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Gear: Review: Arturia KeyLab

While French company Arturia is maybe best known for its Analog Classic VSTs (faithful recreations of vintage synthesizers that are often heralded as sounding like near clones of their original versions), it nonetheless turned heads when it jumped into the world of analog instruments with the small-but-substantial MiniBrute and the even more compact MicroBrute. But the brand has not forsaken those who prefer the flexibility and ease of use that virtual instruments bring, having recently unveiled its KeyLab series. Arturia's feature-packed MIDI controllers come bundled with the Analog Lab software—which includes 5,000 sounds from its various instrument emulations—and offer 25-, 49-, and 61-key versions of the product. It's an expanded take on the smaller, more portable Minilab, and a new contender in a crowded field of MIDI controllers seeking to break down the barriers between software sound design and tactile control. Read more » 

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  • 01/07/2014

Gear: Dubspot Launches Dubspot Labs Event Series, Details Upcoming Synth-Building Workshop

New York-based production school Dubspot (which recently revealed it would be opening a Los Angeles location in 2014) has announced Dubspot Labs, a new, ongoing series of special events and workshops scheduled to begin this weekend with a seminar on DIY synth building. Read more » 

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  • 01/06/2014

Gear: Dubspot Production School to Open LA Location

New York-based production school Dubspot has announced that it will open up a West Coast campus next summer in Los Angeles. Read more » 

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  • 12/20/2013

Gear: Review: AIAIAI TMA-1 X Headphones

The marketplace for DJ headphones has been growing increasingly crowded, with many companies scrambling to manufacture a pair of cans that can provide appropriate levels of bass and clarity while maintaining the comfort necessary for daily use. Danish audio brand AIAIAI is the latest contender to occupy that niche with its new TMA-1 X, an extremely lightweight, dynamic set of closed headphones described as being suitable for "DJing, monitoring, and [using with] mobile devices." Read more » 

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  • 12/20/2013

Gear: Download a Free Sample Pack of Drum Loops from Ableton

After taking the top spot in our Best Gear of 2013 list, Ableton is getting into the holiday spirit and giving away a 500 MB sample pack full of "the finest drum loops." Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2013

Gear: Dave Smith Introduces Prophet 12 Module

After releasing its Prophet 12 keyboard earlier this year (a unit that narrowly missed our Best Gear of 2013 list), Dave Smith Instruments has introduced the Prophet 12 Module, which fits the powerful synth into a much more compact package. Read more » 

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  • 12/18/2013

Gear: Watch Machinedrum and Lando Kal Talk Production and Collaborate in the Studio with Ableton Push

Berlin-based American expats Machinedrum and Lando Kal are the subjects of a new video put together by Ableton, which features the pair of talents sharing insight into their production processes, as well as collaborating together using Ableton's Push controller (a piece of gear promiently featured in today's Best Gear of 2013 list). Read more » 

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  • 12/17/2013

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