Computer Music 120 - Astralis CM on the DVD, the CM Guide to Trance and more!

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• Astralis CM!

You can never have too many good synths, and we've got a fantastic one for you this time. Astralis CM is a feature-packed Windows VST, sporting a quad oscillator, X/Y pad, microtonal tuning, comprehensive effects section, and more!

• 1528 royalty-free samples in the CM Trance Collection!

You'll not get far in your trance career without the right sounds at your disposal, so look no further than this sterling collection of thumping kicks, pristine percussion, soaring synths, and even four complete acapella vocal tracks courtesy of dance music diva DMO!

• Producer Masterclass tutorial and video: Bushwacka!

UK dance music legend Bushwacka! isn't camera-shy, and he proves it by demonstrating his skills in our latest CM-exclusive video masterclass. Rather than relive past glories, though, he lifts the lid on the production processes of a brand new Layo & Bushwacka! track,

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• The CM Guide to Trance

The production standards for modern trance are sky-high, so how can you make your own tracks sound as immaculate as those by, say, super-producer Darren Tate? Well, you could check out our massive trance tutorial, where Darren himself creates an entire track from scratch in over three hours of video footage, with the entire process documented in detail in the mag!

• Master Logic Studio and Sonar 7

Whether you're a Logic-loving Mac-head or a PC user who's serious about Sonar, you'll want to know how to get the best out of the new version of your favourite software. We have tutorials on both, showing you how to master their incredible new features.

• Zion Train

Neil Perch of long-running electronic dub pioneers Zion Train speaks to CM about the computer technology that's becoming increasingly important to their distinctly 'analogue' sound, as well as giving us the lowdown on his studio, record labels, sound system, touring schedule, and more.

• Kontakt 3 & Guitar Rig 3 reviewed

Native Instruments bounce back with updates to two hugely popular yet rather different products. Can Kontakt 3 see off the kompetition to remain the industry standard sampler? And how will Guitar Rig 3 fare against the current deluge of amp simulators? Read the CM reviews to find out!

• Make a track in a day… in a hotel!

Famous producers are always talking about how they love to cobble tracks together in their hotel room between gigs, and so we took on the challenge ourselves, checking into Gatwick Airport's Yotel for a day, and returning not only with a full track, but a walkthrough tutorial breaking down the time-saving techniques we used.

• Reviewed!

Native Instruments

Kontakt 3

• Native Instruments

Guitar Rig 3

• Audio Damage

Dr Device

• Rayzoon Technologies

Jamstix 2

• Overloud


• Manytone


• eJay

R&B 1

• Jazzmutant


+ more


• £1097GBP of Cakewalk gear to give away, including Sonar 7!

• Guitar Lab: Mangle your guitar sounds beyond recognition

• Synth Essentials: Ring modulation made simple

• Off The Dial: rachMiel teaches you how emulate, not imitate

• The Easy Guide: Chord inversions, part 3

• Give It Away Now!: Aodix, 3 great filters, and other freebies

• The Burning Question: Is it harder to develop for the PC or the Mac?

• And much more!

You can order this issue (as well as recent back issues) by calling 0870 837 4773 in the UK, +44 1858 438795 everywhere else, or emailing


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