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Gear: Review: Novation Bass Station II

The resurgence of analog synthesizers continues with the release of Novation's Bass Station II, a workmanlike—albeit powerful—bass synth capable of producing thick, resonant low-end frequencies. It's the sequel to Novation's original Bass Station (which debuted a full 20 years ago), resembling its forbear in appearance but adding greatly to its sonic arsenal. Read more » 

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  • 10/07/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Maschine Studio, Ewan Pearson on Ableton, Joker's Studio, New Moog Pedals, and More

Another seven days have passed and there is plenty to catch up with in the world of music tech. Our latest round-up highlights Native Instruments' newly announced Maschine Studio, the Aleph super-computer from the makers of the Monome, and a leaked first look at the new—and incredibly affordable—pedals from Moog. Also included is a look into UK bass wrangler Joker's studio, an Ableton seminar from Ewan Pearson, a chance to win a Moog Sub Phatty, and a look at the characters lurking around the "Music Instr" section of Craigslist. Read more » 

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  • 10/04/2013

Gear: Win a Moog Sub Phatty from Point Blank

London's Point Blank Music School has launched a new competition to give away a Sub Phatty analog synth from Moog. Read more » 

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  • 10/02/2013

Gear: Native Instruments Introduces Maschine Studio and 2.0 Software

Native Instruments appears ready to push its flagship Maschine production center into new territory with the introduction of the forthcoming, reimagined Maschine Studio and enhanced 2.0 software. Read more » 

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  • 10/01/2013

Gear: Ableton Plots International Push Tour

Although it was officially released back in March of this year, Ableton's Push controller has remained a somewhat rare beast, bouncing in and out of online backstock and proving even scarcer in actual brick-and-mortar stores. Perhaps in an attempt to insure that everyone has the chance to see Push in the flesh, Ableton has announced a worldwide tour for the controller, which will see demos of the unit hitting stores all around the world throughout the months of October and November. Read more » 

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  • 09/27/2013

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

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