Morning Roundup

Major Lazer collaborator Vybz Kartel has been convicted of murder

By Ken Taylor

If you consider yourself a fan of Major Lazer but don’t know who Vybz Kartel is, then you’ve got some homework to do. That said, your first Google move is likely gonna turn up today’s news, which is that the Jamaican dancehall vocalist has been convicted of murder. Read more about it, along with news from Jackmaster, Tensnake, and Musikmesse, in today’s roundup.

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Must Hear 2012

Beatport News chooses its Top 10 pieces of music-tech gear for 2012

By Francis Preve

Trailblazing artists, genre-blending DJs, and world-class clubs are the forward-facing trends that shape our industry. But behind the scenes, new production tools are the unsung drivers of progress in electronic music. For example, Native Instruments’ Massive softsynth is at the core of both dubstep and complextro, while Roland’s classic TR-808/909/303 boxes arguably served as the launchpad for everything we hear in clubs today.

So, if you want to get the inside track on the future sounds of dance music, you need look no further than the newest toys of the trade. Accordingly, here’s Beatport News’ take on the most interesting and innovative musical products of 2012.

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