Electronic Musician

Electronic Musician May 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

Put in the Time to Find Your Sound I think my colleagues at EM and Keyboardmag.com would agree that trying out new products is one of the best perks of the job. But we spend much of our time figuring out user interfaces, testing features, and pushing gear to its limits as we do the research for our articles. With so many items coming and going from the studio, we can easily forget to devote time to our main instruments— and our own music. I was reminded of this as I read Jean-Michel Jarre’s interview, when he says “…limitations are the key in any kind of art form, and especially in electronic music,” before advising young musicians to “choose your plug-ins and your instruments very carefully, and when you have chosen one,…

a bright idea!

It first caught my eye on a Facebook post: A handmade, paper diorama featuring electronic- music composer Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, cartoonish yet dignified, lost in her work as she manipulates a tape machine (perhaps arranging the elements that would be used in the theme for Doctor Who). I had to have one! A few minutes of Interweb sleuthing led me to the designer, Sean Bright. Bright, who specializes in illustration and model making, offers a wide variety of handmade items via the heykidsrocknroll shop at Etsy. There you will find pop-up cards, dioramas, string puppets, and felt dolls featuring a remarkably varied list of artists—from Adam Ant, David Bowie, and David Byrne to Klaus Nomi, Roxy Music (with Brian Eno on VSC3), and Stevie Wonder. But listed among…

room to make noise

Portland’s Synth Library is on a mission to make modular synthesis accessible to everyone. The studio, housed in the S1 nonprofit arts center, offers a community space where anyone can explore synthesis through educational workshops and hands-on studio time. The Library strives for inclusiveness: Class fees and library membership are offered on a sliding scale, and nobody is turned away for lack of funds. The organization makes a special effort to engage women and non-binary people through dedicated courses. The space exists thanks to efforts of the dedicated team at S1 and cofounder Alissa DeRubeis. The Philadelphia native grew up making music, but didn’t get into synths until she moved to Austin, where she learned to circuit-bend, solder, and run sound through workshops she helped develop at the Church of the Friendly…

new gear

1 KV331 SYNTHMASTER ONE Wavetable softsynth $79 HIGHLIGHTS 2 oscillators, each with 17 algorithms, Tone and Phase controls, a sub-oscillator, stereo output, and 16-voice unison capability • 2 filters with four modes (state variable, ladder, diode ladder, bite) • 4 ADSR envelope generators • 2 LFOs • 16-step arpeggiator/ sequencer • effects include ensemble, phaser, vocoder, reverb, tremolo, 6-band EQ, compressor, distortion and LoFi • available in 64-bit Audio Unit and VST formats TARGET MARKET Musicians and sound designers ANALYSIS A low-cost wavetable synth that offers surprisingly deep functionality. kv331audio.com 2 ELECTRO-HARMONIX SYNTH9 SYNTHESIZER MACHINE Polyphonic effects pedal $221 HIGHLIGHTS A plug-andplay stompbox that provides polyphonic emulations of nine classic synthesizers, such as the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, Moog Minimoog, Electro-Harmonix Mini-Synthesizer, and Oberheim OB-X • two controls for patchspecific parameter changes • doesn’t require a special pickup or MIDI configuration…

control forge

ROSSUM ELECTRO-MUSIC The basic element is an 8-segment voltage contour, that is saved as a preset, where each segment has an associated target voltage level and set amount of travel time to reach it. Remarkably, the module provides a time range from 0.0001 second to 9999 seconds (more than 2.75 hours) for each segment. (Keep that in mind as you read the rest of this review.) Although a programmable 8-stage contour is very useful on its own, the real power of this module lies in the myriad ways you can control movement from segment to segment, as well as preset to preset. For example, you can step through a preset sequentially or nonlinearly, manually or via CV. The module provides 67 transition shapes to choose from. In addition, the level of each…

make room for reverb

Since the dawn of modern recording, musicians and recording engineers have strived to capture the most natural reverberation possible. Over time, they’ve harnessed empty churches, manmade chambers, torsion springs, suspended metal plates, audio impulse responses, and sundry DSP algorithms in their quest to conjure aural illusions of spaciousness. Reverberation technology has come a long way since French cathedrals first wowed the masses with a sound as big as all outdoors. In the past year-and-a-half, a new generation of algorithmic reverb plugins has sprung up to challenge advanced convolution reverbs like Audio Ease Altiverb and Waves IR-1. In this article, Electronic Musician investigates seven recent DSP-based plug-ins for your computer, each taking its own approach to giving your tracks room to breathe and grow. All the reverbs that follow are available in most…