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Gear: Download a Free Sample Kit from Mike Huckaby

The veteran Detroit DJ/producer and noted music-gear specialist Mike Huckaby recently put together a custom sample kit for the German website Groove, which is now available to download for free. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2012

Gear: Check Out a New Video from Ableton 9

As part of Ableton's continued campaign to instill Live 9 fever in the hearts of producers the world over, the Berlin sofware developers have unveiled a new video showing off more of the forthcoming program's new features, presented in part by German producer Robert Lippok of longstanding experimental outfit To Rocco Rot. Read more » 

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  • 12/10/2012

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Nosaj Thing, AudioBus for iOS, Lemur 4, DJ /rupture's Sufi Plug-ins, and More

From Nosaj Thing giving us a look into his new studio, an app that syncs other iOS musical apps, a brief preview of the new Lemur, Doepfer's Dark Energy II, Cubase 7, Beatport's Mixes, and DJ /rupture going in-depth about his free set of Sufi plug-ins, a lot happened this week. Catch up with it all in bite-size tidbits with the latest edition of XLR8R's This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 12/07/2012

Gear: In the Studio: Nosaj Thing

In many ways, Jason Chung (a.k.a. Nosaj Thing) is an archetype for promising bedroom producers. Like many, he began making tracks in his room as a teenager, initially piecing together hip-hop-inspired instrumentals in a room at his parents' house before evolving his craft towards the more sophisticated electronic music that would eventually propel him to the forefront of LA's beat scene and yield a pioneering debut LP, Drift. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Chung still prefers to produce in a simple home studio, which is now based in South Pasadena, just outside of LA proper. XLR8R recently payed Chung a visit to find out more about his current set-up, his ever-present interest in evolving music technology, and the process behind his forthcoming sophomore (and appropriately titled) LP, Home. Read more » 

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  • 12/05/2012

Gear: This Week In Music Tech: Korg's iPolysix, Roland's Synth Legends, QuNeo Goes Wireless, MIDI Turns 30, and Understanding Trackers

This week's music tech wrap-up gathers some news from Korg, Keith McMillen Instruments, and Roland, and—oh yeah—MIDI has officially been the backbone of electronic music for 30 years now. Read more » 

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  • 11/30/2012

Gear: This Week In Music Tech: Peeks into Live 9 and Analog Four, iZoptope's New Distortion FX, and Noteworthy Black Friday Gear Deals

Our weekly roundup of production-related news gathers up previews of Live 9's audio-to-MIDI functions and Elektron's Analog Four synth, shares news of iZotope's recently release Trash 2 plug-in, and attempts to help you navigate a few of Black Friday's better deals in the realm of production and DJ gear. Read more » 

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  • 11/23/2012

Gear: Preview Ableton 9's Audio to MIDI Functions

When Ableton officially announced its plans to release the next generation of Live (not to mention the company's first hardware controller, Push) last month, one of the most alluring new features of the software was its ability to turn raw audio into MIDI data. Now, a video has surfaced previewing in detail Ableton 9's ability to convert rhythmic and melodic audio into MIDI. Read more » 

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  • 11/20/2012

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