Beginning with the strum of a banjo—yes, a banjo—and an iPhone app, veteran production duo Mouse on Mars takes on the challenge of building a beat in just 10 minutes, a task that proves all the more fun to watch given the pair does so while operating the many controls and sonic toys found in its immaculate studio space. Read more »
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It's been another busy week in the world of gear and production news with Dave Smith introducing the Mopho SE analog synth and Zoom unveiling the latest in its notably affordable line of high-quality field recorders. In addition to updates on both of those new products, the latest This Week in Music Tech takes a peak around Mumdance's studio (spoiler alert: he has a lot of keyboards) and watches German duo Exercise One build a track in 10 minutes using a tabletop full of hardware. Read more »
Moog announcing the launch of its Minifooger series was perhaps the biggest news to arrive in the gear world this week, but there is still plenty more to catch up on in the latest This Week in Music Tech—including reviews of new Novation gear, a look at the Blueboard Bluetooth MIDI Pedalboard, a discussion on found sound with Will Saul, and an in-depth look at techno's evolving, hardware-driven live sets. Read more »
Novation was one of the first manufacturers to produce an Ableton-specific controller back in 2009 when it unveiled the Launchpad, and the company has been slowly expanding its arsenal of MIDI controllers—continuing with the release of three new portable devices. The Launchkey Mini and Launchpad Mini are both smaller versions of their respective big brothers, while the Launch Control is a brand-new unit that is said to be a perfect complement to the rencently released Launchpad S. These products clearly aim to extend past their current Ableton user base by focusing on compatibility with Novation's iPad apps and the ability to work effortlessly with both Macs and PCs. Read more »
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