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    JJ Jeczalik - Art of Noise

    JJ Jeczalik - Art of Noise | Podcast

    Sampling Pioneer

    JJ Jeczalik emerged as the pre-eminent Fairlight programmer of the 1980s primarily as one fifth of the art-pop collective, Art of Noise, but also in projects ranging from ABC and Dollar to Yes and Malcolm McLaren.

    People Jun 2022
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    Roland SP-404 MkII


    Roland’s popular sampler gets a major update.

    Reviews . Feb 2022
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    Sub51 Drop Pad

    Sub51 release Drop Pad multi-layered sample instrument

    Organic sound morpher

    Drop Pad is a groundbreaking new drag 'n' drop sample-based NI Kontakt instrument which allows dynamic blending of four imported sound sources, to create multi-layered complex sounds that morph and evolve in an organic way.

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    Akai MPC Studio

    Sampling Workstation

    The MPC Studio provides an affordable middle ground between Akai’s software and hardware MPCs.

    Reviews Jan 2022
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    Novation Circuit Rhythm

    Sampling Groovebox

    Novation’s Circuit Rhythm offers portable immediacy and a surprising amount of depth.

    Reviews Dec 2021
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    Digital Performer: Exploring Nanosampler 2

    MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    With its significant overhaul, the new Nanosampler 2 offers a wealth of creative sample playback options.

    Techniques Nov 2021
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    Polyend Tracker

    Sequencer & Sampler

    Polyend breathe new life into an old technology with an instrument that’s as forward‑looking as it is retro.

    Reviews Nov 2021
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    Akai Force 3.1

    Akai update Force... again!

    Firmware 3.1 released

    New version 3.1 firmware adds direct-from-disk streaming, compatibility with class compliant audio interfaces, and much more.

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    Roland SP-404 MkII

    Roland update SP-404 sampler

    MkII beat-machine goes mobile

    New MkII version boasts an enhanced sequencer, unlimited sampling time, and battery-powered operation.

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    Sample Slicing: Beatmaking With Hardware

    Akai MPC • Native Instruments Maschine • Ableton Push

    Chopped‑up loops are at the heart of many genres of music. There’s never been a better time to get hands‑on with sliced samples.

    Techniques Oct 2021
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    Akai MPC Studio

    Akai launch new MPC Studio

    MPC Studio combines software with hardware controller

    Available now, this hybrid hardware/software setup includes a pad-based controller designed to work with Akai's MPC2 desktop app.

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    Why I Love... The 1010music Blackbox

    Paul Nagle

    Not long ago, I learned a sobering lesson about pet hates and how they can trip you up. I initially dismissed the 1010music...

    People Sep 2021
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    Isla Instruments S2400


    If vintage samplers butter your muffin, Isla Instruments have got a full afternoon tea for you.

    Reviews Jul 2021
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    Elektron Digitakt

    Digitakt sampling groovebox gets major update

    Elektron release firmware version 1.30

    Elektron's groovebox gains an extra LFO, more filter types, proper stereo processing and much more.

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    Tim Exile - Musician and Technologist

    Endlesss Music Creation - Tim Exile | Podcast

    Collaborative Music Creation

    Musician and Technologist Tim Exile chats to Caro C about the creation of the Endlesss project and the benefits of immersive, collaborative music creation in real-time.

    People May 2021
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    Spitfire release Haunted House

    Moody new soft-synth made with Warp artists Darkstar

    The British sampling experts' latest soft-synth was made in collaboration with Warp Records electronica duo Darkstar.

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    Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Capcom

    Hadouken! Teenage Engineering launch Capcom Pocket Operators

    Two new handy devices inspired by classic video games

    The latest models in the Pocket Operator series come loaded with sounds and animations from classic '80s video games.

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    Sub51 Partial Structures

    Sub51 release Partial Structures

    New Kontakt instrument combines sampling and synthesis

    New EDM Kontakt instrument combines sampling and synthesis techniques.

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    Korg Volca Sample

    Korg update Volca Sample

    New version adds USB, assignable MIDI channels and more

    The updated portable sample player adds a USB port for sample and project management, assignable MIDI channels, expanded memory and more.

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    Akai MPC Basics

    An Introduction To The MPC

    Hit the ground running with our guide to Akai's celebrated Music Production Centre.

    Techniques Aug 2020
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    Beatskillz SampleX

    Sampler Emulation Plug‑in

    SampleX brings the sound of early digital samplers to your DAW.

    Reviews Aug 2020


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