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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 …

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…

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