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Future Music February 2020

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
making waves…

We don’t just stick any old synth on the cover here at FM, and this issue’s cover star is something pretty special. Regular readers might recognise my barely-disguised love of ‘vintage’ digital synths, and Korg’s Wavestation is a particular favourite – a wonderfully oddball source of complex textures and evolving sounds. It remains one of the best ambient instruments out there, beloved by ravers, composers and soundtrack creators alike. Korg’s long-overdue follow-up, the Wavestate, is more than just a classic revival though; it cleverly updates the original’s engine bringing its sound design tools into the 21st century. Read my full review on p76 to find out why it’s so exciting...…

1 min.
archive

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…

2 min.
arturia pigments gets an upgrade

A dual-engine, dual-filter synth plugin with a bountiful supply of effects and a built-in sequencer, Arturia’s Pigments has been a big hit. Now, a year after its launch, we have version 2, which promises to add even greater depth and functionality. One of the big headlines is the new sample engine. Hundreds of samples come supplied, and you can also import your own. These can be loaded into six slots, and you have six playback modes, and there’s further fun to be had when you start using Pigments’ highly-regarded modulation features. There’s now a granular mode, too: samples can become granular synth patches with a simple button press, and there are density, envelope, size and randomisation parameters too. Elsewhere, the sequencer has been improved. Randomness can now be applied non-destructively, so if you…

1 min.
sugar bytes boot up their drumcomputer synthetic drum machine plugin

Sugar Bytes have found their groove again and released DrumComputer, a new plugin that specialises in synthetic beats. You get eight individual sound engines, each of which has its own channel and can call on three distinct synthesis layers: Resonator, Wavetable and Resynth. There are numerous effects and modulation possibilities, too, along with intelligent randomisation options that can create individual sounds and complete kits for you. These sounds can be turned into patterns in the feature-packed 16-step/16-pattern sequencer, and there are modulation sequencers as well. When you’ve got a beat that you’re happy with, you can drag and drop it as MIDI, with all relevant pattern information being transported across. DrumComputer is also designed for live use. Sounds can be assigned to your keyboard and you can set up key zones for rolls,…

1 min.
fl studio 20.6 update released

Image-Line have dropped FL Studio 20.6, a free update for all users. Feature updates include a new pedal-style distortion known as Distructor, and improved audio time warping in the NewTime editor. CV support has been added in the form of the Fruity Voltage Controller, making FL Studio more suitable for use with vintage analogue gear. Other enhancements include split playlist track rendering, SoundCloud export and a Euclidean rhythm generator. Internal MIDI recording, meanwhile, can be activated simply by right-clicking and choosing the Burn to MIDI option. As with all updates, version 20.6 is free for all existing FL Studio users.…

1 min.
roland’s “ultimate sound module”, the xv-5080, is now available in the roland cloud

Released in 2000, Roland’s XV-5080 was billed as the company’s “ultimate sound module,” with good reason. Building on the success of the earlier JV-1080, this rack-based multitimbral beauty offered a massive stash of PCM-based sounds, modulation features aplenty and a slew of effects, and was versatile enough to appeal to a range of producers. Now the XV-5080 has returned as a Roland Cloud plugin, meaning that a new generation can enjoy its wide-ranging charms. It contains more than 900 presets, all searchable by category, and a drop-down editor for in-depth parameter editing. The XV-5080 is one of a growing number of Roland classics to head onto the company’s Cloud platform. It joins the likes of the TR-808, Juno-106. Jupiter-8, TB-303, TR-909 and D-50. Prices start at $19.95 or £18.50 per month, with reductions…