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ValhallaDSP SUPERMASSIVE
Looks like it's a free plugin special this issue, as this other recent plugin worth looking at comes from reverb legends ValhallaDSP. After launching ValhallaDelay last year, and, you could argue, taking a small step away from reverb, the developer h
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Thermal $175 output.com
+ Broad range of impressive distortion styles + Additional processors go well beyond distortion + Lots of handy, wellorganized presets - No one-shot/MIDI triggered option for the envelopes Of Output’s eclectic line-up, last year’s granular effect too
Electronic Musician2 min de lecture
Roxyn Guitar Synth App For iOS
In the recent series on guitar synth pedals, I discussed the fraught relationship players have had with guitar synthesizers due to tracking issues and clumsy extra pickups. Each pedal in the series dealt with creating synthesizer sounds in its own wa
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Better Bass
Samples and presets are all very well, but if you really want to get the best possible bass sounds for your tracks, then nothing beats being able to synthesize them yourself from the ground up. Sure, even a novice can tweak a synth’s factory sounds a
Electronic Musician4 min de lecture
OB-Xa V $235 arturia.com
+ Lovely OB-Xa emulation…… with some fine 21st century additions + Some fantastic and varied sounds + Great and easy modulation options + Very useful effects - Van Halen’s Jump - Some sounds are a bit processor-hungry There’s been a decades-lasting j
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David Strickland
Mentored by production legend Noel ‘Gadget’ Campbell, Grammy and JUNO award-winning audio engineer and producer David Strickland has been a crucial denominator behind the success of numerous ground-breaking acts in Toronto. Over the past two decades
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If there’s one criticism that has been leveled at Arturia’s emulations over the years it’s that they can sound rather drenched in effects. Happily OB-Xa V doesn’t exhibit this too much (the 'Jump' preset doesn’t even feature the original effects as s
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Jennifer Touch
Drawing influences from post-punk, electro pop and techno, Berlin’s Jennifer Touch is a vocalist and producer capable of bridging the gap between club music and classic songwriting. On her debut album Behind The Wall, released this summer via Fatcat
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THE ART OF SYNTH SOLOING Let’s talk about sax…
A great way to break out of your usual licks and playing ideas is to check out other instruments for new soloing ideas. We spent a few columns looking at guitar players back in the February through May 2019 issues. Now let’s delve into some great sax
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Waveform Pro 11 from $119 tracktion.com
+ A solid showing of improvements and new features + Useful new MIDI effects + Quick Actions Bar and Window are great + Plugin sandboxing - Manual out of date. Again - Artisan Collection still leaves a sour taste Metronomic in its regularity, this ye
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Keep It Human
I recommend keeping the production process as natural as possible. It makes such a difference if you play some parts by hand and record the audio. This takes more time but it brings so much life into your tracks, especially if you combine it with a s
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BLAST FROM THE PAST Oxford Synthesiser Company OSCar
The list of classic vintage synthesizers reads like a Who’s Who of American and Japanese instrument design, with only a smattering of entries from the UK; but there’s no mistaking exactly which instruments were produced in that green and pleasant lan
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New MIDI effects
Apart from the somewhat oversold new Artisan effects (see below), Waveform Pro 11 doesn’t add any audio plugins to its internal roster. Instead, this time round, Tracktion Software have thrown in five new MIDI processors – and very nice they are too.
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Three Software OSCar Alternatives
Truly a labor of love, impOSCar is a spot-on recreation of the original OSCar, boasting some nifty extras like polyphony, nine different filter types, multiple mono and poly unison modes, and the ability to route incoming audio into the signal path.
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LCD-1 Headphones $399 Audeze.com
+ Excellent, detailed sound + Classy, subtle design + Lightweight and comfy - Cables connect to both ears at once - Lots of audio leakage, even by open back standards Californian brand Audeze is known for its high-end headphones built to appeal to bo
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EASY GUIDE Tonal & modal harmony
When discussing traditional Western music theory, we use the term ‘harmony’ to describe how a melody works with the chords that accompany it. For the most part in this Easy Guide series up to this point, we’ve been exploring what’s known as ‘tonal’ h
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Morph $51
This time, the Audiotent tech-heads have turned their attention to the mountain of analog gear pulsing away in the corner of their studio – the bleeping, flashing, near sentient bits of hardware they’ve gleefully chained together by patches and cable
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Recommended Listening
In this tune, the cyclic Abm - F# - C#m, Ebm chords indicate a I - VII - iv - v progression in Ab minor bit.ly/FMunforg A D minor sequence in this track – Dm - Am - Bb - C (i - v - VI - VII) is a more interesting form of the standard tonic/dominant/t
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Mixing Drums
Mixing drums is one of the most challenging aspects of music production. With so many variables, you can’t just fly at it wildly and hope to get good results. No, you have to know what you’re doing, and here we’re going to show you how to take a set
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Pro Tips
With minor keys, the nature of the parent scale has an effect on the quality of diatonic chords, but not their function. For instance, tonic chords in a major key are I, iii and vi, but in a minor key are i, III and VI. Dominant chords in a major key
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Drum miking 101
To mix drums, you need to understand miking techniques. There are two fundamental types: close and ambient. Close mics are positioned to capture the direct, ‘isolated’ sound from one drum or cymbal in the kit. The other drums will inevitably be picke
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Six Months On…
The effective cancellation of the 2021 Winter NAMM Show, and its replacement with a week-long virtual event (see page 11), is the latest repercussion for the music making industry in the ongoing fallout from the global COVID-19 crisis. While it's far
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Hydrasynth $1,299 Ashunsoundmachines.com
+ Superb build quality and classy looks + Clear and intuitive module-driven interface that invites tweaking + A unique sonic personality, especially with poly aftertouch onboard - Though largely intuitive, this is a complex synth; expect a learning c
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Drum Mixing Tips
Although we used a single bussed reverb in our walkthrough, there’s no reason not to use inserted reverbs on your separate channels. A short, dark ’verb on the kick, a longer, brighter one on the snare, etc. If you choose to do this, though, be caref
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Effects, Arp And Connectivity
The Hydrasynth has plenty of features to treat your sounds. First off, there’s plenty of high quality effects in four blocks. The pre and post effects include chorus, flanger, rotary, phaser, lo-fi, tremolo, EQ and compressor, while there are five de
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Wavetable Synths
Even the most hardened analog purists can’t deny the amazing feats of digital synthesis technology we're capable of today. Armed with a single VST or AU instrument, you can now synthesize pretty much any sound you like. Wavetable sounds sit somewhere
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Next-gen Korg Volca Sample Improves On The Original’s Biggest Hangups
Korg has launched a new version of the Volca Sample and it looks like the Japanese firm has rectified a few issues that slightly dogged the original model. Korg’s Volca range took a turn in a new direction back in 2014 with the launch of the Volca Sa
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The Alternatives
$830 Old gold! The well-respected Blofeld includes user-sample-upload, virtual analog synthesis, three fast LFOs per voice and four fast envelopes per-voice, 16 parts, arpeggiator, three oscs pervoice (with wavetables) and FM. waldorfmusic.com $893 M
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