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Gear: In the Studio: Jon Hopkins

We weren't exaggerating in the least bit when we reviewed Jon Hopkins' XLR8R Pick'd Immunity album and said that the UK artist is "from a school of production that values craftsmanship over most everything else." The fact is emblazoned across Immunity's eight hyper-detailed tracks, as each handcrafted layer of sound design and momentary nuance is as important to the music's staying power as its equally well-crafted beats and melodies. Ever since we heard the new LP, we've been absolutely curious to find out what kind of machines, software, and production work Hopkins put into his new album during the four years since he released the similarly excellent Insides, so we tracked him down at his studio in Hackney, East London to peek around a bit. We also talked with the talented producer about his love for vintage software, his favorite studio tricks, his connections with Brian Eno, his aversion to the more technical aspects of music production, and why he'll never record over 16-bit, among other illuminating topics. Read more » 

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  • 06/24/2013

Gear: Check Out Laurel Halo's Home Studio

Hyperdub affiliate and constantly evolving sound sculptor Laurel Halo has opened the door to her home studio, showing off the array of sonic toys in her arsenal while discussing her production process. Read more » 

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  • 06/20/2013

Gear: Propellerhead Launches New Polyphonic Synth App for iPad

Propellerhead, the company behind the popular Reason production software, has announced the release of a new polyphonic synthesizer app for the iPad. Read more » 

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  • 06/20/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Addison Groove, Kontrol Z1, Inner City Remix Contest, and More

Native Instruments had a busy week unveiling the compact Z1 controller/mixer while images of the forthcoming X1 MK2 temporarily made their way to the internet, only to disappear soon thereafter. We recap NI's events, watch Addison Groove build a live beat, share details of a remix contest for Inner City's "Good Life," and more in the latest edition This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 06/14/2013

Gear: Native Instruments Unveils Kontrol Z1 for Traktor

Today, Native Instruments unveiled the Kontrol Z1, a compact controller, mixer, and audio interface for NI's Traktor software. Read more » 

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  • 06/11/2013

Gear: Review: Akai MPC Studio

In its 2013 rebirthing of the venerable MPC line, Akai has released a slew of beat machines meant to both maintain and elaborate upon the platform's time-tested workflow. The MPC Studio—which fits somewhere between Akai's tricked-out MPC Renaissance and its diminutive MPC Fly iPad accessory—is a slimline, USB bus-powered MIDI controller that's plenty powerful and small enough to fit in a backpack. Read more » 

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  • 06/10/2013

Gear: Watch Addison Groove Build a Beat Live

Though he didn't go Against the Clock, UK producer Addison Groove was enlisted by FACT TV to demonstrate how he builds live tracks using a TR-808, x0xbox, a few guitar pedals, and a modified Fisher Price toy. Read more » 

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  • 06/10/2013

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