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Computer Music May 2019

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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

6 min
fathom cm

Computer Music’s famous cm Plugins collection is already packed with a wealth of synths, samplers and drum machines, bringing you everything you need to create incredible music on your PC or Mac for the price of a magazine. But the latest entry into the roster – Fathom CM, created by software boffins Seaweed Audio – could be the most sonically versatile and powerful Computer Music synthesiser giveaway ever ! Free for you to install and use with this issue, Fathom CM is a sound design Swiss army knife. It’s a modular synth, which means that you’re free to choose individual oscillators, filters, effects and modulators, then go on to patch them together in a configuration of your own personal preference. While most software synths focus on one particular method of synthesis, this…

1 min
app watch

MIDIWrist Credible music-making apps for Apple Watch have been thin on the ground, but MIDIWrist, which turns your smart timepiece into a MIDI controller, looks genuinely useful. Combining the tactile feel of the digital crown with haptic feedback, this lets you control various software elements simply by tapping your wrist. Available for £4.99/$4.99. uwyn.com/midiwrist Elastic FX Already a hit with iOS producers, version 1.2 of Elastic FX has guitarists in its multi-effecting sights. This is thanks to a new preamp section that sports a tuner, extra compressor with built-in noise gate, and an overdrive/distortion. The four main FX on/off buttons, meanwhile, can now respond to both MIDI CC and MIDI note messages, so you can trigger them using a foot controller. A pretty pointy point release. Elastic FX costs £9.99/$9.99. mominstruments.com Mellotronics Streetlytron Pro We’ve seen…

2 min
plugin folder locations

So how does your DAW know where to look for your plugins? Actually, it might not. Mac users have it easy, as there are OS-specified folders into which plugins are installed. These folders can be found by going to your Library folder (if you can’t find it, go to the Finder’s Go menu, hold Alt, and a Library option should appear). Find the Audio directory, and then the Plug-Ins folder within. There you will find more folders still. One will be labelled Components – this is where your AU plugins reside. Other folders will be found alongside it for VST and VST3 plugins. If you’re a Pro Tools user, you’ll find your plugins in an Avid or Digidesign folder. If your installers don’t automatically install the plugins into the proper…

1 min
pro tips

RESAMPLE YOURSELF After creating a mega multisampled instrument, I play layered octaves at various velocities, then resample the outcomes. This gives me a whole load of new source samples to process further while retaining the flavour of the hardware synth I originally sampled. This breathes life into your often overused analogue synths, and by writing tracks using sounds no-one else has, you’re guaranteed to spark creativity. SYNTH FOR HIRE We can’t all afford analogue hardware, but we can afford to rent synths from hire shops or kitted-out studios. Alternatively, ask to borrow a friend or colleague’s synth for the afternoon. I’ve done exactly that and created some great multisampled instruments from the LinnDrum and Moog Little Phatty (left). Once, I even took a field recorder into a synth shop and recorded waveforms from…

1 min
kit list

HARDWARE Moog Minimoog Model-D Doepfer A-100 Analog Modular System Thermionic Culture Culture Vulture Neve 1073LB mic pre and EQ Shadow Hills Mono Optograph 500 Universal Audio Apollo Quad PreSonus Central Station ATC SCM25A monitors Adam Audio P22A monitors Avantone Mixcube monitor Akai APC40 Mk II Roger Linn Design LinnStrument SOFTWARE Image-Line FL Studio FabFilter plugins Native Instruments FM8, Kontakt, Guitar Rig CamelAudio CamelPhat 2 Reveal Sound Spire Xfer Records plugins…

1 min

In case you missed the enormous six-letter word on the cover, this issue of Computer Music is devoted to those knob- and slider-covered software contraptions that generate the sounds we love. “These supersynths will take your music in fresh and exciting new directions” If, like me, you enjoy nothing more than spending an evening noodling away with oscillators, filters and modulators, you’ll have noticed the exciting new breed of virtual instruments that have dropped in the past few months. These supersynths all offer something new, and will undoubtedly take your music in fresh and exciting new directions. Join us and explore them in depth, starting over on p20. Of course, many argue that the virtual instrument market is now oversaturated, and there’s definitely some truth to that. But there’s no need to fork…