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Gear: Artist Tips: Peter Van Hoesen on How to Listen More Effectively

Since we revived the 'Artist Tips' series last year, a wide variety of producers and DJs have volunteered to share a little bit of their expertise with our readers, and the advice that they've given has been similarly varied. Some have elected to get uber-technical and specific, while others simply passed along the philosophical keys to their approach. And still, despite this range that's been covered, it's safe to say that XLR8R hasn't yet published an 'Artist Tips' column quite like this one from Peter Van Hoesen. Read more » 

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  • 09/22/2014

Gear: Dntel Shares Five Essential Pieces from His Home Studio

Jimmy Tamborello has been involved in numerous projects over the last 15-plus years—many of which we revisited in a 'Rewind' feature back in 2012—and although several of his various monikers and bands have had a real impact, we'd like to think that it's his work as Dntel that will ultimately stand the test of time. (Admittedly, legions of Postal Service fans might disagree with that notion.) Next week, the LA-based producer and Dublab regular will be issuing a new album, 'Human Voice,' via Leaving Records/Stones Throw, and the LP's impending release got us wondering about what tools Tamborello is using to craft his tunes these days. As such, we hit him up for a list of the five most essential items from his studio. Read more » 

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  • 09/17/2014

Gear: Artist Tips: Addison Groove Shares Five of His Production Secrets

Tony Williams' Addison Groove project blasted into the dance music arena in 2010 with the massive "Footcrab," and the Bristol-based producer hasn't really eased off the throttle since. Over the past few years, he's issued two albums, along with a flurry of singles and EPs, the most recent being last month's 'Turn Up the Silence' for 50Weapons. During that time, he's obviously been a key figure in marrying the rhythms of footwork to the bass-heavy traditions of UK dance music, and he's also become renowned for his mastery of the fabled Roland TR-808 drum machine. Curious to find out more about some of the methodology behind his furious work ethic, we've enlisted Williams for the latest edition of 'Artist Tips.' Read more » 

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  • 09/08/2014

Gear: Korg Introduces New Electribe Production Stations

Part of its upcoming autumn line of products, Korg has revealed two new versions of its well-regarded Electribe series of hardware production stations. Read more » 

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  • 09/04/2014

Gear: Roland Introduces SBX-1 Sync Box

Roland has introduced the SBX-1, a unit specifically designed to help "computers and electronic instruments communicate and synchronize with each other." Read more » 

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  • 09/03/2014

Gear: Are the Days of the Mastering Engineer Numbered? Taking a Closer Look at LANDR

The premise of LANDR, from Montreal-based startup MixGenius, mirrors that of many other services in our newly remodeled digital lives: remove the middleman and replace him with a host of multifaceted computer algorithms to do the job better, faster, and cheaper. LANDR is an attempt to apply this very model to the realm of music production—specifically, the mastering process. Read more » 

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  • 09/03/2014

Gear: Native Instruments Announces Komplete 10, Reveals New Keyboard Controllers

Berlin's Native Instruments has announced the details of the next generation of the company's flagship software suite, Komplete 10, while also revealing its forthcoming line of Kontrol S-Series keyboard controllers. Read more » 

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  • 09/02/2014
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