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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

Gear: Dimensions Festival Announces Producer Competition

Croatia's upcoming Dimensions Festival is still a few months away, but the good folks behind the four-day event have teamed up with the London-based production school Point Blank and SoundCloud to announce a competition for aspiring producers, in which the grand prize is—among other things—an all expenses paid trip to the festival this September. Read more » 

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  • 06/13/2012

Gear: Dubspot Offers Free 30-Part Ableton Course

The NYC-based online music production school Dubspot has announced that, for the month of June, it will be offering a free 30-part series of instructional videos intended to serve as a crash course for new and existing Ableton Live users. Read more » 

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  • 06/07/2012

Gear: Propellerhead Announces Reason Rack Extensions

Propellerhead has announced that they have finally made their flagship program, Reason, compatible with third-party plug-ins, as an update to Reason 6.5 will grant users acess to Rack Extensions. Read more » 

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  • 06/01/2012

Gear: Review: AlphaSynth for Ableton Live

MSRP: $8 (monthly Micropak subscription), Puremagnetik

The latest Micropak to appear in Puremagnetik's virtual instrument subscription service is AlphaSynth, a soft-synth which aims to emulate the alphaSyntauri, an 8-bit synthesizer from the early '80s that worked in tandem with the Apple II personal computer. Read more » 

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  • 05/30/2012

Gear: Help Moog Music Support the Bob Moog Foundation

The pioneering inventor behind the fabled Moog synthesizer legacy, Bob Moog, would be celebrating his 78th birthday today if he hadn't lost his battle with a brain tumor back in 2005. In his honor, Moog Music has announced it will donate 50% of all clothing and merchandise sales over the course of today to the late inventor's Moog Foundation, an organization founded to continue Bob Moog's legacy "through innovative science and music education for future generations." Read more » 

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  • 05/23/2012

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