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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

Gear: Artist Tips: Mister Saturday Night on the Importance of Building a Proper DJ Booth

Over the past few years, Mister Saturday Night has undergone something of an expansion. In 2012, the two DJs behind the long-running party, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter, added a label arm to their operation, and following a slew of original releases (including this year's extensive 'Brothers & Sisters' compilation), the pair is now presenting a new mix CD, 'Weekends and Beginnings,' which drops this week. Still, at its core, Mister Saturday Night is a party, and even while facing the growing difficulty of finding suitable venues in New York City, both the intermittent Saturday night party and its weekly summertime cousin, Mister Sunday, appear to be bigger than ever. With years of experience under their belts, it's fair to say that Harkin and Carter are essentially experts when it comes to throwing a proper bash, which is why we asked if they'd be willing to share a little bit of their knowledge with our readers. While acknowledging that there are countless elements that go in to throwing a good party, the duo felt like it could be most helpful by focusing on something very specific: setting up the DJ booth. Despite the fact that this task is at the absolute core of any successful event, it's something that's often overlooked, even by veteran promoters. The men of Mister Saturday Night know better, and have shared a few of their secrets about how to do things right. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2014

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