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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

Gear: In the Studio: Magda

On a day-to-day level, it's easy to overlook the impact of Magda (a.k.a. Magdalena Chojnacka). That's not a slight, as the Polish-born, Detroit-reared artist has been a major force in electronic music for more than a decade. It's just that she carries herself in a decidedly un-flashy fashion, allowing the focus to instead remain on her DJ/production prowess and varied musical palette. Magda will likely always be remembered for her association with Richie Hawtin and the Minus crew, but last year, she made a move toward greater independence, launching the Items & Things imprint with fellow Minus breakways Marc Houle and Troy Pierce. Curious for more details, not to mention eager to get a look at the place where she cooks up her tunes, we paid Magda a visit at her Berlin studio over the summer, where she told us about her production history, studio setup, music-making process, and the piece of gear that changed her life. Read more » 

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  • 09/12/2012

Gear: Pioneer Introduces CDJ-2000nexus

Pioneer has unveiled an updated version of its industry-standard CDJ-2000s, adding a load of new features for the next edition of its multiplayer products and calling it CDJ-2000nexus. Read more » 

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  • 09/06/2012

Gear: Novation Announces New Line of Mini-Synth

Novation has announced a new addition to the company's long list of products with the compact MiniNova hardware synthesizer, a 37-mini-key version of Novation's UltraNova line. Read more » 

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  • 09/04/2012

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