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Gear: Konkreet Labs Performer iPad Music Production Software

At its core, Konkreet Performer (MSRP: $24.99) is a "music control and performance instrument." It's designed around the iPad's multi-touch technology to provide a more hands-on, visual software experience, replacing the standard faders and knobs with touchable, freak-able abstract objects that intuitively control software instruments on your computer. Read more » 

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  • 05/12/2011

Gear: Arturia and Bob Moog Foundation Announce Dr. Bob's Collector Pack

Makers of a wide variety of musical gear, but perhaps best known for its extensive software emulations of classic synthesizers, Arturia, have teamed up with the Bob Moog Foundation to create a multimedia box set in Dr. Moog's (pictured above) honor called Dr. Bob's Collector Pack. Read more » 

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  • 05/11/2011

Gear: Watch a Short Documentary on the History of the Minimoog

Yes, this "documentary" is more of a long-form ad for Moog than it is an unbiased attempt at documenting the rise of Bob Moog's widely sought-after Minimoog synthesizer. But, hey, if you're anything like us, the synth lover inside of you should be delighted at the chance to see some sweet vintage gear and to hear a rather candid history of the Minimoog's design and use throughout the '70s. All this amounts to a little over eight minutes of highly concentrated nerding out, so prepare accordingly. Read more » 

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  • 05/09/2011

Gear: Pioneer DJM-2000

The DJM-2000 (MSRP: $2999) sits atop Pioneer's DJ line, and with good reason: This beast is about as heavy duty as mixers come. Read more » 

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  • 05/05/2011

Gear: Zoom R24 Recording Interface

Eye strain and carpal tunnel getting serious? Facebook addiction cutting deep holes into your productivity? Whatever your reason for wanting to get off the old computer box, the Zoom R24 recording interface (MRSP: $499) could very well be your ticket. Read more » 

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  • 05/03/2011

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

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