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Music Tech Magazine

Music Tech Magazine

November 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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in this issue

1 min.
tutorial sound automation and resampling with maschine+

01 If you’re adding this technique to your drum beat made in the first step-by-step guide, select a new Group from the Group buttons on the left of the Maschine (titled A, B, C, D, etc). Load drums as a Group but use the display encoders to select Instrument. Press Load. 02 Press Keyboard View above the Pad Section to play your chosen instrument melodically. Choose a preferred scale using the second display encoder, then use Octave and Semitone settings to put the root of your scale in the bottom left of the pad section for easier playing. 03 Record, then press Plug-in in the upper left to see the instrument parameters. Now you can record automation by holding Auto (upper left) and turning the touch-sensitive encoders. Hold Erase (bottom left) and…

7 min.
the great software sweep-up

Is your plug-ins folder at capacity? Can you find what you need in a hurry? Or do you get RSI from your mouse’s scroll wheel every time you need to travel from A to Z in your DAW’s browser? It’s time to do something about it – and the first step towards stopping your hoarding is admitting you have a problem. Spending some time actually organising your plug-in ‘collection’ is a more rewarding task than you’d imagine, and one that will pay back more time than you spend on it. Much like keeping efficient DAW templates, knowing where your tools are will help prevent you from losing inspiration when it strikes. Here’s how to finally sort your folder. 1 YOUR DAW’S PLUG-IN MANAGER These days, most DAWs come with a manager that will…

7 min.
capturing your hardware synths in logic pro x

The renaissance of hardware synths over the past decade has offered producers a welcome break from working entirely within the virtual realm, making sound design an activity you can enjoy without the need for a mouse and keyboard. Once you’ve created your sound on a hardware synth, though, there’s often little to do other than record the synth back into your DAW using a spare audio track – a process that tends to set that particular musical part in stone. But what if there was another way? An alternative option whereby you could create a multi-sampled version of your hardware synth patch, complete with looping, round-robins and velocity layers, all at the touch of a button? DIGITAL BACKUP Introduced in the recent Logic Pro X 10.5 update, Auto Sampler is an automated…

5 min.
show off your studio

Contact neverdullmusic.com Never Dull With support from Disclosure, streaming giant Spotify and music marketplace Traxsource, rapidly rising disco producer and multi-instrumentalist Never Dull has created an always exciting studio. MusicTech: Tell us a bit about the studio. Never Dull: My home studio is in Tijuana, Mexico. I’ve been here for about three years and I love it. I’ve been building this studio for a while now. At first I had a basic set-up with a laptop and a MIDI keyboard. Then I started buying gear about five years ago but never tried to go overboard because I believe in less is more. I only buy things that I believe complement my style as a producer and I always strive for a more organic sound. I believe that the less you have, the more creative…

5 min.
jim daneker

Contact jimdaneker.com The composer and producer’s 27 years of industry experience and gear-lust has led to a Nashville studio packed with powerful machines, playfully nicknamed the Fortress of Synthetude. MusicTech: Tell us about the studio. Jim Daneker: The Fortress of Synthetude is primarily set up for production, programming, mixing and scoring to picture. I do a lot of music for licensing and film, as well as traditional scoring. I’m also a child of the 1970s 1980s, so I’m a bit of a synth nerd, always adding to my collection. I mix all my own work, so having a critical listening environment is a big deal for me. MT: How do you use your studio? JD: I do everything here from pre-production and overdubs to mixing and occasional mastering. The only thing I do outside is…

3 min.
that’s elementary

MT: What inspired you to create a brand-new moving-coil design? JY: The new Ridyon capsule technology allowed us to dramatically improve bass and high-frequency extension, and general tonal performance at a low cost. We’ve been able to create a true entry-level product that still performs at professional levels. TS: Condenser mics at this price point have one thing in common: the capsules are inferior. Rather than make another cheap condenser mic, we wanted to build the most-advanced moving-coil mic in history and put it out for the same money. The reason for this is one of manufacturing complexity. Condenser capsules have to be assembled by hand if they’re to be any good. This is a costly business. Moving-coil capsules, because of their simpler construction, are made entirely by machine. As well as meaning…