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Decibel Announce 2015 dB Conference Panels
The Seattle-based festival will partner with CreativeLive to showcase its artist talks and workshop panels.

If you are looking for a festival in the states that has a rich history of in-depth discussion panels on music technology and hands-on learning,  you have to search no …

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In the Studio: Maxxi Soundsystem
Bristol-based Sam Watts gives XLR8R a tour of his analog-heavy cave and discusses his ever-changing production methods

The London-born DJ-producer Sam Watts (a.k.a. Maxxi Soundsystem) has earned himself quite a reputation since he first broke through with 2011’s “Criticize.” As a DJ, he is traveling more than …

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Watch Ableton's Short Documentary on Battles
The film gives an intimate look inside the band's live set up, its production methods, and how the new album was recorded.

Ableton has just dropped a new documentary film on Battles. The film gives an in-depth look into the band’s New York rehearsal space, onstage at Immergut Festival, and in Rhode Island …

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In the Studio: Lucy
The Stroboscopic Artefacts label head opens up about his production techniques—and his innate need to create.

Italian-born Berlin-based Luca Mortellaro (a.k.a. Lucy) is a stalwart of the modern techno scene. His productions, many of which are released through his flowering Stroboscopic Artefacts imprint, drift between those …

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Watch an Ableton Sampling Tutorial From Point Blank
Point Blank's Ski Oakenfull builds a track from vinyl samples in this new tutorial.

Electronic music school Point Blank has just dropped a new sampling tutorial featuring Lead Course Developer Ski Oakenfull. In the video, Oakenfull heads to Vinyl Pimp in Hackney, East London …

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Q&A: Ableton's Dennis DeSantis
XLR8R talks to the author of Making Music: A Book of Creative Strategies

Dennis DeSantis is a composer, sound designer and percussionist based in New York City. His background in music is deep: He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition …

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Ableton Publishes Book on Music Creation
'Making Music' presents creative strategies for those who produce music on computers.

Ableton has teamed up with veteran producer/musician Dennis DeSantis to release Making Music—74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers, the first published book from the German software maker. According to …

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Download James Holden's Group Humanizer Max for Live Patch
The British producer has created a free plug-in for Live users to add human timing to their tracks.

Seasoned electronic producer and Border Community head James Holden has taken it upon himself to give Ableton users a new way to infuse their tracks with the subtleties of human …

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Ableton Releases Live 9.2 Update
A new version of the company's flagship software is currently available as a public beta.

Berlin-based software developer Ableton has today released a public beta version of a new update to its flagship DAW, Live. The 9.2 update boasts a handful of improvements including “punchier …

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The Lowdown: The XLR8R Top 10 with Juan Atkins, Nina Kraviz, Clark, and More
This week's most popular posts also include bits from John Carpenter, Anthony Parasole, and John Frusciante.

Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, …

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Ableton Introduces OSCiLLOT Modular Synthesis Device for Live
The Max for Live device includes more than 100 patchable modules.

Today Ableton has released OSCiLLOT, a Max for Live device which brings modular synthesis to the Live realm. Designed by Max for Cats, the OSCiLLOT offers 100 patchable modules (including …

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Novation Announces Launchpad Pro
The updated controller will feature enhanced RGB LED feedback as well as velocity and pressure-sensitive pads.

With the NAMM conference underway in Southern California this week, the gear news just keeps coming. Following major announcements regarding a new unit in Roland’s AIRA line and an impressive …

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