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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

Gear: AIAIAI Introduces TMA-1 X Headphones

High-end headphone designer AIAIAI has introduced the TMA-1 X, a new product intended to serve as the company's entry-level DJ headphone. Read more » 

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  • 11/07/2013

Gear: In the Studio: Tom Trago

A few weeks ago, XLR8R headed across the Atlantic to the Netherlands for the annual Amsterdam Dance Event, which admittedly kept us rather busy. (For a full rundown, take a look at our review of the proceedings.) Still, even amidst all the activity and several very late nights, we managed to drag ourselves—and veteran Dutch producer Tom Trago—out of bed one morning so that we could get a look at his new studio and pepper him with questions about his music-making history and process. While the studio itself was still a work in progress (Trago had quite literally just moved in), he was more than happy to tell us about his long-running love affair with the MPC, the techniques behind his new album for Rush Hour, The Light Fantastic, his passion for collaboration, and why he thinks windows are important. Read more » 

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  • 11/06/2013

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