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All About Basslines!

Future Music issue 309

We all know that crafting a killer low-end is one of the most important – yet often troublesome – aspects of creating modern productions.

Whether you're after a chest-rattling sub, a slick funk line or a club-ready sequenced synth bass, you'll find things much easier with a proper understanding of the studio science, tools and techniques involved. In this issue's massive cover feature we're running through exactly that; covering all the essential know-how you need to compose, craft and mix killer basslines, and breaking down some classic bass sounds on video along the way.

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Kate Simko & The London Electronic Orchestra – For her latest project, Chicago-born DJ and producer Kate Simko has assembled a full orchestral ensemble. We meet up with her at the LEO's debut US show in New York

DJ Shadow – We meet up with the legendary beatmaker in London to get the lowdown on new album, The Mountain Will Fall

Beyond The Wizards Sleeve – We meet Psychedelic duo Erol Alkan and Richard Norris as their debut album The Soft Bounce arrives

The Track: Dr Meaker – Bristol-based producer Clive Meaker breaks down the title track from the band's second album, Dirt & Soul

Classic AlbumDee-Lite break down the seminal World Clique


All About Basslines – Become a bass master with our essential guide to sculpting the all-important bottom-end of your tracks

Producer's Guide To… Oberheim Two Voice Pro – Become a pro user with our tutorial and video guide

Modular Monthly – We explore the multiple modes of TipTop Audio's hugely powerful Z DSP module


  • Make Noise 0-Coast
  • Pioneer DDJ-RZ controller
  • Pioneer rekordbox DJ software
  • Group test: Wireless MIDI
  • Sonic Academy Kick 2
  • Round up: iOS synths
  • And more...


Hardware Arps – Classic driving synth melodies and rhythmic loops, fine-tuned to give your tracks that old-school arpeggiator feel.

Majestic Bells & Mallets – Mallet-style hits and loops, treated with subtle EQ, filtering and various reverbs for maximum impact.

PLUS: Updated this issue! Access the FM sample archive – Download the 'Archive' packs and get over 8GB of loops, hits and instruments from our back catalogue of high-quality and royalty-free samples. From vintage synths and drum machines to esoteric instruments and FX – think of it as our best of. All the samples you need to create great music!

All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more.
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