Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician November 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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down the rabbit hole

I've had the pleasure of testing two hugely powerful, innovative pieces of software this month, in the shape of NIs' Massive X and Bitwig Studio 3, with its built-in modular sandbox The Grid. While these are two quite different applications – one a plugin synth, the other a DAW – they share a source of inspiration, in that each incorporates a level of patchability and tools lifted from the hardware modular realm. While it's quite easy to write off the current popularity of modular as being a fad, both Bitwig 3 and Massive X are excellent examples of the creative potential that a little patchability brings. In the case of Massive, the ability to route wavetable oscillators separately and freely assign additional filters, oscillators and effects makes the process of designing…

new gear

Behringer’s 808-inspired RD-08 is available to order It feels like Behringer has a million and one vintage hardware clones in the pipeline, but few are as eagerly anticipated as its ‘tribute’ to Roland’s TR-808 drum machine. Now, after what seems like years of teasing, it’s available for pre-order. One thing to note is that the final production model is known as the RD-8 – up until recently, it was being referred to as the RD-808 – but there remains little doubt which machine inspired it. This is an analog drum machine with individual outputs for each of its 16 sounds. There’s a 64-step sequencer, and MIDI/USB connectivity. It also adds to the feature set of Roland’s classic with a pair of stereo bus effects – an analog filter and resonator-like Wave Designer The…

soft opinions

As one of Electronic Musician's cadre of Editors At Large, James is responsible for keeping his finger on the pulse of the music software world, reporting on the latest developments in plugins and DAWs. He also takes a more irreverent look at music software as co-host of Appetite For Production Podcast, and is often to be found creeping about on Twitter: @rusty_jam Things move slowly in the world of audio standards. Consider MIDI, the standard that until now remained staunchly at version 1.0 for over 35 years. MIDI 2.0 is, at time of writing, still in the oven, but that’s a standard for another time… Last year, Steinberg – creator and keeper of the VST standard – announced that from October 2018, no new developers would be granted a license to distribute…

this month in software

Universal Audio releases UAD 9.10 with Tube Compressor Collection Universal Audio has launched the latest update to its plugin platform, with version 9.10 concentrated on reimagining the 175B and 176 tube compressors within the digital realm (right). The legendary tube-limiters were the first compressors to be made solely for studio use and as such around only 1,000 units were made, making them some of the most sought-after compressors ever. Both comps serve as predecessors to the renowned 1176 and can be heard on many a seminal classic, from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and more besides. The Classic Tube Collection comes in at $299 and more information can be found on the Universal Audio website – www.uaudio.com. MusicRadar The SpaceCraft Granular iOS synth is touching down in desktop DAWs We’re seeing…

filter science

Look up the word Filtering in a dictionary and you’ll find something like this by way of a definition: ‘pass a liquid, gas, light or sound through a device to remove unwanted material.’ Leaving liquids, gases and light to one side, that’s pretty clear, right? We just need to pass our sounds through a device and we’ll remove the bits we don’t want. But hold on, what device? And how do we know which bits to remove? And if we want nice fat, rich sounds, why would we want to remove any part of them? It turns out that while that dictionary definition is a useful starting point to understanding the process of filtering, it doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of working with filters when you’re producing tracks. Yes,…

trevor horn

The 1980s was a golden age for music technology, popularizing the evolution of analog synthesis and giving rise to the birth of digital recording. At the heart of that groundbreaking revolution in sound was producer Trevor Horn. In September 1979, Horn’s chart topping single ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, with fantasy band The Buggles, helped pave the way for his electronic pop successors. He then moved into the production hot seat, where he used the latest innovative technologies to evolve and, occasionally, break artists such as Dollar, ABC, Spandau Ballet, Grace Jones and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. By 1983, Horn had set up the maverick Zang Tuum Tumb label, while his band The Art of Noise began to remap the synth pop landscape once more, this time using the latest digital…