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Gear: Review: littleBits x Korg Synth Kit

littleBits, a New York-based outfit started by MIT Media Labs graduate Ayah Bdeir, is based around a very basic idea: creating "simple and sophisticated electronics for learning, prototyping, and play." The company has designed and produced a wealth of small components that snap together with magnets, therefore bypassing any sort of soldering or delicate electrical work and opening up the world of electronics to children, curious adults, and anyone who wants to unleash some nascent creativity. Its most recent product, the Synth Kit, has already caused quite a stir, as it comes with the seal of approval from co-designer and music-technology giant Korg. The Synth Kit follows littleBits' modus operandi in that it's a fully analog modular synthesizer the user can construct from 12 separate, snappable components—including a tiny keyboard, four-step sequencer, a small speaker, a battery power source, and a host of circuits which help manipulate the sound. Read more » 

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  • 12/16/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Serato Remote Mini App, Digital Warrior Controller, DJ Gregory's MPC, and a Guide to Holiday Gear Deals

With the holiday season officially here, a host of gear deals are floating around the web. We share a guide to those, check out Serato's new Remote Mini app and the open-source Digital Warrior MIDI controller, and watch DJ Gregory build a beat live on his MPC in the latest This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2013

Gear: Serato Introduces Remote Mini

Serato has introduced the Remote Mini iPhone app, a condensed version of the company's Remote iPad app made to work with existing Scratch Live and Serato DJ setups. Read more » 

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  • 12/10/2013

Gear: Review: Native Instruments Maschine Studio

Maschine Studio is the new, flagship product in Native Instruments' popular MPC-style "groove production studio" line, outfitted with onboard screens and a host of new controls. Included in the box is the brand-new Maschine 2.0 software, which is a big leap forward, full of features and tweaks large and small. Whether you invest in the Studio hardware or not, the 2.0 software is an essential upgrade, and works across the entire range of existing controllers: the original Maschine and Maschine Mikro, as well as their Mk II equivalents. Read more » 

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  • 12/09/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Dauwd on Push, Willie Burns Makes a Track, the ScratchPad App, umidi Custom Controllers, and More

As 2013 begins to come to a close, the latest This Week in Music Tech takes a peek into the studios of Ghostly affiliate Dauwd and prolific Brooklyn producer Willie Burns, sees how Ableton's Push can be used with hardware synths, and checks out Cakewalk's new iPad app and the umidi series of custom MIDI controllers. Read more » 

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  • 12/06/2013

Gear: Elektron Unveils Analog Keys

Elektron has unveiled the latest member of its botique synth family: the Analog Keys, "a flagship analog synthesizer" which offers a 100% analog signal path, digital controls, and what the company describes as "unprecedented playability." Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: In the Studio with Jonwayne and Moderat, Ableton 9.1 Released, Yocto's DIY 808 Clone Kit, and More

We offer views inside the studios of Jonwayne and Moderat, take a look at Pioneer's CDJ-900NXS, check out Yocto's 808 clone kit, get a first look at Roger Linn's LinnStrument and the DSI Prophet 12 module, and much more in the latest This Week in Music Tech. Oh yeah, and Ableton Live 9.1 is finally here. Read more » 

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  • 11/22/2013

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