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Gear: In the Studio: Kingdom

After building up his production career and becoming a flagship artist of the Night Slugs stable while residing in New York City, Ezra Rubin (a.k.a. Kingdom) relocated to the sunny city of Los Angeles, eventually landing in the Koreatown studio space he now shares with his Fade to Mind partners Nguzunguzu. After a somewhat quiet 2012, Kingdom's Vertical XL EP saw the man return to form with seven forward-leaning tracks, led bythe particularly enrapturing lead single "Bank Head," which features an appearance from rising vocalist Kelela. With that EP recently behind him and a volume for Night Slugs' Club Constructions series on the way—not to mention a few productions for Kelela's forthcoming mixtape—we paid Kingdom and his Los Angeles studio a visit, discussing how the producer developed his mixing chops and why he decided to evolve beyond being just a laptop producer. Read more » 

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  • 06/05/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Pioneer XDJ-R1, OP-1 Updates, Reason 7 and MS-20 Mini Tutorials, Getting a Better Bass Sound, and More

This past week brought a new wireless DJ unit from Pioneer—the XDJ-R1—as well as an updated OS for Teenage Engineering's OP-1 synthesizer. Those items, plus in-depth tutorials for Reason 7 and Korg's Mini MS-20, a guide to getting a better bass sound, and an update to the Moog documentary can be found in the latest edition of This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 05/31/2013

Gear: Pioneer Unveils XDJ-R1

Pioneer has unveiled the XDJ-R1, a new wireless DJ system with comprehensive iOS control capabilities. Read more » 

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  • 05/30/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Mount Kimbie, Four Tet, Carl Craig, Traxman, and More, Plus an In-Depth Mastering Lecture

This week brings a star-studded roundup featuring gear-related videos and interviews with Mount Kimbie, Four Tet, Carl Craig, Traxman, Robert Owens, Raffertie, and KiNK. All of that, plus RBMA's lecture with veteran mastering engineer Herb Powers Jr., makes the latest edition of This Week in Music Tech an essential one. Read more » 

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  • 05/24/2013

Gear: Watch Four Tet Detail His Live Set-Up

Not unlike yesterday's lengthy pictorial feature in which Mount Kimbie explained how its studio set-up was transformed for live performance, a video of UK producer Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) detailing the inner workings of his own stage rig to a small class at Red Bull Music Academy has hit the internet today. Read more » 

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  • 05/21/2013

Gear: Watch Traxman Build a Beat Live

Veteran footwork producer and Planet-Mu affiliate Traxman recently took on Tim and Barry's 10-minute beat challenge for Don't Watch That TV, making a quick track with just a MPC and a few records at his disposal. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2013

Gear: From Studio to Stage: Mount Kimbie

It's been well over two years since Mount Kimbie's debut LP, Crooks and Lovers, landed and—in the process—helped define the UK's then-nascent "post-dubstep" sound. Partially because of its status as a genre-defining album, Crooks and Lovers also launched the duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos into the midst of a constant touring schedule. The London-based pair travelled around the world multiple times over since the release of its first full-length, a rather unprecedented feat for a pair of bedroom producers tinkering with a considerably understated strain of underground electronic music. Now, with the impending release of Mount Kimbie's sophomore LP, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, Maker and Campos have been busy preparing a fresh live set focused on their new material, incorporating for the first time a third live member in drummer, percussionist, and jack-of-all-trades Tony Koos. Because the pair's production studio is currently in a state of limbo, Maker and Campos invited XLR8R out to its East London rehearsal space to take a look at the pieces which make up their current touring rig, and gave us some insight into how they translate their studio creations into a live performance. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2013

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