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Electronic Musician October 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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United States
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English
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Future Publishing Limited US
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sound considerations

EDITOR IN CHIEF grobair@nbmedia.com Like many EM readers, I think a lot about the sounds I use and regularly review the instruments in my setup when I start a new project: Should I start with something familiar or look for something new and let it inspire me? Consequently, I was struck by the divergent viewpoints that appear in this month’s features. In our cover story, Francis Prève explains how a particular instrument—or in some cases, a specific patch—can be one of the most important characteristics of a musical style. While the concept isn’t new to EM readers that something like the Roland TB-303 could define a genre, some of the synths in the article may surprise you. The main point is that, if you’re going to work in certain styles of dance music,…

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music video creation made easy

ADVENTURES IN DIY VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR, AND NOW YOUTUBE is gunning for the radio, too: The DIY video site is one of the world’s most popular ways to listen to music. That’s even more impressive when you realize YouTube doesn’t let you upload audio files—all that listening is for music videos. Facebook, which entertains more than 2 billion visitors a month, doesn’t allow audio uploads either. Below, I’ll share a number of easy ways to add visuals to your music so you can post it to those sites and more. When I started teaching myself video production, I discovered that most of the technical aspects became clear through experimentation. The main challenge was learning the aesthetic language, developing a sense of what looked and sounded appealing. (I think many creative…

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34 scores for piano, organ, harpsichord, and celeste

(£39.99; available at shop.bjork.com) Most popular music since the British Invasion was created by ear, so I’ve always found it interesting when these songs are transcribed and published in song books, using traditional notation and scored for piano (despite being played on guitars). To me, such collections do not reflect the true creative aspect under which these works were conceived and transmitted between the musicians, themselves (with the exception, of course, of highly orchestrated pop charts or the music of Frank Zappa). But in the topsy-turvy world of digital music distribution, artists have begun re-evaluating the concept of sharing music via the printed page. In 2012, Beck made the definitive statement on the subject with Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, a collection of 20 song scores and 100 pages of visual art that…

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new gear

1 SIMMONS DRUMS SD2000 Mesh-head electronic drum kit $1,299 street HIGHLIGHTS Heads can be tensioned for playability • Spherical Isolation Mounting System reduces crosstalk • 11" triple-zone snare pad • three 9" dual-zone toms • 9" mesh kick • 12" hats, 13" dual-zone cymbal, and 15" triple-zone ride • sound module includes two additional trigger inputs and allows you to add your own sampled kits • anodized aluminum Hexx rack included • Expansion Pack ($299 street) adds a 9" floor-tom pad and 13" dual-zone cymbal pad TARGET MARKET Drummers, composers, studio owners ANALYSIS An affordable full-featured, mesh-headed e-drum kit. simmonsdrums.net 2 MAGIX SOUND FORGE AUDIO STUDIO 12 DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION $59; $29 upgrade from earlier versions HIGHLIGHTS 64-bit DAW • nondestructive editing modes • vocal tuner • Soft Cut feature • simplified CD track assembly with markers • peak meters…

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kastle a fistful of synth that won’t empty your wallet

Kastle, from Bastl Instruments ($79; bastlinstruments.com), is a digital instrument that is surprisingly versatile for its size, thanks to a clever arrangement of parameters and patch points. It also runs on three AA batteries and fits in the palm of your hand. The instrument is based on a pair of ATtiny85 microcontrollers that offers a pair of oscillators and an LFO with stepped waveforms. Moreover, Kastle is an open-source product, so if you are Arduino-savvy, you can load your own programs into it and take advantage of the ample hardware configuration. You can even swap out the chips if want to customize it further. Kastle provides a pair of 3.5mm jacks—one, a headphone output (with no level control); the other for routing a pair of signals (audio, CV, or clock) in and…

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the shape of things to drum

“Engineered as a sound design tool for today’s modern drummer.” — Dave Simmons The new Simmons SD2000 offers unprecedented creative control far beyond what traditional acoustic and electric kits can offer. Explore the massive Signature Sound Library featuring sought-after kits, world percussion, industrial samples and more. The SimHex® tension-able mesh pads allow for nuanced performance, while the unique Spherical Isolation Mounting System™ creates expansive pad position options and virtually eliminates cross-talk. Test drive SD2000 the today and experience the shape of things to drum.…