1) ON THE KEYTAR RESURGENCE
Very strange indeed. I thought these things were gimmicky in the ‘80s and now they’re coming back. See here.
2) ABLETON + CYCLING ’74
Ableton did well to collaborate with C74, and I think this is going to sell like hotcakes. It may very well upset some of the share Reason has been enjoying amongst the tweaker set, and will certainly draw in the patching crowd. The fact that Max for Live is the *full* Max/MSP/Jitter suite (just made to run inside of Live) is enough to make any patching enthusiast salivate.
3) WHITHER LOGIC?
I was upset to see a total lack of news on Logic (my DAW of choice). I know that Apple is scaling back it’s trade show presence but it’s nice to see some sort of goodies being introduced to counter the inevitable Ableton frenzy that has quickly become a NAMM tradition. Makes you wonder if the Ableton announcement at NAMM will become the next Stevenote…