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Akai Announces MPD Drum Pad Controllers
Three feature-packed units will be available this summer.

Akai has announced three new, feature-packed drum pad controllers—MPD218, MPD226, and MPD232—to be available this summer. The new controllers are, according to the accompanied text, the product of over six years …

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Roland Releases Driftbox-R Limited
A limited edition update of the Reon synth is available now.

Roland has just dropped another synth: the short-run Driftbox-R Limited. Looking very much in line with the companies AIRA line, the Driftbox-R Limited first surfaced as a small-format synth from Japanese manufacturer Reon (according …

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Modular Synthesizer Film I Dream Of Wires to be Released at the End of the Month
'I Dream Of Wires' charts the history, demise, and resurgence of the modular synthesizer.

Independent documentary I Dream Of Wires traces the history, demise, and eventually rebirth of one of the most influential machines in electronic music: the modular synthesizer. The film will be released …

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Daedelus Creates Custom Effect Instrument Called "Delaydelus "
Pre-orders for the limited edition device will close on Thursday, July 2nd 2015.

Daedelus (a.k.a. Alfred Darlington) has created a new sample and delay instrument called the Delaydelus, manufactured by Austin, TX based technology group, Bleep Labs. The limited edition product has been strictly available by …

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Watch Moog Music's Latest Category 5 Video Featuring Robert Rich
Moog Music release a free three-track EP from the ambient pioneer.

The latest instalment of Moog Music’s Category 5 interview series—which is named after the cables used to enable modern digital communication—features ambient musician and composer Robert Rich. The Category 5 series offers unique …

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Q&A: C. Andrew Rohrmann and the Galak-Z soundtrack
The electronic musician and sound designer known as scntfc fills us in on his latest project.

Based in Seattle, Washington, C. Andrew Rohrmann is the electronic musician and sound designer known as Scientific American, a.k.a. scntfc. After getting his start as a live performer, Rohrmann moved …

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Alpha Recording System Announce New Rotary Mixer
The six-channel ARS rotary features three-band isolators on each channel and a five-band EQ on the master

Emerging Japanese hardware brand Alpha Recording System has unveiled a feature-rich update to their 4100 rotary mixer with the ARS MODEL6700. As reported by Juno Plus, ARS has gone the less is …

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Squarp Instruments Announces Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer, Shares Videos
The standalone hardware sequencer will start shipping in June.

Paris-based musical hardware researcher and developer Squarp Instruments announce its inaugural Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer. The “advanced hardware standalone sequencer” will run the Squarp owned PyraOs realtime processing firmware and boasts multiple MIDI, USB, …

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Q&A: Teenage Engineering
The Swedish synthesizer firm unveils its low-cost Pocket Operators.

Since unveiling its OP-1 portable music production machine in 2010, the Stockholm, Sweden-based Teenage Engineering has become something of a phenomenon in the electronic music world. The OP-1 meshed elegant, …

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Korg Introduces the MS-20M Module Synthesizer Kit
The company resurrects the legendary MS-20—minus the keyboard.

The most recent in an increasingly long line of resurrections, Korg’s MS-20M brings the legendary MS-20 synth to your desktop in all its glory—minus the keyboard. It’s nearly identical to …

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Novation Collaborate With Giorgio Moroder on New Signature Synth
The limited edition MoroderNova will be Novation's first signature model.

Electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder has partnered with hardware manufacturer Novation for a limited edition synth called the MoroderNova—which came about from the Italian artist’s love for Novation’s MiniNova. The MoroderNova …

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Moog Launches New Video Series With M. Geddes Gengras; Shares Free EP
M. Geddes Gengras discusses his process and motivations behind 3 Impressions, the three track EP recorded as a practical application of Moog electronics.

Today, Moog Music launched their new Category 5 video series with a conversation with M. Geddes Gengras, who describes his exploration of analog effects modules and the process-based sound design used …

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Watch a New Production Masterclass From Matthew Dear
The Ghostly International co-founder goes over his production tricks and techniques while on Richie Hawtin's CNTRL tour.

Richie Hawtin’s CNTRL tour is a college campus tour of the USA based around individuality and creativity in technology-based music. The tour features performances and lectures from some of the …

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QRATES Starts Service for Small-Scale Vinyl Pressing
Japanese company offering no-risk runs of 100 or more

With vinyl booming, now is an apposite time for small labels to be putting out wax, but issues such as high minimum pressing amounts (300 to 500 typically), high costs, …

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In the Studio: Hunter/Game
The Milanese production duo invite us into their analog-heavy lair.

Hunter/Game is the latest project of Martino Bertola and Emmanuele Nicosia, two Milanese friends and established producers in their own right who are quickly developing a reputation for their beautiful …

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Akai Professional Launches the MIDImix
Out in June, the innovative unit gives musicians a compact, easy-to-use solution to control and mix within their DAW.

The MIDImix is a compact high-performance mixer that has the ability to control virtually any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) with the press of a single button. The unit features eight …

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Q&A: Ableton's Dennis DeSantis
XLR8R talks to the author of Making Music: A Book of Creative Strategies

Dennis DeSantis is a composer, sound designer and percussionist based in New York City. His background in music is deep: He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition …

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Ableton Publishes Book on Music Creation
'Making Music' presents creative strategies for those who produce music on computers.

Ableton has teamed up with veteran producer/musician Dennis DeSantis to release Making Music—74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers, the first published book from the German software maker. According to …

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