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Gear: In the Studio: Jonwayne

Hailed as one of Low End Theory's second generation of producers, Jonwayne has proven himself to be a multifaceted talent over the past few years, gaining recognition as a beatmaker with records like 2011's Bowser and, more recently, demonstrating his skills as an MC across his three-part Cassette mixtape series for Stones Throw. Earlier this month, Jonwayne's proper debut rap album—the appropriately titled Rap Album One—landed via the label, marking the latest chapter in the SoCal native's prolific and increasingly unique path as an artist. Catching him in his bedroom studio just off a fall tour alongside Mount Kimbie (the tour bus for which still had some of his gear on it, explaining why his studio is currently without monitors), we chatted with the young producer and outspoken FL Studio user about working on his album at Stones Throw's in-house studio, mixing with Daddy Kev, and the importance of being comfortable in one's own creative space. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2013

Gear: Arturia Introduces KeyLab Synth/Controller Hybrid Series

After recently rolling out its compact MicroBrute analog synth, French software and hardware designer Arturia has unveiled a new trio of synth/controller hybrids, the KeyLab series. Read more » 

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  • 11/15/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Production Tips from Objekt, Mathew Jonson's Hardware-Packed Studio, the Touch Board, and More

The latest This Week in Music Tech covers essential production tips from Objekt, takes a virtual tour around Mathew Jonson's incredibly hardware-filled studio, and rounds up a few product updates—including Steinberg's new USB audio interface, the Faderfox DJ44 controller, and the Touch Board, an electrical board that combines with conductive paint to allow users to essentially draw whatever MIDI controller they want. Read more » 

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  • 11/15/2013

Gear: Artist Tips - Objekt Offers Five Ways to Preserve Your Sanity and Make Your Tracks Sound Better in the Process

Though he's only released a handful of 12"s, Objekt (a.k.a. TJ Hertz) is an artist who's garnered an impressive level of respect over the past few years, particularly amongst his peers. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that the Berlin-based techno producer makes great tunes; his self-titled, white-label releases caused quite a stir when they dropped in 2011, and 2012's "Cactus" b/w "Porcupine" record for the venerable Hessle Audio admirably flipped dubstep on its head while offering something truly unique. Still, the strength of Objekt's music goes beyond his ability to innovate; his tracks also sound impeccable. Some of this engineering prowess can undoubtedly be linked to his time working at Native Instuments as a developer/programmer, but it's also clear that Hertz employs an intense level of attention to detail. Next week, he'll be releasing Objekt #3, a two-track outing that marks the reignition of his white-label series. As expected, the tunes sound great, so we figured that we'd ask Hertz to share a bit of his production knowledge with our audience. What follows are five nuanced, practical, and thorough pieces of advice that should help make any producer's tunes sound better. Read more » 

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  • 11/14/2013

Gear: Check Out Clone Affiliate Alden Tyrell's Gear-Covered Studio

Dutch producer Martijn Hoggendijk is perhaps best known for his Alden Tyrell production handle, but the man is also a notable mastering engineer, one who has put the final audio touches on countless Clone releases (among others) over the years. Now, the doors to his beautifully gear-packed, synth-filled studio have been opened for all to see. Read more » 

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  • 11/08/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Tom Trago's Studio, Korg x littleBits, Pioneer DDJ-SB, Modular Patchblocks, and More

Two intriguing developments in the world of compact modular-synth building—Korg's collaboration with littleBits and the recently launched Patchblocks project—made this an interesting week for gear, along with the announcement of a new and extremely affordable Pioneer DJ controller, new headphones from AIAIAI, and a look around Tom Trago's brand-new Amsterdam studio. It's all in the latest edition of This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 11/08/2013

Gear: Korg and littleBits Partner on New Synth Kit

Renowned gear manufacturers—and a company that has continually moved towards more compact products in recent months—Korg has partnered with open-source electronics company littleBits to create a new DIY synth kit. Read more » 

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  • 11/08/2013

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