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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

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: New Novation Controllers, Ikonika's Studio, More Moog Updates, and Live 9 In Depth

With NAMM fast approaching, it seems everyone is holding off on their big announcements until the conference gets underway next week. Luckily, we were still able to gather some useful odds and ends from the tech-related goings on this week—including a new line of Novation controllers, an update on the Moog synth teased last week, and an extensive look at Ableton Live 9. Read more » 

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  • 01/18/2013

Gear: Take a Look Inside Ikonika's Studio

As part of its ongoing Machine Love series, Resident Advisor recently caught up with Hyperdub affiliate and Hum + Buzz co-head Ikonika to take a look at her West London studio and talk production. Read more » 

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  • 01/17/2013

Gear: Review: Native Instruments Maschine mkII

When it debuted in 2009, Native Instruments' Maschine quickly became one of the most popular beat-making setups around. Building upon the legacy of the illustrious Akai MPC, Maschine excelled with a fully realized software production environment, integrated with its fantastic 16-pad hardware controller. Throw in an excellent and ever-expanding library of sampled sounds, and it's easy to see why it’s become a central tool for thousands of producers. But while the Maschine software has been updated a number of times since its initial release, the only hardware revision has come in the form of Maschine Mikro—a slimmed-down version of the controller for those looking to travel light or reduce its desktop footprint. Now, with the mkII version of Maschine, Native Instruments has updated its main workhorse, refining the original concept in a number of ways. Read more » 

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  • 01/15/2013

Gear: This Week In Music Tech: Moog's New Synth, Dam Drum 2.0, New Focusrite Interface, DIY MIDI Controller, New iPad Apps, and More

We're only two weeks into the year and already Moog teased a new analog synthesizer, Dâm Funk rolled out another version of his handheld drum machine, Focusrite has a new USB interface, Legowelt opened the doors to his impressive studio, and loads more cool things have happened. All of which is to say, there is plenty to catch up with in the return of our weekly production and gear news wrap-up. Read more » 

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  • 01/11/2013

Gear: Moog Teases New Synth

Today, Moog released a new video teasing the company's latest synthesizer, which is set to be officially introduced to the public during NAMM later this month. Read more » 

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  • 01/09/2013

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