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Gear: Roland Teases the Aira, "The Next Step" in Its 808 Lineage

In a rather vague video released by Roland today, the company teases the Aira, a forthcoming unit from the company that claims to be "the next step" in the evolution of the 808. And from the looks of the leaked image above (courtesy of Attack Magazine), it may see Roland attempting to finally revive its classic drum machine line. Read more » 

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  • 01/15/2014

Gear: Dubspot LA Opens Early Registration

As we reported back in December, New York-based production school Dubspot will be establishing a Los Angeles location in June of this year, and has just opened early registration for its first West Coast classes today. Read more » 

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  • 01/13/2014

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: New Sennheiser Headphones, Arturia KeyLab Review, and Getting Daft Punk's Sound with Modern Gear

The gear and production world is off to a bit of a slow start in 2014, with everyone waiting for NAMM to pull out their big news. (Thankfully, it's just around the corner.) In the meantime, we've gathered up a handful of interesting tidbits for curious producer including an update on Sennheiser's new line of headphones, a review of Arturia's new KeyLab controller, info on Dubspot's DIY synth-building workshop, and a quick guide to getting Daft Punk's sound without using Daft Punk's gear. Read more » 

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  • 01/10/2014

Gear: Sennheiser Introduces Three New Headphone Models

As part of this week's CES conference in Las Vegas, Sennheiser has unveiled three new models of headphones. Read more » 

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  • 01/09/2014

Gear: Review: Arturia KeyLab

While French company Arturia is maybe best known for its Analog Classic VSTs (faithful recreations of vintage synthesizers that are often heralded as sounding like near clones of their original versions), it nonetheless turned heads when it jumped into the world of analog instruments with the small-but-substantial MiniBrute and the even more compact MicroBrute. But the brand has not forsaken those who prefer the flexibility and ease of use that virtual instruments bring, having recently unveiled its KeyLab series. Arturia's feature-packed MIDI controllers come bundled with the Analog Lab software—which includes 5,000 sounds from its various instrument emulations—and offer 25-, 49-, and 61-key versions of the product. It's an expanded take on the smaller, more portable Minilab, and a new contender in a crowded field of MIDI controllers seeking to break down the barriers between software sound design and tactile control. Read more » 

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  • 01/07/2014

Gear: Dubspot Launches Dubspot Labs Event Series, Details Upcoming Synth-Building Workshop

New York-based production school Dubspot (which recently revealed it would be opening a Los Angeles location in 2014) has announced Dubspot Labs, a new, ongoing series of special events and workshops scheduled to begin this weekend with a seminar on DIY synth building. Read more » 

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  • 01/06/2014

Gear: Dubspot Production School to Open LA Location

New York-based production school Dubspot has announced that it will open up a West Coast campus next summer in Los Angeles. Read more » 

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  • 12/20/2013

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