Issue 408 of Future Music is out now

Future Music 408
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One of the great stuggles when it comes to learning to produce music is trying to work out exactly why it is that your tracks don’t sound as polished and professional as releases from your favourite artists. It can be easy to get downhearted and assume the problem must lie in the expensive studios and vintage gear that top producers use – things many of us can’t afford to access. 

In reality though, given the quality of modern plugins and home studio gear, it’s perfectly possible to capture a ‘pro sound’ at home, whatever your budget may be. All it takes is a little know-how.

To help you crack that ‘pro sound’, this issue we’ve sat down with producers and engineers behind some of the world’s biggest artists, to get mixing and mastering that you can translate to your productions, whatever your budget and wherever your studio is.

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Future Music 408

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Ride – Ride frontman Mark Gardener chats about the shoegaze tag and the driving force behind their seventh album, Interplay 

Kelly Moran – The New York-based composer tells us about her latest project, which places the Yamaha Disklavier front and centre.

Naum Gabo – 20 years after first starting, Jonnie Wilkes and James Savage finally release their debut Naum Gabo LP, F. Lux

Classic AlbumOrbital on their classic self-titled 'green album'

Pioneers – We explore the evolution and many reinventions of Brian Eno


Mix Like The Pros! – We gather some of the best studio minds to come up with some incredible insider tips on all aspects of music production, from getting prepped for a session, to finishing a mix, with some invaluable advice from start to finish

Masterclass – Explore the functions of Native Instruments' refreshed Komplete Kontrol keyboards

Producer's Guide – Learn the ins and outs of sequencing modular drums


UDO Audio Super Gemini

Oeksound Bloom

ALM Busy Circuits Powered Case

PreSonus Eris Pro 8

t.bone HD 815

Røde NT-1 Signature

IK Multimedia ARC Studio

Klevgrand OneShot

& more


Bleeps, tones, glitch – Forget chords and melodies – our latest pack is crammed full of esoteric bleeps, glitchy tones and oddball synth noises.

Odd mics – We get creative with contact mics, piezo pickups and unusual recording tools to create a pack of characterful FX and loops.

Access the FM sample archive – UPDATE FOR 2024! Download the ‘Archive’ packs and get over 20GB 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! 

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Future Music is the number one magazine for today's producers. Packed with technique and technology we'll help you make great new music. All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more. Every marvellous monthly edition features reliable reviews of the latest and greatest hardware and software technology and techniques, unparalleled advice, in-depth interviews, sensational free samples and so much more to improve the experience and outcome of your music-making.

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