Computer Music August 2020

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Números

en este número

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how to use cm

We’ve got a new system for downloading files. Whenever you see this icon, you can grab the files on your PC or Mac by going to Tutorials featuring this icon make use of our own Plugins – find out all about them at This icon means there are extra files to help you follow a tutorial feature: project files, audio examples, etc. There’s extra video content wherever you see this icon.…

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“Am I the guy Sleafords are talking about?” I’m feeling slightly insecure. I’ve just read our Sleaford Mods interview on p56 and I’m starting to think I’m the guy they talk about in it: the one who’s more bothered about his snare EQ curve than actually releasing any music. (Except I’m not particularly bothered about my snare EQ curve either, if truth be told.) Their story is incredible, their methods unique and it’s one of the most refreshing interviews I’ve read, not just in this magazine, but in any. There is a lesson in there for all of us; I’m just not sure I’m ready to learn it yet… Which would have been enough for me to talk about this month without Apple doing their usual ‘unexpected announcement’ thing and landing…

6 min.

Roland Zenology The Japanese megacorp unveil a new plugin based on ZEN-Core Synthesis Providing a wealth of emulations of their classic synths and drum machines – both algorithmic and sample-based – for a competitive monthly fee, Roland’s Roland Cloud service has successfully established itself as part of the music technology landscape over the last couple of years. And now, alongside the legendary likes of the SH-101, TR-808, Juno-106 and System 100, subscribers can get their hands on a plugin version of the company’s recently unveiled ZEN-Core Synthesis System. Called Zenology, the new instrument “embodies nearly 50 years of synthesizer research and development”, and uses analogue emulation, PCM-based and analogue/digital hybrid technologies for sound generation, with “Analog Behavior Modelling” due to be added at a later date. Importantly, it allows for transfer of patches…

1 min.
app watch

Facebook Collab Facebook may not be the first name you think of when considering collaboration apps, but when you factor in its social heritage, it makes more sense. Collab is a new iOS app currently in beta; it lets you sync up to three videos of yourself playing, resulting in a complete arrangement. You’ll also be able to upload your collabs so other people can add to them. It’s currently only available by invite – sign up to join the waiting list. BIAS FX 2 Mobile Positive Grid are promising to turn your iOS device into “the ultimate all-in-one guitar effects processor,” and it’s all thanks to BIAS FX 2 Mobile, a significantly-enhanced version of their amp/effects app. This is powered by a new processing engine and promises an easy user interface,…

3 min.
get with the programmers

Mastering The Mix Tom Frampton cm Tell us a bit about your company?. TF “I started Mastering The Mix in 2014 with a goal to help music producers get better-sounding mixes. As a mastering engineer, I was well positioned to see what issues my clients faced when making music. I ended up giving the same advice time after time and wanted to create a solution that would enable people to easily identify their own mix issues. This is how our first plugin, Levels, came about, a metering plugin that identifies technical issues in a mix or master. It was warmly received by the audio community and we’ve continued to create plugins that solve the hardest challenges producers face in the studio, with Mixroom being the latest.” cm Tell us about Mixroom… TF “It’s an intelligent…

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ins & outs

SPLICING THINGS UP Sample vendors Splice have enjoyed a dramatic rise, and it looks like they have big plans for the future. They recently purchased Superpowered, a dev platform for creating cross-platform audio apps. Next step music production software? BUTTERFLY AWAY The launch of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro was good news for those seeking a more compact, powerful Mac laptop, and we can also celebrate that there are now no new MacBooks with the unloved butterfly keyboard mechanism that came in 2015. It won’t be missed. BETTER THE DAW YOU KNOW With people being forced to stay indoors over the past few weeks, interest in home recording is booming. Kylie Minogue is just one star who’s revealed that she’s set up a studio in her living room so that she can continue to work…