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Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Keith McMillen's QuNeo and QuNexus, Modular Synthesis on the iPad, Legowelt's Free Samples, and More

It's that time again, when XLR8R gathers up the most essential bits of gear-related news and downloads. This week we've got the word on two new pieces from Keith McMillen Instruments, some iPad-related goodness, and a pair of extensive free sample banks from techno producer and noted sonic explorer Legowelt. Read more » 

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  • 11/02/2012

Gear: Keith McMillen and the QuNeo

Curious about the recently released QuNeo controller, we talk with its creator to better understand the "3-D Multi-touch" surface.


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  • 10/31/2012

Gear: Legowelt Shares Vintage Korg Synthesizer Sample Bank

The longstanding Dutch techno producer—and noted gear connoisseur—Legowelt has again been touched by a streak of generosity, offering up a sample bank containing over 300 pieces of audio culled from his own vintage Korg Mono/Poly synth. Read more » 

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  • 10/30/2012

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Ableton Live 9 and Push Controller, Traktor Pro 2.6, and Electrix Tweaker

It almost goes without saying that the big news in the world of production gear this week was the official announcement from Ableton of the forthcoming Live 9 software and the company's first venture into controller design, Push. Along with those details, we've gathered up a few other useful tidbits that we couldn't let slip under the radar. Read more » 

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  • 10/26/2012

Gear: Ableton Officially Announces Live 9, Unveils Push Controller

Not to toot our own horn or anything, but XLR8R sent ripples across the internet earlier this week when we shared a "leaked" video showcasing some features on the forthcoming Ableton Live 9. The video wasn't exactly official, but have no fear, the folks at Ableton have gone ahead and confirmed that the latest version of its DAW will finally arrive at the beginning of 2013. The announcement also came with word of the software company's first piece of hardware, a controller called Push. Read more » 

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  • 10/25/2012

Gear: Review: Vestax VCI-400

When describing its new VCI-400 USB/MIDI DJ controller, Vestax stressed that creativity and versatility were at the core of the sleek machine. Featuring two touch-sensitive jogwheels, color-coordinated controls on four decks, and a clearly demarcated surface, the controller is remarkably easy to use. Veteran vinyl junkies and tentative knob-twiddlers alike will find accessible ways to blend their tracks with a variety of effective, no-bullshit EQs and big, highly responsive looping buttons located just above the jogwheels. The spacing and large labels splashed succinctly across the equipment invite the DJ to do his own thing, a comfortable and frictionless introduction that encourages play. Even the Sync and Vinyl buttons light up when you’re ready to match tempos or do a little rewind, helping bring a rhythm and authenticity to your set. Read more » 

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  • 10/24/2012

Gear: Take a First Look at Ableton Live 9

Although there has been no official announcement from Ableton about the eventual release of the next generation of its Live software (update: Ableton's official word on the product has now arrived), a video showing off some features of Live 9—and a slightly updated look—has found its way to the web, indicating a new version of the program is well on its way. Read more » 

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  • 10/23/2012

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