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Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician August 2017

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
语言:
English
出版商:
Future Publishing Limited US
出版周期:
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solving problems for success

I’ve had the good fortune to teach recording classes in a college environment for 12 years, and I’m always thrilled when one of my students lands a pro-level gig. But it’s rarely a surprise which of the students gets it: Engineers bound for success know how to follow through and pay attention to detail, and they have a deep curiosity about sound and technology. But those three qualities will only get your foot in the door. When students ask me what it takes to make it in this biz, my answer is simple: The ability to problem-solve. I’m not talking about being able to test and repair cables: If that was all it required, engineering work would already be fully automated. You need to be thinking ahead and ready to address any…

2
adventures in diy

At my job, everyone runs both Mac OS and Windows, and many of us run both at once on the same computer. The secret is Parallels (parallels.com; $79), a Mac app that runs multiple operating systems in virtual machines. With a three-finger swipe on my Mac’s trackpad, I can teleport from Cupertino to Redmond, even pasting data between programs. That got me thinking: What if I could run simultaneous music apps on each virtual machine? That would open the world of Windows VSTs to my Mac-based DAW. The secret to that turned out to be my iConnectAudio2+ interface (iConnectivity.com; $199). The dual USB ports on iConnectivity interfaces let you connect two computers at once (or one computer and one iOS device), streaming audio and MIDI between them. So, I plugged a USB…

3
grotesque tables ii

Originally released as a limited-edition deck of cards in 1974, Oblique Strategies (Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt has influenced countless artists with its epigrammatic phrases designed to help them through artistic barriers. Over the next four decades, the deck has been reissued several times (the 5th edition is currently available at enoshop.co.uk/product/oblique-strategies.html) as well as implemented online in various webbased configurations. This year, artist/musician Noah Wall took the Oblique Strategies a step further by creating his own 50-card deck, Grotesque Tables II. The phrases on the cards, as well as the deck’s title, are anagrams of the originals. (There is no Grotesque Tables I: the II in the name is the pair “ii” from the original title.) Opening my copy of Grotesque Tables II for the…

3
new gear

1 ROLAND SPD::ONE Series of 4 percussion pads $199 to $249 street HIGHLIGHTS Playable with sticks, hands, fingers, and feet • WAV Pad plays imported files, with 4GB of flash memory and stereo output • Electro, Kick, and Percussion have built-in sounds and effects, mono output and import WAV files • USB MIDI • use on tabletop, floor, or stand (mounts included) • uses batteries or AC • headphone jack • power switch TARGET MARKET Musicians in the studio or onstage ANALYSIS Each pad is targeted to a specific musical approach, yet designed to easily integrate into any situation. roland.com 2 MAGIX SEQUOIA 14 Digital audio workstation $2,975 HIGHLIGHTS Multichannel export without a surround master • Batch XML processing for Watch folders • tempo automation • audio-to- MIDI • XYZ direct • new mixer skins • includes SpectraLayers Pro 4…

3
field kit

With its intuitive layout and diminutive size, the Koma Elektronik Field Kit (komaelektronik.com) provides a platform for creative sound exploration, thanks to its ability to integrate external devices—motors, analog sensors and switches, and transducers—in musically useful ways. The Field Kit is a flexible tool for exploring acoustic and electronic sound. Roughly the size of a hardback novel and powered by an AC adapter, the Field Kit is a standalone system available as a DIY kit (approx. $200) or fully assembled and mounted in a wooden box (approx. $255). An optional Eurorack Panel (approx. $33) and power connector, for mounting the instrument in a modular system, is also available. For instant gratification, Koma sells a collection of ready-made items to interface the Field Kit with the real world: The Expansion Pack (about $66)…

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filter vs. wah

The wah-wah pedal was invented to let trumpet players electronically reproduce the physical muting effect of covering and uncovering the bell of the instrument. Having largely failed to catch on with horn players, it become a mainstay of electric guitar playing, driven by Skip Pitts’ classic work on “Shaft,” Eric Clapton’s “White Room,” and, of course, Jimi Hendrix’s creative use of the device as both a rhythmic effect and a moving or static filter. If you’re looking for a wider variety of timbral effects for your own instrument, consider replacing the wah-wah on your pedalboard with an actual filter. Of course, a wah-wah pedal is itself a kind of filter: Its treadle sweeps the peak response of the filter’s frequency up and down to create the classic wah sound. However, its…