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Gear: Seefeel's Studio Approach

Ever since their genesis in the '90s, UK outfit Seefeel has straddled the line between electronic and ambient rock music so craftily that they've more or less erased it altogether. Whether crafting Krauty, atmospheric shoegaze, or remixing their peers, the quartet—whose founding members Mark Clifford and Sarah Peacock have since adopted bassist Shigeru "Shige" Ishihara (a.k.a. DJ Scotch Egg) and former Boredoms drummer Iida Kazuhisa—continues to make music that is simultaneously challenging and breathtaking, particularly on their recently released, self-titled Warp full-length. Here Clifford tells us about some of the considerations that went into making the LP, and what you might consider for your own productions. Read more » 

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  • 04/26/2011

Gear: Moog Slim Phatty Analog Synthesizer

The Slim Phatty (MSRP: $849), presumably named for its keyboard-less, compact, two-voice design, and highly tweakable room-filling sonics, is the latest instrument to join Moog's pack of classic machines. Essentially, the Slim Phatty is the sound engine of a Little Phatty (the unit's keyboard-equipped older brother), in a wedge-like module that is both rackmountable or tabletop. Classic wood side panels are available separately for that timeless, Giorgio Moroder-approved look. Read more » 

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  • 04/21/2011

Gear: Denon DN-MC6000 Mixer and MIDI Controller

The march of the digital DJ solutions continues. Denon's DN MC-6000 (MSRP: $949) goes for the all-in-one approach, built for the club with its steel chassis and rackmountability. It's designed to work with Traktor and Virtual DJ, and while it's not as tightly integrated with either software as NI's S4 is with Traktor, it's a somewhat more versatile unit. The mixer can take external sources (up to four, line/phono) and mix them without a computer connected. Read more » 

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  • 04/14/2011

Gear: hourz

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  • 04/11/2011

Gear: iZotope Stutter Edit Editing Software

For those who enjoy chopping, slicing, and generally mangling their beats to no end, Stutter Edit (MSRP: $249) may just be the new Cuisinart. Perhaps most importantly, it provides hands-on control: While software like Ableton's Beat Repeat, Audio Damage's Replicant, and SmartElectronix's free Livecut plug-in (among others) all allow for various forms of stuttery sonic chaos, Stutter Edit is built to actually be played by the user. Read more » 

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  • 04/07/2011

Gear: Arturia Spark Beat Production Center

Priced to compete with Native Instrument's Maschine, the Arturia Spark (MSRP: $599) is also a hybrid software/hardware package designed particularly with beat production in mind. In the sound department, Arturia partners its considerable synthesis muscles with third parties like Sonic Reality and Uberschall to compile an impressive synthesized and sample-based instrument library. All told, Spark features no less than 480 instruments and 30 acoustic and electronic kits. Read more » 

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  • 04/01/2011

Gear: Akai Synthstation49 iPad Audio Controller

While the iPad has many of us daydreaming about the possibilities that a multi-touch, WiFi-enabled tablet presents for music production and performance, we've yet to see much that gets us drooling. The Synthstation49 (MSRP: $199) isn't quite the revolution we're imagining, but it's still a nice little tool that does its part to bridge the gap between iPad fantasy and reality. The MPC pads and transport buttons are as expected, and the angle-adjustable iPad dock is cool. Read more » 

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  • 03/25/2011

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