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Tools of the Trade

Our 10 favorite production and performance tools we saw at NAMM

By Francis Preve
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Last week, we posted our top five pre-NAMM production and DJ tools that revved our engines. Well, after spending four straight days prowling the showroom floor for the best and brightest of this year’s show, we came away smiling. Here are the tools that will soon be part of your favorite producers’ workflows—and may even help launch a few new careers this year.

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Tools of the Trade

DJ TechTools highlights its favorite pieces of new gear from NAMM

By Ken Taylor
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The annual NAMM Show took place in Anaheim over the weekend, and of course, there was much to see in the way of new music-making gear—whether it was guitars, amps, and drums, or synths, drum machines, and DJ software. DJ TechTools, being the well-informed arbiters of what’s hot in the world of electronic-music technology, naturally had a lot to weigh in on over the last few days, and have finally gathered up their thoughts with a handy summary of the best from NAMM.

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Morning Roundup

Calvin Harris is working on dance-music HBO comedy, Krewella is only human, and the DFA probably has more gear than you

By Beatport News Editors
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It was just a matter of time, really, now that dance-music reality shows are under way. Yep, apparently a comedy is in the works for HBO and Calvin Harris, along with some hip-hop royalty, are at the controls. See what else is happening in the wild world of electronic music in today’s Morning Roundup.

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Tools of the Trade

Five new production and DJ tools we can't wait to see at NAMM

By Glenn Jackson
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Officially kicking off today at the Anaheim Convention Center (right across the street from Disneyland) is the annual NAMM Show, a “happiest place on earth” of sorts for gear-lusting producers, musicians, and all-around geeks the world over. Like each edition before it, this year’s convention is set to bring a slew of new production and DJ tools to the table, giving the public its first real glance and hands-on look at products we so far have only seen in cryptic YouTube videos or vague press releases. Now, with the onslaught of new synths, samplers, controllers, and software set to be unleashed today, we round up the top five new toys we are most excited to get our hands on this weekend.

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Power of Ten

Ableton Live 9, Korg's MS-20 Mini, and Moog's Sub Phatty make our 10 Biggest Announcements at NAMM 2013

By Francis Preve
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For the uninitiated, The NAMM Show is one of the musical instrument industry’s biggest events. Like the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit, NAMM (short for the National Association of Music Merchants) is a tradeshow where manufacturers from around the world debut the latest tech toys and musical instruments to literally tens of thousands of attendees—think Winter Music Conference but for production tools, and you have the general idea.

This year’s NAMM was a mashup of recently announced gear combined with some truly incredible surprises from companies like Korg, Dave Smith Instruments, and Moog. After assessing the announcements, we picked our 10 coolest products at NAMM 2013. And here they are…

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