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Gear: In the Studio: Andy Stott

Listening to Andy Stott's distinctive brand of dark and sludgey dub-techno, one might imagine that the Manchester producer crafts his work in a lightless bunker or some dank, cobweb-strewn studio full of esoteric keyboards with giant dials—basically, a place with a proper mad-scientist vibe. As it turns out, the truth is far less ominous. Until recently, Stott could be found piecing together his dense tracks in the dining room of his apartment, but just a few weeks ago, he set up shop in the corner of a friend's photography studio. Considering the sounds found on the Manchester producer's breathtaking pair of 2011 EPs, We Stay Together and Passed Me By, and now the ambitous Luxury Problems full-length, we were understandably curious to find out more about Stott's process and jumped at the chance to take a look around his new space. Read more » 

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  • 11/07/2012

Gear: Moog Announces New Pro Audio Analog Delay

The masterminds at Moog have announced a new analog delay unit made to be used with the pro audio 500-Series frame, which is packaged along with what promises to be a deep-editor plug-in. Read more » 

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  • 11/05/2012

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Keith McMillen's QuNeo and QuNexus, Modular Synthesis on the iPad, Legowelt's Free Samples, and More

It's that time again, when XLR8R gathers up the most essential bits of gear-related news and downloads. This week we've got the word on two new pieces from Keith McMillen Instruments, some iPad-related goodness, and a pair of extensive free sample banks from techno producer and noted sonic explorer Legowelt. Read more » 

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  • 11/02/2012

Gear: Keith McMillen and the QuNeo

Curious about the recently released QuNeo controller, we talk with its creator to better understand the "3-D Multi-touch" surface.

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  • 10/31/2012

Gear: Legowelt Shares Vintage Korg Synthesizer Sample Bank

The longstanding Dutch techno producer—and noted gear connoisseur—Legowelt has again been touched by a streak of generosity, offering up a sample bank containing over 300 pieces of audio culled from his own vintage Korg Mono/Poly synth. Read more » 

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  • 10/30/2012

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Ableton Live 9 and Push Controller, Traktor Pro 2.6, and Electrix Tweaker

It almost goes without saying that the big news in the world of production gear this week was the official announcement from Ableton of the forthcoming Live 9 software and the company's first venture into controller design, Push. Along with those details, we've gathered up a few other useful tidbits that we couldn't let slip under the radar. Read more » 

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  • 10/26/2012

Gear: Ableton Officially Announces Live 9, Unveils Push Controller

Not to toot our own horn or anything, but XLR8R sent ripples across the internet earlier this week when we shared a "leaked" video showcasing some features on the forthcoming Ableton Live 9. The video wasn't exactly official, but have no fear, the folks at Ableton have gone ahead and confirmed that the latest version of its DAW will finally arrive at the beginning of 2013. The announcement also came with word of the software company's first piece of hardware, a controller called Push. Read more » 

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  • 10/25/2012

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