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Electronic Musician January 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
语言:
English
出版商:
Future Publishing Limited US
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editor’s note

As electronic musicians, we float in the space between two worlds: razor’s-edge computer technology and classic musical instruments. Every month, it seems that we reconcile the past with the future to look at what could be coming next. Maybe a time-honored Stradivarius recreated in Kontakt? Perhaps a bells-and-whistles amp simulator plugin that gets you the classic tones of your favorite solos? Or could it be a completely new spin on how we generate MIDI? Whatever’s next in the world of music technology, this issue seems like an especially great example of old-meets-new. Over on page 24, we’re talking to John Carpenter about scoring the sequel to his original Halloween soundtrack. John still uses hardware synths, sure, but he relies on Logic Pro and software synths for the bulk of his work,…

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diy snapshots

Here are three new techniques I discovered while hacking electronic music gear. See tinyurl.com/diysnap1 for the first article in this series and many more DIY projects. 1. Stand up for DIY. My garage workbench doesn’t have a place to sit, so I made this stand to raise projects to a comfortable height. It’s built from an old cutting board with 2x2-inch legs attached with deck screws and glue. The “juice groove” keeps round objects like my flux pen from rolling away. A powerful magnet at the back corner (salvaged from an old hard drive) collects screws. 2. Power to Go. The small black box holds a DROK voltage booster board, which converts the 5 volts from a USB battery pack to 9V to run my Korg Kaossilator Pro. The “periscope” is an…

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cherry audio voltage modular

Californian developers Cherry Audio have released Voltage Modular, their new software modular synthesis platform for Mac and PC. Working as a plugin instrument or effect in VST, AU and AAX formats, as well as standalone, this visually rich sound-design environment aims to “address the shortcomings of other virtual modular synth systems”. Obviously styled after the enduringly invogue Eurorack hardware modular format, Voltage Modular uses drag-and-drop for cable routing and module arrangement, and animated visuals to indicate signal flow along cables. There’s no limit to the number of modules a patch can contain, and all processing is performed at the level of individual samples using 64-bit double precision maths for “fantastic sounding audio-rate frequency and amplitude modulation, oscillator sync, insane delay feedback, and more”. Voltage Modular ships with a total of 84 modules…

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akai fire is the first dedicated controller for fl studio

Akai have teamed up with Image-Line to create the first dedicated controller for FL Studio, called Fire. At its heart, Fire has a 4x16 velocity-sensitive RGB pad matrix, so you can input patterns on FL Studio’s Step Sequencer or switch to Performance Mode for live playing, note recording and launching patterns. Fire also comes with four touch-capacitive knobs with four banks of settings, all of which gives the user the benefit of instant adjustment over parameter values, including control over channel, mixer settings and user-assignable parameters. The controller will ship with a special edition of FL Studio called the Fruity Fire Edition, which has the same feature set as the Fruity Edition of FL Studio, which usually retails for $99. Fire is available now and retailing for $199.99.…

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cycling ’74 launches ‘mind-expanding’ max 8

In celebration of its 20th birthday, Cycling ’74 have released version 8 of Max and the company is calling it “the closest thing to a mind-expanding drug Max has ever had”. The visual programming language has taken on a raft of new improvements in the latest iteration, most notably the introduction of the new MC objects. MC, we’re presuming, stands for multi-channel, and Cycling ’74 is sure it will “transform how you imagine sound design”. It makes patches with 100 channels of audio look as simple as those with a single channel. MC will also let users manipulate multiple audio channels and operations with fewer objects. Much of the development in version 8 has been focusing on performance. Cycling ’74 now claim that Max will launch 20 times faster on Windows than…

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the virtual moog sessions

To many, the name Moog is synonymous with the synthesiser. To musicians and makers of musical instruments, it’s something of a sonic holy grail – an impossibly high standard that, to some pundits, will never be matched. Why are Moog’s instruments so highly regarded? It could simply be that they were there first – at least in the public’s eye. Bob Moog’s modular synthesiser was indeed the first to reach international attention, thanks in no small part to the phenomenal success of Wendy Carlos’ seminal 1968 LP Switched On Bach, an album that imprinted the Moog name into our collective cultural consciousness. A legion of exploitative knockoff novelty albums followed, increasing the public’s awareness of the brand. Moog’s instruments were, for a time, positively trendy. Moog was the name to drop…