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The hardware synthesizer market was relatively quiet this month, but intriguing music tech business developments and acquisitions were rife. Likewise, software and tech innovation brought AI vocalists and NFTs into the limelight, instigating heated discussions and new opportunities. For the first time in a while, talk of in-person events came back into the conversation, much […]

Gearslutz has announced that it will be changing its name to Gearspace in April 2021, with an update to the previous logo to reflect the change. The rebranding comes after almost 5,000 people signed a petition in January 2021 for the website to change its name. A user named Cam Ran started the petition […]

Focusrite plc is launching Optimal Audio on 20 April 2021 via a virtual event. The commercial audio brand will join the Focusrite Group family, along with Focusrite and Focusrite Pro, Adam Audio, Martin Audio, Novation and Ampify. Details of the new company are scarce and is only referred to as a “commercial audio” brand. However, […]

Spotify has taken a step towards business transparency with the launch of Loud & Clear, a microsite that sheds light on the economics of music streaming for artists. Loud & Clear publishes statistics on artist payouts from 2020, the ways in which Spotify calculates its payments, and the company’s views on streaming. According to the […]

Abbey Road Red, a subsidiary of Abbey Road Studios, has acquired Audiomovers, a tech start-up that has provided a vital service to music producers throughout the pandemic. Audiomovers, founded in 2017, is a remote recording solution that lets musicians and producers stream, record and listen to multichannel audio in realtime. It comprises a set of […]

Berlin-based Native Instruments has teamed up with US software developer iZotope to form a new music and audio creator group. The new tech group is being backed by Francisco Partners and EMH Partners. Both companies will continue to operate independently, working towards a shared mission of shaping the future of music-making and audio production. No […]

Lou Ottens, the Dutch engineer widely credited for inventing the cassette tape and pioneering the CD, has died at 94. His death was first reported by Dutch news outlet NRC Handelsblad, though no cause of death was mentioned. He died on 6 March in Duizel in the Netherlands. Ottens joined Dutch technology and electronics company […]

Underplayed is a documentary launching today on streaming platforms including Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play. The documentary explores the gender disparity in the electronic music scene and has been publicly released on International Women’s Day (8 March), following its premiere last year at TIFF. Less than three per cent of technical and production roles […]

Square Inc, Jack Dorsey’s digital payment company, has acquired a majority ownership stake in Tidal, the hi-fi streaming platform. The news was announced by Dorsey on Twitter – go figure. Jay-Z is stepping onto the Square board of directors while Tidal’s original artist co-owners will become the second-largest group of shareholders. “Why would a music […]

Spotify will soon offer lossless streaming with the promise of “CD-quality” audio – but is your system actually equipped to make the most of Spotify HiFi? And more importantly, will you be able to hear a difference? To help answer these questions, a web-based ABX test from puts your audio equipment (and ears) to the test. […]