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The new Novation Twitch DJ controller is an innovative DJ software control surface and audio interface that offers a relatively small footprint and a mountain of power. It ships with a copy of Serato’s ITCH DJ software, but it’s just as capable of a controller for Native Instrument’s Traktor DJ software (a graphic overlay for Traktor is included in the box).

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3 years ago
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You’re probably aware that Apple’s iPad, iPod touch and iPhone have zillions of uses. Were you also aware that there are oodles of accessories for these things that enable you to harness their power for your recording studio? 

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Apple has released a free update to Logic Pro that takes its flagship music production product from version 9.1.4 to 9.1.5. The update improves the overall stability of the program and fixes several bugs. It also increases Logic’s compatibility with Apogee’s new Duet 2 audio interface.

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3 years ago
Buying Guide

An audio interface is a piece of hardware that expands and improves the sonic capabilities of a computer. Some audio interfaces give you the ability to connect professional microphones, instruments and other kinds of signals to a computer, and output a variety of signals as well.

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3 years ago
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If you’re a musician or a producer who uses (or is considering using) an Apple iPad in your creative process, one of the most interesting accessories out there for recording and performing music is the Alesis iO Dock.

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3 years ago
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Today’s digital audio workstation software arms you with unthinkably powerful editing and routing capabilities, but what really makes your mixes shine are third party plug-ins that run within the host application. When it comes time to decide which plug-ins suit you best, it’s important to ask yourself two questions:

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3 years ago
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Pro Tools is a brand that defines an industry. It's part of our vernacular. A product doesn't attain this privilege by accident. This is a powerful tool that professionals have relied upon since the 1990s. Many people who strive for the highest quality choose Pro Tools HD, and the new Pro Tools|HD Native systems make it more affordable than ever. But should you step up to HD?

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Looking for a 42" iPad? Well, the new MotionCOMMAND controllers from Music Computing don't exactly fit that description, but they're about as close as you can get. Music Computing has a slew of new and innovative products that will appeal to musicians, producers and anyone who wants a big touch-screen interface for their Mac or Windows computer.

If you've ever wanted to give your computer a touch-screen interface that could hold a candle to the one on your mobile phone, there is hope. Just connect a MotionCOMMAND monitor/controller to two USB ports on your computer (one USB port for video transfer, the other for control), and you'll be able to operate your machine the same way you answer phone calls.

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3 years ago
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Capturing and editing video has always involved a blend of high-end equipment, technical expertise and a bit of magic. Anyone with the know-how can buy or put together a powerful computer, and it’s not difficult to install all the required software applications. But the magic comes into play when it’s time to make all the hardware and software work together properly.

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3 years ago
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Imagine you're creating a soundtrack for a film or writing a new song and you've exhausted your collection of loops and software instruments. There's an emotion you're trying to evoke and your tools just aren't cutting it. 

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4 years ago
Hands-on Review

Today MOTU announced the new MicroBook, a pocket-sized USB audio interface that blends professional and consumer connectivity with powerful mixing, routing and DSP effects. MOTU has a reputation for producing some of the most reliable hardware in the industry, but until now they've never offered an audio interface for under $500.

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4 years ago
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Get more cowbell with Instant WalkenIn the 1983 film Brainstorm, Christopher Walken plays the role of scientist Michael Wood, who invents a helmet that transfers sensations and abilities into the human brain. In one scene Walken sits at a piano wearing the helmet, and he’s able to play a complicated composition on the keys even though he’s never played piano before. That scene has always stuck with me. It would be cool if a technological innovation came along that enabled people to do complicated stuff without training. This day has finally come, and the innovation is called The Schwarzonator.

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