Monthly Archives: April 2013

Waiting for Bitwig Studio

Many music producers out there use probably one of the big DAWs: Cubase, Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic or even Reason, FL Studio. Almost all of them are available for the Microsoft Windows platform and for Mac. Logic was available for Windows as well until Apple acquired its manufacturer – so it became a Apple-only product. All of these DAWs have its specific strenghts and are hard to compare – because some of them fit better for live performance and others fit better for large arrangements.

Last year, a new start-up from Berlin called Bitwig announced that they’re producing a new DAW called Bitwig Studio. The interface of Bitwig Studio has heavy influences from Ableton. This is not a surprise, yet are the founders of Bitwig some ex-employees of Ableton (another Berlin-based company known for building the excellent Live performance DAW). Bitwig introduces some very interesting new features. Another advantage is the fact that Bitwig will be the very first professional commercial DAW which supports the Linux operating system.

There is just one problem: the waiting for the product itself. They’ve launched a closed beta long time ago and there are absolutely no news about when the product is about to be released. While they showed up some new features at the Frankfurter Musikmesse two weeks ago, there were no news about the release date. Well – let’s keep waiting for it. The preview looks promising.

Daft Punk brings back the disco era

Usually I don’t write about other musicians, but I should! Especially about them who I like. Daft Punk is one of them. While I got first in touch with their sound by my brother back in the 90s, I followed their musical career in the past 13 years and they have become unquestionably one of the most awarded artists ever.

Now, eight years since their last studio album Human After All, they’re gonna release their new Album Random Access Memories on 21st May, 2013 on Columbia Records. It contains a phenomenal set of guest appeareances, such as Giorgio Morauder, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Todd Edwards and some more. Some of these people had big influence in the disco era in the 70s. First single of that album might be “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell Williams (Vocals) and Nile Rodgers (Guitar). The time couldn’t be better to release an album with this kind of music – in a world, where synthetic sound is everywhere, but no groove anymore. This could become the best-selling Daft Punk album ever.

Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | The Collaborators: Giorgio Moroder (Episode 1)

Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | The Collaborators: Todd Edwards (Episode 2)

Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | The Collaborators: Nile Rodgers (Episode 3)

Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | The Collaborators: Pharell Williams (Episode 4)

 

Update 2013-04-24: Get Lucky was released a few days ago and got the most streamed song on Spotify of all time – within 24 hours. Btw, you can listen to it on Spotify for free.