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Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Daedelus Talks Production, Waldorf Pulse 2, Making Percussion with Analog Synths, and More

In this short-but-sweet edition of our weekly gear wrap-up SoCal producer Daedelus discusses the production process behind his new LP, Waldorf shares its recently released Pulse 2 analog synth, we learn about some techniques for creating percussion using analog synthesis, and Native Instruments offers a chance to win a custom-designed Maschine workstation. Read more » 

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  • 09/27/2013

Gear: Daedelus Details the Production Process Behind His New LP for Anticon

In a new interview, longstanding Los Angeles beatmaker—who also happens to be last week's XLR8R podcast contributor—Daedelus explains in detail the technology and philosophies which yielded Drown Out, the man's brand-new LP for Anticon. Read more » 

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  • 09/23/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Live 9.1, Akai Studio Monitors, Reloop's Keyfadr, and Why Producers Should Wait to Jump to iOS 7

The time has come again to wrap up all that's happened this week in the world of production technology, including Ableton's Live 9.1 beta upgrade, Akai's new line of studio monitors, Reloop's new keyboard controller, and why iOS music makers should wait to upgrade their iPhones and iPads to iOS 7. Read more » 

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  • 09/20/2013

Gear: Ableton Releases Live 9.1 Update

After a long wait and months of building anticipation, Ableton finally unleashed Live 9 back in March of this year (here's our review), but it's taken until now for the program's first official update to arrive, with version 9.1 now available as a free public beta for existing Ableton users. Read more » 

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  • 09/17/2013

Gear: R.I.P. Audio Pioneer Ray Dolby

Though his many contributions to the audio world rarely found their way to the pages of XLR8R in name, it's hard to imagine the current state of audio without Ray Dolby, the San Francisco-based engineer and inventor who founded Dolby Labratories in 1965 and pioneered decades of advancements in audio technology. After battling with Alzheimer's disease and being diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year, Dolby passed away this week at the age of 80. Read more » 

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  • 09/13/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Delorean's Studio, Pioneer and Native Instruments Updates, 32-Bit Plug-ins for Logic, and More

Wrapping up another week full of many new gear announcements, the latest This Week in Music Tech showcases the studio of Spanish electronic pop outfit Delorean, says farewell to Moog's Little Phatty, and catches up with legendary synth designer Dave Smith—all before checking out new controllers from Pioneer and Native Instruments, a wireless MIDI PUC, and 32 Lives, an application that allows for use of 32-bit plug-ins in Logic X. And, just for fun, we also take a look at what just might be the worst controller ever. It's all inside this edition of our weekly gear and production news wrap-up. Read more » 

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  • 09/13/2013

Gear: Pioneer and Native Instruments Tease Controller Updates

Today, both Pioneer and Native Instruments unveiled updates to their DJ controller lines, with the former introducing the two-channel DDJ-SR (pictured above) and the latter officially announcing updates to its S2 and S4 Traktor controllers. Read more » 

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  • 09/12/2013

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