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Future Music December 2018

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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Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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all about atmosphere

When you’re working on a track, it can be easy to obsess over the most obvious elements – your big bassline, stand-out chord progression or that driving beat. Sometimes though, it’s the smaller, more intricate elements in the background that can make or break a production. It’s those subtleties we’re focussing on in this month’s cover feature. From carefully-crafted textures that add detail to a track’s backdrop, to intricate effects treatments that can bring stale sounds to life, whether you want to unleash your inner Eno, build soundscapes like Burial or add an epic element to your next club track, we’ve got lots of tips and tutorials to point you in the right direction. We hope you enjoy the issue. simon.truss@futurenet.com…

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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 12GB of goodies! SAMPLE PACKS Exclusive new sounds with every issue GROOVE CRIMINALS PRESENT… Sample Synths We ready our waveforms and get creative with some sample-based synthesis for a pack stuff with ethereal and otherworldly sounds CYCLICK SAMPLES PRESENT… Classic House & Techno We go back to where it all began with a pack of beats and basslines inspired by the early icons of the Detroit and Chicago club scenes 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 –…

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the prophet x gets even more epic

Sequential have unveiled an enhanced and enlarged version of the Prophet X, their sample-based polysynth that scored an FMPlatinum Award when it hit our test bench back in issue 336. The Prophet XL is a 76-key version of the original, featuring a premium-quality Fatar keybed, the XL now adds a semi-weighted action, which would most likely be appealing to live performers. This new version adds a new ‘performance mode’ too, which increases polyphony to 32 voices when using a single sampled instrument and a single oscillator. When in standard mode, the instrument gives you the option of either bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo, or 16-voice mono operation. Sequential main man Dave Smith explained: “We designed the Prophet XL for musicians who wanted more of a good thing. By adding an extended, semi-weighted action keyboard and enabling…

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korg confirms tuning problem on some prologue synths

Tuning problems are par for the course with vintage analogue synths, but you don’t expect to encounter them in an instrument released in 2018. However, Korg have acknowledged that a ‘small and isolated’ number of its Prologue synths do have a tuning issue, and has pledged to rectify it with a software update by the end of the year. It seems that a number of users have encountered the problem when pressing a note repeatedly, with the pitch going up or down by as much as 15 cents. Obviously, when used in a musical context, this could lead to the instrument sounding out of tune. Addressing the issue in an official statement on Reddit, Korg’s Nick Kwas says: “We have since been investigating the source of the behaviour extensively, and believe the…

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roland update vocal transformer with the vt-4

Five years on from the launch of the VT-3, Roland have unveiled their latest Vocal Transformer box, the VT-4. Part of the Aira range, this is designed for adding both classic and futuristic effects to your voice, and offers hands-on control and a MIDI input so that you're able to ‘play it’ from your MIDI keyboard. The processing tools cover the likes of harmonisation, vocoding, pitchshifting, hard tuning and more, all of which can be accessed from the front panel with no menu diving. What’s more, the VT-4 can be powered for up to five hours with batteries, making it truly portable. The effects offer real-time control, so you can make tweaks as you sing. There are dedicated Pitch and Formant sliders, while the central Auto-Pitch knob lets you quickly dial-in your…

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fingersonic unveil the feature-packed analogfusion

Italian brand FingerSonic have announced AnalogFusion, a hybrid polysynth, sporting a total of 13 digital and analogue voices. Split into two distinct areas, the AF comes with six analogue voices, each comprised of two oscillators (saw, pulse and triangle waveforms) with PWM, three LFOs, hard-sync, ring modulation, a multimode filter, plus white and pink noise generators. The oscillators are detunable and all the analogue circuitry is made with discrete components. There is also an additional analogue bass voice, which isn’t so feature rich, with just a single oscillator (saw and square waveforms) and a filter. On the digital side, the synth has three main areas: Virtual Analog, which has two oscillators, a multimode filter, two envelopes and three LFOs; an FM section, with operators with a multimode filter for each voice; and a…