Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician June 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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the challenge

“I got tired of having to update computers, OS’s, and software, and external hardware every few months,” explains Klaus Schulze, our feature artist this month. “That’s crazy.” It’s usually someone who was musically active before desktop computers were involved that has the perspective to understand how much crazy we put up with today. Sometimes it feels as if we’ve barely scratched the surface of a virtual instrument or DAW when an upgrade somewhere in our system leads us into a rabbit hole and slows our creativity to a halt. “We were far busier getting the entire system to work than making new music—not good,” Schulze continues. “I need a fast and easy, reliable system I can use blindfolded.” What’s his solution? Read the interview on page 24 to find out. For me, the biggest…

the harman experience center

EM readers will be familiar with many of the legacy brands under the Harman Professional Solutions umbrella—AKG, Crown, dbx, DigiTech, JBL, Sound-craft, and Studer. Other names—such as AMX, BSS, Martin—are less connected to the personal studio and may be unfamiliar. What this remarkable portfolio provides Harman is a resource of technologies that can be integrated into systems that touch consumers at every level—from performance venues and recording studios to convention centers and retail stores. To demonstrate the power of such integrations, the company recently launched the Harman Experience Center, a multiroom facility in Los Angeles that encompasses more than 15,000 square feet. This spring, I was lucky enough to get a personal tour. Divided into areas dedicated to various market segments, the Experience Center serves as an idea resource showcasing cutting-edge technologies…

tips for checking your mixes on micro speakers

Recently, I had the chance to make the music and sound effects for an iOS game called Mushroom Mayhem (RocketLife.com/mushroom; free). One of the most interesting challenges was designing sounds on my computer to work on the tiny iPhone speaker. Producers recommend listening on a variety of speakers, but where do you find woofers the size of a fingernail? It turns out the perfect monitors were already in my pocket. Making game music has been a dream of mine since the 1980s. In a happy coincidence, Mushroom Mayhem was inspired by ’80s arcade classics like Centipede and Galaga. Playing as Professor Frank Fun-guy, you fly your rocket-powered microbus through space, fighting off swarms of mutant mushrooms (see Figure 1). FUN(GUS) WITH LOOPS I started by making a spreadsheet in Google Docs so the…

new gear

1 IK MULTIMEDIA SYNTRONIK DELUXE Virtual instrument bundle $399 HIGHLIGHTS 22 softsynths, including five new models—Memory-V (Moog Memorymoog 6-voice), SH-V (Roland SH-2/SH-5), M-Poly (Korg MonoPoly/Polysix), VCF3 (EMS VCS3), and Modulum (modular synth-style drums) • DRIFT feature varies the phase, pitch, and color of the virtual oscillators • 7 classic filter types • 38 effects • instruments and multis will open in SampleTank 3.7.2 or later • 80 GB of content • 2,600 presets • check out Syntronik Free, as well as upgrade and crossgrade pricing TARGET MARKET Keyboardists, sound designers ANALYSIS A competitively priced collection of classic analog synth models. ikmultimedia.com 2 APPLIED ACOUSTIC SYSTEMS OBJEQ Physical modeling effect for iOS $3.99 HIGHLIGHTS Filters audio input through modeled acoustic objects that act as resonators—plate, drum head, and beam • parameters include Pitch, Tone, Decay, Position, Material, and Mix • mute button •…

tapographic delay

In addition to enhancing drones or adding room-like ambience to your music, a delay effect can be used in a variety of creative ways within a patch, particularly when you have CV control over its parameter. And like most effects, every delay—analog or digital—has its own sound and playability characteristics. Created in collaboration between 4ms and Matthias Puech, the Tapographic Delay (TD) combines a powerful mono-to-stereo, multitap delay system with a uniquely performative interface to control it. By striking the module’s force sensing resistor (FSR) with your finger (or using CV input), you set individual delay taps to create rhythmic patterns in real time. And because the FSR is velocity sensitive, you can individually alter the amplitude or frequency characteristics of each delay tap based on how hard you strike the…

rafiq bhatia

The first step in integrating electric guitar into electronic music is realizing there isn’t a lot of electric guitar in it,” says Rafiq Bhatia, solo artist and member of the genre-bending, post-rock trio, Son Lux. Growing up in North Carolina, Bhatia became aware of that even before picking up the guitar, while listening to J.Dilla in elementary school. But hearing Jimi Hendrix and Bill Frisell revealed that, in addition to providing harmony, melody, and rhythm, the instrument could be used as a pure sound source. After thorough schooling in its traditional use, Bhatia developed his nontraditional approach playing in genres that didn’t normally use guitar, such as hip-hop and electronica. “The second step in integrating the guitar is to think of it differently for the studio and the stage,” he continues. “There…