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Electronic Musician August 2019

The new ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN is a “must have” resource for anyone who makes music, plays music, and shares music. Every issue includes "gig tested" product reviews on music gear, tons of how-to's, and interviews with today's stars revealing the secrets of their songwriting approaches and audio-production concepts.

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1 min.
tapes & patch cables

As I write this, I'm fresh back from Berlin, having decamped to the German capital for Superbooth – the annual synth convention that is rapidly becoming one of the biggest dates in the synth calendar. With a mix of major brands, boutique instrument makers, MI professionals and electronic music fans, the show is a great place to take the temperature of the electronic music landscape and get a taste of the trends we can expect for the coming months. Two things stood out from this year's event. Firstly, it's clear that the modular synth boom isn't abating any time soon. While Superbooth has always been heavily geared towards Eurorack brands (it's run by noted modular outlet SchneidersLaden), the sheer volume and quality of new modular gear being unveiled was staggering. Secondly,…

3 min.
moog adds a matriarch to the mother range

Recent years have seen Moog focus heavily on its Mother line of analog semi-modulars, bringing us a smorgasbord of patchable possibilities with the desktop Mother-32, DFAM percussion synth and retro-leaning Grandmother keyboard. Now the Asheville brand has added a new flagship instrument to the range, appropriately titled the Matriarch. Sharing much of its look and design with the Grandmother, the Matriarch is another keyboard-equipped analog semi-modular, offering a sequencer, arp and plenty of patch points. The main upgrade here comes from the voice count – the Matriarch can be four-voice paraphonic, so can play and sequence chords right from the keyboard. Elsewhere, the synth boasts an extended 49-note velocity and aftertouch-equipped keyboard, dual ladder filters and a stereo analog delay. The Matriarch is available to order now priced at $1,999. IK’s UNO Drum…

3 min.
patching in from superbooth 2019

Now in its fourth year, Berlin’s Superbooth has firmly established itself as Europe’s most important electronic instrument event. With an atmosphere that blends trade show networking with a DIY hobbyist ethos, the event sees big names such as Roland, Yamaha and Moog rubbing shoulders with modular experimenters and one-person boutique brands. As with previous years, Eurorack ruled supreme at Superbooth 2019, with modular synths being the dominant force on the show floor. In terms of sheer volume of new gear, nobody could compete with Latvian brand Erica Synths, who turned up with 13 new modules and a new system to demo. The pick of this bumper crop was the Black Sequencer and Black Spring Reverb modules. The Spring Reverb brings a compact spring tank and vactrol-based audio compressor to your modular…

4 min.
soft opinions

As one of Electronic Musician's cadre of Editors At Large, James is responsible for keeping his finger on the pulse of the music software world, reporting on the latest developments in plugins and DAWs. He also takes a more irreverent look at music software as co-host of Appetite For Production Podcast, and is often to be found creeping about on Twitter: @rusty_jam. Why don't you just check him out? This column isn't supposed to go on forever, and so any edition could end up as the last one before I know it. With that, I'd better focus on the important stuff. The internet tends to bring out the worst in people. It's hard to get through a week of watching comment threads, forums and social media without seeing someone responding to a…

6 min.
this month in software

Make your music sound like a scratchy old record with the Vinylizer plugin If you're the type to get a nostalgic kick out of the audio artifacts produced when you play an old vinyl record, chances are you’ll be interested in Thenatan’s Vinylizer plugin. This is designed to emulate the “warm sound and drive” of old vinyl records, and gives you independent control of each “nostalgic element”. As you’d expect, you can dial in the likes of hum, hiss and crackle, and there’s also the option to ‘play’ these textures via a MIDI keyboard. Available for PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats, Vinylizer’s standard price is $24.50, but it’s currently on sale for $4.90. Find out more on the Thenatan website – Ben Rogerson Arturia’s V Collection updated with CZ, Mellotron and Synthi AKS…

9 min.
the essential guide to tape effects

We’re all familiar with the phrase ‘be careful what you wish for’. To read a history of the technology developed to take the world’s murkiest, earliest recordings through to the full-frequency, ultra-pristine, multi-track recordings of today is to read about ‘audio transparency’ emerging from noisy roots. If you were to take a randomly-selected recording from each decade from 1930 onwards, what you’ll hear is increased definition and a diminishing number of ‘unwanted’ sonic artifacts, with microphone design and recording media becoming more refined. One could argue that if pristine fidelity remains the most important requirement in modern recording, the combination of high sample rate, high sample resolution, hard-disk based recording across hundreds (even thousands!) of tracks represents the Promised Land. But, it seems, not for all. Sales of vinyl records…