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Gear: In the Studio: Machinedrum

Travis Stewart is one busy dude. In recent years, it's hard to think of another artist within the bass-music sphere who's put out more releases, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that Stewart also maintains a rigorous tour schedule that keeps him constantly hopping around the globe. Operating solo as Machinedrum and working as one half of Sepalcure (with partner Praveen Sharma), the American-born producer resides in Berlin and does much of his music making in a bedroom studio located in the city's Kreuzberg district. Curious about his current production methods and how they've evolved over the years, we paid Stewart a visit earlier this summer, and somehow got him talking about the essential role that Weezer played in his musical coming of age. Read more » 

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  • 08/27/2012

Gear: Review: Vienna Instruments Special Edition Vol. 1

The pursuit for a reliable means of digitally recreating realistic acoustic sounds has been around since the inception of digital audio. In 2003, the Austrian cellist/composer Herb Tucmandl completed a massive undertaking to this end, and created the Vienna Symphonic Library (or VSL)—an intensive collection of samples culled over years spent painstakingly recording each possible note and expression of virtually every orchestral instrument available. Upon its release, the VSL quickly became the industry standard for computer-generated orchestral reproduction in professional-grade TV and film studios, and received high praise for its attention to detail and depth of recordings. Since then, Tucmandl's company has continually made attempts to open this resource to more musicians, finding ways to chip away at the original price tag (even now the VSL Vienna Super Package will still run you well over $6000). The Vienna Instruments Special Edition packages are the company's latest effort to that end, aimed at getting its technology to home users and studios by enabling access to a truncated version of its library via a VST/AU/RTAS plug-in. Read more » 

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  • 08/24/2012

Gear: Watch a Production Tutorial From Claude VonStroke

At the risk of overloading our readers with "In the Studio" YouTube videos, we just couldn't pass up a chance to share this thorough production seminar from Dirtybird label head Claude Von Stroke. Read more » 

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  • 08/23/2012

Gear: Watch Mike Huckaby's Quick Maschine Tutorial

Renowned Detroit producer, DJ, and instructor (most notably at the city's Youthville program) Mike Huckaby has offered up a quick tutorial on setting-up and generating ideas with Native Instrument's Maschine. Read more » 

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  • 08/17/2012

Gear: Moog Updates Animoog with Expanded MIDI Capabilities

The synth builders (and, more recently, app devlopers) at Moog have announced a signifigant update to the Animoog iPad/iPhone app, including an improvement to the use and implemetation of MIDI. Read more » 

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  • 08/14/2012

Gear: Pioneer Announces Wi-Fi DJ System

Pioneer—whose professional-grade mixers and CDJs have stood as the club-industry standard for years now—has introduced a new, wireless DJ system, the XDJ-Aero. Read more » 

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  • 08/10/2012

Gear: Review: Rack Extensions for Reason

Propellerhead's Reason software can be a divisive topic amongst producers; some swear by it as their be-all and end-all production DAW, while others refuse to liken it to anything other than a toy. Detractors of the software have long pointed to the fact that third-party plug-ins (VSTs, Audio Units, and the likes) could not be used inside the program, arguing that this made for a less-professional product. Now, Propellerhead has attempted to meet those calls halfway with the introduction of Rack Extensions—offering a host of third-party synths, effects, and more developed specifically for Reason. Read more » 

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  • 08/08/2012

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