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Gear: Roland Reveals Further Aira Details, Shares New Teaser Video

Let's be honest, the rate that Roland is revealing the particulars of its new Aira line of products is wearing on us. But it looks like the end may be near, as some more concrete details as to what exactly Aira will bring to the table have been revealed. Read more » 

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  • 02/07/2014

Gear: Dubspot and Livid Partner on New MIDI Mixer

NYC-based production school Dubspot and Austin-based controller designer Livid Instruments have combined their varying expertise to yield a new MIDI mixer, called DS1. Read more » 

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  • 02/07/2014

Gear: Novation Gives Away 1GB Sample Pack, Announces Producer Competition

As part of a newly launched competition, UK synth and controller designer Novation is giving away a 1GB sample pack of "loops, single hits, multi-sampled patches, and drum kits from its unforgettable and modern classic synths." Read more » 

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  • 02/04/2014

Gear: AIAIAI and Stones Throw Partner for Special-Edition Headphones

Danish headphone designer AIAIAI has partnered with venerable Los Angeles label Stones Throw to release a special edition of its TMA-1 DJ headphones. Read more » 

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  • 02/04/2014

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: A Modular Synth Masterclass, Another Aira Teaser, Prefuse 73's Free Ableton Live Session, and More

In the wake of NAMM, this week brought just a few new updates and surprises, while Aira continued to tease its Aira drum machine. In addition to tying up a few leftover NAMM threads, our latest gear round-up checks out a modular synth masterclass led by Mute founder David Miller, takes a look inside Solvent's studio, and shares details of an Ableton Live session from Prefuse 73 which is now free to download. Read more » 

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  • 01/31/2014

Gear: The Best (and the Weirdest) of NAMM 2014

NAMM is to music gear what CES is to consumer electronics, E3 is to video games, and the '80s were to personal finance: spectacularly overwrought excess, as companies large and small blow huge chunks of their marketing budgets to flaunt new gear. Each year, the event takes place over the course of four days in Anaheim, California, under the big-eared shadow of Disneyland. It's generally overrun by suited sales folk and aging rockers whose hairlines have receded into their bellies, along with gearheads who fly in from around the world to get face-to-face (and hand-to-knob) time with the people that make their musical tools. As part of the latter contingent, we picked through the roughly six million mandolins and generic DJ controllers—and came across some oddly memorable happenings in the process—but ultimately honed in on the most exciting gear NAMM 2014 had to offer. Read more » 

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  • 01/27/2014

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: NAMM Updates from Moog, Elektron, Korg, Arturia, Nord, Bitwig, and More

The annual NAMM conference is officially underway, and as expected, a host of new synthesizers, drum machines, controllers, programs, and more have been officially (and some still unofficially) introduced to the world. The latest This Week in Music Tech checks in on the most important developments that have so far gone down in the gear world's busiest weekend. Read more » 

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  • 01/24/2014

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