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Future Music March 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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13 Issues


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digging digital

I’ll probably have my music production licence revoked for admitting this, but most of my favourite synths aren’t pure analogue. Or, more accurately, I’m of the opinion that the best music making gear combines at least some digital wizardry in with its analogue electronics. Sure, it’s hard to beat the grit and unpredictability that comes with good old fashioned circuitry, but for deep sequencing, evolving textures and adventurous processing, digital technology is the way to go. For the best results, combine a little of both. A case in point is this issue’s cover star, the new Minilogue XD. It builds on the solid analogue foundations of the original Minilogue by adding a new digital oscillator and expanded effect section, and it’s all the better for taking this hybrid approach. Need convincing?…

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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… Classic Synth Pop Get ear-catching licks aplenty with this pack of riffs and instruments inspired by the kings and queens of classic synthesised pop CYCLICK SAMPLES PRESENT… Cinematic Hits & FX Add some big-screen drama to your productions with this pack of booms, drops, explosions, ramps, rumbles and much more PLUS ACCESS THE FM SAMPLE ARCHIVE! Download the ‘Sample Archive’ packs and get more than 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. All…

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korg unleash a bounty of hardware and software

The flurry of gear announcements around the annual NAMM trade show in California has cooled off a little in recent years, with many brands choosing to unveil new product lines at other times on their own terms. That said – as this issue’s bumper news section will attest – January still brings with it a significant slew of new instruments and studio gear, with a lot of brands still using NAMM as a focal point to unleash exciting new hardware and software products. One such brand are Korg, who used the run-up to this year’s show to unveil a string of exciting new products. Front and centre is this issue’s cover star, the Minilogue XD, which builds on the foundations of the popular analogue poly with some excellent digital additions, such…

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akai unveil standalone apcinspired production station, force

Hybrid music production/performance platforms – think NI’s Maschine – have been with us a while now, so there’s been speculation that, one day, someone would eliminate the need for a computer and produce a completely standalone device. Well, meet Akai Pro's Force, a self-contained ‘production instrument’ that adheres to the clip-based workflow many of us are so drawn to; a natural next step for Akai, who released a couple of standalone MPC devices – MPC Live and X – in 2017, but it’s still a bold one. So what does it offer? As well as clip launching, via an 8x8 RGB matrix, the Force also has step sequencing, sampling, effects and a selection of built-in synths, while everything can be controlled from a 7-inch multitouch display. The eight touch-sensitive knobs have…

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bitwig studio 3 goes full modular with the grid

It’s barely a matter of weeks since Bitwig Studio 2.5 was announced (in fact, at the time of writing, it’s still in beta) but Bitwig have already unveiled their next major update, which sees the DAW hit version 3. Right back when version 1 of Bitwig Studio was released in 2014, its developers were already hinting that a modular sound design element was on the roadmap. Now, with version 3, that vision is realised in the shape of The Grid. This is an open modular environment built into three new devices – Poly Grid, Mono Grid and FX Grid – each for a different purpose: Poly Grid is designed to build polyphonic synths; FX Grid is for creating audio processors; and Mono Grid is for designing drones and the like. The Grid gives…

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audient and two notes may have just designed the ultimate guitar interface at last!

Audient and Two Notes Audio Engineering have joined forces to introduce the Sono, which they’re touting as “the ultimate audio interface for guitarists” – and they may well have a point. What sets the Sono apart from the interface crowd is its onboard 12AX7 analogue valve and three-band tone control, plus the addition of Two Notes’ Torpedo power-amp modelling and cab simulation. Near-zero latency is promised, while a monitor mix allows guitarists to blend between their guitar input signal and DAW playback. The Sono is designed to be used with pedalboards but negates the need for an external amp – although it always records a clean DI signal for re-amping. As a standalone interface, the Sono is well-qualified, too, packing two Audient mic preamps, expandable up to 10 inputs via ADAT for recording drums.…