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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

Gear: Review: Soniccouture Electric Pianos for Live

MSRP: $89, Soniccouture

A proper electric piano is not the cheapest or easiest thing in the world to acquire and keep in good, working condition, especially a classic like the Fender Rhodes Stage 73 or the Wurlitzer 200A. In an attempt to address this problem, Ableton has teamed up with the botique software instrument designers at Soniccouture for Electric Pianos, a Live-only instrument that aims to offer those low on funds access to pristine electric piano sounds. Read more » 

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  • 05/11/2012

Gear: Korg Celebrates 10 Years of "Micro" with Monthly Giveaway

Normally, announcing the tenth anniversary of Korg's Micro synthesizer line wouldn't make for the most tantilizing of news. But considering that the Japanese company has decided to pair this news with word of a monthly contest—in which it gives away a free product from its Micro line (such as the MicroKorg XL pictured above) every month for the rest of the year—we couldn't help but get a little excited. Read more » 

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  • 05/04/2012

Gear: Blackdown Shares Production Advice

Noted writer, producer, DJ, Keysound co-owner, and Rinse FM host (along with his cohort Dusk) Martin "Blackdown" Clark has taken on an essential, though often overlooked topic, over on his blog—attempting to answer the question, "How do I get started in production?" Read more » 

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  • 05/02/2012

Gear: Review: Polyplayground for iPad

MSRP: $5.99, Mike Gao Mobile

Los Angeles beatsmith Mike Gao has designed an iPad app aimed at allowing users to easily create complex chord structures and melodies using color-coded buttons and geometric patterns rather than a traditional piano keyboard. The result is a program that is part MIDI controller, part music-theory lesson, and part music-making mind fuck. In other words, not your average app. Read more » 

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  • 04/27/2012

Gear: Review: Figure for iPhone

MSRP: $.99, Propellerhead

Propellerhead—the maker of Reason, ReCycle, and other such noteworthy pieces of music-production software—has tried its hand in the mobile app game, releasing a simple application that is intended to fill those brief minutes of boredom and in-between moments when you just need to punch out a quick beat. The resulting program is unbelievably fun and even a little addictive, but is by no means a professional (or even amateur) music-making platform. Read more » 

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  • 04/25/2012

Gear: Review: Animoog for iPad

The Animoog app for the iPad has its share of limitations, mainly due to the fact that's it's limited to a 9.5" x 7.3" screen. That said, it's still one of the best-sounding and performing software synthesizers on the market today, especially considering its incredible price point, giving you access to a polyphonic "eight-timbre" synth based on classic Moog sounds for under $30. Read more » 

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  • 04/20/2012

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