This Week in Music Tech: Traktor for iPad, Matmos' Home Studio, Four Tet's Pro Tools Sessions, and Drum Programming Guide
- Words: Glenn Jackson
In addition to the release of Native Instrument's Traktor app for the iPad, this week brought an in-depth look into the Baltimore home studio of experimental duo Matmos, a useful guide for building beats, and a comprehensive video with Four Tet which takes viewers deep into the sessions for "Sing" and "Love Cry"—two standout tracks from the producer's excellent 2010 LP There Is Love in You.
A Traktor app for the iPad:
- Yesterday, Native Instruments released the Traktor DJ app for the iPad, keeping much of the software's functioanlity intact while utilizing iOS's touch control capabilities. You can check the teaser video above—featuring the one and only Richie Hawtin—and read up on the full details of the new software here.
A look inside Matmos' home studio and Four Tet's Pro Tools sessions:
- Earlier this week, we added yet another eye-popping set of photographs and in-depth Q&A to our In the Studio series, heading out East to talk with Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt of Matmos. In the feature, we picked the veteran sonic adventurers' brains about their unconventional production process, took a look at their quirky set of tools, and drooled over their one-of-a-kind synths housed in their basement studio. Read the full interview here.
- Back in 2010, Future Music Magazine managed to sit down with Four Tet inside a London studio to talk about the production process behind his then-new album, There Is Love in You. For one reason or another, the full version of the conversation only just hit YouTube this week, presenting an almost 45-minute look into the Pro Tools sessions and mixing processes which yielded album standouts "Sing" and "Love Cry." It may be a lengthy piece, but the video provides an incredibly illuminating chance to see how one of the most consistently unique producers of the past few years builds his tunes.
Resident Advisor wants to help you make better beats:
As part of its somewhat irregular series of production-minded guides, Resident Advisor shared A Guide to Drum Programming earlier this week, leading readers through some of the most common—but often overlooked—techniques which yield sophisticated drum patterns and sounds. The informative article (which also comes complete with audio examples to help it all make sense) can be read in full here.
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