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Gear: Review: Livid Base

Hot on the heels of Ableton's Push controller (which we reviewed back in April) comes Livid Instruments' Base, the newest design from the boutique, Austin-based shop. Push provides a rather interesting point of comparison: The two pieces of hardware have much in common physically, while the underlying philosophy has anything but. Where Push was designed to work in a particular way with a specific piece of software, Base is largely what you make of it, a more generic blank slate that's willing to accommodate a host of varied approaches. Read more » 

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  • 07/31/2013

Gear: From Studio to Stage: Moderat

This is a big week for Moderat. Not only will the German trio—which consists of Modeselektor (a.k.a. Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian "Charlie" Szary) and Apparat (a.k.a. Sascha Ring)—be releasing its long-awaited sophomore album, II, but it will also be debuting a brand-new live show at London's Eastern Electrics festival. Curious to find out more about the nuts and bolts of Moderat's technical process, last week we paid a visit to the trio's Berlin studio/rehearsal space, which is located on the 12th floor of a high rise near Alexanderplatz. (For the record, it's actually Modeselektor's permanent studio, but for the time being, it's also serving as Moderat HQ.) While there, we spoke at length with Apparat and Szary, who detailed both the production methods behind II and the challenges of translating the LP to the live arena. Read more » 

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  • 07/29/2013

Gear: Take a Look Inside Mr. G's Studio

52-year-old UK house veteran and Rekids affiliate Mr. G recently opened the doors to his modest home studio, discussing the synths, rack gear, and production processes that have fueled the former Londoner's—he now resides an hour's train ride away from the English capital—long and fruitful career. Read more » 

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  • 07/26/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Mike Huckaby's Ableton Masterclass, In the Studio with Gregor Tresher and Ziro, and More

Ablteon tutorials from Mike Huckaby and Point Blank, a look at the studios and processes of German techno veteran Gregor Tresher and Bristol newcomer Ziro, and a breakdown of Julio Bashmore's "Battle for Middle You," can all be found inside the latest This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 07/26/2013

Gear: Watch Mike Huckaby's Ableton Live 9 Masterclass

Though Live 9 and the Push controller have been around for a good portion of 2013 already (our review of the music-making tools can be found here), it's unlikely that everyone has had enough time to dive deep into every feature and intricacy that Ableton's new units have to offer. Thankfully, Detroit house/techno icon and experienced music teacher Mike Huckaby has just shared a lengthy video giving would-be producers some keen insight into using Live 9, as well as some of his general production tips. Read more » 

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  • 07/22/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Logic X, Serato Remote, Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2, Mumdance's 909 Tutorial, and More

Between Apple unveiling Logic X, Serato rolling out a new iPad app, and Native Instruments teasing an updated Kontrol X1, it was a busy week in the world of gear news. We recap those developments, check out a 909 tutorial, a QuNeo update, and a German DIY instrument builder in the latest round of This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 07/19/2013

Gear: Watch Mumdance Give His 909 Tutorial

London producer Mumdance—who recently returned with a new EP after a brief hiatus—is a veteran user of Roland's classic 909 drum machine, and being the pro he is, has recently given a video tutorial on how to use the rythym box both live and in the studio. Read more » 

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  • 07/18/2013

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