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Gear: Apple MacBook Air Laptop

While Apple's iPad has gotten quite a bit of attention from musicians, it's the company's new MacBook Air ($999) that represents one of the most portable music-production machines to date. Read more » 

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  • 07/27/2011

Gear: Check Out Axel Boman's and Petter's Stockholm Studio

Last week, Resident Advisor posted up a nice piece on Stockholm-based electronic music producers Axel Boman (pictured above), Kornél Kovács, and Petter, whose workspace is collectively known as Studio Barnhus. Read more » 

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  • 07/25/2011

Gear: DJ TechTools MIDI Fighter Pro MIDI Controller

The original MIDI Fighter was a boutique controller that enlisted a 4×4 grid of gloriously punchy arcade buttons to trigger effects, chop samples, and otherwise freak live beats. The MIDI Fighter Pro ($349) is a logical evolution of the idea, adding faders, knobs, and more to the mix. Read more » 

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  • 07/20/2011

Gear: Propellerhead Announces Reason 6, Reason Essentials, and Balance Audio Interface

The Swedish software masterminds over at Propellerhead have officially announced the release of Reason 6, an updated and expanded version of its widely used software, as well as the release of a more compact and streamlined version of the program called Reason Essentials. Read more » 

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  • 07/14/2011

Gear: High Resolutions Technologies Music Streamer II

In this era of convergence devices, there are electronics that require volumes to be written on what they do versus what they do well. Then there are rare products that deserve the praise “performs as advertised.” High Resolution Technologies' Music Streamer II ($149) is one of those uncommon items worthy of recognition for doing one thing well: providing a USB-to-stereo-RCA digital-to-analog (D/A) converter. Read more » 

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  • 07/07/2011

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

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