Computer Music September 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

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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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“Naughty, naughty, very naughty” A very wise person once said – think Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid or the prime minister of New Zealand – ‘never compare major DAWs with one another’. And I’ve held those wise words close to my heart, believing that selecting your sequencing weapon is very much a personal choice. All DAWs offer enough features to turn your ideas into music, and it’s really the workflow – that most personal of preferences – that should be your deciding factor. But when Apple dropped its Live Loops bomb into Logic 10.5 – not to mention a couple of samplers, along the way – it was pretty clear which road they were travelling down (and there were signposts to Berlin all along it). So my rather sensible ‘try…

6 min.

Cherry Audio Voltage Modular 2 Get your Eurorack-style fix on your Mac/PC with Voltage Modular 2 Version 2 of Cherry Audio’s Voltage Modular has landed, introducing a raft of profound changes and new features to one of the most expansive and powerful software modular synthesis systems on the market. First – and, for some, foremost – will be the addition of a number of new modules to the Voltage Modular Core package, including the Poly Vintage and Poly Super Oscillators, Poly Ladder Filter and Poly Super Envelope Generator, Spectrum Analyzer, MIDI File Player, Octal Switch and Micro Mult. Many of the incumbent modules have been redesigned and improved as well, with linear FM being worked into the Oscillator, resonance modulation added to the Filter, and the Delay module offering tempo sync, for example. The…

1 min.
app watch

Cubasis 3 We rarely talk about a major Android music-making app release in these pages, but Steinberg’s Cubasis 3 is precisely that. Seemingly a pretty comprehensive port of the mobile DAW that’s already proven a hit on iOS, this lets you use as many audio and MIDI tracks as your device can handle, and offers both realtime timestretching and pitchshifting facilities. There are several built-in instruments, too. All of this doesn’t come cheap, though: Cubasis 3 for Android will set you back €55. Neural Mix Algoriddim’s djay has always been an easy-to-use DJing app, but now it’s added a feature that’s genuinely state of the art. Their new Neural Mix tech lets you break tracks apart in realtime, with separate level faders for drums, instrumentation and vocals. As well as offering new…

3 min.
get with the programmers

Toontrack Erik Phersson CM What challenges did you face in the development of EZbass? EP “Designing good software is a complex and creative process with many twists and turns. So yes, lots of hurdles and lessons learned along the way. One recurring challenge is figuring out the balance between usability and complexity. Traditionally, our EZ Line products have, by design, been fairly limited in what the user can control. This has served its purpose well for EZdrummer, EZmix and EZkeys. EZbass, however, called for more features and user control but we of course didn’t want to make any sacrifices in terms of making the product easy to use. Getting this right took a number of iterations, but I think we hit the sweet spot.” CM What sets EZbass apart from other virtual bass instruments? EP…

1 min.
computer music 10 years back

Some problems are perennial – software crashes, latency issues and optimisation headaches, for example – so we tried to solve some of them in September 2010 ( 155). There was some solid advice in there, but try telling a 2020 producer that “2 to 4GB of RAM is more than sufficient to keep your machine purring along”. “Needless to say, no definitive conclusions were drawn” Something else that never goes away is the ‘hardware vs software’ debate, though we did our best to settle it by calling in three music technology luminaries – John Foxx, Gary Numan and Pentatonik. Needless to say, no definitive conclusions were drawn. Elsewhere, we asked if it was still possible to make money as an artist – we still haven’t quite forgiven ourselves for using the phrase “think…