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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

Gear: Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1

Previewed online in November 2009, this slender panel of rubberized knobs and LED-backlit buttons revealed Native Instruments' New Year's resolutions in more ways than one. The Traktor Kontrol X1 (MSRP: $199) shows its German parent company finally resolute in offering, well, native hardware support for its premier digital-DJ software. Plus, the USB-tethered unit operates on proprietary NHL high-resolution protocols to rival MIDI in precision of bi-directional response with visual feedback. Read more » 

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  • 04/04/2010

Gear: Artist Tips: Xiu Xiu

Jamie Stewart, the mastermind behind veteran indie band Xiu Xiu, has been using wonky electronics to create his sinisterly playful and completely abrasive sounds since his first album, 2002's Knife Play. Moving deeper into the 21st century, Stewart continues to employ new approaches in creating the electronic elements that color his fractured pop tunes, including the Korg DS-10 software for the Nintendo DS, modeled after Korg's classic MS-10 synth. Read more » 

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  • 03/26/2010

Gear: In The Studio: Luciano—With a newly minted studio in Switzerland, Lucien Nicolet expands on his global sound.

Since the beginning of the decade, Lucien Nicolet (a.k.a. Luciano) has risen in the ranks to become one of the premier DJs and producers in the world, releasing countless records and highly regarded remixes, many of which found release on his acclaimed label, Cadenza. Read more » 

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  • 02/01/2010

Gear: In the Studio: Health—The LA noise rockers ponder predatory beats and subvert their engineer's advice.

On its latest disc, Los Angeles-based, EFX pedal-saturated quartet HEALTH presents a sprawling feedback loop both manically chaotic and meticulously paced. Read more » 

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  • 12/11/2009

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