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Gear: In the Studio: Hieroglyphic Being

Jamal Moss is a minimalist. Not necessarily in the music he makes under his esoteric Hieroglyphic Being guise, but in the way he lives and works. Considering that he lives in his studio—or rather, that his studio is also his home—he keeps things simple. There's a bed, a kitchen, a TV, and his gear. We visited his Evanston apartment/studio just north of Chicago, and noticed that this minimalism extends beyond furniture and decorations. It also applies to the equipment he uses to make his sprawling techno, house, ambient, and noise productions. Not one to chase after the latest studio toys, Moss' set-up hasn't evolved too much since he started making music in the '90s, save for one glaring exception: his iPod Touch. Read more » 

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  • 10/03/2012

Gear: Watch Ikonika Go In-Depth on Producing "I Make Lists"



In Point Blank's lastest In the Studio video session, the London production school sits down with hometown producer Ikonika for an in-depth look at the process behind the title track off her recent I Make Lists EP. Read more » 

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  • 10/01/2012

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Machinedrum Ableton Session, Cakewalk Sonar X2, Native Instruments Maschine Update, and More

We've got a complete Ableton set from a top-shelf producer, the word on a new program from Cakewalk, a few tantalizing updates, and—of course—some helpful videos in this edition of our weekly production and technology news wrap-up. Read more » 

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  • 09/28/2012

Gear: Machinedrum Shares "Sacred Frequency" Ableton Session, Talks Production Process

As part of an interview on Ableton Live's website, Berlin-based artist Machinedrum shares his process behind the making of Room(s) cut "Sacred Frequency," and gives away the song's complete Live session to further illuminate the details of his production practice. Read more » 

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  • 09/26/2012

Gear: In the Studio: Lando Kal

Lando Kal (a.k.a. Antaeus Roy) has made a lot of pit stops over the course of his career, but only seems to be getting better with each new city he calls home. After first gaining notoriety in his hometown of San Francisco as one half of Lazer Sword, Lando relocated to New York for a spell, and followed that up with a move to Berlin. He's found a home in the German capital, making music inside a space-age studio cabin that's the envy of just about every producer who sees it. Interested in taking a look at this contraption ourselves, we paid Lando a visit and got him talking about his favorite gear, the evolution of his production methods over the years, and his forthcoming solo LP. Read more » 

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  • 09/24/2012

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Native Instruments Plug-Ins, Figure Updates, Free Sample Packs, and Mike Huckaby's Ableton Tutorial

While not many developments in the way of brand-spanking-new gear appeared on our radar this week, we still managed to discover a pair of free sample banks and an in-depth Ableton tutorial from Detroit pioneer Mike Huckaby to add to the few bits of news that came down the pipeline over the past seven days . Read more » 

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  • 09/21/2012

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: MiniBrute, Native Instruments, Ableton Pro Tips, and Vocal Recording Masterclass

What with the internet and all, a lot can happen in seven days—especially in the rapidly evolving field of music technology—so we're launching a new weekly feature to keep up on the constant onslaught of information and catalog the highlights of gear and production-related news and videos into one condensed place. Here, we have our inaugural congregation of juicy tidbits, a roundup which we've cleverly titled This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

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  • 09/14/2012

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