Richie Hawtin Announces New Project with Allen & Heath and Audiotonix

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It’s been a busy 2016 for Richie Hawtin already, with DJ sets at BPM and Los Angeles, along with the news that ENTER will not return to Ibiza this summer. The technology aficionado continues to make headlines with the announcement of ‘Play Differently‘ – a collaborative partnership with Allen & Heath and Audiotonix.

The news was announced at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, with Hawtin stating that “the ethos of Play Differently is to create products that will magnify the individuality and expand the creativity of today’s generation of electronic music artists, producers and DJs . We hope to encourage and inspire creatives to PLAY differently.”

Play Differently has apparently been in development for two years, and with gear mogul Allen & Heath in the mix (no pun intended), Play Differently will certainly be one of the major talking points of NAMM. Stay up to date with more information as more is revealed regarding the vague, yet exciting concept from Richie Hawtin.

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Hawtin Admits He Is Behind Recent Plus 8 12-inch Releases

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After a couple of months of speculation, Richie Hawtin confessed he is responsible for the recent Plus 8 white label releases that were spotted at Berlin’s Hard Wax record store.

The chatter began back in October when the records began to surface amidst plenty of mystery. Although their acid-heavy techno sound was very much akin to that of other Plastikman work, it was reported in Resident Advisor’s review of Plus 8 25/1 last month that “Hawtin’s camp claims to be unaware of its existence.” Read more

Jeff Mills Reveals Exhibitionist 2 – DVD and 12″ EP’s

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Ten years have passed since the release of Jeff Mills’ successful Exhibitionist DVD. The Wizard has now revealed the framework for Exhibitionist 2, a comprehensive DVD, CD, and LP package,  with a release planned for September 2015 through Axis Records. As always, Jeff Mills pushes the boundaries when it comes to art and electronic music; look no further than his showcase at Le Lourve or the creation of his Battle LA inspired drum machine. Exhibitionist 2 will further expand on his already impressive works, providing unique insight into the process, creation, and aspects of a live performance within electronic music. Read more

Doppler Labs Unveils Here Active Listening System

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Doppler Labs has already been making waves this year with their game-changing Dubs Acoustic Filters, some of the most comfortable earplugs on the market at an affordable price. Today, the company has yet again pushed the envelope with the announcement of their upcoming “Here Active Listening System”, a set of powered earplugs that are controlled by a mobile app. Using your smartphone, users can adjust the level of noise reduction to taste; however, it doesn’t end there. The smartphone app also features a five-band EQ, various audio FX, preset filters, and preset modes. Perhaps most exciting are these presets, which can provide either functional operations (such as “jet engine” or “baby crying”) or aural enhancement (to enhance the sound rather than subdue it).

Doppler Labs has initiated a Kickstarter campaign in conjunction with the announcement of Here Active Listening; with 28 Days remaining their Kickstarter has already raised $109,000, and with steady support it appears that reaching their goal of $250,000 will not be a problem. CEO and Co-Founder of Doppler Labs, Noah Kraft, had this to say about the Here Active Listening System:

“With the Here Active Listening System we want to give you the tools to have the perfect listening experience. We all perceive sound differently, but everyone has been to a concert where the audio wasn’t quite right or has been subjected to a long flight with a screaming baby.  Here changes all that, giving control back to the listener by allowing you to curate what you hear and how you hear it.  Our goal is to make it so you never have to deal with noise or a bad mix ever again.”

Doppler Labs have quickly and definitively established themselves as an authority in the hearing loss prevention industry. After giving every Coachella attendee a pair of Dubs Acoustic Filters, they have cemented their position within the dance music community as well. With the Here Active Listening System, Doppler Labs has developed a one-of-a-kind product that will revolutionize acoustics while spreading awareness about hearing loss (a topic that we don’t take lightly)”Here” is ideal for many applications with it’s broad range of functions and features, and can be utilized by anyone and everyone in their daily lives.

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The product has been fully developed and tested, and is undergoing crowd funding via Kickstarter for mass production. While one can contribute any amount, any contribution over $179 gets you your own Here Active Listening System. The concept and vision of Doppler Labs is incredibly forward thinking, and the introduction of Here will certainly revolutionize the sonic market.

Here Active Listening System is set to retail for $249 with an official release date to be announced.

Features

  • Smartphone-controlled
  • Volume reduction control
  • 5-Band EQ
  • Audio FX (such as reverb, flange, vinyl distortion, and more)
  • Preset filters and modes designed for specific applications
  • Completely wireless (connects by bluetooth)
  • 6 hour battery life (includes a carrying case that can hold 2 full charges)
  • Multiple silicone tip sizes

For more info and contributions, please click here to visit the Kickstarter campaign.
To learn more about Dubs and Doppler Labs, please click here.
To learn more about hearing loss and other ways to protect your ears, please click here.

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[Photos Courtesy of Doppler Labs]

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Google Chrome Adds MIDI Capability

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As bandwidth and hosting become increasingly affordable, we are seeing a number of cloud-based audio production apps spring into existense Fortunately, there is now a way to use your favorite MIDI controller with in-browser software; simply download the latest Google Chrome update, which allows Chrome to scan your computer for connected MIDI devices and allow those devices to control cloud-based plugins. This update will facilitate collaboration and is a big step toward making cloud-based production a legitimate means of remote musical collaboration. As of now, only a couple of cloud-based apps have included MIDI functionality, but we expect the vast majority of them to follow suit now that Chrome will be able to transmit MIDI data between your computer and the apps.

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Gear Maintenance – Learn To Protect Your Equipment

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Maintenance is often overlooked in the blogosphere; many people watch tutorials and reviews, but there seems to be a lack of information regarding proper maintenance and care within this world. We have compiled a list of tips and suggestions for DJs/performers, producers, engineers, and even just the average listener. Read more

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Guda Audio “KickR” Kick Drum Plugin

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A great kick drum is absolutely essential for any dance music production; more often than not, however, we find ourselves digging into the same sample packs over and over. While using kick samples definitely has its benefits, there is also something to be said about dedicated kick drum plugins; one that stands out in particular is Guda Audio’s KickR. Its three sections (Body, Thump and Noise) allow for precise control and sculpting of. The plugin also features “Warm EQ,” a vintage-style EQ that adds mild saturation when driven hard. This can be especially beneficial for shaping the tone and giving your kick that extra oomph. The GUI is streamlined yet customizable, offering different color themes and knob styles. At an affordable price of $19, this little beast packs quite a punch. Click here for more information

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R Is For Roland – Book Of Synths & Drum Machines

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Roland is one of the companies directly responsible for the creation of house and techno music; their legendary 808 and 909 drum machines are some of the most highly-sought after machines in the world. In addition to the classic drum machines, Roland has been producing many types of synthesizers for over four decades and continues to dominate the modern hardware synth market.

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Last week, renowned photographer/illustrator Tabita Hub released “R is for Roland,” a coffee table book filled with high-quality photographs of classics such as the Space Echo RE-201, System-100, SH-7, CR-78, Jupiter-4, RS-09, TR-808, Jupiter-8, TB-303, TR-606, Juno-6, SH-101, Jupiter-6, MC-202, JX-3P, TR-909, Juno-106, TR-707/727, Alpha-Juno 1/2, TR-505 and TR-626. Along with these photographs are charts, graphs, and quotes/interviews from a number of heavy hitters, such as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Nightmares on Wax, and Portishead. Jeff Mills, one of techno’s greatest minds, has used Roland products since his early days, has contributed a quote saluting Roland’s iconic status in the dance music community: “Certain machines do have a particular fashion in which they spit out the sounds. The Roland TR series were revolutionary in this respect.”

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The visually stunning collection of photographs and other material is available for 44.64 EUR (53.80 USD). For more information and/or to order the book, click here to visit the official website. To learn a bit more about the amazing woman responsible behind it, check out the video below.

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Till von Sein & Tigerskin In-Studio Interview

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Till von Sein and Tigerskin (AKA Dub Taylor), both highly successful artists in their own right, have received a great deal of attention for recent collaborations. Last year, the duo made a major splash with “Dance,”  a groovy, Jackin’ House bomb released on their Arkansas City EP (Dirt Crew Recordings) Now, Future Music Magazine takes us behind the scenes with an in-studio interview; Till von Sein and Tigerskin discuss the inspirational, creative, and technical aspects of creating the record. Essentially, they say, it is just a drum track; while they use a very simple bassline and vocal sample, those parts are auxiliary and serve to highlight the drums. Both producers clearly have a sense of humor, and you can tell that they don’t like to take themselves too seriously in the studio. Watch the full video below!

 

Techno Therapy: CNTRL Los Angeles

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When Richie Hawtin initiated the CNTRL Tour back in 2012 the goal was to go beyond EDM by educating the upcoming generation about electronic music and the rich history behind in. They accomplished this through a series of keynote lectures and workshops at university campuses across the country, with an event that same evening. It’s an all-inclusive package for those eager to learn more about this wonderful culture.

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The 2015 CNTRL Tour is already underway, and this Saturday April 25th Richie Hawtin will be making a stop here in Los Angeles. At the UCLA Campus, Richie Hawtin will be present for a Point Blank Music Master-class followed by a two-hour artist lecture with guests Chris Liebing, Victor Calderone, Ean Golden, and Grimes.

 

The night event will take place at the Hollywood Palladium, and to get us ready for the evening here’s a heavy dose of Techno Therapy from everyone on the lineup.

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