Novation Releases Circuit 1.5
The firmware update allows for gate length changes, synth patch previews, and more.

Novation has released the latest Circuit firmware. The new version of firmware, Version 1.5, brings three new features, including fractional gate (the gate length for a note no longer has to equal one…

In the Studio: Guy Andrews
The rising London-based composer reveals the minimal set up behind his latest album.

With his debut full-length on London-based Houndstooth, Our Spaces, it seems like rising star Guy Andrews has really settled into his groove. Having spent a few years flitting inbetween aliases—Iambic…

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…

In the Studio: Gardens Of God
The Lithuanian DJ-producer weighs in on equipment, inspiration and more at his homelike studio.

It’s been a good few years for Mindaugas Lapinskis. The producer, who nowadays operates under his Gardens of God moniker, has been making music for television and radio for over 12 years—but it wasn’t…

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…

Deantoni Parks: "For me, rhythm is the study of time."
On his solo debut, 'Technoself,' the gifted drummer bridges the analog-digital divide.

Whereas many producers are using software to mimic the sounds of live instruments, Deantoni Parks is using live instrumentation to mimic the sounds of something that was created on a computer. With a …

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. …

In the Studio: Tim Green
Take a peek into the London laboratory of the ever-upwards techno/house honcho.

London’s Tim Green occupies a curious position as a certain kind of British producer. Nowadays, the 31-year-old, originally from Aldington in Kent, makes beats of a club-crushing propensity more often…

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…

Interview: Fugue Machine's Alexandernaut
The developer and musician presents new approach to sequencing, with the help of a few extra playheads.

Fugue Machine is the work of Alexandernaut (a.k.a. developer and musician Alexander Randon), who has the excellent apps Arpeggionome and Arpio under his creative belt. And, like many tools, Fugue Mach…

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…

In the Studio: Maxxi Soundsystem
Bristol-based Sam Watts gives XLR8R a tour of his analog-heavy cave and discusses his ever-changing production methods.

The London-born DJ-producer Sam Watts (a.k.a. Maxxi Soundsystem) has earned himself quite a reputation since he first broke through with 2011’s “Criticize.” As a DJ, he is traveling more than ever and…

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