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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

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: In the Studio with Lindstrøm and Juju & Jordash, New Pioneer Monitors, Pulselocker, and More

The music-tech world had a busy week, with the introduction of several new products—including Pulselocker, a DJ-streaming and cloud service, Pioneer's new DJ-centric studio monitors, and Native Instruments' intriguing Drum Lab software. We also got a glimpse into the studios of Debukas and Juju & Jordash, while Huxley and Norwegian space-disco phenom Lindstrøm take us even further into their creative processes. Read more » 

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  • 08/09/2013

Gear: Pioneer Announces DJ-Centric Reference Monitors

Pioneer has been a steadfast presence in clubs around the world with both its industry-standard CDJs and a range of mixers, and has now announced a new line of reference monitors aimed specifically at the working DJ. Read more » 

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  • 08/08/2013

Gear: Watch Huxley Make a Tune in 10 Minutes

One of Hypercolour's biggest exports and recent addition to the Rinse roster, burgeoning UK house DJ/producer Huxley is the latest artist to go up against the clock in FACT's ongoing series of timed production sprints. Read more » 

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  • 08/07/2013

Gear: Pulselocker Launches DJ-Focused Streaming and Cloud Service

Launched today, Pulselocker is a brand-new online service for music lovers with a penchant for unearthing new tunes. But what makes it stand apart from sites like Rdio or Spotify is its special focus on DJs and DJ culture. The San Francisco-based team behind Pulselocker—which includes an ex-employee of Om Records and a former member of UK house trio Dirty Vegas, among others—call it "the first streaming and locker service for DJs." Curious to better understand their product, we got in touch with the Bay Area company to ask a few questions and get an in-depth overview of Pulselocker. Read more » 

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  • 08/06/2013

Gear: Native Instruments Introduces Drum Lab

German music-making hardware and software company Native Instruments recently unveiled its latest product, an intriguing software instrument called Drum Lab. Read more » 

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  • 08/05/2013

Gear: Watch Deadboy's Guide to Making "Hit Records"

Despite issuing his XLR8R Pick'd Blaquewerk EP, catching up with us in a Chatterbox feature, and launching his Total Fantasy label this year, London dancefloor hybridist Deadboy hasn't exactly been prolific in 2013. But maybe that's not such a bad thing, as it has given him enough time to put together this essential tutorial on "how to make hit records in, like, five minutes." Read more » 

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  • 08/05/2013

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