Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician February 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.

United States
Future Publishing Limited US
12 期号


strung out and amped up

EDITOR If there was ever an underloved category of effects plugin, it’s the amp simulator. Despite offering immense power and sonic sculpting, these virtual rigs tend to get maligned by guitarists and electronic music aficionados alike – by the former for being digital, and by the latter for not being digital enough. In reality, amp simulators are secret weapons for any production. Part expertly modeled distortion, part room and reverb simulator, part multieffects processor, and all with a re-routable signal chain that would make an early computer-based producer drop to their knees, these software studios are far more than the sum of their parts. So this issue, we’re flying the flag for the humble – and the not so humble – amp sims on the market today. We’ll show you how to use…

ableton loop 2018

In the four years since Ableton launched their annual Loop conference, attendance has swiftly grown into one of the most coveted tickets in the industry, thanks to their savvy methodology of curating the presenters, performers, and audience. In contrast to other manufacturer-sponsored events, Ableton’s branding remains ephemeral, always placing the emphasis on the talents of artists who share their individuality, demonstrate their techniques, and captivate concert halls with utterly authentic performances. The audience itself veers strongly toward outliers and innovators who are so far ahead of the curve that after three days of nonstop intellectual stimulation, they return home brimming with insights and inspiration that lingers long past the event. Unlike previous years — where the event location was Funkhaus in Berlin — Loop 2018 took place in Los Angeles, closer…

cubase 10 arrives

Steinberg has announced the newest version of Cubase, which sees the venerable DAW hit double figures with its 10th full iteration. (Though it feels like there have been far more versions!) The Hamburg firm has promised that it has listened to user feedback to bring some key changes to the workflow and, most notably, the UI. The eagle-eyed amongst you will already have noticed that it looks rather different. Once again, the update applies to the full Pro, Artist and Elements versions, with all three benefiting from the new UI and an overhaul of the channel strip, which features new metering elements in each module. Groove Agent SE 5 gets an updated UI and new acoustic and electronic drum content. All versions of Cubase will also support 32-bit integer and 64-bit floating-point audio…

is pipes “the most powerful instrument/sampler/audio device ever made”?

In this software-centric age, the hardware sound module has taken something of a back seat, but Synthesthesia Corporation is looking to revive it for a new generation of producers with Pipes. This is a sample-based standalone-but-connected box that comes with a stock of sounds and loops built-in, and also enables you to load your own. Coming from the brains behind the likes of the Mandala Drum, Eyris and D-Beam technology that you’ll find in many Roland products, this is described by Cosmo Jones, one of its creators, as “the most powerful instrument/sampler/audio device ever made.” That’s a pretty big claim, and we’re also told that Pipes can “outhorsepower laptops, outperform samplers, and get better over time.” Pipes comes with a touchscreen interface and is designed to be used in the studio and on…

new apps

iPad Pro It was the iPad Pro’s turn for an update last month, with 11- and 12.9-inch models getting a refresh. Notably, each now has an ‘all-screen design’ and a Liquid Retina Display, with the military-sounding A12X Bionic chip giving horsepower. Plus, they’ve ditched both the Lightning and headphone ports, replacing the latter with… nothing. Starting at $799 and $999 respectively, that might just sting a little. apple.com AudioKit Digital D1 Fans of ’80s and ’90s digital synths will love the AudioKit Digital D1, a virtual analogue/PCM synth for iPad. A 64-voice instrument, it features Hybrid Digital Poly Synthesis, and 1GB worth of samples. Each voice is dual-layer, plus there are dual independent per-layer filters, three LFOs and vintage-style arp/step sequencer and effects. It costs $9.99. audiokitpro.com Loopseque 8 In honor of its eighth anniversary, Casual Underground…

virtual guitar amps

Revolutions in music don’t come along very often, but when they do, they change the way we listen to and make music forever. The guitar amp was originally devised for one reason: loudness. With all the extra decibels the amp afforded them, guitarists were able to take center-stage, and the rest is rock ‘n’ roll history… but in many ways, times have moved on. The guitar amp is still alive and well, of course, but thanks to digital technology, guitarists now have the ability to load up a legendary rig right inside their DAW. And they’re not the only ones who benefit — virtual amp emulations are there to be used and abused by musicians and producers working in any genre. The playing field is wide open, and anybody can put…