This Week in Music Tech: In the Studio with Lindstrøm and Juju & Jordash, New Pioneer Monitors, Pulselocker, and More
- Words: Leo Maymind
The music-tech world had a busy week, with the introduction of several new products—including Pulselocker, a DJ-streaming and cloud service, Pioneer's new DJ-centric studio monitors, and Native Instruments' intriguing Drum Lab software. We also got a glimpse into the studios of Debukas and Juju & Jordash, while Huxley and Norwegian space-disco phenom Lindstrøm take us even further into their creative processes.
This week saw the launch of Pulselocker, a brand-new online service aimed at DJs, which already boasts roughly 4 million tracks from about 25,000 labels. With a variety of subscription options, roughly 4 million tracks currently available, and the ability to store tracks on- and offline, Pulselocker is an exciting resource for DJs that is sure to develop as it integrates into the world of dance music. Our in-depth overview of the service can be read here.
Native Instruments' released its latest foray into software drum synthesis with a new instrument called Drum Lab. The program is described as a "first-of-its-kind sonic laboratory" that lets producers design their own sounds by implementing the organic resonance of acoustic drum kits with the punch and precision of electronic synthesis, and is now available for $99.
Legendary CDJ and mixer company Pioneer unveiled new DJ-centric reference monitors this week. Called S DJ-X, the speakers will come in three woofer sizes and have a host of convenient features targetted specifically for the dance music conneissuer. Full details can be perused here.
Recently, Norwegian space-disco phenom Lindstrøm detailed his production and recording processes in a video produced by Future Music. The piece finds the longstanding artist giving an in-depth breakdown of how he uses Logic, what plugins he favors, and some of his mixing techniques.
John Clark, the artist better known as Debukas, has a rich, varied musical history, having spent time in Scottish indie band Bis, recording with Franz Ferdinand, and assisting Mylo with the Destroy Rock & Roll LP. So it's no surprise that his studio holds quite a few choice pieces of gear, among them the famed Roland TR-909, the rare Moog Source, and a classic API compressor. Attack Magazine's tour of Debukas' studio can be read here.
Speaking of studio tours, Fabric recently visited the studio of Amsterdam duo Juju & Jordash, another hardware-centric pair with a penchant for vintage synths. The full interview and pictorial feature is available here.
And finally, Hypercolour and recent Rinse signee Huxley sat down with FACT to take part in its on-going Against the Clock challenge. Keeping his production tools to only a small MIDI controller and Logic, the London DJ/ producer is able to prove his chops by churning out a solid house beat quickly and efficiently.
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