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Gear: In the Studio: Magda

On a day-to-day level, it's easy to overlook the impact of Magda (a.k.a. Magdalena Chojnacka). That's not a slight, as the Polish-born, Detroit-reared artist has been a major force in electronic music for more than a decade. It's just that she carries herself in a decidedly un-flashy fashion, allowing the focus to instead remain on her DJ/production prowess and varied musical palette. Magda will likely always be remembered for her association with Richie Hawtin and the Minus crew, but last year, she made a move toward greater independence, launching the Items & Things imprint with fellow Minus breakways Marc Houle and Troy Pierce. Curious for more details, not to mention eager to get a look at the place where she cooks up her tunes, we paid Magda a visit at her Berlin studio over the summer, where she told us about her production history, studio setup, music-making process, and the piece of gear that changed her life. Read more » 

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  • 09/12/2012

Gear: Pioneer Introduces CDJ-2000nexus

Pioneer has unveiled an updated version of its industry-standard CDJ-2000s, adding a load of new features for the next edition of its multiplayer products and calling it CDJ-2000nexus. Read more » 

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  • 09/06/2012

Gear: Novation Announces New Line of Mini-Synth

Novation has announced a new addition to the company's long list of products with the compact MiniNova hardware synthesizer, a 37-mini-key version of Novation's UltraNova line. Read more » 

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  • 09/04/2012

Gear: Teengage Engineering Unveils New OP-1 Accessories

Teenage Engineering's OP-1 portable synthesizer seemingly achieved cult status well before it even launched. At a recent event in New York City, the Swedish gearheads unveiled its new line of accessories, which again demonstrate the company’s dedication to thinking well outside the lines of traditional electronic music gear purveyors. Read more » 

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  • 09/04/2012

Gear: Review: iZotope Alloy 2

iZotope's Alloy 2 plug-in is the software company's second attempt to make a one-stop shop for single-channel processing (the original version of Alloy was released back in 2010). Combining a parametric equalizer, transient designer, harmonic exciter, two dynamics modules, a de-esser, and a limiter into one plug-in, Alloy 2 covers almost all signal processing needs in one convenient package that strikes an effective balance between ease of use and audio quality. Read more » 

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  • 08/31/2012

Gear: Native Instruments Announces Details of Updated Maschine

On October 1, Native Instruments will release updated versions of both its Maschine and Maschine Mikro drum machine/controller/production hub with a few new features and a host of cosmetic changes. Read more » 

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  • 08/29/2012

Gear: Watch the First Episode of Christopher Willits' New Video Series



San Francisco-based sound sculptor Christopher Willits has launched a new video series to give listeners a glance at the creative processes behind the multi-instrumentalist's music and art. With CREATE's first episode, Willits shares some of the technical and philosophical aspects that went into "Completion," a track off his recent collaborative LP with the renowned pianist Ryuchi Sakamoto, Ancient Futures. Read more » 

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  • 08/29/2012

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