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First Look: Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer
Roland adds sampling capabilities to its new performance machine.

Four years on, Roland has unveiled the successor to its AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer, which it’s dubbed the AIRA TR-8S. It’s the company’s new flagship drum machine and, as its name implies, it’s design…

Review: Ableton Live 10
We dig under the hood of Ableton's latest release.

As we enter into 2018, the pendulum between hardware-and software-based music production techniques continues to swing. After decades of increasingly computer-based music production methods gaining po…

Talking Machine Learning and Compression with Vojtech Meluzin
MeldaProduction’s audio software guru chats about his approach to compressor design, using compression in unique ways, and building software through machine learning.

Compression is one of the many tools music producers have in their creative tool belts. It’s a way to create movement and motion inside a mix, as well as a means of adding color, warmth, and punch to …

The Best of NAMM 2018
We wrap up our favorite pieces of kit from this year's gear convention.

Another year, another NAMM show, full of wondrous, blinking new gear designed to whet the appetites of gear nerds around the globe (and, most likely, distract them from actually making music). This ye…

Review: MeldaProduction MTurboReverb
The most powerful reverb ever made?

From Prague-based MeldaProduction and released in the middle of 2017, MTurboReverb is a far more sophisticated reverb plugin than its somewhat wonky name might imply. Where algorithmic reverbs are gen…

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Gear
We look back at our favorite pieces of gear released in 2017.

2017 saw a number of innovations in terms of how musicians interact with both standalone hardware and computers. While there’s been far too much cool new gear to compile in one place (especially once …

Review: Maschine MK3
Native Instruments updates their all-in-one production and live performance tool.

As an all-in-one studio production and live performance tool, Native Instruments’ Maschine line has been one of the most popular in modern music. The company’s latest revision, the Maschine MK3, comes…

Review: Touché
Expressive E drops a unique MIDI controller built for performance.

Easily one of the more unique MIDI controllers released in recent memory, the Touché brings to the table a host of new ideas for creating and interacting with electronic sounds. The product is the fir…

XLR8R Review: Refined Stochastic's Takete
The Australian code shop's app allows users to create expressive audio/visual performances.

Takete, an iPad app developed by Australian code shop Refined Stochastic, is designed to let users combine audio and video loops with granular synthesis, drum machines, and modular effects. At its cor…

From Synth to Sync: NAMM 2017 Brings Music Gear Aplenty
A wrap-up of the best on offer at the annual gear convention.

NAMM 2017 has come and gone, amidst a series of rather torrential downpours in traditionally sunny Anaheim, California. Though there was perhaps less emphasis on throwback products and re-releases tha…

XLR8R's Best of 2016: Gear
We look back at our favorite pieces of gear released in 2016.

In terms of music and music making, 2016 really stood out for the amount of accessible, analog gear that was released. Many of the premier companies in the space—Korg, Roland, Arturia, Elektron—releas…

XLR8R Review: AIAIAI TMA-2 Modular Headphone System
XLR8R takes a look at the forward-thinking headphone system.

In a product category that rarely sees much in the way of notable innovation, AIAIAI’s TMA-2 Modular Headphone System brings with it a significant new twist: the ability to functionally customize the …

A Guide To: Virtual Reality and Music
XLR8R explores the rich intersection between electronic music and virtual reality.

After a fitful start in the 1980s and 1990s, a new dawn of virtual reality (termed “VR”) is now finally upon us. By now, you’ve surely heard the hype; many consider it to be the “nex…

Gear Review: Modor NF-1
Lord of the…ring mod?

Amid the sea of analog synthesizers hitting the market in recent years, Modor Music’s NF-1 comes as something of change of pace. “Digital and proud” is how Modor describes its first synthesizer releas…

Synths Preposterously Big and Remarkably Small: NAMM 2016
The modular world joins the big players at this year's edition of the annual music-gear expo.

Set up right next door to Disneyland (as usual) in Anaheim, California, this year’s NAMM show was again a loud mess of humanity and machines, dotted with tiny bits of musical brilliance. We saw synths…

XLR8R's Best of 2015: Gear
At the end of a banner year for hardware and software, we select our top releases.

Electronic music-making has never been a more accessible pursuit, and 2015 saw a number of fantastic pieces of hardware and software releases. From iOS apps to MIDI controllers and beat machines, here…

Review: Ableton Push 2
The company unveils its primped-and-preened upgrade of the original.

Alongside the point release of Live 9.5, Ableton chose the very last day of its recent Loop conference in Berlin to unveil its first entirely in-house piece of hardware: the second iteration of Push. …

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