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Drum & bass duo Technimatic tour their home studio

By Sean Lewis
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In celebration of their debut LP Desire Paths, the dastardly drum & bass duo of Technimatic have hit us with something amazing. We’ve gotten a chance to speak with Peter Rogers of the Technicolour half of Technimatic (minus collaborator Andy Powell aka Komatic) and asked him to share with us some of the things that are key components to their workflow. What we got back was a rare inside peek at the workspace and the tools that it took to compile what some outlets are calling “Album of the Year.” We fully agree with that assessment and were honored with the opportunity to show you a bit of their “tools of the trade.” Catch what he had to say now.

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Pioneer unveils the redesigned rekordbox 3.0

By Beatport News Editors
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Pioneer has revealed the latest version of its popular rekordbox set-prep software. Incorporating five years of feedback from DJs, rekordbox 3.0 offers a new interface and has been rebuilt from the floor up to make it even easier to manage and edit playlists, search for and select the best tracks to mix, and sync track information across multiple devices and software.

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DJ Tech Tools round up budget mixers under $300

By Beatport News Editors
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In the market for a new budget DJ mixer? DJ Tech Tools delivers with a recent round-up of the economical best-of-the-best for under $300 including leading hardware manufacturers like Pioneer, Allen & Heath, DJ-Tech, and Behringer. Investigate the good, the bad, and the bottom-line on each of the four mixer selections here and catch the two-part, in-depth video review now.

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Roland reveals first PLUG-OUT software synth for AIRA

By Beatport News Editors
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Roland has unveiled the first software synth made specifically for its AIRA line of production hardware. When the full details of AIRA were revealed back in February, the SYSTEM-1 keyboard was described as a “plug-out” synthesizer; though it could make sounds on its own (using Roland’s new Analog Circuit Behavior modeling technology to approximate the sound of the company’s vintage System 100, 100M and 700 synths), software expansions were promised that would integrate with the SYSTEM-1.

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Korg unveils Nintendo synth pack DSN-12

By Beatport News Editors
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This September, Korg will release the DSN-12, a new software synth combining 12 mono-synths, effects modules, a 64-step sequencer, and a 3D oscilloscope to their latest collaboration with Detune. The synth is built for the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system. But like Korg’s previous mobile releases — their iMS-20 synth for iPad, for example—the DSN-12 is more than a video game. It’s built from 12 individual mono-synths based on Korg’s MS-10. You can add up to three effects to each of them—with modules ranging from delay and flanger to compression—and sequence them individually. Then, you can combine them into larger patterns and up to 99 “scenes.” You can also visualize your synthesized sounds using a handy 3D oscillator.

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Dave Smith Instruments unveils the new Pro 2

By Beatport News Editors
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San Francisco-based “Father of MIDI” Dave Smith has done it again. Building off of the company’s flagship Prophet 12, Dave Smith Instruments is set to release the new Pro 2, its latest fat-sounding mono synthesizer in July. Smith himself calls it “the most powerful mono synth ever.”

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Review: Reloop's RP-8000 is a modern take on the classic Technics 1200 experience

By Sagar Vashishta
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While there’s no denying that the roots of DJing remain with the turntable, in recent years, the electronic music world has become so immersed with new controllers and fancy gadgets that we often forget where everything started. Reloop has decided that it’s time for the world to experience a turntable renaissance of sorts with the launch of the RP-8000, a brand new hybrid, high-torque turntable which combines direct drive technology with digital controls for your DJ software.

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Celebrate 20 years of Pioneer CDJ innovation in a new video

By Beatport News Editors
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As the saying goes, it’s all about having the right tool for the job. In the case of the modern working DJ, that right tool is the Pioneer CDJ that’s the current industry standard. Pioneer DJ has just released a new five-minute video celebrating two decades of designing DJ technology, focusing on the evolution of the CDJ. Catch Carl Cox, James Zabiela, Jazzy Jeff, Laidback Luke, Paul Oakenfold, and more all share their personal stories of encountering Pioneer’s early CDJ gear and how they believe it changed the current state of DJing.

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