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Gear: Review: Akai MPC Studio

In its 2013 rebirthing of the venerable MPC line, Akai has released a slew of beat machines meant to both maintain and elaborate upon the platform's time-tested workflow. The MPC Studio—which fits somewhere between Akai's tricked-out MPC Renaissance and its diminutive MPC Fly iPad accessory—is a slimline, USB bus-powered MIDI controller that's plenty powerful and small enough to fit in a backpack. Read more » 

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  • 06/10/2013

Gear: Watch Addison Groove Build a Beat Live

Though he didn't go Against the Clock, UK producer Addison Groove was enlisted by FACT TV to demonstrate how he builds live tracks using a TR-808, x0xbox, a few guitar pedals, and a modified Fisher Price toy. Read more » 

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  • 06/10/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Kingdom's Studio, Live Control 2, OWL Open-Source FX Pedal, and a Minibrute Contest

While XLR8R was paying a visit to Kingdom's Los Angeles studio earlier this week, a new iPad-based controller for Ableton Live surfaced—one that works via the popular Lemur app—and an open-source, open-hardware, reprogrammable FX pedal grabbed our attention. Those updates plus a chance to win a Minibrute analog synth from Arturia can be found after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 06/07/2013

Gear: In the Studio: Kingdom

After building up his production career and becoming a flagship artist of the Night Slugs stable while residing in New York City, Ezra Rubin (a.k.a. Kingdom) relocated to the sunny city of Los Angeles, eventually landing in the Koreatown studio space he now shares with his Fade to Mind partners Nguzunguzu. After a somewhat quiet 2012, Kingdom's Vertical XL EP saw the man return to form with seven forward-leaning tracks, led bythe particularly enrapturing lead single "Bank Head," which features an appearance from rising vocalist Kelela. With that EP recently behind him and a volume for Night Slugs' Club Constructions series on the way—not to mention a few productions for Kelela's forthcoming mixtape—we paid Kingdom and his Los Angeles studio a visit, discussing how the producer developed his mixing chops and why he decided to evolve beyond being just a laptop producer. Read more » 

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  • 06/05/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Pioneer XDJ-R1, OP-1 Updates, Reason 7 and MS-20 Mini Tutorials, Getting a Better Bass Sound, and More

This past week brought a new wireless DJ unit from Pioneer—the XDJ-R1—as well as an updated OS for Teenage Engineering's OP-1 synthesizer. Those items, plus in-depth tutorials for Reason 7 and Korg's Mini MS-20, a guide to getting a better bass sound, and an update to the Moog documentary can be found in the latest edition of This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 05/31/2013

Gear: Pioneer Unveils XDJ-R1

Pioneer has unveiled the XDJ-R1, a new wireless DJ system with comprehensive iOS control capabilities. Read more » 

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  • 05/30/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Mount Kimbie, Four Tet, Carl Craig, Traxman, and More, Plus an In-Depth Mastering Lecture

This week brings a star-studded roundup featuring gear-related videos and interviews with Mount Kimbie, Four Tet, Carl Craig, Traxman, Robert Owens, Raffertie, and KiNK. All of that, plus RBMA's lecture with veteran mastering engineer Herb Powers Jr., makes the latest edition of This Week in Music Tech an essential one. Read more » 

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  • 05/24/2013

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