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Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician February 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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get ready for news from anaheim!

Shipping the February issue to the printer is always an exciting time for the editors of Electronic Musician. Not only does it give us a chance to present the winners of our coveted Editors’ Choice Awards, it reminds us that the Winter NAMM show, where this issue is distributed, is but a few weeks away. Held in Anaheim, Calif., each January, NAMM (namm.org) is one of the world’s most important musical instrument and pro-audio events, attracting manufacturers and developers from around the globe. Attending NAMM is an energizing experience because it gives us a chance to meet directly with product designers and hear what’s on tap for the new year. But I can tell you from more than two decades of experience that four days of this trade show is barely…

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motorize your music

I’ve long enjoyed driving LEDs with MIDI and control voltages. This month, I started driving electric motors from a keyboard, as well. My circuit, which costs pennies, uses one transistor, one resistor, and a diode, with an LED for show (see Figure 1). The transistor functions as a remote-controlled amplifier or switch, using the small current from the keyboard’s CV output to route a larger current from a battery pack through the motor. (Even small DC motors need far more juice than CV or MIDI can provide.) Notice the “flywheel” diode bridging the motor. Because an electric motor is a generator in reverse, it sends an electric spike when you cut the power. The diode protects the transistor from that surge. The motor’s buzz and whir add a fascinating acoustic layer…

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ableton loop 2017

Already in its third year, Ableton’s annual Loop conference is quickly becoming one of the premiere international music events. With its eclectic array of TED Talk-like presentations, intimate production workshops, hands-on technology demonstrations, and one-of-a-kind performances, the threeday event in East Berlin’s enormous Funkhaus studio complex brings together a wonderfully diverse audience of performers, experts, and instructors of every gender and ethnicity. (Full disclosure: This year, I participated at Loop both as a speaker and audience member, as did many of the attendees.) With so many simultaneous presentations to attend at the mall-sized facility, it is impossible to see everything, so advance planning is crucial. While there were numerous in-depth sessions with influential dance artists like Goldie and Honey Dijon, there was also a strong focus on academic topics ranging from…

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new gear

1 ARTURIA V COLLECTION 6 Virtual instrument collection $499 HIGHLIGHTS Four new synth models— Buchla Easel V, DX7 V, Clavinet V and Fairlight CMI V • Analog Lab 3 adds new browser and modes, as well as more than 6,000 presets • new physically modeled instruments in Piano V 2 include Japanese Grand, Plucked Grand, and Tack Upright, with stereo delay and compressor effects TARGET MARKET Musicians, composers, sound designers ANALYSIS With 21 synths and keyboards, V Collection 6 is an impressive upgrade to a 2017 Editors’ Choice Award-winning product. arturia.com 2 PIGTRONIX MOTHERSHIP 2 Analog synth guitar pedal $249 HIGHLIGHTS 3-oscillator analog synthesizer pedal for guitar and bass with velocity sensitivity, pitch tracking, and oscillator hard sync • mix control for oscillator levels and clean signal • portamento/glide with pitch following • accepts CV and expression-pedal input…

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sapèl

Subtle variations in timbre and rhythm are a major part of what makes music, well, musical. Much of the allure of analog circuits, tube-based products, or a real drummer is in the subtle nonlinearities they produce. In electronic music, Don Buchla addressed this with his Model 266 Source of Uncertainly, which produced a variety of ever changing voltages for modulation purposes. Although a number of companies have sought to duplicate the characteristics of the 266, none have improved on the design to the degree that Frap Tools has with the Sapèl, a Eurorack module that provides more than twice as many voltage sources while adding features that significantly increase their potential. The Sapèl is divided into two identical blocks (yellow and green), each of which is controlled by an independent clock and…

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granular effects

In previous columns, I have talked about the joys of using granular-based iPad apps, such as iDensity and Borderlands. But what does it mean to do granular processing? And what are the options for guitarists who have not yet been bitten by the iPad bug. Granular audio refers to the process of dividing audio into very short snippets (grains) of about 1 to 50 milliseconds. At such short lengths, the snippets no longer sound like the original source, but become atmospheric or glitchy, depending on how the grains are played back. Granular effects let you manipulate those minute sections of digital audio by varying their speed, volume, direction, density, and pitch. You can get a sense of what it is like to hear a grain by recording an audio clip of your…