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Gear: Review: Native Instruments Maschine Studio

Maschine Studio is the new, flagship product in Native Instruments' popular MPC-style "groove production studio" line, outfitted with onboard screens and a host of new controls. Included in the box is the brand-new Maschine 2.0 software, which is a big leap forward, full of features and tweaks large and small. Whether you invest in the Studio hardware or not, the 2.0 software is an essential upgrade, and works across the entire range of existing controllers: the original Maschine and Maschine Mikro, as well as their Mk II equivalents. Read more » 

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  • 12/09/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Dauwd on Push, Willie Burns Makes a Track, the ScratchPad App, umidi Custom Controllers, and More

As 2013 begins to come to a close, the latest This Week in Music Tech takes a peek into the studios of Ghostly affiliate Dauwd and prolific Brooklyn producer Willie Burns, sees how Ableton's Push can be used with hardware synths, and checks out Cakewalk's new iPad app and the umidi series of custom MIDI controllers. Read more » 

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  • 12/06/2013

Gear: Elektron Unveils Analog Keys

Elektron has unveiled the latest member of its botique synth family: the Analog Keys, "a flagship analog synthesizer" which offers a 100% analog signal path, digital controls, and what the company describes as "unprecedented playability." Read more » 

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  • 11/26/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: In the Studio with Jonwayne and Moderat, Ableton 9.1 Released, Yocto's DIY 808 Clone Kit, and More

We offer views inside the studios of Jonwayne and Moderat, take a look at Pioneer's CDJ-900NXS, check out Yocto's 808 clone kit, get a first look at Roger Linn's LinnStrument and the DSI Prophet 12 module, and much more in the latest This Week in Music Tech. Oh yeah, and Ableton Live 9.1 is finally here. Read more » 

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  • 11/22/2013

Gear: Pioneer Introduces CDJ-900NXS

Pioneer has introduced the CDJ-900NXS, a recharged version of its CDJ-900 media players which adds a host of new features. Read more » 

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  • 11/19/2013

Gear: Watch Modeselektor Breakdown the New Moderat Album's Production Process

Together as Moderat, Modeselektor (a.k.a. Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian "Charlie" Szary) and Apparat (a.k.a. Sascha Ring) returned with their sophomore collaborative LP, II, earlier this year. Around the time of the release, XLR8R sat down with the Berlin artists to talk about how the trio translated the record to a live setting in our From Studio to Stage feature, but now, a detailed video has surfaced which goes in depth with Modeselektor about the making of II. Read more » 

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  • 11/19/2013

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

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