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Gear: Ableton Releases Live 9.1 Update

After a long wait and months of building anticipation, Ableton finally unleashed Live 9 back in March of this year (here's our review), but it's taken until now for the program's first official update to arrive, with version 9.1 now available as a free public beta for existing Ableton users. Read more » 

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  • 09/17/2013

Gear: R.I.P. Audio Pioneer Ray Dolby

Though his many contributions to the audio world rarely found their way to the pages of XLR8R in name, it's hard to imagine the current state of audio without Ray Dolby, the San Francisco-based engineer and inventor who founded Dolby Labratories in 1965 and pioneered decades of advancements in audio technology. After battling with Alzheimer's disease and being diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year, Dolby passed away this week at the age of 80. Read more » 

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  • 09/13/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Delorean's Studio, Pioneer and Native Instruments Updates, 32-Bit Plug-ins for Logic, and More

Wrapping up another week full of many new gear announcements, the latest This Week in Music Tech showcases the studio of Spanish electronic pop outfit Delorean, says farewell to Moog's Little Phatty, and catches up with legendary synth designer Dave Smith—all before checking out new controllers from Pioneer and Native Instruments, a wireless MIDI PUC, and 32 Lives, an application that allows for use of 32-bit plug-ins in Logic X. And, just for fun, we also take a look at what just might be the worst controller ever. It's all inside this edition of our weekly gear and production news wrap-up. Read more » 

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  • 09/13/2013

Gear: Pioneer and Native Instruments Tease Controller Updates

Today, both Pioneer and Native Instruments unveiled updates to their DJ controller lines, with the former introducing the two-channel DDJ-SR (pictured above) and the latter officially announcing updates to its S2 and S4 Traktor controllers. Read more » 

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  • 09/12/2013

Gear: Moog to Discontinue Little Phatty Synthesizer

Moog has announced it will discontinue production of its Little Phatty analog synthesizer, one of the last units designed with the help of the company's founder and synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog. Read more » 

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  • 09/09/2013

Gear: In the Studio: Delorean

It's been three years since we last heard from Delorean, the Barcelona group whose deeply melodic, richly textured 2010 album Subiza went over well among club and indie/pop audiences alike. (We certainly liked it here it XLR8R, as we named the LP our favorite release of the year.) After a great deal of work in its hometown studio and at Gigantic Studios in New York, the band has finished a new full-length, Apar, an alternately bright and wistful record that both broadens Delorean's palette and presents its sound with a new, crystalline studio sheen that suits the music nicely. We spoke with singer and bass player Ekhi Lopetegi about the band's studio, as well as how the group went about recording this new album in comparison to the last one. Read more » 

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  • 09/09/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Scratch Live's Exit, Novation Mini Controllers, Korg's Mini Drum Box, Preview Live 9.1, and More

Between Serato announcing plans to discontinue Scratch Live, Ableton previewing its Live 9.1 update, The Black Dog starting its own music-tech company, Applescal launching a remix contest, and new products from Novation, Pioneer, and Korg, it was easy to get lost in the avalanche of gear-related news that surfaced over the past five days. Fortunately, we're here to help music-tech junkies dig their way out, gathering up the most important tidbits in our latest This Week in Music Tech round-up. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 09/06/2013

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