Computer Music December 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.

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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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“My fingers too big, my attention span too small” I think I’ve started using these Welcome columns as some kind of self-help therapy sessions. Maybe it’s COVID (or that I just need to get out more) but I appear to be using them to unleash long-held demons and insecurities, and all at your expense. Last month I admitted I can’t play keyboards and use technology as my crutch in this regard. This month I’ll admit that I used to find making music on an iPad (and iPhone especially) a largely tedious experience. I think my fingers are too big, my attention span too small and my expectations too ‘desktop’. But having written several App Roundups over the last decade, it fell on my shoulders to give it one last chance with…

7 min.

Native Instruments’ holiday haul The German tech giant unleash a salvo of new goodies Native Instruments have launched five new products, including the standalone Maschine+ groovebox, which we reported on last issue (so won’t go into again here), and the latest version of their value-packed Komplete bundle. Komplete 13 arrives two years after Komplete 12, so there are a fair few new additions to its already enormous roster of instruments, effects and sample libraries. Chief among them are the Straylight and Pharlight granular Kontakt instruments, Super 8 vintage-style polysynth, Session Guitarist – Electric Sunburst Deluxe virtual guitar/guitarist, and Nils Frahm’s Noire concert piano for Kontakt; but there are a couple of completely new entrants, too. The first of these is the long awaited Guitar Rig 6, updating the acclaimed virtual guitar effects rack almost…

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app watch

Apple’s 5G hike With some socially-distanced fanfare, Apple recently launched four new iPhone models: 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. Specs vary, obviously, but each contains the A14 Bionic chip that also appears in the latest iPad Air to provide plenty of grunt for your music-making. These are also the first iPhones to have 5G, which could turn out to be useful for musicians, particularly those who want to collaborate online. Prices are predictably high, with the 12 mini starting at £/$699 and the 12 Pro Max starting at an eye-watering £/$1099. Saurus Chorus Eventide’s TriceraChorus – a great pun the first time you hear it – is a new AUv3 effect inspired by the tri- and stompbox choruses of the 70s and early 80s. There are three chorus…

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get with the programmers

Kilohearts Anders Stenberg How did you get into plugins? AS “We started in 2011, aiming to make computer games and do consulting. We made tools for game audio and that whet our appetite for audio tools. We had some free time and said ‘maybe we should try making a synth?’. That was kHs ONE, which we were very happy with. Then we started imagining what the ultimate synth might be and BOOM! Eight years later we released Phase Plant.” What makes your software stand out? AS “Our philosophy is based on solid computer science. We avoid frills and gimmicks and also strive for elegance. Some might see that as bland and think our effects don’t have cool names, but familiarity and reliability are more important than creating new words for things. We also support our…

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ins & outs

ONLINE ACID As if we didn’t have enough distractions, along comes Roland designer Yuri Suzuki’s 808303 studio – an online groovebox containing emulations of the TR-808 and TB-303 – to take even more of our time. We’d be cursing them if it wasn’t so damn good. NOVAPHEX Novation embarked on a cryptic campaign suggesting that they were working on something with Aphex Twin, with billboards bearing his logo popping up in Bristol, Berlin and LA. It turned out to be a new collab between them and ‘the Twin’, a new synth called AFX Station. THE PROPHET-5 IS ALIVE! OK, it’s not software, but it’d take a cold-hearted synth fan not to get just a little bit dewy-eyed at the news that Dave Smith is bringing back the Prophet-5, the synth he made his name with…