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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 …

Korg Introduces the MS-20M Module Synthesizer Kit
The company resurrects the legendary MS-20—minus the keyboard.

The most recent in an increasingly long line of resurrections, Korg’s MS-20M brings the legendary MS-20 synth to your desktop in all its glory—minus the keyboard. It’s nearly identical to the or…

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 from the Eastman Sch…

XLR8R's Best of 2014: Gear

Here at XLR8R, we often find that our readers have as much passion for the music they love as they do for learning about the tools and techniques behind it, which is why we aim to provide a steady str…

Review: Komplete Kontrol S-Series Keyboards

For a company that’s been churning out software synthesizers and emulations of acoustic instruments for nearly 20 years, it’s somewhat remarkable that Native Instruments has never released its o…

The Best (and the Weirdest) of NAMM 2014

NAMM is to music gear what CES is to consumer electronics, E3 is to video games, and the ’80s were to personal finance: spectacularly overwrought excess, as companies large and small blow huge c…

Review: Native Instruments Maschine Studio

Maschine Studio is the new, flagship product in Native Instruments’ popular MPC-style “groove production studio” line, outfitted with onboard screens and a host of new controls. Incl…

Review: Novation Bass Station II

The resurgence of analog synthesizers continues with the release of Novation’s Bass Station II, a workmanlike—albeit powerful—bass synth capable of producing thick, resonant low-end frequencies.…

Review: Livid Base

Hot on the heels of Ableton’s Push controller (which we reviewed back in April) comes Livid Instruments’ Base, the newest design from the boutique, Austin-based shop. Push provides a rathe…

Review: Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1

One of the most intuitive, effective iOS DJ apps on the market is Native Instruments’ Traktor. It ditches the turntable metaphor in favor of loopable, flickable, choppable waveforms, and in doin…

Review: Akai MPC Studio

In its 2013 rebirthing of the venerable MPC line, Akai has released a slew of beat machines meant to both maintain and elaborate upon the platform’s time-tested workflow. The MPC Studio—which fi…

Review: Ableton Live 9 and Push

Along with Live 9, Ableton has finally brought to the market its first official piece of hardware under its own name, the Push control surface. To a much greater degree than similar products before it…

Review: Native Instruments Traktor DJ for iPad

Native Instruments certainly took its time in bringing its flagship DJ software, Traktor, to the iPad. Conceived by the same team behind the desktop Traktor, the touchscreen-centric approach brings a …

Review: Native Instruments Maschine mkII

When it debuted in 2009, Native Instruments’ Maschine quickly became one of the most popular beat-making setups around. Building upon the legacy of the illustrious Akai MPC, Maschine excelled wi…

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