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Gear: Watch Roska Build a Beat in 10 Minutes

After sharing news of his forthcoming EP for Rinse just last week, London mainstay Roska has stepped up as the latest producer to take on FACT TV's Against the Clock challenge, building a beat in under 10 minutes for the ongoing video series. Read more » 

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  • 08/27/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Shigeto's Studio, Production Tips from Untold and Gavin Russom, TouchAble2 for iPad, and More

The time has come to again gather up the most relevant bits of gear and production news for the week. Today, we peer into the production techniques of Ghostly beatmaker Shigeto, forward-thinking UK producer Untold, and NYC analog wizard Gavin Russom. We also take time to check out TouchAble2, an update to the popular iPad control app for Ableton which is on its way soon. Read more » 

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  • 08/23/2013

Gear: Watch Untold Talk Production with Dubspot

Hemlock label boss and consistently forward-moving producer Jack Dunning (a.k.a. Untold) recently stopped by the Dubspot production school's NYC campus to highlight the digital tools and creative processes which have yielded the man's impressive discography. Read more » 

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  • 08/20/2013

Gear: Watch Gavin Russom Breakdown His Creative Process

NYC synth wizard and DFA stalwart Gavin Russom recently took part in a Brian Eno-inspired EP commissioned by Self-Titled Magazine, for which producers could only use Moog gear to create a brand-new track. Along with Laurel Halo and Brenmar, Russom was given one of Eno's famed Oblique Strategy cards and set loose in his studio. Now, video has surfaced of Russom detailing his creative process, including how he used Moog's analog gear to build his driving track "In Our Streets." Read more » 

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  • 08/19/2013

Gear: In the Studio: Shigeto

In three short years, Michigan native Zach Saginaw (a.k.a. Shigeto) has made grand steps to evolve his craft as both a producer and a live performer. On his forthcoming third full-length, No Better Time Than Now, Saginaw has graciously expanded the sound palette heard in his earlier bedroom-born beats, offering a much more organic sonic landscape in the process. His newest compositions find interlocking layers of real-world percussion meeting rich, bluesy keys and entrancing flashes of Shigeto himself behind the drumkit—a place, as anyone who has seen him live knows, where Saginaw's talent really shines. With our aural curiosity piqued, XLR8R made the trek to the man's window-filled loft studio in the Rivertown neighborhood of Detroit to discuss his production methods; during our chat, we also learned about the two-week period that yielded the core of Shigeto's new record and his initial apprehension about using real drums in his electronic productions. Read more » 

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  • 08/19/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: In the Studio with Blondes, Understanding Low-Mid Range Frequencies, Pioneer DDJ-SX Demo, and More

This week saw the release of several informative videos for anyone interested in the world of music technology: Resident Advisor's Jono Buchanan explained how to get the most out of low-mid range frequencies, Ian Shepherd broke down the differences between digital and analog clipping, we checked out Blondes' Brooklyn studio, German producer PHON.O discussed his utilization of Ableton's Push controller, and our very own Nick Hook demoed the new Pioneer DDJ-SX controller. It's all available in today's This Week in Music Tech digest, after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 08/16/2013

Gear: In the Studio: Blondes

With the release of its second full-length album, Swisher, earlier this month via RVNG, New York duo Blondes (a.k.a. Sam Haar and Zach Steinman) has further boosted its reputation as an outfit capable of crafting uniquely dense and enveloping house tracks. With an army of hardware at its disposal, the pair has built up a signature sound that pulls together an almost incalculable number of wandering synth tones alongside lush layers of FX processing, resulting in productions that are engrossingly vast and almost limitless in their sonic width. Given that, XLR8R was curious to see how exactly Blondes puts its tunes together, so we visited the duo's modest Williamsburg studio to chat about turning knobs, signal flow, and recording live jams: of course, we also took a peek at the pair's keenly picked synth collection. Read more » 

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  • 08/12/2013

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