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Gear: Ableton Releases Live 8.4 Beta with 64-Bit Support

Ableton has announced the beta release of Live's next step, version 8.4, which for the first time in the program's history includes native 64-bit support. Read more » 

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  • 07/06/2012

Gear: Beatsurfing

Following its recent release, we take a look at the app and talk about the unique music software with its designers. Read more » 

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  • 06/29/2012

Gear: Beatport Announces Mixes

The DJ-centric internet music retailer Beatport has announced the beta launch of Mixes, a new webstore that offers DJs the ability to legally upload and sell their mixes. Read more » 

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  • 06/22/2012

Gear: Review: Traktor Kontrol F1

The line between DJing and live electronic performance has been an increasingly blurry one over the past decade. Native Instruments' latest piece of gear expands the company's highly regarded Traktor DJ system to include a dedicated hardware clip-triggering device, not entirely unlike Ableton Live controllers, such as Novation's popular Launchpad or the endlessly versatile and ground-breaking Monome grid controller. Fortunately, the F1 differentiates itself in a host of ways. Read more » 

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  • 06/22/2012

Gear: Arturia Offers Free Minimoog Virtual Instrument Today Only

If you're a regular reader of XLR8R, you're probably used to seeing a number of MP3s available for free download every day, but today is a little different, as we've just received word of a special offer from the French software and hardware intsrument builders at Arturia who, for 24 hours, are offering up their Minimoog-V soft-synth for free in celebration of World Music Day. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2012

Gear: Review: Moog Minitaur

MSRP: $679, Moog

In the past few years, the synth builders at Moog have made valiant attempts to make their legendary synths much more affordable and accessible to a larger group of users without losing their excellent, continually sought after sound quality. Rather than using cheaper materials, however, the company has achieved its goal by manufacturing truncated versions of their products, dropping features and shaving off a number of bells and whistles to accomplish a new price point. The Minitaur is such a unit, designed after the sound-generation components which make up the Tauras 3 bass synth, a piece that was recentely discontinued. Read more » 

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  • 06/20/2012

Gear: Juju & Jordash Collaborate on New iPad App

Earlier this year, the Amsterdam-based duo of Juju & Jordash collaborated with visual artist Paul Skawinski, creating an improvised performance to accompany the artist's liquid projections (pictured above). Now, audio from this performance and Skawinski's visuals have been turned into an iPad app which randomly combines those sonic and visual elements to create a so-called "Infinite Music Machine." Read more » 

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  • 06/15/2012

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