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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. …

Interview: Native Instruments' Scott Hobbs on iMaschine 2
Native Instruments’ ubiquitous sampler/drum-machine powerhouse gets a complete overhaul for its iOS reboot.

Since its initial release in 2009, the Maschine hardware has found its home in many a music production studio, thanks largely to its clean, intuitive interface, excellent pads and deep sound library. …

Review: Roli Seaboard Rise
Roli unveils a more accessible version of its Seaboard Grand keyboard rethink.

At first glance, the Roli’s Seaboard Rise looks like rather standard fare: a 25-key MIDI controller with some extra controls on the left side. In actual fact, however, it’s more or less a complete ret…

Review: Novation Circuit
Powerful, portable and fun: The company unveils its first all-in-one groovebox.

Circuit is Novation’s first all-in-one groovebox, borrowing elements from its most successful products—the Launchpad line, most obviously—as well as its extensive synthesizer heritage. In essence, it …

Interview: Fugue Machine's Alexandernaut
The developer and musician presents new approach to sequencing, with the help of a few extra playheads.

Fugue Machine is the work of Alexandernaut (a.k.a. developer and musician Alexander Randon), who has the excellent apps Arpeggionome and Arpio under his creative belt. And, like many tools, Fugue Mach…

Interview: Panoramical's Fernando Ramallo and David Kanaga
Turn on, tune In, zone out: a conversation with the men behind a new "interactive anthology of musical landscapes."

The question of how we fuzzy-eared meat sacks might best experience electronic music has certainly been asked before, with technologies and platforms ranging from cassette tapes to Peter Gabriel–produ…

Review: Arturia BeatStep Pro
The company's latest sequencer/controller is an impressively versatile device.

The BeatStep Pro follows on the heels of last year’s BeatStep, a sequencer and controller that offered a straightforward way to control your synths and drum machines via both MIDI and control voltage.…

Review: Novation Launchpad Pro
XLR8R takes a look at the company's updated, feature-packed controller.

There’s no dearth of grid-based MIDI controllers on the market for music producers these days. At the high end is the Monome Grid, which is both thoroughly customizable and artisanal as heck; alongsid…

Q&A: C. Andrew Rohrmann and the Galak-Z soundtrack
The electronic musician and sound designer known as scntfc fills us in on his latest project.

Based in Seattle, Washington, C. Andrew Rohrmann is the electronic musician and sound designer known as Scientific American, a.k.a. scntfc. After getting his start as a live performer, Rohrmann moved …

Q&A: Teenage Engineering
The Swedish synthesizer firm unveils its low-cost Pocket Operators.

Since unveiling its OP-1 portable music production machine in 2010, the Stockholm, Sweden-based Teenage Engineering has become something of a phenomenon in the electronic music world. The OP-1 meshed …

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