Watch a Masterclass with Prince Fatty
Point Blank hosts Prince Fatty for a lesson in all things Dub.

Last October, Point Blank hosted Dub specialist Mike Pelanconi (a.k.a. Prince Fatty) for a masterclass at their Orsman Road studio complex. In the masterclass, Pelaconi makes us of Point Blank’s…

Artist Tips: Pantha Du Prince
Reflecting on his latest album, Hendrik Weber offers his thoughts on the mindset of music production.

Pantha Du Prince is the chosen alias of Hendrik Weber, the German producer, composer and conceptual artist. The origins of the project can be traced back to 2002 when a Nowehere EP dropped on Dial Rec…

Gear Review: Rane MP2014
XLR8R test runs American audio specialists Rane's most recent two-channel, high-end rotary mixer.

Rotary mixers have been in the slipstream of the vinyl’s steady rise in popularity over the last years. The rare E&S DJR400 and MP2014’s bigger brother, the MP2015, have been appearing in DJ…

Output Introduces New FX Engine
The versatile effects engine is available now via Output.com

California-based music and technology firm Output has recently announced the release of its fourth-ever product and its first-ever effects engine, MOVEMENT. With a straightforward and tightly focused …

Gear Review: Modor NF-1
Lord of the…ring mod?

Amid the sea of analog synthesizers hitting the market in recent years, Modor Music’s NF-1 comes as something of change of pace. “Digital and proud” is how Modor describes its first synthesizer releas…

Review: Pioneer RM-07 Active Reference Monitors
XLR8R tests out the latest offering from Pioneer's RM series.

Pioneer certainly has a rich history in speaker design. Ranging from their hi-fi stereo speakers to their more recent DJ-centric studio monitors, the Japanese corporation has developed a vast amount o…

Novation Announces MIDI Sync Output for Launchpad for iOS
The new in-app purchase will connect Launchpad for iOS with other apps and external hardware.

Today, Novation announced the new in-app purchase for its Launchpad for iOS app, MIDI Sync. The latest addition to the app will allow the Launchpad to send MIDI Sync signals to other music apps, as we…

Synths Preposterously Big and Remarkably Small: NAMM 2016
The modular world joins the big players at this year's edition of the annual music-gear expo.

Set up right next door to Disneyland (as usual) in Anaheim, California, this year’s NAMM show was again a loud mess of humanity and machines, dotted with tiny bits of musical brilliance. We saw synths…

Rane Introduces Two-Channel Rotary Mixer
The MP2014 is built for DJs who love the classic rotary mixer experience.

Today, Rane announced that it will continue to redefine the mixer by bridging the gap between classic rotary mixers and modern DJ tools with its new two-channel rotary mixer, the MP2014. This announce…

Arturia Unveils its Latest Analog Synth, MatrixBrute
The French company claims it's "the most powerful analog synth ever created."

Just in time for the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, French music software and hardware company Arturia has revealed its latest analog synth, the MatrixBrute. On its website, the company claims that the Ma…

Review: LANDR
XLR8R takes a look at the drag-and-drop online mastering tool.

In line with the rapid development of DIY home-studio hardware and software, making professional production tools more available to anyone with a computer, there is now the online mastering tool LANDR…

XLR8R's Best of 2015: Gear
At the end of a banner year for hardware and software, we select our top releases.

Electronic music-making has never been a more accessible pursuit, and 2015 saw a number of fantastic pieces of hardware and software releases. From iOS apps to MIDI controllers and beat machines, here…

Elektron Introduces New Cable Kit
The unique audio/CV split cable will function as a multi-purpose connector solution suitable for a wide range of applications.

Swedish music hardware company Elektron announced today that it has introduced a unique multi-purpose cable and connector solution called the Audio/CV Split Cable Kit. The Audio/CV Split Cable Kit is …

Review: Ableton Push 2
The company unveils its primped-and-preened upgrade of the original.

Alongside the point release of Live 9.5, Ableton chose the very last day of its recent Loop conference in Berlin to unveil its first entirely in-house piece of hardware: the second iteration of Push. …

Interview: Native Instruments' Scott Hobbs on iMaschine 2
Native Instruments’ ubiquitous sampler/drum-machine powerhouse gets a complete overhaul for its iOS reboot.

Since its initial release in 2009, the Maschine hardware has found its home in many a music production studio, thanks largely to its clean, intuitive interface, excellent pads and deep sound library. …

Real Talk: Tim Exile
"I had an alternative vision for what music could be: improvised, spontaneous and adapting to each unique scenario."

Real Talk is a series of artist-penned essays that appears on XLR8R from time to time; this installment’s scribe is producer Tim Exile. Born Tim Shaw, the producer is ambitious, restless and inq…

Review: Roli Seaboard Rise
Roli unveils a more accessible version of its Seaboard Grand keyboard rethink.

At first glance, the Roli’s Seaboard Rise looks like rather standard fare: a 25-key MIDI controller with some extra controls on the left side. In actual fact, however, it’s more or less a complete ret…

Output Releases New Virtual Software Instrument for Vocals
The music and technology company has just announced the release of EXHALE; the first modern vocal engine for producers.

California-based music and technology firm Output announced today that it has released a groundbreaking new VST for vocal creation called: EXHALE. EXHALE was developed by a team of over 25 sound desig…

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