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…

Review: Novation Circuit
Powerful, portable and fun: The company unveils its first all-in-one groovebox.

Circuit is Novation’s first all-in-one groovebox, borrowing elements from its most successful products—the Launchpad line, most obviously—as well as its extensive synthesizer heritage. In essence, it …

Vanguard: Jean-Michel Jarre
One of modern electronic music's founding fathers fills us in on his sprawling collaborative project, 'Electronica 1: The Time Machine.'

“There’s always that bloody question,” he says, a hint of resignation barely discernible in his urbane, heavily accented voice. “‘Why do are you making music with all the…

Moog Music Announces Mother-32 Semi-Modular Synthesizer, Shares Video
The standalone semi-modular synthesizer and eurorack module is available now.

Today, Moog Music announced its first tabletop semi-modular synthesizer, the Mother-32. The vintage-voiced analog synthesizer features a simple, easy-to-use one knob per-function style interface, a co…

High Tides High Tides
This duo’s gentle indie-electronic waters are rising.

Despite being from sun-soaked Malibu, California, dream-pop duo High Tides bear close sonic resemblance to chilly Scotland’s Boards of Canada, with both pairs creating densely saturated synth melancho…

Q&A: Teenage Engineering
The Swedish synthesizer firm unveils its low-cost Pocket Operators.

Since unveiling its OP-1 portable music production machine in 2010, the Stockholm, Sweden-based Teenage Engineering has become something of a phenomenon in the electronic music world. The OP-1 meshed …

Korg Introduces the MS-20M Module Synthesizer Kit
The company resurrects the legendary MS-20—minus the keyboard.

The most recent in an increasingly long line of resurrections, Korg’s MS-20M brings the legendary MS-20 synth to your desktop in all its glory—minus the keyboard. It’s nearly identical to the or…

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