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Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician January 2020

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.
editor’s note

Soft focus In recent years it seems that much of the electronic music world has flipped its focus towards the hardware realm. Modular is bigger than ever and almost every artist we speak to seems to be getting in on the Eurorack action. Affordable analog has put real life synths into the hands of even the most cash-strapped producers too, and with the likes of Behringer reimagining classsic synths at the affordable end of the market, it's a great time to be moving “out of the box.” All that being said though, it would be criminal to overlook the fantastic advances being made in the world of music production software. Particularly in recent months, we've been treated to some incredibly powerful and exciting new synths, effects and DAWs that push the possibilities…

6 min.
new gear

Superlative’s SB01 synth is like a portable 101 from the future While some companies are happy to create slavish emulations of classic synths, Superlative is taking a rather different approach. Previewed at Superbooth, the SB01 - pronounced Space Bee, apparently – might be inspired by Roland’s SH-101, but it’s also a forward-thinking analog instrument in its own right. That said, sounds are generated with a 3340 voltage-controlled oscillator and 4-pole OTA filter for that distinctive SH sound. There are also analog envelopes, modulation features and portamento. Things start to get a little more interesting when you consider the step sequencer, a new design that’s been optimized for “fluid live performance”. Patterns can be created by entering notes in order, along with rests or slides. You can create patterns with up to 256 notes…

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 Just as music is becoming more and more democratized, so is making the instruments that make the music. Coding is still not a common skill, and I’m told that coding something well is even rarer, but thanks to tools like the JUCE library, and online education in general, it’s more possible than ever before for many to create their own plugin synths and effects. But with great power comes great…

6 min.
this month in software

UVI’s Falcon softsynth plugin spreads its wings and lands at version 2 UVI’s Falcon was already a pretty chunky hybrid synth plugin, but its capabilities have now been significantly expanded thanks to a version 2 update. Combining synthesis and sampling oscillators, effects, modulation and MIDI processors, we’re told that it now offers “infinite possibilities”. One criticism of the original Falcon was that it didn’t have an additive oscillator; this is now present and correct. What’s more, there’s now FM support in the wavetable oscillator and improved IRCAM Stretch, FM and Pluck oscillators (16 oscillators are included in total). There are also new and improved modulation sources. The parametric LFO makes its debut, while the multi-envelope modulator now supports MIDI and audio sample drag-n-drop. There are more effects than before, too—you’ve now got 90…

3 min.
logic pro x

01 By default, Logic Pro X won’t play back a MIDI note unless the playback bar passes through the start of the note. This can be annoying if you’ve set up a loop in the middle of your track that excludes notes triggered before the loop actually starts. To fix this, go to File » Project Settings » MIDI and click Chase. Click the Notes checkboxes at the top and in Chase on Cycle Jump at the bottom. 02 Sometimes, it can be interesting to experiment with the structure of your piece by ‘jumping’ from one part to another. To skip over a certain part, you could delete all of the notes in the section you want to omit, but this is pretty drastic if you’re still making up your mind.…

3 min.
reason 11

01 Like most DAWs, you can control Reason with a connected MIDI controller, but Reason's rack devices also take a variety of commands from your QWERTY keyboard if you let them. Head to Options and tick Keyboard Control Edit Mode, and select a device in the rack. Every arrow represents a parameter that can be mapped to a QWERTY key to switch it on or flick it between minimum and maximum. It might not be the same as having a fully mapped controller, but it's a handy compromise on the go! 02 Reason doesn’t come with its own multiband processor, but you can make your own. The Stereo Imager device will create the cleanest crossovers for clinical multiband splits. Create a Stereo Imager module and solo the Lo band. Around the…