News Round Up: 18/11/2016


Celebrating the life of David Mancuso. Behringer tease new prototype. AIAIAI launch Kickstarter for wireless headphones. Akai’s plans for new MPC models leaked.

David Mancuso, DJ and dance culture pioneer, 1944-2016. David Mancuso has died at the age of 72. To celebrate the groundbreaking DJ’s life and legacy, the Guardian explore his influence and appeal to the dance music community. After founding The Loft, an establishment regarded as the first underground dance party, Mancuso’s importance is hard to overestimate. Check out the feature here.

Discover the magic of the legendary Klipsch speakers. As part of the annual Klipsch Pilgrimage, Colleen Murphy travelled 5,000 miles to Hope, Arkansas to learn about the speakers favoured by Mancuso, and more about their great designer, Paul W Klipsch. Check out the whole feature here.

Akai’s plans for standalone MPC leaked. Leaked photos and supporting documents (including a non-disclosure agreement) reveal Akai’s plans to release two standalone MPC models. The quick start manuals show some of the features. Read more here.

Behringer tease prototype of desktop DeepMind12. It’s not officially confirmed that it will go into production but the company have opened it up for discussion. A 12-voice polyphonic analogue desktop synth for $899? You can have your say on the comment thread here.

KRK release new V-Series 4 monitors. Desiged as a replacement for the VXT line, the new monitors come in four-, six- and eight-inch driver options. Each model has 49 preset EQ curves for tuning the monitors to your room and personal listening preference. Watch the promo video above.

Danish headphone makers AIAIAI launch Kickstarter campaign. The new H05 is a headband that adds wireless connectivity to the company’s TMA-2 modular headphones via Bluetooth. Watch the promo video on Vimeo here for more info on how the band works and details of how to contribute to hto the crowdfunding campaign.

Acidlab announce new analogue drum machine. Inspired by the Roland TR-909, the new Acidlab Detroit is based on the 909’s analogue circuits but with added sound parameters. Audio demos, pricing details and availability to follow soon. Check it out here.

Undrgrnd Snds release Warehouse Techno. The new sample pack is inspired by the likes of Head High, Dense & Pika, Scuba and Levon Vincent. To listen and purchase click here.

Melda Productions announce four new plugins. MPhatik, MTurboComp, MBassador and MTurboEQ are available to buy individually or as part of a bundle. Melda are offering MBassador and MTurboEq at an introductory price, with discounts up to 67%. Check them out here.

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