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Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician July 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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Future Publishing Limited US
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
under the radar…

There are certain instruments that anybody in electronic music making is guaranteed to be familiar with; whether you've come into contact with the original hardware or not, no doubt you'd know what to expect from, say, a Minimoog Model D or Roland TR-808. Other devices have, for one reason or another, faded into relative obscurity. In some cases this is entirely justified – the history of synthesis is littered with rightly forgotten instruments that were misguided, derivative or just plain bad. There are, however, also numerous overlooked instruments that definitely don't deserve their relegation into obscurity. Names like the Wasp, OSCar and CZ-101 might not be completely unknown, particularly amongst those reading this magazine, but they're not ingrained into the language of our everyday music making in the way that Junos,…

2 min.
new gear

Elektron Overbridge 2 is “music making made more fluid” The original Elektron Overbridge software functioned as both an editor for Elektron’s hardware synths and a way to play and monitor them through your DAW. With Elektron’s USB 3.0 Overhub in tow (optionally), users could combine the very best of all the company’s many synths with an in-the-box workflow. Overbridge 2 – which is out now, following a lengthy public beta – keeps the VST and AU plugins, but adds a standalone app that can edit and even record audio from your analog or digital Elektron synths, without the need to rely on your DAW. Additionally, Overbridge 2 features the ability to use your connected Analog Heat, Analog Rytm or Analog Four as external effects processors for audio routed from your DAW. Aside from…

1 min.
download 74 creative strategies for electronic music producers for free

Ableton is doing its bit to keep us on a creative to tip while we’re at home. Having already offered a 90-day trial of its flagship Live Suite DAW bundle, it’s now giving away the digital edition of its excellent book, Making Music – 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers, for free. Even for those who don’t use Ableton products, this is an excellent read. Written by Ableton’s Head of Documentation, Dennis DeSantis, the book offers “concrete tips for solving musical problems, making progress, and (most importantly) finishing what you start”. It’s divided into three sections that deal with beginning, progressing and finishing your projects respectively. You can find links to .pdf, .mobi and .epub editions of the book on the Ableton website. Don’t forget about Ableton’s Learning Music and Learning…

7 min.
this month in software

Tracktion launches Waveform Free: is this the world’s best free DAW? Tracktion Software has long been generous when it comes to offering free DAWs, but with Waveform Free, the company seems to think that it’s surpassed itself. In fact, it’s calling this “the world’s best, fully featured, completely unlimited free DAW for all music creators”. Launching at a time when there are a lot of people at home looking for a creative outlet, Waveform Free runs on Windows, macOS and Linux, and also Raspberry Pi. There’s support for MPE and the latest generation of expressive softwware instruments, and the DAW includes innovative features such as the MIDI Pattern Generator – this enables you to create synchronized melodies, chord progressions, basslines and more: the 40SC Virtual Synthesizer and Micro Drum Sampler. Waveform Free has…

2 min.
baby audio comeback kid

Delay plugins start off simple, sure, but once you've got a repeating signal path, there's a lot you can do to make something particularly unique. Baby Audio's Comeback Kid has got a new spin on the delay plugin, and it's all about the wet signal. Instead of loads of controls and modulation over delay timing and feedback, Comeback Kid works its magic in the feedback path itself. Controls you'll recognize include Time, Feedback and Ping Pong, but knobs like Richer, Swirl, Sauce, Cheap and Destiny give you the distinct impression that you're supposed to use your ears. Those unfamiliar parameters mostly process the wet, delayed signal, making it wider, richer, more overdriven or anything else, compared to the input signal. 1. The Basics However comprehensive you make a delay plugin, the very basic, crucial…

2 min.
audiomodern filterstep

There are a lot of free plugins out there, and so developers have to really push the boat out if they want to offer something unique and interesting. Audiomodern's Filterstep is a great example of freeware done right – a plugin that most producers would consider paying for if it wasn't gratis already. Not only is Filterstep great, it's also quite unique, too – it's a sequenced filter plugin that lets you draw your steps for a low-pass, high-pass or band-pass filter, and takes you far deeper with the programming than simply the basics. Let's take a look at exactly what it can do. You can grab Filterstep for free from audiomodern.com. 1. Sequenced Filtering A great way to start off with Filterstep is through its randomization function. Simply hit the dice icon…