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Gear: Watch xxxy Build a Track in Ableton

Less than a month away from the release of his new 12" for Ten Thousand Yen, London's xxxy has given the world a fresh glimpse into his studio and prodution process, using Ableton to put together a beat in under 10 minutes. Read more » 

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  • 03/27/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: DJ Spoko's Studio, iZoptope, Native Instruments, Electro-Harmonix, and DJ Sprinkles' Studio Tips

New software from iZotope, a new sound bank from Native Instruments, a sophisticated looper pedal from Electro-Harmonix, a look at DJ Spoko's South African studio, studio tips from sonic adventurer DJ Sprinkles, and more to catch up on in the latest edition of This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 03/22/2013

Gear: In the Studio: DJ Spoko

From his base in Atteridgeville, South Africa—an almost entirely black township located outside the mostly white city of Pretoria—Marvin Ramalepe (a.k.a. DJ Spoko) has in the past few years created and proliferated his own brand of house music, which he's termed "Bacardi house." A style which became popular at the township's nighttime outdoor parties, usually attended by many "Bakakathi" (the local slang for "gangster") with a taste for Bacardi cider—hence the name—the stripped-down productions favored raw rhythms and sharp percussion instead of the smooth and deep house crafted by many of Ramalepe's peers. While his recent Ghost Town EP for True Panther may serve as a first introduction to many outside South Africa, Spoko is certainly not a new artist by any means; he started making tracks in the late '90s and later studied production and engineering with Nozinja, the creator of the Shangaan Electro style. Along the way, he also became one of Atteridgeville's premier producers and jocks. With all this in mind, we were curious to find out just how and where Spoko crafts his unique brand of house, so we paid a visit to the man's studio, which happens to be situated in a small tin shack behind his house. Read more » 

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  • 03/19/2013

Gear: Take a Look Inside Steve Summers' Studio

Jason Letkiewicz is a man of many aliases but is perhaps best known as the producer behind the Steve Summers handle—a project whose brand of DIY house has become a leading force at the adventerous L.I.E.S. imprint. Now, Resident Advisor has taken steps to illuminate the Brooklyn-based producer's process and has offered a glance at his arsenal of gear, visiting Letkiewicz's home studio (pictured above) for its latest Machine Love piece. Read more » 

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  • 03/15/2013

Gear: Propellerhead Announces Reason 7

Propellerhead has announced it will be rolling out an updated version of its widely used Reason software in the weeks to come, today providing a video with the first glimpses of Reason 7. Read more » 

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  • 03/12/2013

Gear: Native Instruments Announces Komplete 9 and Komplete 9 Ultimate

Berlin's Native Instruments continues rolling out new products and software, today announcing that the lastest generation of its comprehensive sound and virtual instruments resoruce, Komplete 9, will be out soon. Read more » 

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  • 03/11/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Lindstrøm's Home Studio, a Masterclass with Shadowchild, Don Buchla's Documentary, Live 9, and more

With the release of Ableton's long-awaited Live 9 software, new product announcements were a little quiet this week. Still, that gave us plenty of time to envy the mouth-watering synth collection found inside Linstrøm's home studio, learn production techniques from Shadow Child, contemplate the legacy of pioneering electronic instrument designer Don Buchla, and take a long look at an intriguing, piano-inspired controller from new company Roli. Read more » 

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  • 03/08/2013

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