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Music Tech Magazine

Music Tech Magazine April 2019

Music Tech is the world's most practical music recording and production magazine. Every issue is packed with hands-on features written by professional producers and engineers, software walkthroughs for all the key packages, Ten Minute Master guides to technologies and techniques, and the very latest product software news and reviews.

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THE MUSICTECH EXPERTS ANDY JONES Editor At Large Andy has an MA in Music Technology and has been writing about it for 25 years. He has launched and edited several magazines in the subject and was editor of MusicTech for four years. Naturally, he has far too many synthesisers. DAVE GALE Dave is an award-winning orchestrator, media composer and producer, with a passion for synths and modulars in all their forms, whether software, hardware, vintage or modern. Dave is MusicTech’s resident Eurorack expert, as well as a soundtrack composer. ALEX HOLMES Alex has been an electronic musician for many years and has a passion for beats, bass and all forms of electronic music. He’s currently involved with three different dance-music projects. Alex creates our sample-filled DVD each month. MARTIN DELANEY Martin was one of the first UK Ableton…

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on your dvd…

VIDEO FEATURE/87 MINS Creative Performance In Ableton Point Blank turns its attention to getting the most out of Ableton Live, with two videos covering different techniques and workflows. First up, Manchester-based producer and live performer Afrodeutsche takes us through her creative process and shares her tips for performing live in Ableton. Next up, certified trainer, Marcello Ruggiu, demonstrates how he uses Live to create ideas and take existing ones to new and exciting places using an array of inventive sequencers and devices. Size 709MB Format MP4 pointblanklondon.com Chillout Construction Kits This month’s pack from Equinox Sounds contains four smooth and lush-sounding construction kits for a wide variety of slow-tempo music styles, such as chillout and lounge. Each offers a complete mix followed by its component parts, including drums, bass, pianos, pads, strings and more. All…

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in case you missed it…

FOR THE LATEST NEWS VISIT WWW.MUSICTECH.NET THE MPG AWARDS 2019 This year’s Music Producers Guild Awards were held at London’s ritzy Grosvenor House hotel last month. The night seemed more star-studded than ever, with a plethora of rock, pop and production icons presenting awards to an eclectic mix of nominees. The awards honour the industry’s most successful, critically acclaimed and peer-respected individuals working in the music world today, mainly those on the other side of the desk from the world-famous artists many of them frequently work with. The categories are sponsored by music-technology companies including RME, Spitfire Audio, Genelec, AMS Neve, Steinberg and Focusrite. Presented by the delightfully irreverent Shaun Keaveny, the awards kicked off with the hotly contested Recording Engineer Of The Year category, which was awarded to Matt Wiggins, an engineer who…

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build your own beats

There’s no one way to make beats – there are so many different techniques, depending on the music, the gear and, most importantly, the people involved. It’s often difficult to avoid the clichés of beatmaking, and quite often we end up at one of two extremes: defaulting to deliberately machine-like beats, or quirky off-kilter rhythms with odd loops and non-standard sounds. It’s easy to get a room full of people to dance by playing simple straight beats, but it’s more rewarding if you throw in something unusual, and they dance to that, too. The word ‘beats’ covers a lot of ground. The musical world is highly fragmented now, which is actually a great thing – you can use almost any sound and any style, and make it work. We’re not going…

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buyers guide

Mooer Micro Drummer £79 mooeraudio.co.uk This is a drum machine in a very odd format, and the small size and low price could lend itself to experimentation and use in different setups instead of being a ‘normal’ practice tool. It has a mini-guitar pedal style (mains power required), with onboard patterns, tap tempo, and a tone control. DigiTech SDRUM £139 digitech.com Another pedal-format oddity, the SDRUM is designed for guitarists and bassists – all you do is scratch on your guitar strings and the pedal will create a kick and snare pattern, complete with automatic fills. It includes five kits and up to 36 songs with three parts each. Korg Volca Drum £149 korg.com The Volca range from Korg lends itself to all sorts of experimentation, being small, portable, cheap and very connectable. Drum obviously does beats but digital ones, unlike…

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more beat tips and tricks

PHONING IT IN If you haven’t got a resident drummer, and you don’t want to use off-the-shelf beats, or you just suck at programming, get your phone out and record yourself tapping on a table. That’s a perfectly good sound source for the slicing/audio-to-MIDI conversion techniques we talked about earlier. BREAK TWEAKER Izotope has a great plug-in for macOS and Windows, called Break Tweaker. Built in conjunction with DJ/producer/composer BT, it gives you a massive library of starter beats and sounds and the necessary tools to program, glitch and mangle to your heart’s content. Head over to izotope.com for more info. LOOP MASTER Don’t be too scared of creating odd beats, and using non-typical drum/percussion sounds. If it’s got an identifiable loop and tempo, then people will get down to it. Audiences want to dance,…