Future Music 218 is on sale now and it's another stormer. We crack open Apple's latest update for Logic and give it a good old seeing to – will Flex Audio make Logic the market's best all-in-one production solution? We also dip into the world of gear maintenance and repair, urging you to crack open the lid of that faulty synth, or clean up those noisy faders and pots before flogging it on eBay for half of what it's worth. Better yet, we show you how to fix some common gear grumbles so you can pick up a second-hand bargain and nurse it back to perfect health.
This month, we've got two artists In The Studio in the mag and on DVD – first, it's the turn of Trance superstar Sander Van Doorn (see promo video below) who takes you through his production techniques with floor-(and stadium-)filling results. Plus, don't miss the change to win a whole bunch of fantastic gear simply by remixing the track he builds on DVD. Second, Drum ’n’ Bass Rockers Qemists also take us through their studio and talk about their detailed and time-consuming production methods. Plus, they take us through their track Long Weekend featuring Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton and explain exactly how to master the Drum ’n’ Bass/Rock crossover.
Our review section is packed full of the latest top-notch gear including two impressive performance controllers in the Livid Instruments Ohm64 and the futuristic Snyderphonics Manta. We also investigate possibly the best Tratkor controller yet and hand-pick our selection of music-making apps for your iPhone.
We've also got a six-page Classic Album Special this month, featuring Michael Jackson's seminal album Thriller. We talk to Jackson engineer Bruce Swedien about the gear used to make the best-selling album of all time, with plenty of anecdotes in between! Add to that our usual Logic, Live and Cubase tips, our excellent Knowledge Base features and our usual plethora of royalty-free samples on the DVD and it's another bumper issue for you to get your greedy mits on. FM218, on sale tomorrow.