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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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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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…

2 min.
in the archive – updated!

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…

2 min.
roland drop a trio of new 606-inspired drum machines

If you assumed that there wasn’t enough room in Roland’s range for another TR drum machine – we already have the TR-08, TR-09, TR-8 and TR-8S – prepare yourself for a shock, because the company have added not one but two models to their roster. Though similarly named, the TR-6S and TR-06 are actually strikingly different, so allow us to explain. Best thought of as a more compact and affordable version of the TR-8S, the TR-6S Rhythm Performer is a six-track drum machine that can run on batteries. As well as the 808, 909, 707 and 606 kits included, there’s also an FM engine in here, and you can import your own samples via SD card. As such, there’s plenty of scope for creating hybrid kits. The traditional TR step sequencer is…

1 min.
is softube’s model 72 plugin the perfect minimoog synth emulation?

We think it’s fair to say that no synth has been emulated more than the Minimoog, which might make you wonder why anyone would bother having another crack at it. Softube, though, have taken up the challenge – what’s more, they think that, with the Model 72, they’ve “perfected” that classic monophonic synth sound. More than just a straight synth plugin, Model 72 is described as “a vintage synth time machine”. Based on a 1972 synth in pristine condition, each component has apparently been modelled to the smallest detail, quirks and non-linearities included. That said, there are a few extra features, too: doubling, stereo spread and an expanded control set. What’s more, as well as the standard synth plugin, Model 72 is also supplied as an effect plugin, a module for Softube’s…

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…

2 min.
teenage engineering’s “magical” new product is the ob-4, a $599 radio and “media instrument”

Back in early September, Teenage Engineering set everyone's pulses racing by teasing a new product that the Swedish company described as a ‘magical apparatus’. Naturally, the internet went into overdrive speculating on what that could be: A synthesiser? A drum machine? The OP-2? Well now the new hardware has been revealed and it’s… a £600 radio. Of course, this being a TE product, the OB-4 isn’t just a radio. It’s a magic radio. One that features two four-inch bass drivers and a pair of neodymium tweeters that promise crystal clear stereo sound and 38 watts per channel. As well as the FM tuner, you also have a line input and Bluetooth connectivity. So far, so not all that magical, but there is a little more to it than that. The OB-4 also…