Universal Audio Opal Morphing synthesizer review: Analogue meets wavetable in UA’s new flagship soft synth

Universal Audio has dipped its toes into software instruments before with the Minimoog Model D and Ravel Piano that come with its DAW, Luna. But the California-based developer’s latest release sees the creation of an all-new synthesizer. In an effort to make Opal distinctive, UA has built the synth with an array of morphing parameters … Read more

Listen to the Top 7 ‘American Idol’ Contestants’ Original Singles

BMG, in partnership with American Idol and 19 Entertainment, have released original songs by the Top 7 finalists from Season 20. The seven singles include songs by Fritz Hager, HunterGirl, Nicolina, JAY, Christian Guardino, Leah Marlene, and Noah Thompson. On May 22, the Top 3 contestants will perform their original songs live during the three-hour … Read more

Why Every Guitarist Needs to Learn Piano

Sponsored Content “I would suggest any musicians of any instrument undertake piano lessons. Not for the intention to become great at the instrument but rather for perspective.” That’s what Grammy Award-winning guitarist Eric Johnson said in 2016 about learning to play the piano. But read that quote again, specifically the last word: “perspective.” Why perspective? … Read more

Behind the Performer Name: Ziggy Stardust

Ziggy Stardust. The musical character from the creative mind of the master of change, David Bowie. We all know him. We’ve all seen him. That face with the orange lightning bolt. Combined with Bowie’s voice and celestial songwriting, the character was an indelible hit that we all love and continue to talk about today. But … Read more