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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

Gear: Review: Monotribe V2

MSRP: $310, Korg

Korg's Monotribe unit is the big brother to the company's succesful Monotron series, beefing up the pocket-sized analog synthesizer with a few extra features, a sequencer, and some actual knobs. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2012

Gear: Review: Sony MDR-V55 DJ Headphones

MSRP: $99.99, Sony

For any self-respecting audiophile, finding a winning pair of headphones that suits each and every one of your needs to a tee feels next to impossible. You want high-quality, honest sound in the form of balanced drivers, a wide frequency range, and strong impedance to power your time spent both in the studio and on the street. Sony's new MDR-V55 DJ Headphones offer a variety of interesting takes on the traditional swivel earcup DJ model, bringing in features that cherry pick from both the worlds of the four-channel mixing maestro and the casual commuter looking for attractive design and solid sound. Read more » 

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  • 05/16/2012

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