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Future Music Autumn 2019

Future Music delivers the technique and technology behind the hits. Packed with inspiration for today’s modern musician there’s reviews of hot new gear, tons of tutorials to help you get the most out of your hardware and software, and exclusive In The Studio features where the stars take apart their tracks. Our Zinio edition does not include the DVD but DOES INCLUDE the full samples and tutorial files to download. Full details inside. Download does not include In The Studio With video. This digital edition is not printable.

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13 Issues

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solid foundations

In these pages, we often like to go on a little journey to the weirder, more creative ends of what’s possible in electronic music. But as much as out-there effects and complex textures are great, it’s important to focus on the fundamentals sometimes. That’s what this issue’s cover feature is all about. Kick, snare, clap – these three elements form the backbone of almost all dance music genres, providing the punch, groove and weight your track needs to make an impact on the dancefloor. That’s why we’re dedicating nine pages of this issue into exploring ways to shape, refine and customise these core drum sounds. We’re not foregoing the creativity completely though. Head for our new regular Creative Inspiration column on page 76; in our first instalment we’re exploring ways to take…

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AMBIENT SOUNDS PT.1 ’90s Ambient (562 samples) Ambient Dawn (490 samples) AMBIENT SOUNDS PT.2 Majestic Bells & Mallets (444 samples) Spring Reverb & Tape Delay (533 samples) ATMOSPHERES & BACKGROUNDS Atmospheric Beds (369 samples) Noise, Crackle & Hiss (512 samples) Sounds of the City (371 samples) CLASSIC SYNTHS PT.1 Analogue Polys (625 samples) SH Collection (500 samples) CLASSIC SYNTHS PT.2 Analogue Poly Chord Hits (342 samples) Classic Synths: ’80s, ’90s, ’00s (678 samples) Hardware Arps (511 samples) CREATIVE DRUMS Cyborg Beats (514 samples) Lo-Fi Sampling (555 samples) Obscure Drum Machines (517 samples) Overloaded Beats (889 samples) ESSENTIAL DRUMS 808 and 909 (39 samples) Ultimate Cymbals (503 samples) Ultimate Kick Bundle (505 samples) Ultimate Snares & Claps (676 samples) Vintage Drum Machine Hits (548 samples) FX & TRANSITIONS PT.1 Filter Fun (496 samples) Gates ‘N’ Sidechains (287 samples) Total Transitions (260 samples) FX & TRANSITIONS PT.2 Destroyed synths (519 samples) Sci-Fi FX (501 samples) HIP-HOP, FUNK & SOUL Cosmic Soul (386 samples) Funk Keys (279 samples) Hip-Hop Drum Machines…

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roland unleash a stack of synths and beatmakers

As now seems to be traditional, Roland have announced a raft of new products to roughly time with ‘909 day’ aka 9th September. In probably their most significant announcement of recent years, the lauded Japanese brand have lifted the lid on a range of new grooveboxes, a flagship synth, a new collection of workstations and an update to one of their Boutique line. On the groovebox front, the company have revived their dormant MC range with (this month’s cover star) the MC-707 and its compact counterpart the MC-101. Both feature the brand’s new ZEN-Core engine, making use of a mix of PCM samples and virtual analogue synthesis to provide a host of drum and synth sounds that both pay homage to classic Roland gear and provide up-to-date presents. The 707 also…

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reason 11 brings the rack to other daws with plugin compatibility

When Ernst Nathorst-Böös, one of the founders of Propellerhead Software, was replaced as company CEO earlier this year, it seemed clear it would no longer be business as usual for the Reason developers. And so it’s come to pass: the fact that Reason 11 is on the way should come as no surprise, but there’s a big change in that it’ll also run in other DAWs as the Reason Rack Plugin. What’s more, Propellerhead Software will now be known as Reason Studios. The news seemingly points to a new strategy for the Reason developers, as they seek not to encourage users of other DAWs to switch to their software, but to use their instruments and effects in their existing production environment. Reason 11 also heralds the arrival of several new devices: Quartet Chorus…

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spitfire team up with the bbc symphony orchestra for their “most ambitious project” yet

Sampling specialists Spitfire Audio have announced the arrival of their “most ambitious project to date”: a library that captures the world-famous BBC Symphony Orchestra. Created in collaboration with BBC Studios, this required 84 sessions and 200 hours to record. It features 99 players and 55 instruments. Users will be able to take advantage of 418 playing techniques that span strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. What’s more, there are 20 signals – 11 mic positions, five spills, two atmos and two mixes – for getting total control. Spitfire are calling this a “definitive orchestra, made accessible through cutting-edge technology” and it’s being launched with a keynote that’s being livestreamed on YouTube. Pre-orders are now being taken, with BBC Symphony Orchestra being released on 24 October. A promotional price of $749/£679/749 euros applies until 7…

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midihub is a standalone box that could change the way you route and process your midi data

It might look like a standard MIDI interface, but MIDIhub is far more than a standard I/O box. In fact, it’s a full-on MIDI processor and router. We should say that the device can operate as a standard 4-in/4-out MIDI interface (it also has a USB port for power and/or computer communication) but the real magic happens when you fire up the MIDIhub editor on your computer. This enables you to connect ‘pipes’ – these can be thought of as MIDI effects – that enable you to apply complex and creative processing to your MIDI data. These range from simple CC filters to an arpeggiator and a note dispatcher. You can also use MIDIhub as a merger, splitter, transformer, router, randomiser, transposer, micro tuner and master clock – the options are…