Computer Music January 2021

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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37,43 €(IVA inc.)
13 Números

en este número

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how to use

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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“…and me being a bit like David Bowie…” It was supposed to be simple. This month’s Welcome was going to be based around me being a bit like David Bowie, and producing my own Berlin Trilogy. OK, my ‘Trilogy’ was actually going to be a set of three features on Berlin software developers – Ableton (with Live 11), Orchestral Tools (with Modus) and Native Instruments (with Komplete 13) – rather than three amazing, cutting-edge albums produced in Berlin. But you get it, right? It was clever stuff. It probably would have even won me awards; we’re talking cutting-edge journalism here, OK? That was the plan, anyway. Until a certain ‘other’ German city got involved. Yes, Hamburg’s Steinberg decided to update Cubase, thus throwing all of my clever Berlin Trilogy references well…

6 min.
ik multimedia amplitube 5

Almost five years after the launch of AmpliTube 4, Italian music technology powerhouse IK Multimedia have kicked their popular guitar amplification and processing suite up another gear with the release of version 5. The most immediately apparent change to AmpliTube 5 is its redesigned GUI, which now sports the more modern look already adopted by stablemates T-RackS 5 and SampleTank 4, and is freely resizable. Of course, there’s also a ton of new amps, cabinets and effects to get to grips with, including two stompboxes (based on the Tech 21 SansAmp and MXR Distortion+), five boutique amps (inspired by the PRS Archon 50, Aguilar DB750 and DB410, Bogner XTC 3534, Diezel VH4 and Friedman Pink Taco PT-20), and 19 rack effects derived from T-RackS 5 (Black 76, White 2A, Shimmer Reverb,…

1 min.
app watch

AudioKit Pro AR-909 Is your iPad or iPhone missing a TR-909-style drum machine? Give AudioKit Pro’s AR-909 a whirl. Powered entirely by synthesis – that is the footprint is below 20MB – this is an inviting, hands-on 909 that offers not only a step sequencer but also pads for real-time recording. You can switch between patterns on the fly, useful for live performers. Running both standalone and as an AUv3 plugin, AR-909 is out now at the intro price of $2.99/£2.99. House: Mark I Speaking of AudioKit Pro, the company’s free, open-source template has been used by producers Tha Bizness and Kennard Garrett to create House: Mark I, a Rhodes-style electric piano app. It was developed at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center to show students how to code, and proceeds go to…

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get with the programmers

How did you get into software development? DR “I studied music tech at university and I set up an online mastering studio from my bedroom, then eventually hired a small space and built a studio there. I launched Samplephonics (a sample pack label), which grew from strength to strength. We made great sample packs, but we wanted to do something a bit different so we started developing Noiiz – a sounds subscription platform and cloud-connected plugin. We saw an opportunity to reduce the cost of buying sounds and the subscription model proved successful in doing that – why sell a few hundred samples for £35, when we could offer our entire library for a monthly or yearly fee? It really was a win win for us as well as our customers.” What…

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ins & outs

MUSIC OF HER MIND Sounds like sci-fi, but Canadian musician, artist and scientist Angie Coombes has managed to trigger the classic TONTO synth – as used by Stevie Wonder in the 70s – using only her mind. Her thoughts were converted into voltages that were assigned to synth parameters. HADOUKEN! We love retro video game action, so imagine our delight when Teenage Engineering announced two special Capcom versions – celebrating Street Fighter and Mega Man – of their Pocket Operators. Either is fine for Christmas, if you’re still wondering what to buy us. STYLOPHONE ERUPTION As the world mourned guitar (and Jump synth riff) legend Eddie Van Halen, we did at least have the pleasure of seeing MaroMaro play the classic Eruption on not one but two stylophones (at once). The pitch knob divebombs are…