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Gear: In the Studio: Delorean

It's been three years since we last heard from Delorean, the Barcelona group whose deeply melodic, richly textured 2010 album Subiza went over well among club and indie/pop audiences alike. (We certainly liked it here it XLR8R, as we named the LP our favorite release of the year.) After a great deal of work in its hometown studio and at Gigantic Studios in New York, the band has finished a new full-length, Apar, an alternately bright and wistful record that both broadens Delorean's palette and presents its sound with a new, crystalline studio sheen that suits the music nicely. We spoke with singer and bass player Ekhi Lopetegi about the band's studio, as well as how the group went about recording this new album in comparison to the last one. Read more » 

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  • 09/09/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Scratch Live's Exit, Novation Mini Controllers, Korg's Mini Drum Box, Preview Live 9.1, and More

Between Serato announcing plans to discontinue Scratch Live, Ableton previewing its Live 9.1 update, The Black Dog starting its own music-tech company, Applescal launching a remix contest, and new products from Novation, Pioneer, and Korg, it was easy to get lost in the avalanche of gear-related news that surfaced over the past five days. Fortunately, we're here to help music-tech junkies dig their way out, gathering up the most important tidbits in our latest This Week in Music Tech round-up. Read more » 

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  • 09/06/2013

Gear: Serato to Discontinue Scratch Live, Moves Vinyl-Control Platform to Serato DJ

Serato has announced that it will no longer issue updates to Scratch Live, the company's widely popular, decade-old software which has allowed for DJs to control their digital music libraries using the traditional tools of turntables and CDJs. Read more » 

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  • 09/05/2013

Gear: Novation Introduces Launchkey Mini, Launchpad Mini, and Launch Control

Hardware brand Novation has introduced compact versions of two of its popular MIDI controllers, unveiling the Launchkey Mini and Launchpad Mini, as well as the Launch Control companion, this week. Read more » 

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  • 09/05/2013

Gear: Review: Logic Pro X

In the four years before Apple made the surprise announcement that it would release the next generation of its flagship audio program, Logic Pro X, there was much internet speculation (and even a little bit of fear) that Apple had planned to completely reconfigure Logic to act more like a beginner's music production software—such as GarageBand—than a professional audio program. While Logic X does come with some new features aimed rather squarely at home songwriters and GarageBand graduates, this ultimately does not prove to be the case. With its latest update, Apple has made this version of Logic the smartest one yet, retooling the GUI, adding iPad remote control, and making for a more fluid workspace overall. Read more » 

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  • 09/04/2013

Gear: Applescal's Atomnation Label Launches Remix Contest

Dutch producer Applescal (pictured above) has just issued his Creatures EP, a collaborative effort which also enlists the talents of Berlin tunesmith Ryan Davis. To coincide with the record's release via Applescal's Atomnation imprint, a remix contest has been launched, with the winner set to take home a single unit of his or her choice from Korg's Volca Series of mini-synths and receive an official release on a planned remix EP. Read more » 

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  • 09/03/2013

Gear: The Black Dog Launches New Music-Tech Company

Longstanding British electronic outfit The Black Dog has announced the launch of Machinewerks, a music-tech company that is currently raising funds for its first product, the CS X51 USB/MIDI controller. Read more » 

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  • 09/03/2013

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