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Future Music

Future Music

November 2020

Future Music delivers the technique and technology behind the hits. Packed with inspiration for today’s modern musician there’s reviews of hot new gear, tons of tutorials to help you get the most out of your hardware and software, and exclusive In The Studio features where the stars take apart their tracks. Our Zinio edition does not include the DVD but DOES INCLUDE the full samples and tutorial files to download. Full details inside. Download does not include In The Studio With video. This digital edition is not printable.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
soft power

Over the past decade or so, there’s been something of an arms race in the realm of plugin synths. Since the likes of NI’s original Massive and, a little later, Xfer Serum kicked off the boom in ‘power synth’ plugins, developers have been throwing more and more features at each new instrument released. This isn’t something we should complain about though; the result is an abundance of choice in eye-wateringly powerful plugins that offer tons of flexibilty at a far more affordable price than their hardware counterparts. For less than £200, you can pick up an instrument stuffed with every oscillator type you care to think of, a host of filters, and an abundance of effects and modulation tools. This issue, we’re celebrating the best of those power synths. From page 26…

1 min.
deadmau5 gets his own signature subpac strap-on subwoofer

Subpac, creators of wearable bass products, have announced a new collaboration with deadmau5: a special limited edition version of the M2 vest. Featuring the familiar mouse head on the back, and promising an immersive physical audio experience, this features new materials for “enhanced vibratory field and impact”. We’re also told that there are new, optimised tactile transducers for improved accuracy and energy efficiency, and a new ergonomic shape for maximum body contact and comfort. Nanosilver treated materials will control odour created during active use (!), and there’s also a slimmer control box. You get Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility with A2DP streaming (wired connections are also supported), while the high-capacity Li-ion rechargeable battery promises to power the vest for more than six hours on a single charge. Subpac say that they will be donating…

3 min.
sequential announce a new prophet-5, a faithful reboot of one of the greatest synths of all time

After months of what’s being described as “clandestine development”, Sequential have announced a new version of the Prophet-5, one of the greatest synthesisers in history. They've also confirmed the Prophet-10, which doubles the voice count. Timed to coincide with Sequential founder Dave Smith’s 70th year, the new synth takes the iconic synth designer back to his roots. “It’s not often that you get to revisit your past, retrieve some of its magic, and give it new life,” says Smith. “The Prophet-5 was one of the most exciting instruments to appear in an equally exciting time for music and technology. It’s gratifying to rediscover that its sound and aesthetics are just as appealing now as they were then.” Said to be faithful to the original, the new Prophet-5 features five voices with two…

2 min.
dynamite mc world of dynamite

When it came time for the quintessential drum & bass MC to start work on his debut solo album, he knew he was breaking new ground. Most vocalists, up to that point, had been sidelined with guest spots, single-only excursions, and rocking out live for DJs. For Dynamite MC, it was time to show the world that junglist rappers could, and should, make full length artist LPs. “I believe I was the first one to do a full album,” says Dyna. “Conrad was doing stuff, but just features. Stamina was doing stuff, but never an album. Skibba did Tika Toc with Crissy Criss, but that was a hip-hop track…I was out there. It was uncharted waters.” The Reprazent rhymer wanted to fully showcase his talents, confound expectations, and test himself on the…

2 min.
uvi falcon 2

This is possibly the most feature-packed virtual instrument around. Falcon 2 has oscs for pretty much every sound generation type, from sampling and wavetable through virtual analogue, drum and organ generators and additive synthesis. It takes the multi-timbral synth to the next level. The overall instrument can load any number or ‘Parts’, each of which can have its own MIDI channel. However, each Part can consist of its own multilayered Program, which itself can be assigned an assortment of layer, zone or keyboard split configurations. You can stack up multiple instruments in this one plugin, complete with their own complex effect routings. Learning curve aside, maybe the only synth you’ll ever need? Falcon 2 is a complex instrument and its UI can be pretty daunting for new users, so s a…

2 min.
5 great ios synths

KV331 SYNTH MASTER ONE 1 The little sibling of KV331’s classic SynthMaster, SynthMaster One uses a similar semi-modular wavetable format albeit with a simpler, easier-to-use interface. Compared to its desktop counterpart, the iOS version has just 16 voices of polyphony rather than 32, and the number of presets has been reduced to 500 from 800. Other than that, though, this is pretty much all the power of a desktop plugin in mobile format. WALDORF NAVE 2 One of the rare synths to begin life as an iOS instrument then make the jump to desktop, rather than the other way around, Nave is starting to show its age but it remains an essential app. Nave combines wavetable and virtual analogue synthesis and comes stuffed with wavetables from Waldorf’s back-catalogue of synths, including the Wave, Microwave and…