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Gear: Review: Elektron Analog Four

Swedish company Elektron has built up a cult following over the years with boutique instruments like the Machinedrum and Octatrack, and its innovative parameter locks and exacting controls have been ripped off by loads of plug-ins. However, Elektron's latest offering, the Analog Four, is unlikely to be ripped off anytime soon, at least not by software developers. The Analog Four uses an analog signal path with digital controls, similar to a few classic Roland synths from the '80s. It also crams together a surprising amount of CV outs, integrated effects, and performance-oriented knobs and buttons that tend to make hardware instantly fun. As such, the Analog Four attempts to capitalizes on all the things that software (still) isn't very good at, while maintaining the sequencing and control that Elektron is famous for. Read more » 

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  • 05/07/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Reason 7, Traktor DJ App, Moog's Ladder Filter, Free Ableton Sample Pack, and More

This past week, Reason 7 and the Traktor DJ app for iPhone saw a release, a video investigated the history of Bob Moog's original ladder filter design, Attack Magazine shared some tips on programming shaker rhythms, and Ableton teamed up with a Polish sound-design firm to give away a comprehensive sample pack. It's all inside the latest edition of This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2013

Gear: Traktor DJ Now Available for iPhone

Following just a few months after its release on the iPad, Native Instruments have unveiled a version of the Traktor DJ app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Read more » 

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  • 05/02/2013

Gear: Watch Flying Lotus Talk Ableton, Production, Live Performance, and More

SoCal beatmaking impresario Flying Lotus (a.k.a. Steven Ellison) is undoubtedly a wizard when it comes to computer production and working with DAWs of all kind, so it's no wonder that NYC production school Dubspot tapped him for a video interview about producing at home, live performance, and more. Read more » 

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  • 04/26/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Sweatson Klank Remix Contest, Christopher Willits on Push, Win a Sub Phatty, FL Studio 11, and More

Once again, we've spent the week surveying the gear and production worlds' many movements across the web, and have nabbed a few gems worth sharing, including a chance to remix SoCal producer Sweatson Klank (a.k.a Take) and a chance to win a Moog Sub Phatty analog synth. We also have news of FL Studio 11, a new video tutorial from Christopher Willits featuring Ableton's Push controller, and a comprehensive guide for mastering audio in the lastest edition of This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 04/26/2013

Gear: Watch Christopher Willits Give a Push Tutorial

San Francisco-based producer, multi-instrumentalist, and music technology expert Christopher Willits (who longtime readers may recognize from our What You Talking About Willits? video series circa 2008) has added another video to his ongoing Create YouTube series. This time around, the musical guru shares some insight into developing harmonies and chords using Ableton's new Push controller (check out our review here). Read more » 

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  • 04/24/2013

Gear: Enter to Win a Free Sub Phatty from Moog

Though the next edition of Moogfest is still over a year away, the Moog team is already curious to see what potential festivalgoers would like to see/hear at the Asheville, NC event in 2014. As such, the event planners have put together a quick survey on its Facebook page, offering a chance for one lucky participant to take home a brand new Sub Phatty synth in exchange for their input. Read more » 

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  • 04/23/2013

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