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Get Your Pitch Perfect
Drums and rhythmic loops are a big part of sampling but things are different when it comes to sampling pitched instruments. Early samplers lacked the memory to capture sustained sounds in full – a single piano note allowed to decay naturally could be
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MODAL ELECTRONICS Cobalt8 FROM £500
When Modal Electronics first burst onto the synth scene back in 2015, it made quite the impression. The mesmerising 002 and 008 drew high praise, despite their lofty price points. Having set a high bar, Modal has more recently turned its attention to
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History In The Making making Scoring Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Now in its thirteenth year, Ubisoft’s open-world action-adventure franchise continues to go from strength to strength. Renowned for its distinctive combination of historic fiction and sci-fi elements, recent entries have seen the award-winning series
Music Tech Magazine5 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
RØDE PodMic £100
Røde has made some smart moves in the world of podcasting in recent years. With its PodMic, the Australian company is creating tough competition for classic broadcast microphones at a fraction of the price. For this review, we’re pitting the PodMic a
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Recolour Your Tracks
There are infinite ways to affect the colour of a sound when recording. Take, for example, a vocal part. You’ve got the fundamental choice of who you want to sing a part, you can dictate how they deliver it, and you can select where you record them.
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ROB PAPEN Blade 2 £80
Familiarity breeds comfort. But there are some forms of synthesis that still feel under-represented by the market. It might be because synth-makers do not want to confront customers with drastic change. It may be because these more alien synth types
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Public Service Announcement
Having explored a diverse range of sonic concepts across three dizzying records, Public Service Broadcasting have earned their reputation as one of the UK’s most distinctive acts, recognisable for their driving synth sound and for incorporating vast
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Multi-sampling With Sampler in Logic Pro X
If there’s one word that sums up Apple’s revised version of sampling in Logic Pro X, it’s “immediacy”. If you’ve followed our previous workshops on Quick Sampler and Auto Sampler (featured in issues 211 and 212, respectively), you’ll know that Apple
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KORG Opsix £700
Of the many consumer-facing and industry-changing technological battles that have been fought over the years, some have had clear winners that have set new standards against which their rivals are judged. Synthesisers have seen their fair share of co
Music Tech Magazine6 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
Brand-new And Updated Devices in Ableton Live 11
The Ableton Live 11 beta has brought us new and updated devices – some instruments, some audio effects. These novel updates, however, are not all obvious at first glance. Live 11 boasts many new flagship features too, such as track comping, which we’
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LOOPMASTERS Bad Taste Recordings: Malux
Price £20 Contact loopmasters.com With a stream of releases on labels such as Bad Taste, RAM, Visions and more under his belt, d’n’b producer Malux brings his tech-driven sound-design skills to Loopmasters. There are about 80 loops and about 140 one-
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Synthesising Drums in Cubase
We all love the big, fat thump of an 808 kick as much as we love the tight crispness of the 909’s snare. If you could audit every computer and device in the world, you would likely find petabytes of storage given over to these tiniest of samples. But
Music Tech Magazine7 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
ERICA SYNTHS Syntrx £2,700
Erica Synths has garnered a respected reputation over recent years – and it’s the company’s development of interesting Eurorack modules coupled with wide support for the Eurorack community that is the backbone of this success story. While breaking ou
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The Musictech Experts
Jono is a composer, producer, lecturer and journalist. His interest in everything to do with electronic music started at a tender age and has carried him through a career spanning song-writing, remixing, sound design and music for picture. Dave is an
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Performing With The Show Page in Studio One 5
Fans of Studio One are always on the lookout for the next addition that will further streamline their workflow. By this point, users are well aware that PreSonus always has its ear to the ground and works tirelessly to put its most requested features
Music Tech Magazine1 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
PRODUCERTECH Rebuilding Unstable Condition with John Tejada
Price £25 or £10 per month Contact producertech.com This new Producertech course sees producer John Tejada recreating his 2011 minimal house track Unstable Condition using Ableton Live. There are 11 videos in total, spanning more than two hours, and
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Celebrating The Best Of The Year
It’s hard to muster much enthusiasm for a year during which we faced unprecedented levels of restriction to our daily lives. Musicians have suffered heavily, as clubs, venues and studios have been forced to shutter their doors. But in times of strife
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SPITFIRE AUDIO Abbey Road One: Orchestral Foundations £400
Those who have followed the Spitfire story will know that this UK sample developer’s sound was born and largely raised within AIR Studios. Though last year’s impressive flagship BBC Symphony Orchestra libraries were rightly recorded at Maida Vale, AI
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LOOPMASTERS Jungle Drummer: London Wake Up Drums
Price £25 Contact Loopmasters.com Loopmasters has again teamed up with Jungle Drummer for a pack of live new-school jazz and breakbeat drum loops. The content is comprised of the drum parts for Extinction Point’s recently released London Wake Up EP,
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Creative Vocoding in Fl Studio
Revolutionary since its timely invention in 1938, the vocoder has miraculously granted all the power to sing for almost a century. It has become a staple of the electronic musician’s sound-mangling toolset too. Conceived on the cusp of World War II,
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KLEVGRAND Skaka
Price £40 or £15 iPad Contact klevgrand.se Programming the nuances of a live shaker or percussion sound can be notoriously difficult. New plug-in Shaka offers flexible and natural-sounding percussion patterns with 12 sequence slots that can load any
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On your DVD…
MT DVD214 4GB PC&MAC Our lead pack this month comes courtesy of composer and sound designer Michael Denny, and features 40 extended soundscape samples created from a diverse range of source audio. Traditional instruments used include an upright piano
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UVI World Suite 2 £270
There’s a sizeable market for plug-ins that cover world instruments. From the African udu to the West Indies’ sun drum, from the well known to the lesser known, almost any instrument can be found in sampled form. The problem is that, in most cases, y
Music Tech Magazine3 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
SIX OF THE BEST All-purpose headphones PART ONE
Contact europe.beyerdynamic.com They may be one of the older entries on this list but Beyerdynamic’s DT 1990 Pros are far from dated. With their open-back design, these headphones deliver an uncoloured and spacious sound ideal for music-making, mixin
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Turn It Up To 11
Ableton is not a company known for erratic behaviour when it comes to updates. Unlike with other companies, there’s still a buzz of excitement when it announces new releases. Two years on from Live 10, the Live 11 beta has now gone public. Let’s see
Music Tech Magazine3 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
IZOTOPE Nectar 3+ £190 OR £60 UPGRADE
We reviewed Nectar 3 about two years ago and found it a jam-packed package for all vocal-production needs. Since then, it has found a place on millions of vocal tracks and its tools have proved invaluable for quick and precise mixing. One area that w
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Give Peace A Chance
The name of Ólafur Arnalds new album is Some Kind of Peace. We wish. Clearly fate took an ironic opportunity to intervene shortly before we had a chance to talk to him about both the new album and his approach to creativity more broadly: an earthquak
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Get Knocked For A Loop
The idea of taking a pre-recorded section of a rhythm or musical pattern and building new music from it didn’t start with digital samplers, as tape loops had been in use by producers of contemporary music for many years prior to the arrival of sampli
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