Computer Music November 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
13 Issues

in this issue

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“Thanks for the music, ‘the 80s’ and the tech…” Rumour has it that ABBA heard that Computer Music were doing an 80s Special so just thought ‘sod it, let’s get back together for one last hurrah’. Yes the 80s are back but not just with the return of the mighty Swedes. The charts have been littered with 80s sounds ever since, well, the 80s, but never more so than the last few years. The Weeknd and Dua Lipa are the obvious pop examples – and the ones we focus on in our massive retro cover feature in this issue on p18 – but the production tricks, techniques and tropes used four decades ago are littered across many genres. And it’s not just our cover feature that focuses on the decade where…

9 min
hi-tech to lo-bit. it’s the 80s! again

As if to remind you it’s our 80s Special issue this month – and to enforce the fact that everything 80s does seem to be everything 2021 – we have yet more new/ old releases in the form of software emulations of classic gear that was released four decades ago (there or there abouts). It’s like we’ve always said, ‘you wait four decades for a decent 80s software instrument emulation and they all arrive just as our 80s issue comes out’.OK we did say that in a particularly weird dream/hallucination but it still counts… First up, who else but the mighty Roland, producers of so many machines that gave us synth pop and so many others that, intentionally or not, gave us dance music? The Japanese hardware company were once, what…

1 min
app watch

iPad Apple have released two new iPads, the most interesting of which looks to be the iPad Mini. Now with a larger, 8.3-inch display and an all-screen design, this also benefits from the inclusion of the A15 Bionic chip – the same as you’ll find in the new iPhone 13. Throw in USB-C connectivity and you’ve got what could be a great little tablet for music makers. Prices start at $499/£479 for the 64GB model. The new entry-level iPad (9th generation) doesn’t have quite the same wow factor, but it does trump its predecessor in a few respects. The chip has been upgraded to the A13, and base storage is now 64GB not 32GB. $329/£319. Auto-Key Ever quickly identify the key of a song? If so, you might want to point your App…

3 min
get with the programmers

cm How did you get into music software? UH “My degree is in industrial design, but I’ve been making music by programming computers and synths since I was teenager. The advent of VST coincided with my graduation, and programming plugins became my hobby. When Zebra 1.0 came out in 2003 I realised I could make a living, so I quit my day job and never looked back.” cm What is u-he’s philosophy? UH “We’re development driven as opposed to market driven. We design our plugins to satisfy our dreams instead of what we think will generate the most revenue. Most of our friends in the industry work this way – that’s why this industry rocks! If I had to pick why we excel, I’d say sustainability and ‘good enough is not enough’. Even…

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10 years back

It’s November 2011, and “the unstoppable force that is dubstep is taking over the world”. At least that’s what we thought then, with our cover feature showing you to produce “cutting-edge wobbles, rib-shaking sub-bass and much, much more”. “We showed you how to jazz up your DAW by customising its colours” Little were we to know, of course, that we were about to enter the era of ‘postdubstep’ and spin-off genres such as ‘brostep’. In fact, you’d need a fitness watch to count all the ‘steps’ that have come since (ba-dum-tish!). In the reviews section, we took a look at Reason 6 which, remarkably, was the first version to offer full audio recording functionality. We’d have to wait several more years for plugin support, though… Elsewhere, we showed you how to jazz up your…

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ins & outs

I HAVE A DREAM (COME TRUE) Best-known as an electronic music producer, Little Boots – AKA Victoria Hesketh – has sprung a surprise by confirming that she’ll be part of the backing band during the Abba Voyage live show in London next year, on keys and backing vocals. AVICII HONOURED In a touching tribute, Google marked what would have been Avicii’s (Tim Bergling) 32nd birthday by creating an animated Doodle that celebrated his career as a music producer. The gesture also drew attention to Suicide Awareness week. MIXES FIXED? Apple claim to have come up with a better way to pay royalties to the creators of DJ mixes – both the DJ and the artists involved in the tracks contained within them – using Shazam to identify the songs once they’re on Apple Music. RIP LEE…