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Music Tech Magazine

Music Tech Magazine

October 2020

Music Tech is the world's most practical music recording and production magazine. Every issue is packed with hands-on features written by professional producers and engineers, software walkthroughs for all the key packages, Ten Minute Master guides to technologies and techniques, and the very latest product software news and reviews.

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the musictech experts

JONO BUCHANAN Jono is a composer, producer, lecturer and journalist. His interest in everything to do with electronic music started at a tender age and has carried him through a career spanning song-writing, remixing, sound design and music for picture. DAVE GALE Dave is an award-winning orchestrator, media composer and producer, with a passion for synths and modulars in all their forms, whether software, hardware, vintage or modern. Dave is MusicTech’s resident Eurorack expert, as well as a soundtrack composer. ALEX HOLMES Alex has been an electronic musician for many years and has a passion for beats, bass and all forms of electronic music. He’s currently involved with three different dance-music projects. Alex creates our sample-filled DVD each month. MARTIN DELANEY Martin was one of the first UK Ableton-Certified Trainers. He has taught a wide range of…

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of mau5 and men

Last month, I spoke about the recurring pattern of artists and performers changing tack and settling into roles as producers. The reverse, however, remains quite the rarity. What’s even more surprising than that, though, is when global superstars the calibre of Deadmau5 develop commercially available music technology. Yes, there are countless high-profile endorsees of products but few with the international pull of Joel Zimmerman’s rodent alter ego. On page 012, we talk to Joel about the concept behind the OSC/Pilot control surface (which we review on page 106) and how it has developed alongside his live show, as well as his recent collaboration with The Neptunes and a potential alliance with Jean-Michel Jarre. Also this issue, we go deep on the humble reverb. Starting on page 020, we explain how approaching…

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on your dvd…

MT DVD211 3.5GB PC&MAC Organic Morph Loops Our lead pack for this issue includes 100 experimental loops that merge organic found sounds with grooving beats. Sound designer Richard James has used MeldaProduction’s unique MMoprh plug-in alongside Zynaptic’s Morph 2 to blend in the characteristics of rain, thunder, guitar feedback, temples, radios, whale song, airport ambience and more. To cover all bases, there are folders at 90, 125, 128 and 174bpm. Size 138MB Format 24-bit/48kHz WAV VIDEO FEATURE/38MINS Bass and Synth Sound Design We’ve got a taster from the Advanced Bass Music Production Techniques 2 course, which sees producer Seppa creating a complex bass effects chain. There are also filter-automation tips, advice on how to duck a baseline to a kick and more. We’ve also included Producertech trailers. Size 337 MB Format MP4 producertech.com Arabic Moombahton Kits This months pack from…

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paul pettengale 1971 - 2020

It is with sadness that we must report the passing of MusicTech’s co-founder and first editor Paul Pettengale. Paul founded Anthem Publishing along with Jon Bickley and Simon Lewis in Bath in 2002, with MusicTech as its inaugural title. Paul was a highly skilled editor and publisher, having worked across various technological publications during many years at Future Publishing, including T3, PC Format and MacFormat. His wealth of experience came to bear on the creation of MusicTech. Paul edited the magazine for its first 20 issues across 2003 and 2004 before later taking the helm at the launch of our bumper Focus issues. He later had a second editing stint of the main magazine, covering issues 60 through 78 between 2008 and 2009. In Paul’s very first welcome letter, he wrote: “This is…

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namm 2021 cancelled

As with the wider industry, COVID-19 has hindered music-production events throughout 2020, leaving a tremendous amount of uncertainty in its wake and forcing many to adjust to virtual gatherings. Though we’re still very much in the thick of 2020, even in 2021 the NAMM Association doesn’t believe that safety can be guaranteed. The NAMM Show, the biggest annual event on the music technology calendar, has been in question for months, as it usually occurs in January. Despite a series of positive noises from the organisers and with summer slowly coming to an end, COVID-19 remains an overriding concern, and the Association has taken the decision to cancel the upcoming show. Taking its place will be Believe in Music, a global gathering that looks to unify and support the people who bring…

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join the collective

Back in issue 208, we reviewed the updated Tracktion Waveform, a fully fledged DAW that comes in a free-to-use version and a pro edition. The latter features Collective, a sampler-synth hybrid that is now breaking free of its virtual home to become a plug-in in its own right. Available in VST, AU and AAX formats, Collective combines a vast sample library with a powerful virtual analogue synth. The library features more than 600 meticulously recorded sounds. The plug-in boasts four oscillators, a filter and amplitude section, four effects slots, a built-in arpeggiator and four LFOs and envelopes. Tracktion claims that Collective is a “must-have” in any sonic arsenal. We’ll tend to those claims next issue, when we get hands-on with its new release.…