Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician June 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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Editor’s Note Feedback Loop The virtual mailbag has been bulging at the seams lately, and the staff at EM has enjoyed reading your insightful comments. The very reason Craig Anderton launched this magazine 30+ years ago was to share reliable information with musicians interested in broadening their skill-set, as well as provide the context in which to use it. You’re letters help us continue our mission. And thanks to your feedback, we are launching two new columns in this issue, “The Electronic Guitarist” and “Adventures in DIY.” In addition to writing for Guitar Player, EM, and many other magazines, guitarist-producer Michael Ross has authored several books (including Getting Great Guitar Sounds and All About Effects) and is the founder of guitarmoderne.com, “a zine for adventurous guitarists.” Ross makes extensive use of a laptop,…

monsters at the (cv) gate

This month’s adventure started as a workaround for an awkward feature on the Arturia KeyStep, an otherwise brilliant keyboard controller. The KeyStep offers some of the best-feeling mini keys I’ve played, as well as aftertouch. It’s also highly connectable, with USB, 5-pin MIDI, analog sync, and three types of control voltage (CV) output— pitch, modulation, and gate. You can even power it from an iPhone through Apple’s Camera Connector Kit. The KeyStep’s awkward feature is its modulation ribbon, which shows no indication of the current value. Using a trick from the modular synth world, I soldered an LED to a 1/8-inch mono phone plug and connected that to the Mod jack. (To limit the current, I added a 1k??resistor.) When the ribbon is at its lowest setting, the light is off.…

ikutaro kakehashi

On April 1, 2017, the music technology world lost a true legend: Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of globally popular instrument manufacturer Roland. He passed away at home in Japan, at 87 years of age. The contrast between Kakehashi’s humble beginnings and the success he would mine from hard work and inherent intellect resembles a real-life Horatio Alger story. Losing both parents to tuberculosis when he was only two years old, his interest in engineering was first piqued by working in the shipyards during World War II, beginning when he was 14. At 16 he started his own watch and clock repair business, but at 20 faced his own bout with tuberculosis. Three years later, participating in a clinical trial for the then-new antibiotic Streptomycin restored him to health. Bob Moog’s work would inspire…

novation peak

While Novation has been a leading innovator in the world of pad and keyboard controllers (not to mention beat-based products such as Circuit), behind the scenes it’s been secretly developing a new polysynth intended to unite analog sound quality with the stability and features of a modern instrument. To the surprise of Superbooth17 attendees in Berlin last April, Novation unveiled Peak, an 8-voice synth module featuring 3 oscillators per voice and a hybrid architecture; in this case, an analog multi-mode resonant filter, pre-filter VCA, and distortion effects combined with digital sound generation, time-based effects, and parameter control. The result is a powerful, yet portable instrument that is affordably priced ($1,299). Remarkably, Peak is simple to use. I received an early production unit before the manual was available, yet I got the synth…

new gear

1 OUTPUT ANALOG STRINGS Bowed-string-based virtual instrument $199 HIGHLIGHTS A newly designed software engine to edit, layer, blend and process recordings of string orchestras and samples of classic synths • sources include 1-shots, pads, and loops • close and far mic positions • solo instrument patches • four macro sliders • two tapestyle loopers • sequencer • two arpeggiators • reverse • modulation matrix • effects • 500 presets • 39GB sound library • 14-day return policy TARGET MARKET Sound designers, composers, performers ANALYSIS A feature-rich environment for creating unique sounds flavored with a variety of real and synthesized string timbres. output.com All prices are MSRP except as noted 2 RETRONYMS LOOPERVERSE Looping app for iOS $9.99 HIGHLIGHTS 16-track looping app designed for live performance • developed in conjunction with Cycling 74 • controllable via Retronym’s heavy duty Bluetooth MIDI pedal ($199) •…

evocative sounds from around the world

Nothing adds interest and intrigue to a track quite like an exotic sound from a faraway land. Whether it’s a tribal groove from South America or a haunting vocal from an Iranian singer, a well-chosen sound or phrase layered into an otherwise ordinary song or cue can turn the project into something special. And with the virtual instruments in this roundup, it’s never been easier to take your projects to new places. Sample libraries based on non-Western European instruments are not new, of course. But because this corner of the soundware market has been exploding with new products, we’ve gathered nine of the latest collections to help you navigate the crowded landscape— from the location-focused Indigisounds’ Soca Starter Pack Volume 1 to UVI’s expansive World Suite. We’ve also included a handful of…