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Future Music February 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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2019 workout plan

The holiday season is great; a time to get together with your loved ones to eat, drink and be sociable. A time for sharing memories and creating new experiences. A time to be with, and think of others… That’s all behind us now though, and if you’re anything like me, the moment January 1st hits, you’re pretty much done with other people for another year. Time to shut yourself in that windowless basement studio and work on those kick drum transients in peaceful solitude. There’s no better time to give your production skills an overhaul, which is where this bumper Make Better Music issue comes in. From sound design ideas to mixing skills and artist advice, we’ve got plenty of fresh techniques for you to try. Dig in and make 2019 the…

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your bonus content…

filesilo.co.uk/futuremusic This issue’s bonus samples, videos, audio and bonus archive samples are all available to access via FileSilo. At the link above, log in or register, then unlock over 10GB of goodies! SAMPLE PACKS Exclusive new sounds with every issue GROOVE CRIMINALS PRESENT… Broken Piano We’re kicking off 2019 with a double-bill celebrating the humble piano. First up, a pack of ‘prepared’ and modified loops, multis and FX. CYCLICK SAMPLES PRESENT… Processed Piano For part two we get creative with the effect units for a bundle of extreme, reworked one-shots dripping in reverb and modulation. PLUS ACCESS THE FM SAMPLE ARCHIVE! Download the ‘Sample Archive’ packs and get over 10GB of loops, hits and instruments from our back catalogue of high-quality and royalty-free samples. From vintage synths and beats to esoteric sounds and FX – think of it as our best of.…

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hands-on with pigments

Before their analogue Brute range was ever released into the wild, French brand Arturia made their name in the realm of software synthesis. With their ever growing – and still excellent – V Collection range, Arturia have turned in emulations of many of the most famous electronic instruments of all time, including the Minimoog Model D, Oberheim Matrix 12, ARP 2600 and tons more. Going into 2019, Arturia have something new on their hands: Pigments, a fully-featured softsynth that (at least for the most part) isn’t an emulation of something that’s come before. With a multi-part synth engine, sequencer and lots of creative tools, there’s a lot going on in this latest synth powerhouse. We’ve been getting hands-on, so let’s take a whistle-stop tour of our favourite elements... Wavetables Wavetable synths are everywhere these…

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is nanostudio 2 the on-the-go daw you’ve been waiting for?

Blip Interactive’s original NanoStudio was a highlight of the ‘first generation’ of iOS DAWs. Released in 2010 it was, at the time, one of the most complete mobile production systems we’d seen. Now, eight years later, we’ve finally got a follow-up. Obviously a lot has changed in the world of iOS music making in that time, with the likes of Korg Gadget, Steinberg Cubasis and GarageBand offering fully-featured production tools for the mobile environment. Fortunately, version 2 of NanoStudio arrives with some enticing tricks up its sleeve. According to its developer, NanoStudio 2 is designed to provide end-to-end music production tools, meaning that users can create, sequence and mix full tracks within the app itself. That being said, it offers AUv3 support too, meaning you can also use it as a host…

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bitwig studio gets new feature for version 2.5

Bitwig Studio received two impressive point updates in 2018, which earned the DAW our ‘best free update’ award. Now the Berlin developers have another update, implementing a few features that have been requested by users. Top billing goes to Clip Blocks, a new arrangement feature. These let you break your projects into sections which you can then jump between. Elsewhere, audio editing has been improved and streamlined, while a new Note FX Selector device enables you to control multiple Note FX with a single knob. Browser-wise, search has been improved, with results now ordered by relevance. Plugins are scanned faster, and more than 50 functions have been added as user-defined key commands. Finally, there’s new sound content. Analog Waves includes 60 Sampler presets, each with hundreds of full-frequency oscillator waveforms. Bitwig Studio upgrade plan…

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control your synth rig with meeblip’s cubit splitter box

Diddy synth specialists MeeBlip have made a simple but useful utility box in the form of the cubit. This is a 4-port MIDI splitter: all MIDI messages received at the single MIDI Input are copied to the four MIDI Outputs. The result is a box that will enable you to share one MIDI Out with multiple pieces of gear and distribute MIDI clock to your setup. Ultra-low latency is promised, and power can come from a computer USB port (note that there are no USB MIDI In or Out ports) or an optional 5v power adapter. With all MIDI ports sitting on its top for easy access, the cubit could be a handy thing to have in your studio. It’s available now priced at $49.95 (plus shipping for those outside of the…