Review: Vintage Vault 2
Quantity over quality?

Paris-based software developer UVI recently released Vintage Vault 2, a massive update to their premier vintage synth collection that now includes 50 instruments, 111 drum machines, over 7,000 presets…

Bibio Phantom Brickworks
The English producer's latest is drenched in atmosphere and bristling with texture.

Bibio has a long mane of hair that reaches below his shoulders, and a beard that splits the difference between scruffy and styled. He sometimes dresses in vaguely hippie-esque apparel, and possesses a…

Legowelt Legendary Freaks In The Trash Of Time
On his first Clone outing in years, the prolific Danny Wolfers welds ironworks-tough rhythms to spiraling synths.

The Hague’s Danny Wolfers is a polymath wizard, one who seems to have a boundless supply of energy and an ingrained need to create. He’s published zines, he’s made Ableton plug-ins, he crafts graphic …

Watch a Video on Creating Vintage Synth Sounds
Point Blank instructor Dan Herbert constructs classic sounds with Massive and Reaktor.

For their latest edition of Friday Forum Live, Point Blank’s Course Developer Dan Herbert demonstrates how to create a range of classic synth sounds in Massive and Reaktor. In the video, Herbert…

Review: Touché
Expressive E drops a unique MIDI controller built for performance.

Easily one of the more unique MIDI controllers released in recent memory, the Touché brings to the table a host of new ideas for creating and interacting with electronic sounds. The product is the fir…

Premiere: Hear an Early Synth Exploration From Raymond Scott
'Three Willow Park: Electronic Music from Inner Space, 1961-1971' drops June 30.

Later this month, Basta Music will release Raymond Scott’s Three Willow Park: Electronic Music from Inner Space, 1961-1971. The release—which drops on vinyl, CD, and digitally—is the second anth…

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…

Vermont II
Danilo Plessow and Marcus Worgull return to Kompakt for set of elegant ambience.

Three years on from their initial pairing, Danilo Plessow (the man known as Motor City Drum Ensemble) and Marcus Worgull once again take a break from their clubland duties for another session of synth…

From Synth to Sync: NAMM 2017 Brings Music Gear Aplenty
A wrap-up of the best on offer at the annual gear convention.

NAMM 2017 has come and gone, amidst a series of rather torrential downpours in traditionally sunny Anaheim, California. Though there was perhaps less emphasis on throwback products and re-releases tha…

Roland Announces New Synth, Turntable, and DJ Mixer
The System-8, TT-99 and DJ-99 retail for $1499, $349 and $280 respectively.

Following on from the recent announcements of the TB-03, TR-09, and VP-03, Roland is set to soon release a new System-8 polyphonic synth and a 909-themed turntable and DJ mixer. The latest member of R…

Watch a Three-Part Tutorial for NI's Massive
Point Blank instructor Chris Carter demonstrates the full potential of the versatile synth.

Native Instrument’s Massive is one of the most popular soft synths on the market today. With its complex modulation capabilities, the synth became famous for warbling bass and lead lines. If you dig d…

AMBIQ: Freedom Through Sound
The electronic-jazz trio discuss the origins and inner-workings of their improvisational collaboration.

AMBIQ is the project of Max Loderbauer (modular synth), Samuel Rohrer (drums/perc, electronics) and Claudio Puntin (clarinet, electronics). The origins can be traced back to Loderbauer’s relationship …

Watch a Tutorial on Multi-Sampling an Instrument in Ableton Live
Ableton-certified trainer Freddie Frogs details how to multi-sample your own instruments.

Although you can download a sample pack of almost any instrument or sound at the drop of a hat, and most likely for free, it’s always good to inject your own nuances and personality into the sou…

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…

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…

The Factory: Riverside Studios
In this episode of The Factory, XLR8R takes a look at one of Berlin's premier creative spaces.

Amongst the cobblestone walkways and beautifully bleak cityscape of Berlin, you will find a plethora of expression from street art to fashion, and of course, music. The raw, emotive undercurrents that…

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…

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