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Gear: AIAIAI and Stones Throw Partner for Special-Edition Headphones

Danish headphone designer AIAIAI has partnered with venerable Los Angeles label Stones Throw to release a special edition of its TMA-1 DJ headphones. Read more » 

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  • 02/04/2014

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: A Modular Synth Masterclass, Another Aira Teaser, Prefuse 73's Free Ableton Live Session, and More

In the wake of NAMM, this week brought just a few new updates and surprises, while Aira continued to tease its Aira drum machine. In addition to tying up a few leftover NAMM threads, our latest gear round-up checks out a modular synth masterclass led by Mute founder David Miller, takes a look inside Solvent's studio, and shares details of an Ableton Live session from Prefuse 73 which is now free to download. Read more » 

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  • 01/31/2014

Gear: The Best (and the Weirdest) of NAMM 2014

NAMM is to music gear what CES is to consumer electronics, E3 is to video games, and the '80s were to personal finance: spectacularly overwrought excess, as companies large and small blow huge chunks of their marketing budgets to flaunt new gear. Each year, the event takes place over the course of four days in Anaheim, California, under the big-eared shadow of Disneyland. It's generally overrun by suited sales folk and aging rockers whose hairlines have receded into their bellies, along with gearheads who fly in from around the world to get face-to-face (and hand-to-knob) time with the people that make their musical tools. As part of the latter contingent, we picked through the roughly six million mandolins and generic DJ controllers—and came across some oddly memorable happenings in the process—but ultimately honed in on the most exciting gear NAMM 2014 had to offer. Read more » 

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  • 01/27/2014

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: NAMM Updates from Moog, Elektron, Korg, Arturia, Nord, Bitwig, and More

The annual NAMM conference is officially underway, and as expected, a host of new synthesizers, drum machines, controllers, programs, and more have been officially (and some still unofficially) introduced to the world. The latest This Week in Music Tech checks in on the most important developments that have so far gone down in the gear world's busiest weekend. Read more » 

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  • 01/24/2014

Gear: Arturia Announces Beatstep Controller

There's been a lot of excitement for this week's announcements surrounding the annual NAMM conference, and French instrument and software company Arturia has now shared their own, unveiling a new pad controller and step sequencer called Beatstep. Read more » 

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  • 01/24/2014

Gear: Moog's Upcoming Sub37 Synth Detailed in New 20-Minute Video

Amidst the swell of continuing NAMM developments, a new video has surfaced detailing the features of the Sub37, Moog's new "paraphonic analog synthesizer" which is expected to see a release later this year. Read more » 

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  • 01/23/2014

Gear: M-Audio Unveils Trigger Finger Pro

As part of the company's array of new units being rolled out for NAMM, M-Audio has unveiled the Trigger Finger Pro, an updated version of its classic workhorse controller, the Trigger Finger, which brings with it an abundance of updates, including a built-in step sequencer. Read more » 

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  • 01/23/2014

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