It only takes a quick glance at Claude VonStroke's studio to realize that the man loves turning knobs. No matter which way one looks, there's a neon glow emanating from his various FX units, synths, samplers, keyboards, and the like, all of which are situated within arms reach. In truth, this is the result of a shift by the Dirtybird label head towards a more hands-on workflow, leading him to cover his desk with various pieces of hardware and fill his racks with choice signal processors in an effort to do more creation outside of a purely computer-based realm. Recently, we followed the normally San Francisco-based producer down to his new room in Los Angeles, both to get a look at his current set-up and to find out how his approach and the tools at his disposal have evolved over the years. Read more »
Gear: This Week In Music Tech: Moog Minitaur Update, Granular Synthesis for iPad, Inside Claude VonStroke's New Studio, and More
After checking in with Mr. VonStroke on Wednesday, we spent the rest of this week keeping our eyes on a few iPad-oriented developments, a new cassette-inspired mix recorder, and—of course—the latest news from Moog. Read more »
Dutch producer Julien Mier (pictured above) and Canadian imprint King Deluxe have launched a remix contest which gives budding producers a chance to rework a track from Mier's recent When Will They Wake Up EP, with the winning tune slated to land on the label's forthcoming remix vinyl. Read more »
Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Vestax's Spin 2, FL Studio Mobile, Free Ableton Instrument, and In the Studio with MK
After last week's flurry of developments in the realm of digital DJing, things slow down a bit this week, giving us just enough time to take a closer look at Marc Kinchen's art of remixing and catch up on a handful of production-related developments. Read more »
Pioneering DJ/producer Marc Kinchen (better known simply as MK) has been one of house music's (pardon the pun) household names since leading the NY garage scene of the '90s with a slew of noteworthy tunes, remixes, and—of course—MK dubs. Recently, the good folks at FACT managed to catch Kinchen in action, documenting the man in the midst of reworking DJ Haus' "Needin' U" with his patented formula. Read more »
Gear: This Week In Music Tech: Serato DJ, Pioneer's DDJ-SX Controller, Native Instrument's Z2 Mixer, and More
The theme in this week's wrap up of production and gear news lands us firmly in the grey area between hardware and software, as Serato, Pioneer, and Native Instruments continue to work towards the future of DJing, and Chicago vet Hieroglyphic Being takes us through his personal combination of the digital and analog worlds. Read more »
After teasing the product a few weeks back, Native Instruments has officially shared the details surrounding its latest piece of equipment, a "2+2 channel control mixer" deemed the Kontrol Z2. Read more »
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