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Gear: Watch Mouse on Mars Build a Beat in 10 Minutes

Beginning with the strum of a banjo—yes, a banjo—and an iPhone app, veteran production duo Mouse on Mars takes on the challenge of building a beat in just 10 minutes, a task that proves all the more fun to watch given the pair does so while operating the many controls and sonic toys found in its immaculate studio space. Read more » 

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  • 10/22/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Dave Smith's Mopho SE, Zoom H6 Recorder, Mumdance's Studio Tour, and More

It's been another busy week in the world of gear and production news with Dave Smith introducing the Mopho SE analog synth and Zoom unveiling the latest in its notably affordable line of high-quality field recorders. In addition to updates on both of those new products, the latest This Week in Music Tech takes a peak around Mumdance's studio (spoiler alert: he has a lot of keyboards) and watches German duo Exercise One build a track in 10 minutes using a tabletop full of hardware. Read more » 

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  • 10/18/2013

Gear: Dave Smith Introduces Mopho SE Analog Synth

Dave Smith Instruments—the company helmed by MIDI pioneer and longtime synth designer Dave Smith—has unveiled a new, 100% analog monophonic synth, the Mopho SE. Read more » 

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  • 10/17/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Moog Minifoogers, the BlueBoard, Will Saul's Found Sounds, and More

Moog announcing the launch of its Minifooger series was perhaps the biggest news to arrive in the gear world this week, but there is still plenty more to catch up on in the latest This Week in Music Tech—including reviews of new Novation gear, a look at the Blueboard Bluetooth MIDI Pedalboard, a discussion on found sound with Will Saul, and an in-depth look at techno's evolving, hardware-driven live sets. Read more » 

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  • 10/11/2013

Gear: Review: Novation Launchkey Mini, Launchpad Mini, and Launch Control

Novation was one of the first manufacturers to produce an Ableton-specific controller back in 2009 when it unveiled the Launchpad, and the company has been slowly expanding its arsenal of MIDI controllers—continuing with the release of three new portable devices. The Launchkey Mini and Launchpad Mini are both smaller versions of their respective big brothers, while the Launch Control is a brand-new unit that is said to be a perfect complement to the rencently released Launchpad S. These products clearly aim to extend past their current Ableton user base by focusing on compatibility with Novation's iPad apps and the ability to work effortlessly with both Macs and PCs. Read more » 

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  • 10/10/2013

Gear: Moog Introduces Minifooger Analog FX Pedals

After images of never-before-seen pedals leaked last week, Moog has officially announced that its new series of affordable analog FX pedals, called Minifoogers, will hit stores soon. Read more » 

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  • 10/08/2013

Gear: Review: Novation Bass Station II

The resurgence of analog synthesizers continues with the release of Novation's Bass Station II, a workmanlike—albeit powerful—bass synth capable of producing thick, resonant low-end frequencies. It's the sequel to Novation's original Bass Station (which debuted a full 20 years ago), resembling its forbear in appearance but adding greatly to its sonic arsenal. Read more » 

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  • 10/07/2013

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