Enough of the teasing already. We can finally tell you all about the new Roland Aira series, a group of meticulously modeled digital instruments based on the legendary Roland "xox" series -- analog classics like the TB-303 Bassline and TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines, pieces that kicked off entire genres of dance music. The new TB-3, TR-8 and VT-3 Voice Transformer will be available in March, with the System-1 synth, inspired by the old SH-101, following in May or June.
For a lot of producers, the creative process relies heavily on inspiration from other artists. Watching well-known producers in action is a great learning experience - especially when they experiment with new gear and techniques. We've collected some of the best videos of producers showing their creative processes, explaining studio techniques, and discussing music culture. If you've got a production-related New Year's resolution, you'll find something to inspire you in our selection inside.