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Gear: Watch Christopher Willits Give a Push Tutorial

San Francisco-based producer, multi-instrumentalist, and music technology expert Christopher Willits (who longtime readers may recognize from our What You Talking About Willits? video series circa 2008) has added another video to his ongoing Create YouTube series. This time around, the musical guru shares some insight into developing harmonies and chords using Ableton's new Push controller (check out our review here). Read more » 

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  • 04/24/2013

Gear: Enter to Win a Free Sub Phatty from Moog

Though the next edition of Moogfest is still over a year away, the Moog team is already curious to see what potential festivalgoers would like to see/hear at the Asheville, NC event in 2014. As such, the event planners have put together a quick survey on its Facebook page, offering a chance for one lucky participant to take home a brand new Sub Phatty synth in exchange for their input. Read more » 

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  • 04/23/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Live 9 Update, Simian Mobile Disco's Live Rig, DJ Q Remix Contest, Theo Parrish Workshop, and More

Another week has passed and, of course, another slew of announcements and news pertinent to the production community have made their way to the web. In this edition of our weekly gear-related round-up, we have news of Abelton Live 9's latest update and FL Studio Mobile for Android, along with a video of Simian Mobile Disco's live set-up, details of a new DJ Q remix contest, and Theo Parrish's open workshop in London next month. Read more » 

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  • 04/19/2013

Gear: Watch Simian Mobile Disco Show Off Live Gear

Just in time for the recent release of its aptly titled Live album, Simian Mobile Disco has shared a glimpse into the gear that makes up its impressive live arsenal. Read more » 

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  • 04/18/2013

Gear: Local Action and DJ Q Launch Remix Contest

The Local Action imprint and DJ Q have teamed up with online music store Juno—which, incidentally, was just profiled as part of XLR8R Record Store Week—to launch a remix contest, inviting budding producers to rework DJ Q's "Trust Again" single from earlier this year. Read more » 

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  • 04/18/2013

Gear: Review: Ableton Live 9 and Push

Along with Live 9, Ableton has finally brought to the market its first official piece of hardware under its own name, the Push control surface. To a much greater degree than similar products before it (like, say, the Akai APC40), Live's new hardware and software are thoroughly interwoven, and in many ways function as one. Made in conjunction with Akai, Push feels, for the first time, like a clear imagining of Ableton's software as a hardware instrument. Read more » 

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  • 04/16/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Silent Servant, Ninja Jamm, Korg Volca Mini-Synths, Novation Bass Station II, and More

Thanks to Frankfurt's annual Musikmesse conferenece taking place this week, the past few days have been full of juicy gear announcements—including the unveiling of Korg's new analog mini-synths, a new bass synth from Novation, Pioneer's latest DJ mixer, Ninja Tune's Ninja Jamm app, and more. Again, we've compiled the best of the week's new audio toys and production news in one convenient place for the latest This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 04/12/2013

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