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Gear: Grab Native Instruments' Traktor DJ App for Free

As part of the fifth anniversary of its iTunes App store, Apple has made some of its most popular iPhone and iPad apps availible to grab for free, including Native Instruments' freshly launched Traktor DJ. Read more » 

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  • 07/08/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Matias Aguayo, Deadelus, Addison Groove, Archie Pelago, and Roger Linn Explains the MPC Swing

Though it may have been a short week for those of us residing Stateside, there was plenty to keep curious producers and gear nerds entertained. Again, we've rounded up the best bits from the past seven days in the latest This Week in Music Tech—checking out the studios of Matias Aguayo, Daedelus, and Archie Pelago, watching Addison Groove make a beat in under 10 minutes, checking out a free drum-sequencing iPad app from Nord, and learning the truth behind the legendary MPC swing from Roger Linn himself in the process. Read more » 

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  • 07/05/2013

Gear: Nord Offers Free Drum-Sequencing App

Well-regarded synth makers Nord have unveiled Beat 2, an updated version of its drum-sequencing iPad app that is now available to download for free. Read more » 

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  • 07/02/2013

Gear: Watch Addison Groove Build a Beat in 10 Minutes

Not so long ago, FACT TV caught up with Addison Groove as the UK producer showed off the various pieces of hardware in his studio, using them to build a beat live on the spot. Now, the man has taken part in the Against the Clock challenge, putting together a new tune in just 10 minutes. Read more » 

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  • 07/02/2013

Gear: From Studio to Stage: Matias Aguayo

Though our conversation with Matias Aguayo has been officially filed into our From Studio to Stage series of interviews, it might more accurately fall under the title "From Stage to Studio and Back." As the seasoned producer/DJ explains, his creative process is very much tied into his DJ sets and live performances, during which he experiments and develops his songs in an improvisatory manner, testing and twisting them in front of audiences many times before ever recording a note. Now, with the Chilean-born artist gearing up for a newly reimagined live show—which enlists the help of Alejandro Paz, a regular on his Cómeme label—we paid a visit to Aguayo's Berlin studio to find out how he manages to fluidly move his productions between both the performance and studio spheres. The space—which features a view of a graveyard from its windows—is located in the back of an old warehouse and has been dubbed "District Union" by Aguayo and his Cómeme compatriots. In the process of showing us around the place, the producer also touches on the collaborative and improvisatory spirit which fed his new album, The Visitor, and discusses how he and Paz have found ways to continue developing the music together as performers. Read more » 

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  • 07/01/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Jon Hopkins' Studio, Beat-Making with Artifact, Korg Volcas, Max's Mira App, and More

It's no real surprise that longstanding UK producer Jon Hopkins has a magical studio, one which he just so happened to give XLR8R a tour of earlier this week. We check in with Hopkins at his lab, watch Bristol's Artifact make a beat live, peep detailed videos for Korg's Volca series of analog groveboxes, check out the Mira iPad controller for Max/MSP, and gather other useful bits of gear-related news in the latest This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 06/28/2013

Gear: Watch Artifact Build a Beat Live

The latest producer to step up to FACT TV's Against the Clock challenge is burgeoning Bristolian Artifact, who manages to build a sleek, bottom-heavy house cut in under 10 minutes. Read more » 

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  • 06/26/2013

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