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Gear: In the Studio: Teebs

Without question, Teebs (a.k.a. Mtendere Mandowa) is still a young guy, but in the context of LA's constantly renewing beat scene, the Brainfeeder affiliate is practically a grizzled veteran. Over the past few years, he's quietly assembled an impressive discography, one that frequently pairs lush melodies with shambling drum patterns to glorious effect. That said, 2012 was a relatively quiet year for Teebs, as he only offered up the Cecilia Tapes Collection, a compilation of unmastered raw cuts, loops, and sketches. Curious about the progress of his new music and armed with a series of questions about his gear set-up and production methods, we recently made the trek to Teebs' home studio, situated in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood. As we snapped photos of his workspace, Teebs not only shed some light on a potential new solo album and his collaborative Sons of the Morning project with Prefuse 73, but he also told us about everything from his early days as a producer to his ongoing search for crappy toy keyboards. Read more » 

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  • 02/06/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: The Most In-Depth Look at Ableton's Push Yet and More NAMM Updates from Livid, Numark, Akai, and Korg

Now that the dust has settled following the absolute music-gear overload that was NAMM 2013, a few more interesting pieces have made their way onto our radar—including a new line of controllers from Livid, a designed-to-order mega analog synth, and the most in-depth video overview of Ableton's Push yet to appear. Read more » 

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  • 02/01/2013

Gear: The Best and Worst of NAMM 2013

Over the weekend, the National Association of Music Merchants (more commonly referred to simply as NAMM) hosted its annual conference in Anaheim, California—a gluttonous four days where the sounds of distant equipment demos, corporate presentations, and the combined drooling of gear nerds makes for an overwhelming, but still very much exciting atmosphere. After spending a full day (which was pretty much our limit) entrenched in the trade show booths and walking amongst the masses of fellow wide-eyed attendees, XLR8R has tallied up the five essential highlights and embarrassments of this year's NAMM conference. Read more » 

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  • 01/28/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Inside Toro Y Moi's Studio and NAMM News from Moog, Korg, Akai, Dave Smith, and More

While the NAMM conference gets set to extend into the weekend, we've already gotten word on a number of tantalizing new products to expect in 2013, including new synths from Moog, Korg, and Dave Smith Instruments, along with a few interesting controllers set to hit stores soon. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2013

Gear: Official Details of Moog Sub Phatty Revealed

While most of the country was celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by skipping work, Moog went ahead and officially announced the details of its forthcoming completely analog synth, the Sub Phatty. Read more » 

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  • 01/22/2013

Gear: Review: Stanton SCS.4DJ

Stanton's SCS.4DJ does a lot of smart things in its attempt to be an entirely inclusive digital DJing system—it's compact, it's easy to use, and it can be completely set up and utilized to its full potential without ever touching a computer. Read more » 

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  • 01/22/2013

Gear: In the Studio: Toro Y Moi

Toro Y Moi (a.k.a. Chaz Bundick) has come a long way over the past few years, both literally and figuratively. Having moved beyond the chillwave tag that was initially affixed to his music, this week the South Carolina native is releasing Anything in Return, his third full-length. The album was actually written and recorded in the Bay Area, the place Bundick now calls home after relocating to the West Coast more than a year ago. While the record still features many of his trademark hazy synths and sunny melodies, it also finds Toro Y Moi trying new things, most notably by experimenting with a sound palette that explicitly pulls from hip-hop, R&B, and pop. Curious about his production methods, we made a trip to Berkeley and paid Bundick a visit at his home studio. In the process of showing us his set-up, Bundick spoke about how his current space came together, the evolution of his production methods over the years, his growing interest in electronic music—something increasingly realized via his Les Sins side project—and his favorite pieces of gear. Read more » 

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  • 01/21/2013

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