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Gear: Review: AlphaSynth for Ableton Live

MSRP: $8 (monthly Micropak subscription), Puremagnetik

The latest Micropak to appear in Puremagnetik's virtual instrument subscription service is AlphaSynth, a soft-synth which aims to emulate the alphaSyntauri, an 8-bit synthesizer from the early '80s that worked in tandem with the Apple II personal computer. Read more » 

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  • 05/30/2012

Gear: Help Moog Music Support the Bob Moog Foundation

The pioneering inventor behind the fabled Moog synthesizer legacy, Bob Moog, would be celebrating his 78th birthday today if he hadn't lost his battle with a brain tumor back in 2005. In his honor, Moog Music has announced it will donate 50% of all clothing and merchandise sales over the course of today to the late inventor's Moog Foundation, an organization founded to continue Bob Moog's legacy "through innovative science and music education for future generations." Read more » 

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  • 05/23/2012

Gear: Review: Monotribe V2

MSRP: $310, Korg

Korg's Monotribe unit is the big brother to the company's succesful Monotron series, beefing up the pocket-sized analog synthesizer with a few extra features, a sequencer, and some actual knobs. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2012

Gear: Review: Sony MDR-V55 DJ Headphones

MSRP: $99.99, Sony

For any self-respecting audiophile, finding a winning pair of headphones that suits each and every one of your needs to a tee feels next to impossible. You want high-quality, honest sound in the form of balanced drivers, a wide frequency range, and strong impedance to power your time spent both in the studio and on the street. Sony's new MDR-V55 DJ Headphones offer a variety of interesting takes on the traditional swivel earcup DJ model, bringing in features that cherry pick from both the worlds of the four-channel mixing maestro and the casual commuter looking for attractive design and solid sound. Read more » 

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  • 05/16/2012

Gear: Review: Soniccouture Electric Pianos for Live

MSRP: $89, Soniccouture

A proper electric piano is not the cheapest or easiest thing in the world to acquire and keep in good, working condition, especially a classic like the Fender Rhodes Stage 73 or the Wurlitzer 200A. In an attempt to address this problem, Ableton has teamed up with the botique software instrument designers at Soniccouture for Electric Pianos, a Live-only instrument that aims to offer those low on funds access to pristine electric piano sounds. Read more » 

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  • 05/11/2012

Gear: Korg Celebrates 10 Years of "Micro" with Monthly Giveaway

Normally, announcing the tenth anniversary of Korg's Micro synthesizer line wouldn't make for the most tantilizing of news. But considering that the Japanese company has decided to pair this news with word of a monthly contest—in which it gives away a free product from its Micro line (such as the MicroKorg XL pictured above) every month for the rest of the year—we couldn't help but get a little excited. Read more » 

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  • 05/04/2012

Gear: Blackdown Shares Production Advice

Noted writer, producer, DJ, Keysound co-owner, and Rinse FM host (along with his cohort Dusk) Martin "Blackdown" Clark has taken on an essential, though often overlooked topic, over on his blog—attempting to answer the question, "How do I get started in production?" Read more » 

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  • 05/02/2012

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