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Gear: Check Out Pittsburgh Track Authority's Studio

The quietly prolific Pittsburgh Track Authority outfit has opened the doors to Machine Age Studios, the hardware-filled Pennsylvania bunker where the trio crafts its unique brand of dance music. Read more » 

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  • 07/18/2014

Gear: Novation Introduces Launch Control XL

Novation has announced plans to add another controller to its fast-growing line, the Launch Control XL. Read more » 

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  • 07/17/2014

Gear: Artist Tips: Dusky Details Five Techniques for Producing Precise, Club-Ready Tracks

When introducing Dusky's XLR8R podcast last year, we commented on how it, along with the pair's own music, is "clean, well mannered, and, most importantly, effective." Being effective is what the UK duo of Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman does so well, which helps explain how the pair has become one of the most in-demand electronic acts around. Releases for Aus, Anjunadeep, and Dogmatik, not to mention the just released 'Love Taking Over' EP on the duo's own 17 Steps imprint, have seen Dusky striking a key balance between club functionality and hooky pop inclinations. In hopes of learning a few of the pair's production secrets, we invited Dusky to put together the latest edition of our 'Artist Tips' series, and the duo complied by breaking down the process of building punchy tools that leave space for character. Read more » 

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  • 07/16/2014

Gear: Watch Mathew Jonson Talk Synths, Drum Machines, and Production in New Video

A veteran producer and the driving force behind the Wagon Repair imprint, Mathew Jonson has opened up the doors to his enviable studio space in a new video. Read more » 

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  • 07/15/2014

Gear: Hauschka Discusses Prepared Piano Techniques in New Videos

German artist Volker Bertelmann (a.k.a. Hauschka) is one of the foremost composers and musicians pushing the envelope of piano performance. His latest LP, Abandoned City (released via City Slang/Temporary Residence LTD.), saw the established talent explore his craft further, with his propensity for using prepared pianos resting at the center of the record's improvised offerings. Now, the former Artist Tips contributor has taken some time to further reveal his own prepared piano techniques in a new series of short films. Read more » 

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  • 07/14/2014

Gear: Watch Heatsick Build a Track Live

PAN affiliate and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Heatsick puts his own spin on FACT TV's Against the Clock challenge, crafting a beat live using only his Casio keyboard and a few guitar pedals for the ongoing video series. Read more » 

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  • 07/02/2014

Gear: Pioneer Reveals rekordbox 3.0 Update

rekordboxPioneer's own software for preparing music libraries on USB sticks and SD cards for use with the company's CDJs and other units—has been updated with a new UI, and a reconfigured system aimed at helping DJs better match tracks within their own library. Read more » 

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  • 07/02/2014

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