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Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician June 2019

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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mastering the mix

Mixing tracks can be a tricky business. Perhaps more than any other aspect of music making, it really blurs the lines between technical skill and creativity. Sure, there are rules you can follow — knowing what frequencies certain track elements should sit at, understanding how to set up gain staging — but there are no clear right and wrong answers when it comes to how a track should be mixed, and getting it right requires plenty of practice, patience and a clear creative vision. What might seem right for one track isn't always going to work for another. The rules applied to a radio-friendly pop song, for example, can't be carried over to a bass-heavy dance track. That being said, there are things you can do to help yourself along, from…

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ssl six could be the compact console your studio has been waiting for

SSL has released the SiX, which it's proudly calling the ‘Ultimate Desktop Mixer’. Now there’s a chance to get a slice of that SSL sound in your DAW at a fraction of the space and cost of a full console. The mixer features two recording channels with SuperAnalogTM mic pres, a one knob version of the SSL Channel Compressor, two-band Channel EQ, inserts and 100mm faders. You also get a two-knob version of the G-Series Bus Compressor on the main mix bus and the Listen Mic Compressor on the talkback channel. SiX also includes a mixdown mode, which is a 12-channel summing system that promises analogue detail, depth and width to your mixes. “With over 30 years’ involvement in the design of SSL consoles, when developing the concept of SiX, I really…

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the missing link brings ableton link to your hardware setup

The best thing about Ableton Link is that it’s so simple and, for the most part, fuss-free. The worst thing about Ableton Link, though, is that it isn’t implemented in much hardware, especially modular synths, sequencers, samplers and drum machines. Well, until now, that is… Circuit Happy has launched a new piece of hardware designed to bring Ableton Link syncing to anything with a Clock/MIDI connection: The Missing Link. After the first look at last year's Knobcon event in Chicago, the folk behind The Missing Link have been beavering away at a software update, which now sees the device support MIDI clock. The hardware itself is essentially a desktop modular clock with wireless integration. WiFi set up seems pretty painless. If The Missing Link can’t find a WiFi network to connect to,…

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soft opinions

Guitars seem to be at the forefront of my mind this month. Not only have I just taken mine to the tech to give it a new lease of life, but I've been seeing many guitar-focused pieces of software popping up from all around. Conspiracy? Confirmation bias? Whatever it is, the point remains: this month has seen Positive Grid update its Bias FX software to version 2, and I've seen at least three new 'virtual guitars' hit the news in their own ways. But the most interesting axe-themed software package arrived in the form of a plugin from Blue Cat Audio. I've been enjoying the furrow that this developer has ploughing in recent years, with a particular focus on plugin-hosting plugins. But like I was saying, the latest string on Blue…

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this month in software

Softube’s Parallels summons up classic oscillators easily Until recently, Softube had mostly been known for its hardware emulation talents. With a plugin back-catalog made up mostly of classic hardware effects, as well as several projects done in collaboration with other companies – Universal Audio, Propellerhead and more – you’d be forgiven for wondering when exactly the Swedish software developer was going to get around to making a classic synth. Actually, the company’s roster wasn’t completely devoid of instruments; the Heartbeat drum synth has been knocking out a pulse for a few years, and the recent(ish) launch of Modular – a complete Eurorack setup emulated for use in your DAW – gave a few indications of where things might be heading. Enter Parallels, Softube’s new release, and the company’s emulation talented are being put…

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mix faster, mix better!

From the seed of inspiration, through the many hours of programing, producing, recording, tracking, editing and arranging, you’re finally ready to enter the phase which separates your carefully crafted new track from its audience: the mix. These days, it’s easy to see the mix phase as being an overlap of many of the processes listed above, as we all tend to make ‘balancing’ decisions about the sounds we reach for as we work. But there’s also no doubt that there is a distinct phase where we turn off our synths, power down our guitar amps and mute the output of our modular systems to concentrate exclusively on the parts we’ve committed to. And at this point, the fun really starts. There simply is no end to the assorted ways in…