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Gear: Download a Free Delay Plug-In from Native Instruments

Berlin-based software and controller designer Native Instruments has offered up a new delay plug-in, the Replika, for free download. Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2014

Gear: Roland Unveils TR-707 and TR-727 Expansion Pack for the TR-8

Having already sung the praises of Roland's TR-8 rhythm machine (and the rest of the Aira line, for that matter) in XLR8R's Best of 2014: Gear round-up earlier today, word has now come that the company will soon release an expansion pack for the unit including samples from its heralded TR-707 and TR-727 drum machines. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2014

Gear: Watch Deft Make a Track in 10 Minutes

Deft is the latest artist to attempt at making a track in just 10 minutes for FACT's Against the Clock series. Read more » 

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  • 12/12/2014

Gear: Vestax Files for Bankruptcy

Japanese DJ equipment manufacturer Vestax had been suspiciously quiet for much of 2014, leading many to believe that the company was on the verge of closing down. Now, those rumors have been confirmed with word arriving that Vestax has filed for bankruptcy in Japanese court. Read more » 

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  • 12/10/2014

Gear: Watch the Late DJ Rashad Build a Beat in 10 Minutes

A video of late footwork innovator DJ Rashad building a beat in 10 minutes has turned up online. Read more » 

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  • 12/03/2014

Gear: Mac Version of FL Studio to Arrive Next Year

Image-Line, the company behind the traditionally PC-only FL Studio DAW (a more sophisticated descendant of Fruity Loops), has announced plans to release a native Mac version of the production software next year. Read more » 

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  • 12/02/2014

Gear: Ask the Experts: Mr. Oizo

Thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, this month's edition of Ask the Experts is arriving a few days early, but its rushed appearance doesn't mean the knowledge being imparted by Mr. Oizo (a.k.a. Quentin Dupieux) is any less potent. The well-traveled producer and filmmaker is fresh off the release of a new album, The Church, which was recently issued by Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. And while the LP's surfacing has undoubtedly kept him busy, Mr. Oizo still made the time to sift through the avalanche of questions we received from XLR8R readers and answer the ones that most tickled his fancy. His responses touch on his songwriting process, studio set-up, and the relationship between his movie making and music making, but more importantly, they find him sharing some valuable wisdom and genuine insights into his artistic outlook. Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2014
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