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Gear: Watch Deadboy's Guide to Making "Hit Records"

Despite issuing his XLR8R Pick'd Blaquewerk EP, catching up with us in a Chatterbox feature, and launching his Total Fantasy label this year, London dancefloor hybridist Deadboy hasn't exactly been prolific in 2013. But maybe that's not such a bad thing, as it has given him enough time to put together this essential tutorial on "how to make hit records in, like, five minutes." Read more » 

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  • 08/05/2013

Gear: Watch Lindstrøm Detail Tracks in His Studio

Norwegian space-disco stalwart Lindstrøm has allowed Future Music's cameras a chance to film inside his studio in Oslo as he breaks down a couple of his cosmic dancefloor productions. Read more » 

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  • 08/05/2013

Gear: Watch James Murphy and 2ManyDJs Discuss Their 50,000 Watt Soundsystem

DFA co-founder and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy recently teamed up with the Belgian crew 2ManyDJs and DFA engineer John Klett to build an enormous, 50,000 watt soundsystem which is solely compatible with vinyl. Read more » 

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  • 08/02/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: In Moderat's Studio, Jon Hopkins' Found Sounds, MPC for iPhone, and More

While it might not have been the busiest week in the world of music tech, the bits that did find their way to the web surely were enough to keep us busy. This week, we check in with Moderat at the group's Berlin studio to talk both producing and performing live, review Livid Instruments' new Base controller, hear found sounds from Jon Hopkins, check out the iMPC for iPhone, and share an in-depth—and incredibly easy to comprehend—video which details the individual properties of analog and digital audio. Read more » 

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  • 08/02/2013

Gear: Review: Livid Base

Hot on the heels of Ableton's Push controller (which we reviewed back in April) comes Livid Instruments' Base, the newest design from the boutique, Austin-based shop. Push provides a rather interesting point of comparison: The two pieces of hardware have much in common physically, while the underlying philosophy has anything but. Where Push was designed to work in a particular way with a specific piece of software, Base is largely what you make of it, a more generic blank slate that's willing to accommodate a host of varied approaches. Read more » 

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  • 07/31/2013

Gear: From Studio to Stage: Moderat

This is a big week for Moderat. Not only will the German trio—which consists of Modeselektor (a.k.a. Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian "Charlie" Szary) and Apparat (a.k.a. Sascha Ring)—be releasing its long-awaited sophomore album, II, but it will also be debuting a brand-new live show at London's Eastern Electrics festival. Curious to find out more about the nuts and bolts of Moderat's technical process, last week we paid a visit to the trio's Berlin studio/rehearsal space, which is located on the 12th floor of a high rise near Alexanderplatz. (For the record, it's actually Modeselektor's permanent studio, but for the time being, it's also serving as Moderat HQ.) While there, we spoke at length with Apparat and Szary, who detailed both the production methods behind II and the challenges of translating the LP to the live arena. Read more » 

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  • 07/29/2013

Gear: Take a Look Inside Mr. G's Studio

52-year-old UK house veteran and Rekids affiliate Mr. G recently opened the doors to his modest home studio, discussing the synths, rack gear, and production processes that have fueled the former Londoner's—he now resides an hour's train ride away from the English capital—long and fruitful career. Read more » 

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  • 07/26/2013

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