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October 2019

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.

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master plan

Mastering is a subject that continues to fascinate and baffle producers across the world in equal measure. Perhaps its enduring mystique lies in the balance of science and artistry required – it’s a process that is equally about technical tweaks and creative choices. Maybe it’s because, even now that many mastering tools have become readily available in the software realm, it’s still a subject that remains oblique to many musicians. With our 2019 guide, we’re diving into what mastering involves today. From what you can achieve at home to what you should expect from a professional mastering engineer. Whether you want to try mastering at home, or simply want to understand the mastering stage better, we’ll help get you up to speed. Special thanks go to Bristol’s Optimum Mastering, who lent us…

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future music

Editor Si Truss, simon.truss@futurenet.com Reviews Editor/Online Content Manager Simon Arblaster, simon.arblaster@futurenet.com Managing Editor Kate Puttick, kate.puttick@futurenet.com Art Editor Phil Cheesbrough, philip.cheesbrough@futurenet.com BIG THANKS TO… Jono Buchanan, Danny Turner, Hamish Mackintosh, Roy Spencer, Oli Bell, Adam Gasson, Joe Branston, Jon Musgrave, Dan ‘JD73’ Goldman, Mark Gyver, Adam Lee, Greg Scarth, Catherine Hood, Olly Curtis, Robbie Stamp, Tom Jones, Tim Cant, Optimum Mastering MARKETING Direct Marketing Executive: Will Hardy PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION Production Controller: Fran Twentyman Production Manager: Mark Constance Printed in the UK by: William Gibbons & Sons Ltd on behalf of Future CIRCULATION Head of Newstrade: Tim Mathers SUBSCRIPTIONS UK reader order line and enquiries: 0844 848 2852 Overseas reader order line and enquiries: +44 (0)1604 251045 Online enquiries: myfavouritemagazines.co.uk Email: futuremusic@myfavouritemagazines.co.uk INTERNATIONAL LICENSING Future Musicis available for licensing. Contact the Licensing team to discuss partnership opportunities. Head of Print Licensing: Rachel Shaw, licensing@futurenet.com MANAGEMENT Chief Content Officer: Aaron Asadi Brand Director, Music: Stuart Williams Content Director: Scott Rowley Head…

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AMBIENT SOUNDS PT.1 ’90s Ambient (562 samples)Ambient Dawn (490 samples) AMBIENT SOUNDS PT.2 Majestic Bells & Mallets (444 samples)Spring Reverb & Tape Delay (533 samples) ATMOSPHERES &BACKGROUNDS Atmospheric Beds (369 samples)Noise, Crackle & Hiss (512 samples)Sounds of the City (371 samples) CLASSIC SYNTHS PT.1 Analogue Polys (625 samples)SH Collection (500 samples) CLASSIC SYNTHS PT.2 Analogue Poly Chord Hits (342 samples)Classic Synths: ’80s, ’90s, ’00s (678 samples)Hardware Arps (511 samples) CREATIVE DRUMS Cyborg Beats (514 samples)Lo-Fi Sampling (555 samples)Obscure Drum Machines (517 samples)Overloaded Beats (889 samples) ESSENTIAL DRUMS 808 and 909 (39 samples)Ultimate Cymbals (503 samples)Ultimate Kick Bundle (505 samples)Ultimate Snares & Claps (676 samples)Vintage Drum Machine Hits (548 samples) FX & TRANSITIONS PT.1 Filter Fun (496 samples)Gates ‘N’ Sidechains (287 samples)Total Transitions (260 samples) FX & TRANSITIONS PT.2 Destroyed synths (519 samples)Sci-Fi FX (501 samples) HIP-HOP, FUNK & SOUL Cosmic Soul (386 samples)Funk Keys (279 samples)Hip-Hop Drum Machines (387…

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universal audio emulate two rare limiters for the latest uad update

The Universal Audio brand has become synonymous with painstakingly authentic emulations of classic studio hardware, accessed via their UAD platform and DSP-equipped Unison interfaces. While recent years have seen them increasingly enter the guitar realm, with a growing library of amp emulations and their OX hardware, the latest update to the UAD software is very much a ‘bread-and-butter’ affair for the brand, adding two rare hardware tube limiters originally designed by company founder Bill Putnam Sr. Added with the v9.10 update, the 175B & 176 Tube Compressor Collection emulates two hardware devices that were precursors to the more widely-recognised 1176 compressor. According to UA, only around 1000 hardware units were ever made, but these were put to work on recordings by the likes of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Miles…

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ableton live export comes to akai’s force and mpcs

One of the biggest USPs of Akai’s Force, MPC X and MPC Live products is that you can produce music on them without the need for a computer. However, there’ll be times when you need the flexibility that only a desktop-based DAW can provide, so we’re pleased to report that, thanks to a couple of firmware updates, all of the aforementioned products now offer Ableton Live Set Export functionality. The transition from MPC/Force to Live is said to be seamless, so you can easily continue to develop your tracks in Ableton’s software. Other features of the new firmware include improved automation for all machines, as well as the ability to use Force as an audio interface when used in computer mode. Users can grab the updates for free from Akai’s website.…

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intuitive audio’s echo studio plugin promises powerful and versatile delay processing

Echo Studio is Intuitive Audio’s creative delay plugin. It gives you 32 delay taps to work with, each of which can have its own effect processing chain. This means that you can adjust the gain, pan, low-pass cutoff, high-pass cutoff, resonance and pitchshift settings for each tap individually. There’s also a global effect engine, a distortion engine, diffusion and global filtering. The modulation system, meanwhile, gives you the ability to assign up to two different modulation sources to modulate the likes of delay time, global filter parameters and feedback panning, giving you even more control. You can snaffle a demo of Echo Studio now from the Intuitive Audio website, while the full version costs £45. It runs in VST/AU/AAX formats on PC and Mac.…