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Gear: Artist Tips: Dusky Details Five Techniques for Producing Precise, Club-Ready Tracks

When introducing Dusky's XLR8R podcast last year, we commented on how it, along with the pair's own music, is "clean, well mannered, and, most importantly, effective." Being effective is what the UK duo of Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman does so well, which helps explain how the pair has become one of the most in-demand electronic acts around. Releases for Aus, Anjunadeep, and Dogmatik, not to mention the just released 'Love Taking Over' EP on the duo's own 17 Steps imprint, have seen Dusky striking a key balance between club functionality and hooky pop inclinations. In hopes of learning a few of the pair's production secrets, we invited Dusky to put together the latest edition of our 'Artist Tips' series, and the duo complied by breaking down the process of building punchy tools that leave space for character. Read more » 

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  • 07/16/2014

Gear: Watch Mathew Jonson Talk Synths, Drum Machines, and Production in New Video

A veteran producer and the driving force behind the Wagon Repair imprint, Mathew Jonson has opened up the doors to his enviable studio space in a new video. Read more » 

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  • 07/15/2014

Gear: Hauschka Discusses Prepared Piano Techniques in New Videos

German artist Volker Bertelmann (a.k.a. Hauschka) is one of the foremost composers and musicians pushing the envelope of piano performance. His latest LP, Abandoned City (released via City Slang/Temporary Residence LTD.), saw the established talent explore his craft further, with his propensity for using prepared pianos resting at the center of the record's improvised offerings. Now, the former Artist Tips contributor has taken some time to further reveal his own prepared piano techniques in a new series of short films. Read more » 

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  • 07/14/2014

Gear: Watch Heatsick Build a Track Live

PAN affiliate and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Heatsick puts his own spin on FACT TV's Against the Clock challenge, crafting a beat live using only his Casio keyboard and a few guitar pedals for the ongoing video series. Read more » 

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  • 07/02/2014

Gear: Pioneer Reveals rekordbox 3.0 Update

rekordboxPioneer's own software for preparing music libraries on USB sticks and SD cards for use with the company's CDJs and other units—has been updated with a new UI, and a reconfigured system aimed at helping DJs better match tracks within their own library. Read more » 

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  • 07/02/2014

Gear: Artist Tips: Matthewdavid Shares a Few of His Production Secrets

There's no shortage of innovation in the Brainfeeder camp, but one could argue that of all the artists Flying Lotus has signed to the imprint, Matthewdavid (a.k.a. Matthew McQueen) just might be the most adventurous. The LA-based producer, sound experimentalist, and cassette enthusiast—who also heads up his own label, Leaving Records—is releasing a new LP this week; entitled 'In My World,' it's a surprising effort that sees him expanding upon the ambient leanings of past work while embracing his own vocals like never before. At first glance, it's seems like quite a departure, yet there's no mistaking that the music still sounds like Matthewdavid. Curious about the album's creation, we asked McQueen to tell us a bit more about exactly how he made the record. Granted, XLR8R already took an extensive look at his set-up for an In the Studio feature back in 2012. This time around though, he was willing to go into even more detail, and broke down a handful of his most useful studio techniques. Read more » 

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  • 06/30/2014

Gear: Roland Introduces SH-101 Plug-Out Soft Synth

Roland has introduced the SH-101 Plug-Out, a soft synth modeled after the company's legendary SH-101 hardware synthesizer which has been designed to work with its new Aira line, but can also be utilized as a standalone plug-in. Read more » 

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  • 06/27/2014

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