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Gear: Read Up on SBTRKT's Production Tips

After hearing SBTRKT's recent self-titled full-length (which you can stream below), you might be surprised to know that the heaving, heavy jams he kicks out are largely the result of simple tools in Logic Pro. Here, the masked mastermind behind one of our favorite albums of late fills us in on how he goes about making his clubby bass tunes. Read more » 

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  • 06/30/2011

Gear: Westone 4 True-Fit Earphones

The Westone 4 ($449) is not only the world's first three-way, four-driver, universal-fit in-ear monitor, but also a refinement of the company's many accomplished balanced armature earphones, resulting in an uncolored soundstage that could be both the first and last word at its price point. Read more » 

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  • 06/24/2011

Gear: Africa Hitech's iPhone Production Tips

It's doubtful that when Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek named their new collaboration Africa Hitech, their production techniques were in some way trying to approximate African technology. Case in point: One of the commonly used pieces of gear on their new record, 93 Million Miles, is actually an iPhone program called iSyn. So we had Spacek tell us a bit about the process, and which other iPhone-compatible software is out there: Read more » 

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  • 06/15/2011

Gear: A wrap-up of the best in gaming


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  • 06/10/2011

Gear: Numark NS6 DJ Controller and Mixer

Combining the most sought-after features of its existing digital DJ controllers and mixers into one unit, Numark has aimed to build a comprehensive four-channel controller for DJs of all sorts with its newest product, the NS6 ($999). Read more » 

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  • 06/02/2011

Gear: Korg Kaoss Pad Quad

An offshoot of Korg’s popular Kaoss Pad line, the Quad ($299) allows for four simultaneous effects. Simply press an effect’s button to turn it on or off, and let your fingers dance on the XY touchpad to modulate it. Read more » 

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  • 05/27/2011

Gear: Watch XLR8R's iPad-DJing Tutorial With DJ Miguel and the iPad Party Dolls!

Clearly, there are some amazing things being done with the iPad's touch-screen technology right now, as it regards DJing and live performance—and everyone from Plastikman to Brian Eno is taking up the cause. But probably the best example we've seen of its use so far is in the above video, featuring DJ Miguel, so we've decided to present his instructional clip as our own definitive guide to DJing with the iPad. Read more » 

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  • 05/25/2011

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