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Gear: Moog Updates Animoog with Expanded MIDI Capabilities

The synth builders (and, more recently, app devlopers) at Moog have announced a signifigant update to the Animoog iPad/iPhone app, including an improvement to the use and implemetation of MIDI. Read more » 

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  • 08/14/2012

Gear: Pioneer Announces Wi-Fi DJ System

Pioneer—whose professional-grade mixers and CDJs have stood as the club-industry standard for years now—has introduced a new, wireless DJ system, the XDJ-Aero. Read more » 

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  • 08/10/2012

Gear: Review: Rack Extensions for Reason

Propellerhead's Reason software can be a divisive topic amongst producers; some swear by it as their be-all and end-all production DAW, while others refuse to liken it to anything other than a toy. Detractors of the software have long pointed to the fact that third-party plug-ins (VSTs, Audio Units, and the likes) could not be used inside the program, arguing that this made for a less-professional product. Now, Propellerhead has attempted to meet those calls halfway with the introduction of Rack Extensions—offering a host of third-party synths, effects, and more developed specifically for Reason. Read more » 

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  • 08/08/2012

Gear: Dave Smith Instruments Announces Mopho x4 Analog Synthesizer

Dave Smith Instruments, the company helmed by snyth-pioneer and "Father of MIDI" Dave Smith, has announced the addition of a new, four-voice analog synthesizer called the Mopho x4 to its reputable line. Read more » 

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  • 08/03/2012

Gear: Watch Optimum In the Studio



The in-depth production tips videos from Point Blank Institute just keeping popping up, with the latest featuring Lodon producer and Hum + Buzz co-owner Optimum. Read more » 

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  • 08/03/2012

Gear: In the Studio: Gatekeeper

On Exo, the just-released debut full-length from Gatekeeper, the Brooklyn-based duo obsesses over a simulated HD world, an effort akin to sifting through the ruins of an ancient MP3.com society. Conjuring the endless awe and wonder of CD-ROMs, the Roland 303, and glass-casted studios set in the jungle, the LP was created using hyper-produced Hollywood Sound Libraries fashioned in multi-million dollar studios, further modulated by radical macro-envelopes that were inspired by a recent visit to Stonehenge. In hopes of shedding a little light on the pair's artistic outlook, not to mention its production techniques, we visited Aaron Ross and Matthew Arkell in their Bushwick studio, where we admired their jungle plants and a full-sized gong. Read more » 

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  • 08/02/2012

Gear: Watch a Production Masterclass with Hypercolour's Alex Jones



London's Point Blank Insitute has shared a masterclass session featuring Hypercolour label head and producer in his own right Alex Jones. In the nearly hour-long tutorial, Jones completely breaks down his 2011 track "Disappointing Dancefloors," giving an in-depth look at the Ableton session in which the song was built and revealing the tools and tricks he uses to accomplish his techy productions. Read more » 

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  • 08/01/2012

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