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Computer Music

Computer Music July 2017

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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in this issue

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“Get to grips with the best gratis DAWs, synths and processors…” If there’s one thing the Computer Music editorial team get excited about, it’s that pin on our cats-on-synths calendar that marks the annual Ultimate Freeware special issue. With so many free instruments and effects launched in the past 12 months, we love sifting through each and every one to shortlist only the cream of the crop for your reading pleasure. So flick through our 17-page cover feature (starting on p20) and get to grips with the best gratis DAWs, synths and processors of 2017. And our huge celebration of cost-free music software wouldn’t be complete without a suitably huge plugin giveaway… enter StiX CM (p50), a must-have drum synth and sequencer instrument of truly epic proportions! If you’re as obsessed with…

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cm / download

Step 1 On your PC or Mac, go to vault.computermusic.co.uk, then either register for a new Vault account, or log in if you already have one. Step 2 Click ‘add a magazine’ in the top bar, select the issue you want to add to your Vault (eg, this issue is 244), and answer a few simple security questions. Step 3 Go to ‘my vault’ to see all your mags – click a cover and use the links to download! You can download as much or as little as you like. PLUGIN XILS-LAB STIX CM This colossal drum synth and sequencer is all yours with this issue – get six expert tutorials and videos over on p50 SAMPLE PACKS SAMPLED FUNK & SOUL Get a faux-sampled vibe with this dusty, crusty collection of 500 exclusive samples, p104 LOOPMASTERS BONUS SAMPLES Get busy with this…

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ULTIMATE FREEWARE 2017 See and hear the past year’s best free virtual instruments and effects with our massive, video-packed guide Read the full article on p20 1 Working with the free Tracktion 5 DAW 2 Using the free Ardour DAW on Linux 3 Three advanced Ardour features 4 Exploring HISE’s do-it-yourself environment 5 Noise-based sounds with NUSofting Noisetar 6 Roll your own modular patches with Trilobite Free 7 1176 ‘nuke mode’ with Slate Digital The Monster 8 Aggressive waveshaping with HoRNet Harmonics 9 The ‘Pultec trick’ with Ignite Amps PTEQ-X 10 Signal monitoring and processing in TrackControl 11 Insane looping FX with Audioblast InstaLooper 12 Ringmod-style filtering with AudioThing FilterJam 13 Signal degradation with Tritik Krush 14 Modulated mangling with Regressif 15 Creative echoing with Spaceship Delay 16 Articulate yourself with Ample Sound Bass P Lite II cm Producer Masterclass SHEILA G & SI HULBERT Learn how to build a polished…

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big news from superbooth 2017

Only in its second year, the Berlin Superbooth event is already stealing much of the thunder – and practically all the cool – from the long-running Frankfurt Musikmesse. Now, we’ve been to a lot of trade shows, but we’ve never experienced anything like Superbooth’s sheer quantity – and cacophony – of wall-to-wall modular synths. So what was there to thrill in-the-box computer musos? Read on and we’ll tell ya… u-he Repro-5 & Zebra 2.8 A double whammy of announcements came from the Berlin synthmeisters’ popular stand. Repro-5 (£TBC) builds on Repro-1, bulking it out into a polyphonic beast. Yep, it’s a modelled Sequential Circuits Prophet-5! It lacks Repro-1’s sequencer but offers per-voice distortion, a different modulation system, and unison. Zebra 2.8, meanwhile, is a free update featuring a cleaner interface, editing improvements,…

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app watch

With Inter-App Audio and AU Extensions on iOS, you’d be forgiven for thinking the days of Audiobus, the original app-connecting solution, are numbered. It continues to thrive, though, and v3 offers a MIDI routing system that enables you to connect apps and external hardware together. Audiobus now also supports Apple’s AU protocol. You’ll also find a mixer, an improved preset management system and more. Audiobus 3 is listed as a new app, which you can buy for £9.99/$9.99. audiob.us Retronyms have joined forces with Max/ MSP mavens Cycling ’74 to create Looperverse, which enables you to layer up to 16 tracks on the fly, but it goes beyond this simple level of operation by offering plenty of editing features, too. As well as being able to record external audio, you can also…

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get with the programmers

“Sly-Fi is an experiment in ‘unfaithful emulations’” cm Kush Audio plugins are known to have bags of analogue character. How much of the software development process is dedicated to replicating the nuances of hardware? GS “All of it. Our first plugin, UBK-1, was modelled after our UBK Fatso, and in the process of making that, I became obsessed with why plugins sound different to analogue, and how to bring the two closer together. “When I started making plugins, I could hear differences, and to me the analogue clearly sounded superior. At this point, I still hear the differences very clearly, but neither one sounds ‘better’ to me. Both are incredible sounds to have in the toolkit.” cm When it comes to getting a realistically ‘analogue’ sound in software, how do you keep CPU demands…