Last year we reported on Black Corporation planning to release a Eurorack version of their Deckard's Dream synthesizer as well as a companion add-on, called Rachael. Now the company has announced that they are taking pre-order deposits for their upcoming Deckard's Dream MK2 synthesizer.
If you find yourself anywhere near Cornell University this week then you may want to pop in for their special event titled "When Machines Rock: A Celebration of Robert Moog and Electronic Music." The event, which takes place from the 5th to the 7th of March 2020 is in celebration of the opening of Moog's archive at Cornell University Library.
Considering the current state of affairs when it comes to the spread of the Coronavirus there has been a lot of concern about trade shows and other international gatherings. For example, the Game Developers Conference has officially been postponed until Summer after many of the major publishers decided not to attend the event. A lot of people speculated that a similar fate would be in store for Superbooth2020, which is scheduled for April 23-25 this year.
The biggest news to hit the musical scene so far this year is the announcement that good old MIDI is finally gearing up to move towards a new 2.0 standard. The new standard was presented during the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California this year. This is quite a big deal as for the past 37 odd years there is not much that really happened in the world of MIDI. Since 1983, MIDI has been used as the standard by which various musical instruments and devices could communicate with each other, as well as integrate with computer hardware.
The other bit of interesting news to come out of the 2020 NAMM Show is that the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer has now finally been inducted into the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame. The TECnology Hall of Fame, which is presented by the NAMM Museum of Making Music, is reserved only for products that managed to advance audio technology in a significant manner. Engineers, authors, educators and other professionals make up the panel of 50+ audio experts who are tasked with selecting the inductees to the prestiges ranks of the TECnology Hall of Fame.
Artiphon took to Kickstarter late last year to try and garner funds for their Orba, a musical instrument that is designed for your hands. The Orba is basically a portable synth, looper, and MIDI controller that is supposed to allow you to create songs in a matter of seconds.