Computer Music December 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
4,58 €(IVA inc.)
37,43 €(IVA inc.)
13 Números

en este número

1 min.
how to use cm

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.…

1 min.

“It’s obvious but Apple never do the ‘obvious’” Ever since Apple included M1 chips in their latest iPad Pros – actually way before that, really – there’ve been rumours of Logic coming to the iPad. After all, iOS apps can run on M1-powered computers, so why not the other way around? We’ve been just as excited as the rest of the gossipers by the prospect of a true desktop icon coming to iOS (to the point that we have become the biggest of those gossipers), but there are some reasons not to get excited. Firstly, and most crucially, it seems like an obvious thing to do but Apple never do the ‘obvious’. Secondly if Logic came out on the iPad in all its desktop glory, I’d really want (really want) to…

8 min.
interface companies at war!

We’re noticing more and more bad news these days and assuming – otherwise we’d get very depressed – that the world isn’t going to hell in a hard drive crash, but it’s simply because ‘bad news means clicks’. Take our headline, for example: it’s not like Arturia, PreSonus and UA have gone to war – several large music technology company’s literally firing VST missiles at one another across the Atlantic – but merely that they’ve released interfaces that sit in a similar price range, at the same time. But it got you reading this didn’t it? You see? War. What is it good for? Clicks, that’s what. Yes, perhaps realising that the whole world is a few quid short this Christmas, (thanks to politicians, footballers and other celebs using offshore tax…

1 min.
app watch

SampleTron 2 IK Multimedia has brought its SampleTron 2 plugin to the iPad. This contains emulations of not only tape-based samplers such as the Mellotron and Chamberlin, but also digital variants such as the Mattel Optigan, Vako Orchestron and 360 Systems Digital Keyboard. In fact, a total of 11 models are included, all of which are designed to look just like their hardware counterparts. You can choose from 400 tracks, with three being available for each preset. An edit mode lets you fine-tune your sound, and there’s a comprehensive effects section. SampleTron 2 for iPad runs either standalone or as an AUv3 plugin, and is available for the intro price of $70. Rymdigare The literal translation of Rymdigare - Swede Erik Sigth’s new app – is ‘spacier’, and that seems apt when you consider…

2 min.
get with the programmers

cm How did you get into music software? ES “Designing music software was a natural progression. I was playing piano from five and programming computers in school which led to an engineering degree. Over the next 20 years I was writing telecomms and medical software by day and producing music by night, and finally decided to design a synth. Fathom took three years to develop. We teamed up with sound designers Solidtrax and Scrubbing Monkeys to build our factory banks and interface. We started small and gradually expanded by responding to user feature requests on KVR Audio.” cm What is Seaweed’s philosophy? ES “When we started work on Fathom I insisted on some common sense techniques such as incremental delivery, object-oriented design and constant user feedback. We were able to eliminate distractions and…

1 min.
10 years back

Back in December 2011, readers got a new editor for Christmas, with former deputy Lee du-Caine slipping into the big chair for the first time. A new sheriff was, quite metaphorically, in town. 172 was also the first to be available on Apple’s Newsstand, bringing it to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. From that day forward, you could take us pretty much everywhere with you, like some kind of hi-tech music comfort blanket. “A new sheriff was, quite metaphorically, in town” In terms of content, we offered you a DJ Food interview to chow down on, while Carl Cox told us that he’d stopped using Ableton Live for DJing because he felt like it was doing all the work for him. Sounds fine to us... Relatedly, we asked if DJing and music production were…