Month in music tech: the biggest news of June 2021

Here are all the new music technology developments from June that you should know about.

Behringer came back this June. After a few quiet months, the controversial audio manufacturer teased a few new synths, some inspired by classics and some brand new instruments. Speaking of classic instruments, Bram Bos’ 1997 drum machine, the HammerHead Rhythm Station, has returned primed for the 21st century as an iOS app.

Elsewhere, Apple made headlines after announcing Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos on Apple Music, among other updates to its products. Producers are sure to be intrigued by the implementation of Spatial Audio tools for Logic Pro – an update that will arrive later this year.

In this month’s news roundup, we recap the biggest and best news of June 2021, keeping you in the loop on announcements, product releases and new freeware you might have missed.

Industry

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Gear

Novation Rhythm Circuit
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  • Novation brought its Circuit Rhythm groovebox to life, with a focus on quick sampling and sequencing.
  • Behringer begins shipping its Swing MIDI controller, a controversial product among the music production community.
  • The TR-909-inspired drum machine from Behringer, the RD-9, is now shipping, after three years of teasing and development.
  • Behringer has a new Eurorack multi-engine oscillator, Brains, sporting over 20 synth engines.
  • A new LinnDrum-inspired drum machine is coming courtesy of Behringer, called the LmDrum.
  • Behringer’s last gear release of the month is due on 28 June, with hints at an 808-sounding drum machine – possibly an update to the RD-8.
  • Black Corporation is set to release a Jupiter-8-inspired synth, the ISE-NIN desktop poly, later this year.
  • IKEA and Sonos’ hotly-anticipated picture frame speaker is now listing at a modest price of $179.
  • Apogee unveiled the Duet 3 portable audio interface, with onboard DSP and optional desktop dock.

Software

Freeware

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