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Non-Fungible Tokens – Hype, Flaws, and Innovation

(Cover Image derived from Consensual Hallucinations by crypto artist Serwah Attafuah)  A digital certificate for intellectual property is sweeping the music world. Known as a Non-Fungible Token, or an NFT, these cryptographically verified digital collectibles allow artists to store unchangeable versions of their music/art on the blockchain. This article explores the hype, the flaws, and the innovation of this new technology and what it means for you as a producer, artist, or musician.  What is Blockchain technology?  At this point, we have all heard about Bitcoin. But what many don’t know is that it is the technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that holds the power and potential to revolutionize all aspects of our digital exchanges.   You can think of Blockchain Technology as the “Web 3.0”. As opposed to our current internet where virality, piracy, and duplicability reign, Blockchain technology is an open-source distributed ledger operated by a global network

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Recording at Home – How to Choose a Microphone

Recording at Home – How to Choose a Microphone It’s time for another Beat Lab Blog Series! In this series of articles, we’ll be covering topics focusing on recording at home. Though most of the world seems to be handling the COVID pandemic well enough to beat lockdown, here in sunny California many of us are back inside. As long as we are why not share some tips on the recording process? In this article, we’ll cover one of the basics of recording from anywhere, choosing a microphone! There are many styles and options when it comes to microphones, and we’ll break down the basics for you. We’ll share some links to options sold on Amazon, if you happen to purchase via any of those links we’ll earn a small commission which will help us beat this large economic downturn. Carry on below!     So, you want to start

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Wave – The Wearable Ring MIDI Controller

Wave – The Wearable Ring MIDI Controller Ginki Instruments just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for their wearable MIDI controller – Wave. Wave is a MIDI controller packed into a ring, with multiple parameters for control – pan, roll, tilt, tap, plus 5 assignable buttons on the ring. Each parameter can be assigned to control any other parameter this is MIDI mappable. You can connect it to your DAW, music apps on your phone or tablet, or the Eurorack synth the Genki has created in conjunction with Wave – the Wavefront. Wavefront is an incredible feat – a synthesizer controllable by a Bluetooth MIDI controller, and one that you can wear! Wave isn’t the first wearable MIDI controller but Wavefront makes Wave an attractive option compared to its predecessors.         A few applications we can think of are adding vocal effects while singing, adding effects or launching samples while DJ’ing, doing cool pitch

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XOXX Composer – Arduino Magnet Based Sequencer

XOXX Composer – Arduino Magnet Based Sequencer   XOXX Composer is a new Arduino based sequencer that uses magnets to track the sequencer commands. This is a good example on how sequencer can become more and more connected with the real world. In some ways we use technology to brings us back in time for a more physical tactile use of musical instruments.   A few words from the developer Axel Bluhme:   The XOXX Composer is a different take on a drum machine. It turns the inner functions of sampling, looping, and sequencing, into a tangible, kinetic and sculptural form. Capture sounds from your surroundings or pick samples from records and then play them back on the XOXX Composer by placing the magnets on spinning discs. Simply let curiosity and creativity lead the way to quickly create unique beats away from the computer screen. The project is a result from

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