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Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician January 2018

The new ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN is a “must have” resource for anyone who makes music, plays music, and shares music. Every issue includes "gig tested" product reviews on music gear, tons of how-to's, and interviews with today's stars revealing the secrets of their songwriting approaches and audio-production concepts.

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United States
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English
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Future Publishing Limited US
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welcome to the keyboard power users guide

It’s no exaggeration to say that, if it wasn’t for Contemporary Keyboard magazine, I wouldn’t be sitting in the Editor’s chair at EM. In the spring of 1978, I came across a magazine with Gary Wright on the cover, wearing a keyboard around his neck, with a tag line promising a look at “Wright’s Equipment.” Curious, I forked over the $1 cover price, took it home, and read it cover to cover dozens of times before hunting down the next issue: I was hooked. In the pre-Internet era, Keyboard (as it was renamed) was the source for information about acoustic and electric keys in every genre. During its 40+ years as a print magazine, Keyboard published hundreds of how-to articles, helping millions of players grow as musicians. This month, we’ve assembled a…

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soundmit—italy’s premiere synth and pro-audio event

Although accordions and mandolins might first come to mind when you think of Italian instruments, keep in mind that the country has been a source of influential products for generations—from historic keyboards by Farfisa, Crumar, Fatar, and Elka, to popular hardware and software from MarkBass and IK Multimedia, not to mention boutique synths by Frap Tools, GRP, and Soundmachines. So, it makes perfect sense that Italy should also have its own world-class instrument and pro-audio event. Staged in the outskirts of Turin at the historic Lavanderia a Vapore (Italian for “steam laundry”), Soundmit billed itself as an International Sound Summit and delivered on that promise. The three-day event not only provided an opportunity for attendees to get hands-on time with new products from around the world, but it also included a…

3
hacking pocket miku, the singing stylophone

Q: What do you get when you combine a singing synthesizer with a dancing hologram? A: Hatsune Miku, the helium-voiced virtual idol who sells out shows from Tokyo to Los Angeles. Miku is the manga-eyed face of Yamaha’s Vocaloid technology, which enabled ambitious producers to build complete vocal performances by manipulating syllables on a computer screen. For years, Yamaha toyed with turning the tech into a real-time instrument. (Check out the fantastic prototypes at vocaloid.com/vocaloidkeyboard.) The company is reportedly about to release a Vocaloid keytar. But in 2014, the Japanese science-kit company Gakken launched a cheerful gadget called Pocket Miku that pairs a Yamaha Vocaloid chip with a ribbon keyboard. You can now buy the Pocket Miku (aka Gakken NSX-39) for as little as $21. The synth is instantly accessible: Power it up with…

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aes 2017

The new releases at this year’s AES Convention ranged from inexpensive plug-ins to pricey microphones and processors. Among the trends in evidence was a focus on products for immersive audio, especially the Ambisonics 360-degree multi-channel format used by Facebook 360 Videos and Google Spatial Audio. And, the new software offerings were smarter than ever, with artificial intelligence finding its way into more and more of them. Finally, based on the number of hardware units I saw that support the Dante protocol, it appears that format is being more widely adopted. Here is a select list of notable news from the show, alphabetized within each category by company name. DAW AND PROCESSING SOFTWARE At the bustling Avid booth, Pro Tools 12.8.2 ($599 or by subscription) was the big news. Its version number might sound…

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stepping up to eurorack

Last month, I demonstrated how guitarists can achieve a new level of signal processing from the easy-to-use and relatively inexpensive Softube Modular, a software emulation of a modular synth. But what if you want to get those sounds onstage without using a computer? To run your guitar through a hardware modular- synth, you’ll have to address some issues: The modules don’t have bypass footswitches; they require a case with its own power system (which is not suitable for use on a pedalboard); and the jacks used in the most popular format—Eurorack—are 3.5mm (e.g., minijacks) instead of the standard 1/4" version used by guitarists. Of course, the 5U, Moog-format modules have 1/4" jacks, but their cases are even larger and the overall systems more expensive than Eurorack. Up until 2015, Eurorack manufacturer Pittsburgh…

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hooking up

With so many brands, price levels, and specs to contemplate, shopping for an audio interface can be a dizzying experience. This month, we look at more than two dozen of the top models, representing a wide range of sizes, features, and connectivity options. THUNDERBOLT OR USB? These days, most interfaces connect to your computer using Thunderbolt, USB, or both. Thunderbolt (and the more recent Thunderbolt 2) transfers data faster than USB and therefore gives you lower latency when recording. The latency for Thunderbolt interfaces is typically small enough that you can record directly into your DAW without any perceptible delay. USB interfaces (2.0 and 3.0) can’t make that claim, and their latency varies a lot based on the quality of the drivers written for them. Most USB units counter the latency problem by…