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Future Music

June 2021
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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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
out and about

As I write this, it’s the week that UK lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease. It’s no coincidence that we’ve chosen now to turn our attention away from the studio with a cover feature focused on the creative potential of recording the world around you. After all, who wants to be indoors hunched over a DAW when the pubs have reopened and spring is finally bringing us some sun? Our focus on field recording and found sounds is more than just a shoehorned excuse to get outside though. Electronic music has a long history of creatively manipulating real world sounds to create unique textures and effects, from the early pioneers of the Radiophonic Workshop right up to some of the forward-thinking artists we’ve spoken to this issue. Now is the perfect time…

1 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) >…

1 min.
the latest batch!

AMBIENCE EXTRAS > Ambient Orchestral (246 samples) > Ambient Piano (469 samples) > Sound From The Ether (492 samples) BASS BUNDLE > Amped-Up Bass (234 samples) > Sub-Frequency Grooves (256 samples) FOUND FAVOURITES > Mechanical Sounds (390 samples) > Out There FX (500 samples) > Studio Noise (234 samples) > The Edge Of Noise (512 samples) > The Sound Of Water (375 samples) FUTURE DRUMS > Beyond Breakbeats (186 samples) > Digital Percussion (502 samples) > Electro FX (321 samples) > Granular Drums (499 samples) MORE BEATS > ‘80s Pop Drums (197 samples) > Dub Percussion 2 (537 samples) > Jazz Drums (499 samples) > Total Snares (501 samples) SYNTHS & MORE > Chord Stabs (136 samples) > Clone Wars (523 samples) > Percussive Leads (289 samples) > VHS Synths (207 samples)…

2 min.
arturia pigments gets souped-up with additive synthesis and extra analogue emulations

> Arturia’s debut ‘original’ synth plugin Pigments impressed us immediately when it was released back in 2019, and it’s only continued to get better since then. Built on the shoulders of decades of V Collection development, Pigments combines elements of the French brand’s impressive virtual analogue technology with modern tools including wavetable, sample and granular synthesis, a sleek modulation system and a flexible multi-lane sequencer. Pigments’ real highlight though is its ability to house all these features in a neatly designed and user-friendly interface, all of which makes it a strong contender for our favourite synth plugin on the market right now. Now version 3 is here, adding yet more functionality to the toolset. The headline addition here is the new Harmonic engine type, which adds additive synthesis alongside the existing…

1 min.
there’s more to polyend’s tracker artist editions than meets the eye

> Polyend have introduced some rather lovely looking artist editions of their excellent Tracker sampler/groovebox. Each one does away with the standard black casing and comes with a custom livery, but there’s more to these limited edition models than that. Bogdan Raczynski, Legowelt and Pete Cannon are the three artists who’ve created their own visuals for the hardware. Each model also comes with a vinyl album release from the artist in question, along with original composition project files and a sample pack. As such, not only do you get to listen to an artist’s finished product, but you can also break down their work and see how it was put together. These are very much limited edition releases – only 300 of each Artist Edition will be produced – so try…

1 min.
nord piano 5: dual piano and synth engines, more storage

Clavia have announced the Nord Piano 5, a new version of the pianist-centric stage keyboard. No surprises in terms of looks – it’s red, as you’d expect – but some notable tweaks have been made. These include dual independent piano and synth layers, which can be used in a variety of split and layer configurations, and twice the sample memory for both the piano and synth sections. There’s also a new 73-note model with triple sensor keyboard and grand weighted action. This joins the 88-note version, which includes a keyboard of the same spec. A couple of tweaks have been made to the effects section, too, and the synth gets a Unison mode for ensemble-style sounds. The Nord Piano 5 should be available by the time this mag goes on sale…