Computer Music February 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
how to use cm

We’ve got a new system for downloading files. 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.…

1 min

“Don’t panic! He’s back next month!” The writer of this issue’s cover feature – Fix Your Mix, p16, by cm prodigal son Stephen Evans – starts by invoking a scene we’re maybe all familiar with: that of improvising your way through a tricky job that the pros make look all too easy (in that case, emulating the work of audio engineers). That was exactly the scenario our little cm editorial production team found ourselves in this month as our esteemed leader (editor Andy Jones) took some well-earned time out for a few weeks. Don’t panic! He’s back next month! But talk about the organ grinder being left in the hands of the monkeys (speaking for myself!). Thankfully, as ever given the man’s flawless organisational skills (really, he should write some kind…

6 min
arturia v collection 8

From deep within their Alps-based Bond-villain lair (well, probably an industrial estate in greater Grenoble, but we all need escapism right now) Arturia have brought forth their newest V Collection. And it’s more of the same vintage-emulations-with-a-modern-twist formula that has helped give people access to synths they could previously only have dreamed of. A full, comprehensive review from us is currently underway, but the summary of what’s new reads as follows: four brand new instruments (Jun-6V, Emulator II V, Vocoder V, OB-Xa V), upgraded titles (Jup-8V, Stage-73 V, Analog Lab V) and… a new higher price (up $100 from $499). But on that last point, early reviews seem to agree that with the expanded content, it’s not an unfair move. And there are also big discounts to be had for both…

1 min
app watch

Flip Popular music tech YouTuber Andrew Huang is getting into the app dev game. Working with Oliver Greschke (Elastic Drums and Elastic FX) and Christian Blomert (TouchAble, Studiomux), he’s released Flip, a 9-track sampler, sequencer and performance tool that lets you make music fast with depth. In fact, you have all you need here to create tracks from start to finish (editors, an arrangement mode, effects, EQ etc) along with a dedicated page that lets you rework your music live. Flip runs on iPhone/iPad and costs $7.99. Agonizer On the ‘YouTubers creating apps’ theme, Jacob Haq has teamed up with Numerical Audio to design Agonizer, a dedicated monophonic synth for creating “deep, dirty and wobbly” basslines. This is powered by wavetable synthesis and has a load of sound shaping and modulation options.…

3 min
get with the programmers

IK Multimedia Erik Norlander cm How did you personally get into music software development? EN “I came to music software very much from the user side. As a working musician, I started using MOTU Performer way back in 1987 (!) and also things like Unisyn for helping to edit and manage my hardware synths. How far we’ve come since then!” cm What do you love about working at IK? EN “Working with a group of highly creative, intelligent and driven individuals who are passionate about music and music tech, just like I am. These are not people who just show up to a job every day. The team that I get to work with brings real innovation and motivation to every project, and you can see it in the resulting products. Instruments like Hammond B-3X…

1 min
10 years back

It was time for Computer Music to go unplugged – if that’s not a contradiction in terms – in February 2011 ( 161), as we showed you how to “record, mix and master an acoustic band”. We also brought you a guide to ‘extreme freeware’ – we really were living on the edge back then. “We really were living on the edge back then” Elsewhere in the tutorials section, we showed you how to use then-new online DAW Soundation, which is still doing its business in the cloud today. There were new iOS apps to talk about, too – Algoriddim’s djay landed on Apple’s tablet, and Tascam went back to the future by launching a PortaStudio emulation (cassette tapes not required). Finally, in the letters pages, one reader spotted the potential of music-making…