This Week in Music Tech: Pioneer XDJ-R1, OP-1 Updates, Reason 7 and MS-20 Mini Tutorials, Getting a Better Bass Sound, and More

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This past week brought a new wireless DJ unit from Pioneer—the XDJ-R1—as well as an updated OS for Teenage Engineering's OP-1 synthesizer. Those items, plus in-depth tutorials for Reason 7 and Korg's Mini MS-20, a guide to getting a better bass sound, and an update to the Moog documentary can be found in the latest edition of This Week in Music Tech.

Pioneer unveiled the XDJ-R1 this week. The new wireless DJ system comes with two decks—complete with CD drives, but also support for audio from a USB stick or laptop—and features comprehensive iOS control capabilities. Before the XDJ-R1 hits stores in June (with an MSRP of $1,099), Pioneer supplied a complete walk-through of the new unit, which can be watched above.

Teenage Engineering released an update for its unique, handheld OP-1 synth. The update's main enhancements come in the form of a new noise engine called DNA and the CWO frequency-shifter effect. More information can be found here, and a video showing the updates in action can be viewed above.

Following a few weeks after Reason 7 was unleashed into the world, Dubspot's James Bernard takes an in-depth look at the program's new features and capabilities and how they can benefit users' productions.

For most everyone, approaching an MS-20 Mini can be a daunting task, with its array of small knobs and mini patch cables. Fortunately, Korg has done its best to help us navigate its lastest analog synth, providing a new tutorial which explains the basic controls and signal flow of the MS-20 Mini.


London's Attack Magazine recently shared a wealth of advice for budding producers looking to build better bass sounds into thier producitons. Broken down into 10 essential tips, the article covers a host of techniques from using the right bass synths and samples to compression and much more. The full article can be read here.

To celebrate what would have been the 79th birthday of American inventor and synth designer Robert Moog, the Moog company uploaded a 2004 documentary focused on the life and accomplishments of the late Bob Moog. Though the film has existed on YouTube for some time in other not-so-legitimate forms, a new official stream is now up and running. The first section of the three-part documentary can be watched above, with the rest of the film available to view via Moog's YouTube channel.