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Electronic Musician March 2019

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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modular madness

Enter 2019, and modular synthesis is more fashionable than ever. It’s not hard to see why: a modular system gives you the ability to build your dream setup from individual components, then patch those modules together in any way you fancy. Your setup can be as streamlined or as complex as you wish, and the sonic ability of a modular system can span the full spectrum of electronic sounds: from raw, analog fatness to all-out strangeness from another universe. So why don’t we all own huge studios crammed full of modules, Deadmau5-style? Dollars, of course! The price of entry to the modular synth club is especially high, and once the addiction gets a grip on you, those weekend vacations and other luxuries will make way for pricey cases, oscillators, attenuators, quantizers…

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sequential say goodbye to the prophet 12

Sequential have announced that their Prophet 12 synth is about to be discontinued, but the company is seeing it off with a limited edition ‘arctic white’ version. When we say limited, we really do mean it: only 100 Prophet 12 LEs will be made. After these have rolled off the production line, this hybrid analog/digital instrument will be no more (unless you’re lucky enough to own one, that is). Paying tribute to the Prophet 12, Sequential boss, Dave Smith says: “It’s nice to give the Prophet 12 a proper send-off with this special edition. The P12 was a real milestone for us in terms of pushing the synth envelope. As a hybrid instrument, it gave us a chance to explore the interaction of digital oscillators and analog filters, and see how far…

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app watch

NanoStudio 2 The original NanoStudio set the benchmark for all-in-one iOS music production apps, but a lot has happened in the eight years since its release. Version 2 looks to retain the design principles that made its predecessor so appealing, but is a completely new iPad app with countless improvements. These include a powerful new synth called Obsidian, a drum sampler called Slate, AU support and advanced sequencing and mixing tools. $30. blipinteractive.co.uk Bloom The first version of Bloom, Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers’ generative music app, also felt like a landmark release when it arrived ten years ago, showing just what was possible on the iPhone. Now we have Bloom: 10 Worlds, an anniversary edition that expands on the original. As before, you make music and visuals by tapping the screen, but there…

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software modular

Pandora’s box is open wider than ever. If you’ve ever wanted to get into the world of modular synthesis but have been prevented by real-world obstacles like money, tight studio quarters, or lack of knowledge; these days the barrier is lower than ever due to a growing number of in-the-box options that give you the same flexibility and malleability of a real modular. And, even if you’re an experienced Eurorack user, there are still a few advantages to expanding your system inside your CPU. While we took a look at the near-infinite patching possibilities of Native Instruments’ updated Reaktor 6, and with it, the new Blocks Modules, back in 2015, this month we’ll be looking at how Blocks compares with two other pieces of kit that also aim to emulate analog…

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virtual modular systems

Softube’s Modular is the newest of the trio. Six Doepfer modules are included, all of which are designed to look and work exactly like their hardware counterparts — and the VCO modules certainly do their name justice. Additionally, there are a host of Softube’s own utility modules, the Heartbeat Drum synth modules, Softube’s new TSAR and TSAR-1 Reverbs, and more modules set to be included. We've also seen the addition of an officially licensed 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator and Pingable Envelope Generator, as well as the Buchla 259e oscillator, which also was given its blessing by Buchla’s current design team. Step-by-step patching tutorials are included, as well as a set of performance knobs that allow you to freely assign them to any control on any module, creating a set of macros…

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processing audio

While setting up a patch to produce sounds is going to be the starting point for many, the flexibility of modular synths extends to processing sounds from other sources as well. These could be coming directly from another channel in your DAW, an external audio source that is being played in real time, or even an oscillator from a real hardware modular synthesizer. The advantage of taking the time to create a modular-based effects routing, as opposed to relying on one of the many plugins you are already familiar with, centres around increased control. Let’s use Blocks as an example to process a ready-made drum loop, this will allow the volume of each hit to dictate the depth of effect. Load Blocks as an effect plugin by selecting Reaktor 6 MFX…

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