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Gear: Review: iZotope Alloy 2

iZotope's Alloy 2 plug-in is the software company's second attempt to make a one-stop shop for single-channel processing (the original version of Alloy was released back in 2010). Combining a parametric equalizer, transient designer, harmonic exciter, two dynamics modules, a de-esser, and a limiter into one plug-in, Alloy 2 covers almost all signal processing needs in one convenient package that strikes an effective balance between ease of use and audio quality. Read more » 

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  • 08/31/2012

Gear: Native Instruments Announces Details of Updated Maschine

On October 1, Native Instruments will release updated versions of both its Maschine and Maschine Mikro drum machine/controller/production hub with a few new features and a host of cosmetic changes. Read more » 

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  • 08/29/2012

Gear: Watch the First Episode of Christopher Willits' New Video Series

San Francisco-based sound sculptor Christopher Willits has launched a new video series to give listeners a glance at the creative processes behind the multi-instrumentalist's music and art. With CREATE's first episode, Willits shares some of the technical and philosophical aspects that went into "Completion," a track off his recent collaborative LP with the renowned pianist Ryuchi Sakamoto, Ancient Futures. Read more » 

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  • 08/29/2012

Gear: In the Studio: Machinedrum

Travis Stewart is one busy dude. In recent years, it's hard to think of another artist within the bass-music sphere who's put out more releases, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that Stewart also maintains a rigorous tour schedule that keeps him constantly hopping around the globe. Operating solo as Machinedrum and working as one half of Sepalcure (with partner Praveen Sharma), the American-born producer resides in Berlin and does much of his music making in a bedroom studio located in the city's Kreuzberg district. Curious about his current production methods and how they've evolved over the years, we paid Stewart a visit earlier this summer, and somehow got him talking about the essential role that Weezer played in his musical coming of age. Read more » 

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  • 08/27/2012

Gear: Review: Vienna Instruments Special Edition Vol. 1

The pursuit for a reliable means of digitally recreating realistic acoustic sounds has been around since the inception of digital audio. In 2003, the Austrian cellist/composer Herb Tucmandl completed a massive undertaking to this end, and created the Vienna Symphonic Library (or VSL)—an intensive collection of samples culled over years spent painstakingly recording each possible note and expression of virtually every orchestral instrument available. Upon its release, the VSL quickly became the industry standard for computer-generated orchestral reproduction in professional-grade TV and film studios, and received high praise for its attention to detail and depth of recordings. Since then, Tucmandl's company has continually made attempts to open this resource to more musicians, finding ways to chip away at the original price tag (even now the VSL Vienna Super Package will still run you well over $6000). The Vienna Instruments Special Edition packages are the company's latest effort to that end, aimed at getting its technology to home users and studios by enabling access to a truncated version of its library via a VST/AU/RTAS plug-in. Read more » 

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  • 08/24/2012

Gear: Watch a Production Tutorial From Claude VonStroke

At the risk of overloading our readers with "In the Studio" YouTube videos, we just couldn't pass up a chance to share this thorough production seminar from Dirtybird label head Claude Von Stroke. Read more » 

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  • 08/23/2012

Gear: Watch Mike Huckaby's Quick Maschine Tutorial

Renowned Detroit producer, DJ, and instructor (most notably at the city's Youthville program) Mike Huckaby has offered up a quick tutorial on setting-up and generating ideas with Native Instrument's Maschine. Read more » 

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  • 08/17/2012

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