Computer Music March 2021

Computer Music's goal is to help its readers create great music with a PC or Mac. Each month find easy-to-follow tutorials for all sorts of music software, unbiased reviews of the latest products and answers to technical questions. Our Zinio edition does not include the DVD but it DOES INCLUDE the full software, samples and tutorial files to download. Full details inside. Download does not include Producer Masterclass in-studio video. This digital edition is not printable.

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
how to use

We’ve got a new system for downloading files. Whenever you see this icon, you can grab the files on your PC or Mac by going to Tutorials featuring this icon make use of our own Plugins – find out all about them at This icon means there are extra files to help you follow a tutorial feature: project files, audio examples, etc. There’s extra video content wherever you see this icon.…

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“He’s using an Atari like a tape recorder!” I am (sadly) old enough to recall one of the first demos of a computer recording audio from the outside world and ‘mixing’ it with MIDI. There were literally gasps in the crowd as a bunch of other (and there really is no other way to describe us) nerds and I looked on in awe. “My God, he’s using an Atari like a tape recorder!” I swear I recall one highly-Lynxed fellow sitting next to me screaming, probably in the voice of Comic Book Guy. Did I think this was the future of music production? Yes. Was I right? Well, no actually. Not at first. There then followed a period of many years when the whole concept of computer recording didn’t exactly unfold…

6 min
tone2 warlock

Tone2’s reputation for in-your-face synth sounds is well known, with the company offering a collection of raucous, full-on instruments to cut through today’s hardest genres. A new member of the line-up should be out by the time you read this. Warlock is a lot more restrained than Tone2’s other offerings – Electra, Icarus, Nemesis, et al – and also comes with the leaner price tag of just €59. Touting low CPU usage and a high-end sound, Warlock’s synthesis generation starts (would you believe it) with its two main oscillators. Each offers an apparent range of 53 oscillator types – the examples shown in the image (right) include the offerings Drumloop3 and Time Chaos, which seem mindbending enough to us. Tone2 say that “All spectra can be altered, morphed and looped”, which…

1 min
app watch

Klevgrand Pipa It won’t replace a real vocalist, but Klevgrand’s Pipa vocal synth could be very useful for adding texture and atmosphere to your music. It features both wavetable and granulating synthesis, with the wavetables extracted from real vocal samples. Plus, you can play with the formants, dynamics and pitch – each has its own envelope and LFO. With the option to choose between male and female voices and add effects, there’s plenty to play with here. $9.99. Runs on iPad/desktop. RhythmLock It’s not a music-making app, but RhythmLock could help you make better music. Devised by Colin Sapp, from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, it’s designed to help you better understand the sub-division of beats. You just play along with the built-in rhythms, and as you do, you’ll see them displayed on…

2 min
get with the programmers

cm How did you get into software? MC “My background is in music and performance; I’ve released albums under Sketches for Albinos and my own name. I started designing software 10 years ago and have been at Krotos for six years. I started making music on a 4-track and a heavy laptop – music tech has come a long way! Everything I learnt was self-taught which helped me approach things with an unusual angle: misusing technology, whilst keeping it user-friendly are both important things.” cm Tell us a bit about Krotos MC “We started in 2014 with a university project from Orfeas, the founder: that was Dehumaniser, for creature sound effects. It got us lots of attention so we developed more from its ‘DNA’. We found a gap in the market with award-winning…

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ins & outs

SPOTIFY THE DIFFERENCE Ever worry that your new track might be a rip-off of someone else’s? It seems Spotify may soon have a solution. They’ve reportedly filed for a patent for a new form of plagiarism detection technology, which could analyse your song and tell you how similar it is to others. THE SONG OWNERSHIP IT IS A-CHANGIN’ It’s well known that a lot of musicians are struggling to make ends meet right now, but Bob Dylan certainly isn’t one of them, having sold the rights to his back catalogue to Universal for an undisclosed sum. We’re guessing it was a lot… ROLAND ON YOUR (CLOTHES) RACK Just in time for the new lockdown, Roland has launched a range of limited-edition sportswear. Choose from two collections: one that marks the company’s formation in 1972 and…