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Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician

September 2021

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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consoles for all

Software emulations of analog studio gear have existed for decades now, but still debate rages about their power and quality. Can listeners really tell the difference between an analog recording and a digital recreation of one? Can software plugins really capture the supposed warmth and cohesion of analog circuitry? Is a certain magic lost working entirely in-the-box? Whatever your thoughts on these questions, one undeniable upside to digital technology is how much it has democratized music making. Look at the plugins we're focusing on in this issues cover feature – virtual channel strips that allow any home music maker to record and process sounds in a manner that was once the sole remit of major studios housing thousands of dollars' worth of hardware. It's technology like this that has given rise…

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bitwig studio 4 announced: explore “new musical timelines”

Bitwig has unveiled version 4 of its eponymous DAW, which heralds the arrival of what the company is calling “new musical timelines”. In practice, this means four main things: comping for audio clips in both the Clip Launcher and Arranger; a new set of Operators for changing the chance, recurrence, and more of any note or audio event; Random Spread for any expression point; and, on a practical note, Native Apple Silicon support on Mac, including the facility to run Intel and ARM plugins side-by-side. Comping is handled in typically elegant Bitwig style. Color-coding for each take helps to keep things clear, and you can swap in different takes with a tapIn the composite lane you can move a boundary by clicking, adjust gain by dragging, or fix timing by sliding.…

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apogee’s dsp-powered duet 3 usb audio interface promises to sound as good as it looks

Apogee has introduced Duet 3, the third-generation version of its portable USB audio interface. Of course, the biggest concern with any audio interface is how it sounds, but we have to start by mentioning Duet 3’s supremely sleek, low-profile design, which immediately marks it out from the crowd. There’s also onboard DSP that enables zero-latency recording with the ECS Channel Strip FX plugin – featuring custom presets from legendary engineer Bob Clearmountain – though you’ll have to pay extra for this. Duet 3 offers 2-in/4-out operation, and features two preamps. A large backlit knob sits on the top of the device. The interface is also compatible with the new Duet Dock, which is designed to help with cable management and to give a more ergonomic experience when using Duet 3 on a…

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behringer channels mutable instruments’ plaits in brains, a multi-engine digital oscillator

Brains, the latest announcement from European gear behemoth Behringer, is a multi-engine Eurorack digital oscillator module. This takes its lead from Mutable Instruments’ Plaits module, which has open-source code. Arturia previously adopted this for its MicroFreak synth. Many of the 20 synthesis engines will be familiar to Plaits fans. The likes of Virtual Analog, Waveshaper, FM, Grains, Rain, Noise, Dust, Modal Strings, Bass, Snare and Hi Hat. However, Behringer has also added a few engines of its own – Supersaw, FM Drum, Cowbell and Toms. The synth engines can be tweaked using four main controls – Timbre, Harmonics, Frequency and Morph – and waveforms are visualised on a fancy OLED display. This being a modular device, there are the expected 3.5mm connections, including two separate outputs – one for your main sound…

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tracktion’s f.’em is touted as one of the most powerful fm synths ever

Tracktion is flipping the bird to all FM softsynths with its latest release, F.’em, an 11-operator FM synthesizer that promises to be one of the most powerful of its type ever made. While it’s primarily an FM instrument, F.’em is a hybrid at heart, with virtual analog and sample-based sound engines included. It also comes with a dual multimode filter and what looks to be a very flexible modulation matrix. However, it looks like the Operator matrix is where it’s at. Here you can utilize eight synchronisable wave operators, a noise source and two sample operators for some serious sound design. In fact, the blurb references the legendary Access Virus as a sound-a-like, which can only mean that F.’em can scream. Alongside these, seemingly intuitive, matrices are even more sound design options including…

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arturia’s fx collection 2 bundles 22 ‘audio effects that you’ll actually use’

Arturia has unveiled version 2 of its FX Collection, which brings together 22 “audio effects that you’ll actually use” – seven more than in the previous FX collection. The plugins are divided into seven categories – Bus FX, Modulations, Compressors, Delays, Reverbs, Preamps and Filters – each of which contains three processors Newcomers to the FX Collection include Bus Force, an original parallel processor with filter, EQ, compressor and saturation modules; the Neve-style Comp Diode-609 stereo compressor; Phaser Bi-Tron, a dual phaser that promises “boutique guitar pedal charm”; and Chorus Jun-6, which is based on Roland’s classic Juno chorus. Other highlights include new preamp options for the Space Echo-style Delay Tape-201, a refined preset browser, 200 new presets, and enhanced in-app tutorials that explain how the effects work. There’s support for the…