Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Lindstrøm's Home Studio, a Masterclass with Shadowchild, Don Buchla's Documentary, Live 9, and more
With the release of Ableton's long-awaited Live 9 software, new product announcements were a little quiet this week. Still, that gave us plenty of time to envy the mouth-watering synth collection found inside Linstrøm's home studio, learn production techniques from Shadow Child, contemplate the legacy of pioneering electronic instrument designer Don Buchla, and take a long look at an intriguing, piano-inspired controller from new company Roli. Read more »
Gear: This Week in Music Tech: MPC Update, Arturia iMini, Novation Launchpad App, Native Instruments Synth Tease, and MK on Maschine
With Native Instruments teasing a new soft synth, Arturia bringing the Minimoog to the iPad, Novation introducing the Launchpad app, Cubase 7 offering a free demo, the MPC updating its software, and MK showing us how he uses the Maschine in his studio, it's been a busy week in the world of gear. Get all caught up with the action in the latest edition of This Week in Music Tech. Read more »
Native Instruments certainly took its time in bringing its flagship DJ software, Traktor, to the iPad. Conceived by the same team behind the desktop Traktor, the touchscreen-centric approach brings a new perspective to the entire experience, including everything from navigating your music library to adding effects and setting loop points. It does away with virtually all skeuomorphic detritus, opting instead for a more minimalist, laser-focused approach on usability. The results, while a bit late to the table(s), are immediately playable and surprisingly robust. Read more »
Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Traktor for iPad, Matmos' Home Studio, Four Tet's Pro Tools Sessions, and Drum Programming Guide
In addition to the release of Native Instrument's Traktor app for the iPad, this week brought an in-depth look into the Baltimore home studio of experimental duo Matmos, a useful guide for building beats, and a comprehensive video with Four Tet which takes viewers deep into the sessions for "Sing" and "Love Cry"—two standout tracks from the producer's excellent 2010 LP There Is Love in You. Read more »
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