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Gear: Artist Tips: Christian Prommer

Christian Prommer is not one to think within the traditional rubric of what is considered electronic dance music; after all, the Munich-based percussionist and producer is best-known for his Drum Lesson Vol. 1 release, which reworked classic techno and electronic tracks into jazz instrumentals and sent his profile through the roof. Read more » 

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  • 06/22/2010

Gear: Dubmatix Atomic Reggae Loops Vol I

Production packages for reggae studio heads are few and far between, as companies instead focus their sets on popular genres such as hip-hop, electro, techno, or pop. Sonic Reality and Uberschall have a few reggae-themed offerings, but in general they sound like adaptations of their electronic and rock packages. Enter Atomic Reggae (MSRP: $79.95), a loops collection recorded by Canadian band Dubmatix using live vintage instruments. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2010

Gear: Beat Thang Virtual

Beat Kangz Electronics brings its portable sampler/drum-machine/production tool, Beat Thang, into your Mac or PC with Beat Thang Virtual (MSRP: $149). The main selling point on this program is its overall simplicity, as Beat Thang promises novice producers they can create loads of professional-sounding tunes fast and easy. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2010

Gear: Korg Kaossilator Pro

Korg's invention of the Kaoss line of products over a decade ago changed the effects game for musicians and producers both in the studio and on stage. Through the years, Korg continued to innovate such institutions as the DJ mixer and video/audio samplers; now Korg introduces its first touchpad-based synthesizer, Kaossilator Pro (MSRP: $460). The synths soundbank contains sounds suitable for genres ranging from electro to hip-hop to reggae and house, with plenty of acoustic instruments available as well. Read more » 

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  • 04/25/2010

Gear: Arturia Analog Experience Series

For those of you still dedicated to the sounds of classic analog synths, but might be happier with something a little more up-to-date, Arturia's new line of hardware synthesizers could be exactly what you want. The Analog Experience Series comes in three different options, The Player, The Factory (MSRP: $349), and The Laboratory, all with different features. Read more » 

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  • 04/18/2010

Gear: In The Studio: Daptone—Burglaries and Analog Fetishism: Learning the Hard Way With New York's Daptone Studio Label.

Brooklyn’s Daptone label has kept the fires of '60s-blessed soul and funk burning for nearly a decade. Key to the Daptone sound is their dedication to analog tape, refusing to use computers to this day—a quality heard well on records by the Sugarman 3, The Budos Band, and the latest Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings album, I Learned the Hard Way. Last year, when the Daptone studio was burglarized, fans across the world came to its aid and donated a ton of gear. Read more » 

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  • 04/14/2010

Gear: Blue Microphone Yeti USB Mic

If the art of recording sits just outside your range of concern or abilities (but doesn’t weaken your desire for good quality), the Yeti (MSRP: $149.99) could be your new best friend. Wires are minimal, as it connects to your computer and is powered via USB. It looks and feels like something off The Tonight Show podium, and is capable of bludgeoning a man much larger than yourself. Read more » 

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  • 04/11/2010

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