Biggest MI stories of the week: Death of Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, Audiofusion at NAMM, Nando’s London recording studio

Each week, MI Focus rounds up the most popular stories from the industry. So if you’ve had a busy week, sit down, grab a coffee and catch up on all of this week’s essential news

Here are the five biggest stories on MI Focus this week:

1. Dolores O’Riordan: Cranberries singer dies aged 46

Irish musician and lead singer of The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, has died in London at the age of 46.

Known for her distinctive voice on hits such as Linger and Zombie, O’Riordan and the band have sold over 40 million records worldwide.

2. NAMM Show 2018: Audiofusion promises to turn your iPhone into a wireless in-ear monitor

Austin-based start-up Audio Fusion Systems is releasing its Audiofusion software at this year’s NAMM Show.

The software takes digital audio from the sound console or audio interface and broadcasts it in real-time over Wi-Fi, allowing musicians to hear and customise their own monitor mix on their mobile devices.

3. Nando’s opens London recording studio, and you can apply to use it for free

Chicken restaurant Nando’s has opened a record studio in Central London.

Audio Media International reports that the new recording space is situated at its renovated Frith Street restaurant and is decked out with professional equipment for budding producers, artists and DJs such as a Neumann U87 mic.

4. Global social music network Allihoopa partners with music-making apps Triqtraq and DM2

Collaborative music making service Allihoopa has announced two new partnerships with music-making apps Triqtraq and DM2.

Allihoopa users can now compose original beats in Triqtraq’s smooth one-window interface and use DM2, the powerful Synthesis Drum Machine, available on iPad.

5. Music-making apps thrive as “DJing becomes a common hobby”

Since the launch of Apple’s App Store ten years ago (yep, that’ll make you feel old), there have always been music-making apps in some form or another for mobile. The first two things I downloaded on my iPod Touch were a virtual drum kit and a robot synthesiser – admittedly, both were pretty awful, but they were fun none-the-less.

Over the past decade, we have seen app stores on other mobile platforms spring up, and the incredibly fast evolution of these applications.