Computer Music July 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

“We’ll be knocking out beats on skulls” We were pretty much forced to do this month’s cover feature, when four new hardware units claiming to be able to ‘make entire tunes’ turned up at the same time. So, can it really be that after all these years of software taking over from hardware, that computer-based DAWs will be replaced? I mean, really? Well, we’ve seen the comeback of hardware synths, and some might add top-end outboard; heck some even say tape (but those people tend to live in loft apartments listening to cassettes in an ironic way, so let’s discount them). So a hard return could be ‘a thing’ in this upside-down world where everyone is looking back with facemasksteamed spectacles. This yearning for the past was getting to me, then,…

7 min
ro-ro-ro your synth…

There was a time, of course – and not actually that long ago – where Roland didn’t do software. However the company’s Cloud subscription service has opened up that particular soft door (or DAW if you work for this mag) and now you can download classic Rolands by the dozen from there (and individually). We thought this might lead to the former hardware giants leaning on smaller companies to stop them doing Roland emulations – as they eventually sort of did with ReBirth – but not so it seems, and this month we have not one but two more Roland softsynths… not made by Roland! First up is the Softube Model 84, not actually stated as a Juno-106 (the 84 is from the year the synth came out, rather like they…

1 min
app watch

M1 Processor The rumour was that the new iPad Pro would have a chip comparable to the latest Macs’ M1 processor, but it turns out that both the 11- and 12.9-inch models are powered by the actual M1. This adds huge potential, and credence to the rumour that Logic Pro will be coming to the iPad Pro in due course. Will other music software developers follow suit? And will the iPad Pro become people’s main ‘computer’ of choice? The 11” iPad starts at $799/£749. Pure Piano E-instruments have opened their iOS account with the launch of Pure Piano, a 1.1GB instrument that puts a grand piano on your iPhone or iPad. The focus here is on just one piano, but you can tweak your tone in real-time using the intuitive Morph Pad, while…

2 min
get with the programmers

cm How did you get into music software? MK “I started programming audio software in the early 90s. There was not much available on the market in those days, so we had to develop our own. We used ‘trackers’, which were able to play back samples and you’d arrange them to create songs.” cm Tell us a little about your company and which products became successful? MK “In the 90s I created various audio tools as well as several trackers for SoundBlaster cards. In the early 2000s I started with creating freeware VSTs. reFX licensed my audio engines for several products: JunoX, Vanguard, Slayer, PlastiCZ. In 2005 I decided to go my own way and founded Tone2. Gladiator and Electra2 became very popular and were used by a massive number of producers.” cm What…

1 min
ins & outs

FOCUSRITE BUYS SEQUENTIAL UK company Focusrite is celebrating the purchase of Dave Smith’s Sequential synth brand. Both parties seem pretty pleased with the new arrangement, with Smith – whose company will continue to operate independently – saying he expects “great things”. OP-10 Believe it or not, Teenage Engineering’s quirky OP-1 synth has just celebrated its 10th birthday. While not everyone’s cup of musical tea, few contemporary synths have become as iconic, and we’d argue that it can now be considered a modern classic. BACK TO LIVE? We don’t want to speak too soon – and we know the situation is different all round the world – but it seems like live music and club culture might be re-emerging, and we could (everyone touch wood) be set for a fun-packed summer. Let’s hope so. AL SCHMITT RIP A…

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10 years back

What were you doing back in July 2011? If you were reading 166, you may have been learning how to make chillout, a genre that had already gained a bit of a reputation for naffness, thanks to its use as the soundtrack to endless home makeover shows. Maybe it’s time for a revival… or maybe we should all kick back and not bother. “We predicted that Android could soon be a rival for iOS in the music-making stakes” More urgently, we asked if high-end music software was being dumbed-down – it has certainly gotten easier to use, which is a good thing, we’d argue – and we predicted that Android could soon be a rival for iOS in the music-making stakes. Let’s not dwell on that one any more than we have…