Get Familiar: Afriqua
The wildly talented DJ-producer reveals his story and discusses his upcoming plans.

Adam Longman Parker keeps a low profile for an artist with such a vast musical education. His story goes something like this: born and raised in Hampton, Virginia, he began piano lessons at the age of…

Podcast 480: Galtier
Mind-bending sonics from a rising bass artist.

Australian musician Jiah Wells, better known as Galtier, is a bass music aficionado. Raised on the South-East coast of the country, from the age of 16 he spent his late teens obsessing over anything a…

XLR8R Review: Softube Modular
The hardware effects emulation kings make their first foray into the realm of virtual instruments

Since its launch in 2003, Swedish company Softube has become the undisputed king of hardware effects emulation. With glowing endorsements and partnerships from industry heavyweights as diverse as Mars…

Watch a Video on Using Global Sidechaining
Point Blank’s Freddy Frogs discusses Global Sidechaining in Ableton Live.

In the latest episode of Point Blank’s tutorial series, course developer and Ableton-certified Trainer Freddy Frogs details global sidechaining. This technique can cover all sorts of factors such as g…

Studio Essentials: Jeroen Search
The Dutch techno veteran speaks on the synths that have been essential during his two decade career.

Longevity in the techno world isn’t the easiest feat to pull off. Having the essential understanding of the sound, as well as the additional flare, is one thing, but holding onto it is something else.…

Artist Tips: Bonobo
Simon Green details seven techniques that led to the creation of his latest album, 'Migration.'

Since the release of his acclaimed Black Sands album, Simon Green (a.k.a. Bonobo) has ridden a somewhat meteoric rise to the upper echelons of electronic music. This rise can mostly be contributed to …

Watch a Tutorial on Using Link in Ableton Live
Point Blank's Ableton expert Freddy Frogs walks through the steps.

In Point Blank’s latest tutorial video, course developer and Ableton-certified trainer Freddy Frogs gives a breakdown of Ableton Link. Link has revolutionised performance within Ableton, with Fr…

Bubblin' Up: Eaves
The Brooklyn-based architect explores the spatial influences behind his latest album.

Eaves is the alias of Rick Farin, a 21-year-old DJ, producer, and architecture student based in Brooklyn, New York. His story goes as follows: born and raised in Los Angeles—where he learned began mak…

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…

Podcast 468: Jan Jelinek
The German musician patches together a mix inspired by his summer in LA.

In recent years especially, deep has become a term that is often tossed around liberally in relation to music productions—a buzzword of sorts, which can conveniently be ascribed to a multitude of styl…

Watch a Video on Creative Rhythm Programing
Point Blank Course Developer and Ableton Certified Trainer Freddy Frogs shows you how to add interest and drive to your drums.

In Point Blank’s latest tutorial video, course developer and resident Ableton expert Freddy Frogs turns his attention to creative rhythm programming. Frogs explores various techniques such as va…

Watch a Video on Warping Multiple Tracks in Ableton Live
Freddy Frogs continues his survey of Ableton Live 9.5’s latest features.

Following on from his recent tutorial on Convolution Reverb Pro in Ableton’s Max for Live, Point Blank’s resident Ableton expert Freddy Frogs turns his attention to multiwarping—essentiall…

Podcast 464: Olin
The Smartbar Talent Buyer threads together his favorite cuts from his recent European adventures.

The role of talent buyer at Chicago’s smartbar is one of the American clubbing circuit’s most revered positions, and rightly so—the club has been bringing DJs from far and wide through to the Windy Ci…

Watch a Video on How to Use Convolution Reverb in Max for Live
Point Blank instructor Freddy Frogs explores the potential of the powerful reverb plugin.

Ableton’s Max for Live is a very powerful tool for producers. It offers a huge range of audio devices, synths and plugins—designed by users and companies alike—that can be downloaded from Ableto…

Watch a Video on Techno's History and Creating a Track in Ableton
James Wiltshire turns his attention to techno in the latest installment of Point Blank’s Style Guide series.

Back in August, Point Blank launched its Style Guide series with James Wiltshire that explores the origins, tools, and techniques of electronic music’s core genres. The latest installment focuse…

Kid Smpl Announces New Album, Privacy; Shares Video
The forthcoming LP will land on Kastle's Symbols imprint early next month.

Former XLR8R podcast contributor Kid Smpl will drop his latest album on Kastle’s Symbols imprint next month. Privacy follows 2012’s Skylight LP—released via Seattle imprint Hush Hush—with …

Podcast 459: Dubtil
One of Romania's rising DJs steps out of the shadows for the very first time.

Robert Istoc leads a quiet existence. Having moved from Bacău to Bucharest just over four years ago, the majority of his time—when not DJing—is split between making music in his home studio or walking…

Live Essentials: Flight Facilities
Hugo Gruzman, one half of the Australian duo, talks us through their live essentials.

When Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell joined forces as Flight Facilities back in 2009, they unwittingly launched a project that would quickly grow to become one of Australia’s most well-received electroni…

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