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Happy Jamuary – kick it off with this compact duo of MeeBlip and Zoom

When you feel like you’re out of ideas, when you’ve obsessed over that edit and that knob, when your mood has gone south… it’s time to stop everything and jam. January doldrums, meet Jamuary bliss.

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2020 music: give yourself a break and love listening again with these Pairing Mode picks

When you can’t necessarily make sense of time, but feel the need to mark its passage, there is the entire discipline of music. David Abravanel returns for year-end Pairing Mode picks and words on why you should give them deep listening.

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Darkness, mixed: sonic reflections for Threads*Palestine

In dark moments, sometimes the most vital gesture is acknowledging uncertainty and feeling. So as we pass the milestone of one year into the next, I’ll be talking through some mixes alongside our year-end music review.

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Cubase 11 is Steinberg firing on all cylinders for pros, precision

In the midst of the 2020 DAW updates, Steinberg appears to be uniquely focused on pro workflows and precise editing and sound processing tools. Cubase 11 is looking like a landmark update.

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Premiere: Take a contemplative minimalist moment with Saele Valese on NOTON

You deserve a break. Make it happen with some chilled-out, pared-down percussion (courtesy Saele Valese) with flickering, Aurora Borealis visuals (via Markus Heckmann) on NOTON, Carsten Nicolai’s imprint.

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Deep dive: Master the Moog Matriarch – Guide

The Moog Matriarch is a unique encapsulation of Moog’s modular history in an instrument. Following up on our conversation with the engineers, here’s a guide to getting its capabilities underneath your fingers.

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NVIDIA’s Omniverse uses Pixar tech to bring ray-traced 3D worlds everywhere

Imagine a real-time Web for 3D, complete with ray-tracing and xR/AR support, based on open standards from Pixar and others. That’s the basic notion of Omniverse, the latest on NVIDIA’s campaign this year to both wow us and make us buy their GPUs. The key to Omniverse is that open standards for describing a scene […]

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From collaborative threads, a futuristic AV exquisite corpse and Beirut benefit

Xquisite Force began as what happens when an audiovisual thread is woven from collaborator to collaborator, exquisite corpse style. The resulting images and music have produced a stunning, futuristic compilation – and a benefit for Beirut.

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With the TR-06 606 and TR-6S baby 8S, what’s what in Roland drum machines?

606 Day in October! Last week Roland unveiled their new TR-06 and TR-6S. So if you’re in the market for a little drum machine, how do they stack up?

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Teenage Engineering’s new product is an insane radio boom box with some surprises

Teenage Engineering has been teasing the OB-4 – sparking speculation that they might have a new instrument. Instead, we get a radio/boom box. But in typical Teenage fashion, it’s not quite what you’d expect.

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