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Gear: Bicep Details the Five Most Essential Pieces of Its Studio Set-Up

UK duo Bicep (a.k.a. Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar) has undergone quite the transformation over the past few years. Once known primarily for their blogging prowess and a keen ability to unearth quality bits of classic house, Ferguson and McBriar gradually made their way into the international DJ circuit and has boosted that effort by issuing a steady series of high-quality productions. And while Bicep's initial offerings borrowed heavily from '90s house and garage, Ferguson and McBriar have slowly expanded their sonic palette, often flirting with techno and making it so that the Bicep sound is now a lot harder to pin down. A big part of this musical evolution can be attributed to the duo's growth in the studio, not only terms of production skills, but also in terms of how much gear is on hand. With a new 12" slated for release later this month via Aus Music, we asked Ferguson and McBriar to go through their fleet of equipment and tell us about the five pieces that they think are the most essential to their craft. Read more » 

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  • 05/12/2014

Gear: Watch a New Mini-Doc on the Art of Vinyl Mastering

Discussing the subject with accomplished mastering engineers Rashard Becker (who has also released his own music via PAN), Andreas "Lupo" Lubich, and Noel Summerville, a new mini documentary from the The Vinyl Factory dives into the current state of mastering tracks for wax. With a client list between them that includes Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Theo Parrish, Maxmilion Dunbar, Nicolas Jaar, and Laurel Halo—to name a few—Becker, Lubich, and Summerville provide a good deal of useful insight into the world of mastering for vinyl. Read more » 

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  • 05/09/2014

Gear: Take a Look Inside Simian Mobile Disco's Studio

Following its recent performance at a saloon just outside of Joshua Tree and subsequent live recording for its upcoming album, longstanding UK pair Simian Mobile Disco has opened the doors to its studio to show off its impressive array of production tools and to discuss the method which will yield the outfit's next LP. Read more » 

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  • 05/06/2014

Gear: Watch Addison Groove Give an Extensive Tour of His Studio

Bristol producer Addison Groove has shared a new look into his home studio, taking Music Radar around his compact space and going into detail on the ways in which his hardware and software work together. Read more » 

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  • 04/23/2014

Gear: Watch Ikonika Build a Beat in 10 Minutes

London producer and longtime Hyperdub affiliate Ikonika has taken the Against the Clock challenge, using Logic and a few pieces of hardware to craft a track in just 10 minutes. Read more » 

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  • 04/22/2014

Gear: KiNK Shares Five Essential Pieces from His Studio Set-Up

Last month, XLR8R debuted a new series in which we ask some of our favorite producers to select five essential pieces of gear from their current set-up. (Our first installment found Untold detailing the key bits from his new, analog-based live rig.) This time around, we've reached out to KiNK (a.k.a. Strahil Velchev), who will soon be releasing his debut full-length, 'Under Destruction,' via the Macro label. The Bulgarian producer has been wowing crowds with his gear-oriented live show for some time, but we wanted to know a little more about what he's been working with at home; as such, we've asked Velchev to showcase a few of his favorite toys and tell us about his recent move into the addictive world of modular synths. Read more » 

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  • 04/21/2014

Gear: New Video Reveals the Making of Squarepusher's 'Music for Robots'

Earlier this month, Warp mainstay Squarepusher (a.k.a. Tom Jenkinson) released the Music for Robots EP, an ambitious effort which collected five songs composed by Jekinson and performed by a group of Japanese robots called Z-Machines. Now a new mini-doc has shed light on the process which yielded the EP. Read more » 

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  • 04/16/2014

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