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Electronic Musician July 2017

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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Future Publishing Limited US
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a super time in berlin

In 2005, a well-respected tech journalist confidently told me, “No one does DIY anymore. Why should they?” His point was that, unlike the late ’70s and early ’80s when studio gear was too expensive for the average musician, anything you need now is immediately available at an affordable price. Why would anyone waste time building it? Clearly, he was wrong. But the same DIY spirit extends beyond consumers: The reach of the Internet has changed how manufacturers and distributors do business, with many of them taking what could be called a do-it-yourself approach to selling and marketing. Just look at the success of Sweetwater’s GearFest, which combines an exhibition with workshops and concerts, attracting thousands of people to Fort Wayne, Indiana each summer. And theirs is not an isolated example. About 15…

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light up your sound with a $1 sequencer

I enjoy a circuit-bending approach to musical projects: Use low voltages, cheap or scavenged parts, and plug things together until I get something interesting. Last month, I showed how to connect an LED to the control voltage (CV) outputs on a keyboard so the LED lights up as you play. For fun, I mounted the circuit in a Japanese monster toy. (See the video at emusician.com.) It’s even easier to flash LEDs from MIDI outputs (see Figure 1). Simply connect an LED between the second and fourth holes— the pins are labeled 4 and 5—with the LED’s long leg connected to pin 4. Pin 5 is normally 5 volts. It falls to 0 volts when data goes out, allowing current to flow through the LED. (Note that not all MIDI devices…

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spring cleaning or summer acquisitions

Launched by the Discogs team and fueled by users, Gearogs (gearogs.com) offers a unique marketplace for audio gearheads. Gearogs was spearheaded by Discogs CEO and founder, Kevin Lewandowski, as an online database, cataloging equipment from high-end workstations and monitors to vintage synths and mics. Visitors to the site suggested that the developers add a shopping component similar to the store on the Discogs site; Gearogs tested the waters beginning in 2015 and officially announced its marketplace launch this past spring “With the current vinyl trends, turntables were the fastest-growing entry on the site,” says Gearogs marketing director Ron Rich. “Now with the Gearogs marketplace marketplace public beta launching in April, we’ve seen many more synthesizers and speakers showing up on the site.” Gearogs only profits from marketplace sales if the user does:…

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new gear

1 MAGIX SOUND FORGE PRO 3 MAC Digital audio editor TBA HIGHLIGHTS Multichannel audio recorder/editor supports 32 channels • 64-bit floating point and 192kHz resolution • loudness metering that meets international broadcasting standards • iZotope Rx Elements and Ozone Elements plug-ins included • Wavehammer compressor/limiter • integrates with SpectraLayers Pro 4 • preview for Mastered for iTunes • Red Book standard CD authoring • support for additional video formats over Pro 2 version • audio restoration tools TARGET MARKET Recording and mastering engineers, broadcast ANALYSIS Editing and processing tools designed for high-quality audio with a streamlined workflow. magix.com All prices are MSRP except as noted 2 GENELEC THE ONES Active studio monitor series TBA HIGHLIGHTS 8351, 8341 and 8331—3- way coaxial monitors with Class D amplification • Smart Active Monitor using Genelec Loudspeaker Manager 2.0 software (Mac/Win) • designed for short listening…

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varigate 8+ and voltage block

One the thing that is difficult when building a modular synth is creating an instrument that is performable, where you have the same intuitive, real-time control over the system that you would get from, say, a well-designed keyboard. Clearly, that means, from the beginning, choosing modules that were designed with live performance in mind. This is something that differentiates the Varigate 8+ ($549) and Voltage Block ($349) from most other Eurorack-format sequencers. When Malekko created these modules, it had a clear idea of what was needed in a pair of sequencers that were destined for use during live performances and improvisations. And not only is each of them powerful on its own, when used together, they offer a level of functionality that makes it even easier to create compelling music from…

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glitch

G litch is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the late ’90s. It explores deliberately creating sounds that resemble CD skipping, electrical hum, digital distortion, bit-rate reduction, hardware noise, software bugs and crashes, and vinyl-record hiss or scratches. Technically anything that makes your guitar sound “bad” by “normal” standards could be called a glitch effect. Glitch effects are used in some forms of metal, where the guitar track may be sliced and spaced to create impossible rhythms. They are employed by Jamie Hince and Nick Reinhart, who step on a Boss delay to produce evocative stutters; and by Stian Westerhus, whose style generally evokes sonic mayhem as much as notes. There are two basic ways to create glitchy guitar sounds—with software or using hardware pedals. THE SOFTWARE APPROACH The old-school method…