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Future Music

February 2021

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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1 Min.
chance encounter

The idea of using chance, probability and generative systems in music making is nothing new, but tools to accomplish these things have certainly become more common of late. Just look at some recent gear highlights – Novation Launchpad Pro, Arturia KeyStep Pro, Elektron Model Cycles, Korg opsix and Wavestate all come equipped with some kind of randomiser or probability-driven feature. It seems these tools that have long been popular in the modular realm are making their way into mainstream music gear. But why should we care? As we dig into in this issue’s cover feature, far from just being a lazy way to auto-generate sounds, adding a bit of chance and unpredictably to your music making can be a great way to inspire creativity, add variation and generate ‘happy accidents’ you…

2 Min.
in the archive – updated!

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) >…

3 Min.
arturia’s latest v collection brings more analogue and digital classics to the party

Arturia have released V Collection 8, their latest bundle of classic software synths and keyboards. This update adds a trio of brand-new instruments – Jun-6 V, Emulator II V and Vocoder V – as well as the recently-released OB-Xa V (which we’ve already reviewed, and loved!). There are updates for several existing instruments, too. The Jupiter-8-inspired Jup-8 V has now reached version 4, which brings with it a new sound and modulation engine. The Stage-73 V2 equips this Rhodes emulation with a redesigned physical modelling engine that promises greater levels of authenticity and variety. Finally, Analog Lab V, which brings together the best of the V Collection presets in one place, now has a new GUI and browser, which are designed to make it more intuitive than before. There are also 700…

2 Min.
the future of music

Klevgrand’s Pipa is an expressive singing synth that offers more than words Pipa is a new ‘expressive’ vocal synth plugin from Klevgrand that, although based on the human voice, isn’t designed to emulate all aspects of it. This sounds like another way of saying that you shouldn’t expect maximum authenticity; what you are promised is “an organic and musical sound” and the option to tweak formants and dynamics. Pipa marries wavetable and granulating synthesis – it contains thousands of wavetables extracted from real vocal samples. You can morph continuously between formants, dynamics and pitch – each parameter has its own envelope and LFO – and both male and female voices are included. Effects include room simulation and reverb. Pipa is available for PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats priced at $50. It’s also available…

2 Min.
generate new musical ideas in ableton live

“The riff by its very nature is repetitive so you get it again and again, you get it reinforced and the rest of the song is built around it like the riff was the skeleton of the song.”Brian May, Queen A lyrical phrase that is repeated and summarises what a song is about is called a ‘hook’. In terms of the music itself, the series of notes, chord patterns or musical phrases that are repeated is often called a ‘riff’. There is an instinctive aspect in riff creation that comes perhaps more easily to guitar and bass players… but what if you don’t play an instrument? Is there a method to come up with riff musical ideas? In this tutorial we are going to explore some tips on programming a MIDI riff. 01…

10 Min.
amon tobin foley room

Whoopy-frickin-do! You downloaded a sample pack. Hardly sweated over getting that synth line though, mate… Spare a thought for Amon Tobin, in the back of a cab, on the way to the studio, to record a taped-up bowl of agitated wasps [“It was hot to the touch. They were furious!”] This is Foley Room – an album with pissed off insects providing the sounds. As well as the growls of an intimately miked lion, the clunk-clicks of a CD pressing plant, and the whirring turns of a monstrous outdoor satellite dish, to name but a few more. “I just wanted to treat all sounds as being musical, whether or not they came from an instrument,” says Tobin. Armed with a “satchel-sized” Nagra tape machine, and the vastly more experienced engineer Vid Cousins and…