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Electronic Musician December 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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2 min.
new gear

Modal Electronics’ Argon8 is an affordable wavetable synth with high-end heritage Modal Electronics has taken the DNA of its $4,495 Modal 002 wavetable synth and packed it into the Argon8, a new synth that costs a far more affordable $699. This slick-looking machine offers eight voices of polyphony and is packed into a steel and aluminum chassis. It comes with 37 velocity-sensitive full-size keys with aftertouch, and a multitude of sound design features. Despite its 002 heritage, Modal says that the Argon8 has a completely new sound engine that’s capable of complex synthesis. It also has a class-compliant USB connection, enabling you to use it as part of an integrated setup, and there’s a free software editor for desktop and mobile platforms. Novation releases Launchkey Mini Mk3 Novation has updated its Launchkey Mini 25-mini-key MIDI…

2 min.
moogmentum recap

Last August, The Bob Moog Foundation sponsored its first annual Moogmentum event in Asheville, North Carolina. While its Moogseum had its soft launch on May 23 of this year, Moogmentum was the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the museum, showcasing its commitment to honoring and preserving Bob Moog’s legacy. The three-day event included intimate interviews, presentations, and performances from industry legends like technologist and historian Larry Fast, progressive rock icon Patrick Moraz, and Moog collaborator Herb Deutsch, who unveiled the original Moog synthesizer prototype—which was made available by the Henry Ford Museum and described in person by Deutsch in a private VIP showing on the second day of the event. In addition to a deep look at the history and development of this singular Moog prototype, Moogmentum also included a keynote discussion…

3 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 For one reason or another, I’ve been concerned with vocals recently. Going from plugin to plugin, review to review, and job to job, it’s made me realise that the amount of attention paid to vocals by music software seems to be lacking. Of course, vocals are generally the most important part of music. They make the emotional content of a song explicit, they connect with the listener on a…

7 min.
this month in software

Reason 11 arrives with a VST/AU plugin version, as the Propellerhead brand bites the dust The fact that Reason 11 is on the way should come as no great surprise, but there’s a big change in that it’ll also run in other DAWs as the Reason Rack Plugin. What’s more, Propellerhead Software will now be known as Reason Studios. Reason 11 heralds the arrival of several new devices: Quartet Chorus Ensemble, Sweeper Modulation Effect, Master Bus Compressor, Channel Dynamics and Channel EQ. Those who use Reason standalone–and it’s worth making clear that this ‘full’ version of the software isn’t going away–will also benefit from an enhanced sequencer. Commenting on the ditching of the Propellerhead brand, Chief Product Officer Timothy Self says: “We’re changing our name to Reason Studios to clearly express our dedication…

1 min.
essential drum design

It’s amazing how a word can mean different things to different people. Take the word ‘drums’ for example. For some, it immediately conjures up images of acoustic kits being bashed with sticks; for others, it might mean the classic sound of Roland’s 1980s drum machines, whose very existence helped usher in new musical styles including hip-hop and techno; whereas for those with a strong interest in synthesis, drums provide an opportunity to produce new sounds, perfectly crafted to the requirements of a track in progress. It’s primarily to this group of noise makers that this article is aimed, as we’ll be looking at how the oscillator, filter, amplifier and envelope stages of a synth can be used to fashion brand new drum and percussion sounds. This knowledge will also be…

2 min.
we ❤ drum machines

What is it that makes drum machines and the sounds they produce so unique? Those of us who make music for our careers or for pleasure are used to the fact that ‘electronic versions’ of almost every instrument you can think of have existed since the home keyboards of the 1970s and 1980s. We’ve heard synth brass and synth strings and synth pads and synth everything else–and whilst the flavors of these instruments drift in and out of fashion, the pioneering drum machines of the same time period have remained stoically popular. Notable early drum machines include the Keio MiniPops released in the late ’60s; later, Keio became Korg and its drum machines became significantly more capable, but the MP-5 and MP-7 models have been written into electronic music history thanks…