This Week In Music Tech: New Pioneer and Elektron Gear, Barker & Baumecker's Studio, Free Drum Samples from Dublab, and More

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It's been a busy week in the world of music production technology; between the slew of new products announced, shipped, and updated, there has certainly been a lot to keep up with. Fortunately, we've gathered up the most important bits in one convenient place yet again, so read up and grab some free drum sample packs while you're at it.

Some shiny new toys from Elektron and Pioneer:

- After teasing its existence with an apocalyptic promo video (seriously), Elektron finally revealed the details of its latest product, the Analog Four. This four-voice analog synthesizer is set to hit stores next month, but you can read up on its finer details now, here.

- And just yesterday, Pioneer revealed a new mixer, the DJM-2000nexus, which appears to be a cross between the recent CDJ-2000nexus CD player and the existing DJM-2000 mixer in terms of features and functionality. You can read our full article on the new unit here and catch it in action via the demo video below (if you can ignore the abhorrent music, that is).

Barker & Baumecker have a lot of cool gear:

- Earlier this week, Resident Advisor offered an in-depth look into the studio and equipment utilized by Berlin producers Barker & Baumecker. RA's drool-worthy array of pictures and insightful interview can be read in full here.

A new iPad multi-touch sampler, Nuendo and Cubase updates, and Apogee's Quartet ships:

- A new multi-touch sampler app for the iPad, simply called Samplr, hit the iTunes store this week. Check out the video below for a better idea of what Samplr is capable of, and head over here for more details and videos.

- Steinberg has unveiled new versions of its long-running DAWs Nuendo and Cubase. Now on its seventh version, Cubase 7 focuses on music production while Nuendo 6 aims to be a platform for the entire audio production world, with a focus on sound design for film and video.

- Renowned designers of high-end digital audio converters Apogee began shipping its latest product, a four-input, eight-output interface aimed at project and mobile studios and cleverly referred to as the Quartet.

And lastly, Dublab and Ableton want you to have some custom drum packs:


- As part of its current fundraising Proton Drive, Dublab had a day dedicated to Ableton users, and in the process gave away custom drum packs from Sweatson Klank (a.k.a. Take), Butchy Fuego, D33J, and the Contact Field Orchestra. You can download a ZIP of those drum packs here and head over to Dublab to peep all the cool stuff they're selling off to help raise funds.