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Gear: In the Studio: Isolée—Six years after 'We Are Monster,' Rajko Müller returns to the fray

Rajko Müller, known to the world as pioneering microhouse producer Isolée, might not be the most prolific of electronic music's giants. His last full-length was 2005's We Are Monster, and his last major single came out in 2009, but his sound is so rich and so much his own that any wait between releases is certain to be worth it. Well Spent Youth, his third full-length, out now on DJ Koze's Pampa Records, continues along the path that Müller is known for, as it brims with lush melodies and dense aural textures while maintaining an intense attention to the smallest sonic gestures. We caught Müller in his home in Hamburg to discuss the record's process. Read more » 

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  • 04/29/2011

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

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