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The Latest Batch!
> Ambient Orchestral (246 samples) > Ambient Piano (469 samples) > Sound From The Ether (492 samples) > Amped-Up Bass (234 samples) > Sub-Frequency Grooves (256 samples) > Mechanical Sounds (390 samples) > Out There FX (500 samples) > Studio N
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Beauty In Variation
1 Sequential switches are massively useful for beat creation. The Doepfer A151, for example, is a solid, dependable option. These modules take a single input, maybe a trigger, then send that as a triggered sequence, to 2, 3 or 4 outputs. 2 Clock di
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Generate New Musical Ideas In Ableton Live
Randomisation is a fabulous way to add some variety to your Live projects, whether you’re involved in production or performance. It’s such a user-friendly, controllable, way to create variations in instrument or effect device settings, or even the st
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Cherry Audio Enter The Oberheim Fray: A New Take On The Eight Voice Synth
> You wait ages for one Oberheim 8-Voice synth plugin emulation to come along and then… Hard on the heels of GForce Software’s OB-E comes Cherry Audio’s Eight Voice, another software take on the monster hardware instrument. This combines eight dual-o
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Korg Nautilus 88 Music Workstation £2,865
CONTACT WHO: Korg UK WEB: korg.com KEY FEATURES Nine synth engines, over 2000 programs,16 track MIDI sequencer, 16 track Audio recorder, 8-inch touchscreen. DIMENSIONS: 1437 x 387 x 139mm (88-key), 1227 x 386 x 116mm (73-key), 1062 x 386 x 116mm (61-
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Mid/side And Multiband Magic
Mid/side and multiband processors can be very useful for everything from fixing tricky issues in the mix, through to adding some creative flair when EQing – but what are they all about? Well, mid/side processing is derived from the microphone recordi
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Austrian Audio OC818 £899
Jon Musgrave finds innovation in this new design from Austrian Audio CONTACT WHO: Austrian Audio WEB: austrian.audio KEY FEATURES Handmade CKR12 edge terminated capsule inspired by classic AKG CK12 design, Microprocessor control of polarization volt
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The Alternatives
While they’re more focussed in sound design terms, there’s a surprising number of similarities between the creative sequencing tools of Circuit and Elektron’s sampler and FM synth. elektron.se A pure sequencer/ controller, but, like with Circuit Tra
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Studio One’s Routing Editor
1 Here in Studio One, we can turn any channel’s insert slots into a comprehensive toybox using the Routing Editor. This view starts by showing just the plugins you’ve got in that channel’s insert slots so far – in this case, a compressor and a retro-
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Visual Racks In Reason’s Combinator
01 Here we have a setup of Reason devices including the Parsec synth, a delay, a distortion and a stereo width device. Each effect is placed to process in series, as you’d usually see. So far, so normal. 02 By selecting all the devices, right-click
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In The Archive
> ’90s Ambient (562 samples) > Ambient Dawn (490 samples) > Majestic Bells & Mallets (444 samples) > Spring Reverb & Tape Delay (533 samples) > Atmospheric Beds (369 samples) > Noise, Crackle & Hiss (512 samples) > Sounds of the City (371 sampl
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Finding Your Voice(s)
1 One dilemma is whether to add dedicated drum voices to your rig, use sample-based options, or shape your own voices with regular modules. There are clearly pros and cons to each but let’s start with sample players. A big pro is limitless sample opt
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Woov Promises To Recreate The Live Music Experience In Your Browser
> Ever since live music events were brought to an abrupt halt last year, the search has been on for a digital platform that will let both artists and crowds get the same kind of experience in their own homes. Enter Woov. Promising to “transform the l
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Routin’ ‘n’ tootin’
Most rack systems are far more than just lumping a few devices together. Usually, you can go deeper and push the signal flow exactly where you want using routing options. Whether selecting input and output options, or rewiring virtual cables into a c
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Common Tools For Rhythm Generation
A fantastic performance tool. The big keyboard-style trigger buttons are easy to work with, the controls clear and the outputs include 16 triggers and LFOs, as well as accent outputs, and the standard clock and resets. All jacks run across the top, t
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The Synthesis Engine
Each of the four corners on the vector plane consists of two overtone generators and a cross-modulating blend mechanism. The generators each synthesise harmonic series in six interlocking patterns, and a harmonically weighted pink noise. The sound is
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Document One Hands Up
Kicking off their careers as purveyors of dirty dubstep on labels like Buygore and Never Say Die, Joe Froud and Matt King AKA Document One have turned their attention to slamming dancefloor DnB in recent years. We caught up with the Oxford-based duo
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In The Mix
Mixing drums in modular can be tricky, as you try to balance multiple sounds, some that you want to apply effects to, others not. Expert Sleepers’ ES-9 is a great option for the DAW-based among you, as it offers 16 channels of I/O, headphone and moni
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Classic Album
When co-producing their second album, Any Minute Now, the man known as Flood noticed an increasing duality in the Dewaele brothers. As Soulwax, Dave and Steph Dewaele were making indie rock. But, as 2ManyDJs, they were reshaping the concept of the bo
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Movement With Sequenced Effects
01 Using effects that boast a sequencer, or LFO generator lets you add complex texture and movement to synths, drums and any other static sounds. Add ShaperBox 2 to a mid-bass layer, with the Filter shaper loaded. Set cutoff to 1.4kHz, then choose th
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SG Lewis
Club culture didn’t take hold of Sam Lewis until he studied sound engineering at university in Liverpool. Already possessing a keen interest in production, his eyes were soon opened to a world of dance music styles that eventually led him to secure a
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THE PROS & CONS
+ 2000+ inspiring sounds and nine different synth engines Powerful 32-track sequencer, split between 16 MIDI and 16 audio tracks Excellent, weighted hammer-action keybed is a joy - Long startup time – takes almost three minutes to boot up from powe
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Building Plugin Chains In Patchwork
1 Blue Cat Audio’s Patchwork is a plugin-hosting plugin that can create and store new combinations of effects using the third-party tools you have installed. Here we’re loading Polyverse Wider into Patchwork, which is loaded into Reason as a host.
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Recommended
Prolific vibraphonist and composer Masayoshi Fujita takes a stunning new direction on this wonderful new album. The first major change is the highly acclaimed Japanese artist’s move away from the vibraphone, the backbone to his much-lauded triptych t
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Pack ’em In
Tracks adds a MicroSD card to the hardware, making the process of importing and storing samples more flexible, although some prep is still required. Rather than simply adding loose samples to the card and then importing them into the hardware – somet
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The Alternatives
The Montage range are Yamaha’s flagship performance keyboards, with the Montage 8 the weighted 88-key version. Even heavier than the Nautilus at 29kg, it features high build quality and stunning sounds, but lacks a dedicated tonewheel organ engine, V
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Mapping Multiple Functions To Macros
01 In an Ableton Live rack, we can call up the Macro panel using the top button on the far left. By right-clicking a control on an Ableton device within the rack, we can map its movement to one of the eight macros. Now Macro 1 will be in control of t
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M-Audio’s Hammer 88 Pro Is A Full-size MIDI Keyboard That Will Appeal To Pianists And Producers
> Hammer-action MIDI keyboards are usually designed for pianists, but with its wide-ranging set of control and performance features, M-Audio’s new Hammer 88 Pro has plenty for producers, too. Building on the success of the Hammer 88, the Pro version
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MACROS & MORE…
Like a macro control on a synth, on a rack or chain macros can have multiple targets, controlling them all to different extents, in exactly the way you set it up. The power comes from the fact you’re using a single control to command multiple control
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