Computer Music November 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
4,58 €(IVA inc.)
37,43 €(IVA inc.)
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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“Cheesy bugs, maggots and 1970s mullets” *Thinks* The very reason I got into music technology when I was a wee lad, was simply because I couldn’t play a thing or read a note of music. I had that ‘typical’ piano lesson experience – a terrifying elderly teacher who put me off proper playing for life – but I loved music. OK… synth music. Music technology was the only way to go, then. I’d use my technological bent to overcome my lack of ability in the music skills department to produce music. Sorted. And I’ve never looked back. Kind of. Actually, if I’m really honest, and I mean really honest, in that kind of way that you are turning over a stone in your mind’s eye and scared to see what is…

6 min.

The Music Technology Show Virtual show for music production enthusiasts this October! There’s a possibility – and we hope this is not a correct prediction – that there won’t be any ‘live’ music equipment shows next year thanks to, you guessed it ‘that’ situation. NAMM has already gone, Frankfurt is surely hanging in the balance, so will the ever-more-popular Superbooth show in Berlin be our only saviour (again)? Not to worry for the foreseeable, though, because we have just the thing to at least partly fill these gaps. A new virtual Music Technology show… from us! Actually the show is being organised by Computer Music and sister magazines Electronic Musician and Future Music through our website Music Radar. The Music Technology Show will take place online at on 30th and 31st of…

1 min.
app watch

iPad Air App-related hardware news: Apple has updated both its standard full-size iPad (now eighth generation) and the iPad Air. The Air is the big news as, with the inclusion of the all-new A14 Bionic processor, it’s now the most powerful iPad you can buy (yep, more powerful than the more expensive iPad Pro). At $599/£579 it isn’t cheap, but looks like a great option. The cheaper, standard iPad also has a few advantages. It’s now powered by the pacy A12 Bionic chip, and it’s also the only full-size iPad to offer a headphone socket. The 32GB of storage in the entry-level model is a passion killer, but at $329, worth a look. Grand Piano There are excellent grand piano instrument options on iOS, but some demand a fair bit of storage space…

3 min.
get with the programmers

Beatskillz Gaurev Dayal cm Give us a brief history of Beatskillz. GD “Beatskillz started here in LA. I was struggling to get a foot inside the music industry – coming from India, with many hits under my belt and big Hollywood placements in movies such as Gravity, doesn’t guarantee further success in this business. “Working at the Capitol Records building as a composer/producer let me get a feel for the city and the work, but also the fact that pursuing music even at the highest level here has an uncertainty. Waiting around was boring, so I put my technical training as a computer engineer to use. I initially designed plugins keeping my own ‘quick’ workflow in mind. I could design algorithms, but hadn’t touched audio coding since engineering college, so it took some help…

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10 years back

Much like Thomas Dolby during that Grammys performance (, we donned our powdered wigs in November 2010 ( 158) and showed you how to bring the sound of the orchestra into your tracks. We still remember the days (and we mean days) spent swapping DVDs in order to install orchestral libraries that filled an entire hard drive. Great times. “We asked if some plugins were actually taking ‘authenticity’ too far” We also devoted four pages of tutorial space to NanoStudio, demonstrating that, yes, this really was a DAW on a phone. Train journeys would never be the same. Our Producer Masterclass, meanwhile, featured dubstep producer FuntCase – our sub-editors were on high alert checking that one – and we asked if some plugins were actually taking ‘authenticity’ too far. Our continuing love affair…