Computer Music April 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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13 Números

en este número

1 min.
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 cm 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.…

1 min.

One of the things I’ve felt guilty about over the last (bloody) year of oft-enforced extra time is not learning a foreign language, not becoming a gourmet cook and not becoming such an ‘expert’ in contagions and viruses that I can spout off on social media about them every day. I’ve been so lazy I’ve not even bothered joining any conspiracy movements. In fact, all I’ve really done is eat way too many chocolate Mini Eggs and watch way too many Netflix sci-fi series… many of which are strangely based on the end of the world. One thing that slightly balances it all back in my favour is learning how to use another DAW. I used to be against the enforced learning of one piece of software that can do…

4 min.
it’s an interface-off!

The big news this year, of course, is the no-show of the NAMM show, the event where all the new music production gear is usually announced. But just because this annual Californian shindig did not happen, it didn’t stop the gear from being released and there have been more audio interface announcements than ever lighting up our email inboxes. First up is a debut offering from high-quality hardware outboard manufacturers Black Lion Audio. It’s a brave move for anyone to enter the somewhat crowded arena of the audio interface – as amply demonstrated by this news story – but BLA are going for it with some aplomb. In fact, if you were to believe the over-the-top press release, you’d think they’d invented some kind of hardware COVID vaccine. “Indeed, it takes…

1 min.
app watch

Moog’s app to iOS Moog have tweaked their Model 15 modular synth app so that it now runs on the Mac (standalone and AUv3). Existing owners will get this for free as an update. Only Apple’s Logic Pro, GarageBand and MainStage can host Model 15 (and you need Big Sur too) but we’d hope that other DAWs will add support in the future. Will we see more ‘Universal’ cross-platform iOS apps and plugins like this one? We’d certainly hope so. Give me old sounds Kit AudioKit are paying another visit to the sounds of yesterday with Digitalism 2000. It is based around sounds from the turn of the century and just beyond, so you can expect pristine digital synths, bells, electric pianos and pads. Sounds are dual-layer, with independent controls for each. You…

4 min.
get with the programmers

cm How did you get into software? NK “I grew up in the Alpine countryside where there was little to do. Radio programs started to play Warp, Mouse on Mars, Funkstörung, etc; unless you got hold of a copy of a music tech mag, it was all shrouded in mystery. But that piqued my interest in building noisemakers in Reaktor. Computer science got me into music production and a few releases. After graduation, a friend of mine asked me to work on Native Instruments’ MassiveX with him. And after using Bitwig Studio since v1, I am now happily on the development team.” cm Tell us a bit about Bitwig… NK “It was founded in 2009 by four people who like technology that helps humans achieve musical results. Bitwig take a fresh look at…

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10 years back

We were all about making it LOUD in April 2011 ( 163), as we showed you how to “power-up your tracks with a level-boosting guide”. It’s worth noting that many people were critical of the ever-increasing audio levels of the time – audio engineer Ian Shepherd went as far as to set up a Dynamic Range Day in 2010 – but a lot of people didn’t get the memo and decided that going to 11 and beyond was all that mattered. We also spoke to IK boss Enrico Iori, who said he didn’t think there’d ever be a standard plugin architecture for iOS; the rise of AUv3 suggests that he got that one wrong. Our deputy ed of the time, meanwhile, bemoaned that, with tutorial videos now commonplace, some music software…