In the Studio: Gajek
One of experimental music's brightest talents goes deep on the processes behind his work.

There’s very little known about Gajek, real name Matti Gajek. The producer and sound artist, a Berlin resident, brought himself to many people’s attention with his 2017’s ’17 L…

Native Instruments Launches Loops and Samples Platform Sounds.com
The platform already hosts more than 500,000 royalty-free sounds.

This week, Native Instruments launched Sounds.com, a subscription-based cloud service boasting over 500,000 royalty-free sounds. Currently exclusive to US customers, the platform can be tried with a f…

20 Questions: Errorsmith
The much admired German artist talks synths, South Park, and ‘Superlative Fatigue.’

As Errorsmith, German artist Erik Wiegand has been producing “club music” in the broadest sense since the mid-’90s. Since starting his musical career in 1996, over 21 years ago, he&#…

Artist Tips: Andre Crom
The OFF Recordings label head draws on experience to advise on pushing past your limits and getting your music heard.

Over the last decade, Berlin DJ and producer Andre Crom has steadily built his career as the man behind OFF Recordings. Since its launch in 2008, Crom has guided the label through over 90 releases fro…

XLR8R's Best of 2017: Gear
We look back at our favorite pieces of gear released in 2017.

2017 saw a number of innovations in terms of how musicians interact with both standalone hardware and computers. While there’s been far too much cool new gear to compile in one place (especially once …

Errorsmith 'Superlative Fatigue'
Erik Wiegand returns to Pan with a mature and sophisticated new LP.

Superlative Fatigue is Errorsmith’s first long-player in 13 years. There’s always a tension when we hear things like that. Will it be any good? He, Erik Wiegand, has certainly not been out the picture…

Review: Maschine MK3
Native Instruments updates their all-in-one production and live performance tool.

As an all-in-one studio production and live performance tool, Native Instruments’ Maschine line has been one of the most popular in modern music. The company’s latest revision, the Maschine MK3, comes…

Four Tet 'New Energy'
Kieran Hebden returns with a mature and seductive long-player.

More of the new, same but different energy. Kieran Hebden’s return to the traditional audio format after 2015’s Morning / Evening, delivers a new approach to sound, with a more refined craft towards o…

XLR8R to Live Stream 'The Future of Sound' Panel
Tune in on Wednesday, September 20.

As announced, Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music is touching down in Warsaw for True Music Poland, the third leg of the latest multi-city tour and the 18th show of their partnership. This finale wi…

Native Instruments Announces New Maschine and Kontrol Hardware
Maschine Mk3 and Komplete Kontrol Mk2 S49 / S61 are now available to pre-order.

Native Instruments has announced the details for the next generation of MASCHINE and KOMPLETE KONTROL hardware. Key additions and updates on the MASCHINE Mk3 include two high-resolution color screens …

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…

Native Instruments Announces Maschine Link Integration
Maschine and Traktor can now be integrated via Ableton Link.

Native Instruments has updated Maschine. Both Maschine and Traktor now come with Ableton Link integration, which allows for syncing with any other supported audio software—DJ softwares like Serato DJ …

Point Blank Takes a First Look at Maschine Jam in Latest Video
Point Blank instructor and producer Paul Ressel gets to grips with the brand new hardware release from Native Instruments.

Native Instruments’ Maschine has become a staple in producer’s studios the world over since it was launched back in 2009. In the years following, Maschine received numerous software and ha…

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…

Tutorial: Sound Design with Reaktor’s Metaphysical Function
Point Blank instructor and producer Dave Stone puts one of Reaktor’s lesser-known ensembles through its paces.

Reaktor is at the core of all of Native Instrument’s software synthesis. It forms the building blocks and provides the backbone of innumerable effects, devices, and ensembles—which means that ma…

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