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Gear: Review: Native Instruments Traktor DJ for iPad

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 » 

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  • 02/27/2013

Gear: Native Instruments Teases New Synth with Audio Samples

A few streaming audio samples and a 30-second video have appeared on the internet today, giving us a small glimpse of a new soft-synth on the way from Native Instruments. Read more » 

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  • 02/26/2013

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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  • 02/22/2013

Gear: Native Instruments Releases Traktor DJ iPad App

After teasing its existence over the past few weeks, Native Instruments released the Traktor DJ app for the iPad today. Read more » 

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  • 02/21/2013

Gear: In the Studio: Matmos

Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt, who together form the group Matmos, have spent most of their production career seeking out unconvential concepts and sound sources to use within their adventerous electronic works, resulting in a discography that is rarely stale and consistently unique. For their latest record, The Marriage of True Minds, Daniel and Schmidt enlisted volunteers to participate in the Ganzfeld experiment, in which Daniel would attempt to telepathicly transmit the sound of Matmos' then-unmade record to the participants, whose descriptions of what they heard in their head would in turn serve as the blueprint for the album's tracks. In the process, subjects reported back everything from sloshing buckets of water to the sound of triangles and synthetic strings, leading Matmos to incorporate a wide range of unexpected elements while making their record. In order to gain some insight into exactly how it all worked, we visited Daniel and Schmidt in their basement studio in Baltimore—the duo's adopted hometown since relocating from San Francisco six years ago—and picked the veteran sonic adventurers' brains about their unconventional process and quirky set of tools. Read more » 

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  • 02/19/2013

Gear: Take a Look Inside Mouse on Mars' Studio

It's been almost a year since Mouse on Mars' Parastrophics LP (which you can still stream in full here, by the way) saw a release through Modeselektor's Monkeytown label. Still, the pioneering pair of electronic musicians have hardly been resting in the interim, and—as Resident Advisor found out in its latest Machine Love feature—the group's studio is still as top-notch as ever, its users still bursting with seasoned wisdom. Read more » 

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  • 02/15/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Live 9 and Push Release Date, Reason's Figure App, Bob Moog Foundation on Synthesis, and More

Other than the big news from Ableton that Live 9 and Push finally have a release date, it appears we may be in the midst of a post-NAMM slowdown in the world of music-production gear. Now that all the company's new products have been announced, it's time for them to figure out how exactly to get their various toys into the hands of users in the months to come. Still, we've managed to round up a few useful bits, such as updates to Propellerhead's Figure app, a guide to the fundamentals and history of synthesis from the Bob Moog Foundation, and the Point Blank Institute offers up a tutorial breaking down the key elements of Todd Terje's phenomenal "Inspector Norse" tune. Read more » 

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  • 02/15/2013

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