Computer Music

February 2022

Computer Music's goal is to help its readers create great music with a PC or Mac. Each month find easy-to-follow tutorials for all sorts of music software, unbiased reviews of the latest products and answers to technical questions. Our Zinio edition does not include the DVD but it DOES INCLUDE the full software, samples and tutorial files to download. Full details inside. Download does not include Producer Masterclass in-studio video. This digital edition is not printable.

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how to use cm

Whenever you see this icon, you can grab the files on your PC or Mac by going to Tutorials featuring this icon make use of our own Plugins – find out all about them at This icon means there are extra files to help you follow a tutorial feature: project files, audio examples, etc. There’s extra video content wherever you see this icon.…

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“No better way to celebrate Live at 20 years old” For those of us of a certain age, Ableton Live still feels like the young upstart of the DAW world (but then I used to make music on a ZX Spectrum and Atari, so we really are talking ‘a certain age’). Yet Live, the potent and cutting edge mix of live clip generator and more standard DAW arranger, is, incredibly, 20 years old. Celebrations no doubt went long into the night in Berlin (I once woke up in the morning in Berlin and some of the cool kids there were just going out for the night – they do like a late/early one), but we’ve got our own way of marking the anniversary. In this issue, we have the honour of…

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the computer music 2021 awards!

As we write this, Black Friday has just passed, and as well as the questionable number of actual deals this marketing-bandwagon-jumping exercise actually generated, it also destroyed the news. Every email from the music tech community during this period tells us about their deals rather than any news. So what to do? Well, seeing as we’re in shopping mode, how about a Computer Music Gear Of The Year? We’ll start with the most exciting category… Best Softsynth of 2021 It wasn’t the busiest of years for the softsynth, but let’s just say ‘quality rather than quantity’. Bundles-wise Korg’s Collection 3 impressed us with its spread of vintage loveliness and Arturia’s V Collection 8 arrived as expected with four new additions, but perhaps it was the company’s Pigments 3 (now 3.5 – see…

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app watch

Animoog For some, the release of Moog Animoog for iPad back in 2011 marked the moment they started to take iOS seriously as a creative platform. Now Moog have rebooted it with Animoog Z, which also runs on macOS. Powered, once again, by Moog’s Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE), this uses wavetable and vector synthesis and contains everything from digital and spectral sources to classic analogue-style waveforms. There’s now a timbre editor, which lets you record and design custom timbres, and also import WAV files. Animoog Z looks quite the sonic playground, and can be downloaded for free. Full upgrade costs £8.99/$9.99. Connect If you’ve got both an iOS/ Android phone (likely) and a Roland Jupiter-X or Xm synth (less likely, but maybe) you might want to take a look at Roland Cloud Connect, a…

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get with the educators

How did you get into music software? SO “My two main obsessions growing up were music and computers, with my first sequencer being MIDItrack Performer on a BBC B computer. I was making demos in my teens as well as being in a band at school, The K-Creative who signed to Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud label. After releasing our debut album, QED, I started writing with artists, making jingles, and playing at sessions. This led to a record deal with Columbia and three solo albums: Life Changes, Rising Son and Short Circuits. I have played keyboards with Galliano, Raw Stylus, Two Banks of Four, and Kylie Minogue, remixed 50+ tracks, and worked at Xenomania. I now release on my own label, Primaudial Records, continue writing and producing with Incognito, Dave Lee,…

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10 years back

174 (February 2012) was great for anyone who wanted some Nookie – 800 samples from the DnB legend of that name, to be precise. Enough to satisfy even the most rapacious producer, surely. “He got into electronic music through Dance Dance Revolution. Bless” Moving swiftly on, we brought you some video chat with Elite Force (aka Simon Shackleton) who, it turns out, used to be in an indie band with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. In fact, he also took over from Thom as DJ at Exeter University, and when he left, the spot was filled by Basement Jaxx’s Felix Buxton. We also chatted to Porter Robinson, then just 19, who told us that he got into electronic music through playing video game Dance Dance Revolution. Bless. Speculating on what the year might hold for computer…