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Gear: Artist Tips - Hauschka Shares the Secrets of the Prepared Piano

Last week, German composer and pianist Hauschka (a.k.a. Volker Bertelmann) released his latest LP, 'Abandoned City.' (For those who haven't heard it, the album is still streaming online.) A concept album that finds Hauschka employing improvisational techniques while creating music to accompany an imaginary journey through ruined urban landscapes, 'Abandoned City' also showcases Bertelmann's skill with the prepared piano. While many pianists prefer to focus on classic sounds, Hauschka takes things further, altering the instrument by placing objects on or between the strings, hammers, and dampers. Though the benefits of his methods—and the expanded musical possibilities they facilitate—are likely apparent to just about anyone who's heard his output, we still figured that Bertelmann could pass along some further insights. He obliged by detailing a few of his methods, but also took the time to explain the conceptual appeal of the prepared piano, and even shared some tips for properly amplifying the instrument. Read more » 

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  • 03/26/2014

Gear: Slava Offers Korg Electribe ESX Files for Download

With the release of his Comma Sutra EP today via Software, NYC producer Slava has elected to give away a collection of Korg ESX files which include all the samples and sequences used on his new EP, as well as much of the material used on last year's Raw Solutions LP. Read more » 

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  • 03/25/2014

Gear: MacBeth Details New Elements Analog Synthesizer

Renowned synth designer Ken MacBeth has revealed the details of his latest creation, the MacBeth Elements Analog Synthesizer, a unit which aims to offer "top quality features" without making for any "sonic compromise." Read more » 

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  • 03/21/2014

Gear: Check Out Detailed Photos of MK's LA Studio

Legendary remixer and all-around house veteran Marc Kinchen (better known simply as MK) has opened the doors to his LA studio in a new interview and pictorial feature. Read more » 

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  • 03/20/2014

Gear: Watch KiNK Show Off the Hardware Used to Make His 'Under Destruction' Album

With Bulgarian producer Strahil Velchev's new album as KiNK, Under Destruction, set to drop in May via Macro, the seasoned artist has shared a new video which shows off the various pieces of hardware he used during the live jam sessions which yielded the forthcoming LP. Read more » 

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  • 03/19/2014

Gear: Native Instruments Releases New Compact Audio Interface

Deemed "the world's smallest premium DJ audio interface," the Traktor Audio 2 is Native Instruments' new audio interface which boasts 24-Bit/48-kHz sound in a package about the size of a deck of cards. Read more » 

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  • 03/18/2014

Gear: Allen & Heath Introduces Xone:23C DJ Mixer

Allen & Heath have unveiled the Xone:23C, the newest addition to the company's well-regarded line of hybrid digital/analog DJ mixers. Read more » 

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  • 03/11/2014

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