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Gear: Watch a Short Documentary on the Immersive 4DSOUND System

Produced by Ableton, a new documentary takes an in-depth look at 4DSOUND, a mobile sound system which features a three-dimensional grid of 48 speakers. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 09/29/2014

Gear: Ask the Experts: Daedelus

Following the enthusiastic response to our first and second installments of Ask the Experts, which featured sage words from Modeselektor and Om Unit, respectively, we wanted to make sure that the knowledge being passed along to our readers continued to only be of the highest quality. Thankfully, that goal was realized when veteran LA beatmaker Daedelus agreed to step in for this month's edition. This week, he'll be releasing his latest album, The Light Brigade, via Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, and he'll also be setting out on a month-long US tour. Amidst all of that preparation, he somehow found the time to answer a number of questions from XLR8R readers, in the process touching upon copyright law, his extensive gear arsenal, and how his passion for coffee ultimately aids his music. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 09/29/2014

Gear: Download a Collection of Korg ER-1 Samples from Legowelt

Veteran Dutch producer Danny Wolfers (a.k.a. Legowelt) is offering a new collection of hi-quality samples culled from his Korg Electribe ER-1 drum synthesizer for free download. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 09/23/2014

Gear: Artist Tips: Peter Van Hoesen on How to Listen More Effectively

Since we revived the 'Artist Tips' series last year, a wide variety of producers and DJs have volunteered to share a little bit of their expertise with our readers, and the advice that they've given has been similarly varied. Some have elected to get uber-technical and specific, while others simply passed along the philosophical keys to their approach. And still, despite this range that's been covered, it's safe to say that XLR8R hasn't yet published an 'Artist Tips' column quite like this one from Peter Van Hoesen. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 09/22/2014

Gear: Dntel Shares Five Essential Pieces from His Home Studio

Jimmy Tamborello has been involved in numerous projects over the last 15-plus years—many of which we revisited in a 'Rewind' feature back in 2012—and although several of his various monikers and bands have had a real impact, we'd like to think that it's his work as Dntel that will ultimately stand the test of time. (Admittedly, legions of Postal Service fans might disagree with that notion.) Next week, the LA-based producer and Dublab regular will be issuing a new album, 'Human Voice,' via Leaving Records/Stones Throw, and the LP's impending release got us wondering about what tools Tamborello is using to craft his tunes these days. As such, we hit him up for a list of the five most essential items from his studio. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 09/17/2014

Gear: Artist Tips: Addison Groove Shares Five of His Production Secrets

Tony Williams' Addison Groove project blasted into the dance music arena in 2010 with the massive "Footcrab," and the Bristol-based producer hasn't really eased off the throttle since. Over the past few years, he's issued two albums, along with a flurry of singles and EPs, the most recent being last month's 'Turn Up the Silence' for 50Weapons. During that time, he's obviously been a key figure in marrying the rhythms of footwork to the bass-heavy traditions of UK dance music, and he's also become renowned for his mastery of the fabled Roland TR-808 drum machine. Curious to find out more about some of the methodology behind his furious work ethic, we've enlisted Williams for the latest edition of 'Artist Tips.' Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 09/08/2014

Gear: Korg Introduces New Electribe Production Stations

Part of its upcoming autumn line of products, Korg has revealed two new versions of its well-regarded Electribe series of hardware production stations. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 09/04/2014

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