Ministry of Sound, Sony and Roland, plus artists like Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), High Contrast, Darius Syrossian, Sam Divine and more are all appearing. Head here for further info.

Game on. The Subbass Academy of Electronic Music has linked with Knowledge Arena, Dimensions and Outlook to offer you the chance to win free digital promotion, a production course at the Academy, VIP access to one of the festivals and much more. To enter you have to pick a festival, stage and set time then make a track – using their samples – that you think would best fit that scenario. For a full run down of how to enter and what you will win, check here.

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