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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

Gear: Legowelt Offers Guided Tour of His Home Studio

Between dropping an impressive album for Clone, contributing an eclectic podcast to our ongoing series, and—just yesterday—announcing a new EP for the Unknown to the Unknown imprint, Legowelt has had a steady presence on XLR8R's pages during the past few months. Through it all, we had a sneaking suspicion that his synth-marinated arrangements and hardware-born beats were put together in some sort of strange room full to the brim with vintage keyboards, drum machines, and other knob-bearing devices—but we never could have guessed there was a fake fireplace there, too. Thanks to Attack, we can all now have a better idea of just where Legowelt's depth of sounds emanate from, as the online magazine asked the Dutch producer to put together a brief tour of his studio. Read more » 

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  • 01/09/2013

Gear: Waves Introduces Debut Softsynth

The longtime pro-audio plug-in developers at Waves have announced the release of the company's first softsynth ever, called Element. Read more » 

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  • 01/04/2013

Gear: Moog Delivers the All-New Animoog V2

Though the fine folks at Moog Music already had a top-notch piece of iOS software in the original Animoog (and even made some smart updates to it, as well), they've apparently already bested themselves with Animoog V2, a "ground-up rewrite" of the original Animoog. Read more » 

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  • 12/21/2012

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