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Gear: In the Studio: Tom Trago

A few weeks ago, XLR8R headed across the Atlantic to the Netherlands for the annual Amsterdam Dance Event, which admittedly kept us rather busy. (For a full rundown, take a look at our review of the proceedings.) Still, even amidst all the activity and several very late nights, we managed to drag ourselves—and veteran Dutch producer Tom Trago—out of bed one morning so that we could get a look at his new studio and pepper him with questions about his music-making history and process. While the studio itself was still a work in progress (Trago had quite literally just moved in), he was more than happy to tell us about his long-running love affair with the MPC, the techniques behind his new album for Rush Hour, The Light Fantastic, his passion for collaboration, and why he thinks windows are important. Read more » 

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  • 11/06/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Legowelt's Free Sample Pack, Max Cooper's 4D Soundsystem, a Classic Drum Machine Collection, and More

We've got an updated free download of Legowelt's hi-quality synth sample pack, a peek into the synths used on Benjamin Damage's new EP, Max Cooper discussing his work with the 4D Soundsystem, a look at a beautiful collection of classic drum machines, and more in the latest This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 11/01/2013

Gear: Singled Out - Benjamin Damage Uncovers the Layers of Juno Synths Hidden in His New EP

Singled Out is a new feature for XLR8R's Gear section in which we ask artists to pull back the curtain of their work and highlight a specific element of a recent production, discussing what equipment and processes yielded the sonic component and offering readers a chance to hear and download the sound separate from the rest of the track.

Berlin transplant Benjamin Damage has not shown any signs of slowing down in 2013. Beginning the year with the XLR8R Pick'd Heliosphere LP, the 50Weapons regular has kept himself busy, capping his impressive run this week with 4600, an EP fashioned as a homage to the rare ETI 4600 synthesizer that recently rejoined Damage's arsenal after 18 months of repairs. Interestingly enough, for the first edition of Singled Out, the producer has chosen to highlight a different synthesizer, the Roland Juno 60, which he used to record the bed of lush chords that would eventually serve as the base of the new EP's most hypnotic effort, "Nebula." Read more » 

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  • 10/31/2013

Gear: Download a Free Sample Pack of Vintage Roland Synth Sounds from Legowelt

A year ago to the day that Legowelt shared a free sample pack of analog Korg sounds, the Dutch producer and noted hardware afficianado has offered up a new sample library, this time made from sounds culled from the man's vintage Roland JD-800 synth. Read more » 

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  • 10/30/2013

Gear: Moogfest Launches Circuit Bending Competition

After taking a year off, Moogfest—the Asheville, North Carolina-based festival hosted by the renowned synthmakers at Moog—is currently gearing up for its return in 2014. This, it turns out, also means the return of the festival's DIY circuit bending competition, which this year offers Moogfest passes and a new analog synth to its three winning contestants. Read more » 

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  • 10/29/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Arturia's MicroBrute Analog Synth, Dam Drum 3, In the Studio with Mouse on Mars and BD1982, and More

After a few days of teasing the fact that a new synth was on its way, Arturia unveiled the details of its compact, 100% analog MicroBrute today. More information on the synth—along with updates on the Dam Drum 3, separate studio visits to workspaces of veteran duo Mouse and Mars and rising tunesmith BD1982, and a guide to building rough-around-the-edges house beats—can all be found in the latest This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 10/25/2013

Gear: Stones Throw and Bleep Labs Introduce Dam Drum 3

A new version of the extremely limited (in terms of quanity, that is) Dâm-Funk-inspired drum machine, the Dam Drum, has become availible to pre-order via the Stones Throw store today. Read more » 

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  • 10/22/2013

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