Issue 409 of Future Music is out now

Future Music 409
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Even when you do it professionally, making music should ideally be fun. It’s something that we do with passion and enthusiasm. It’s about creativity and inspiration.

Modern studios can be fantastic at facilitating this. With little more than a laptop and a set of monitors, it’s possible to access all the tools you need to make music in any style to a professional standard. But even such a simple setup also has the capacity to get in the way of your creativity. Electronic production gear comes with a lot of potentially workflow-breaking admin, from the need to keep your software and hardware updated, to issues with sync, patching and communication.

This issue’s cover feature is all about clearing away those potential blockages and helping you to bring the fun back to your studio setup.

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Future Music 409

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St. Vincent – Annie Clark reveals the “modular sickness” that set the tone for her new album All Born Screaming

Jeff Mills – The techno icon on the beautiful simplicity of the TB-303, and more

How to Dress Well – Tom Krell on rediscovering his lost sound on sixth album, I Am Toward You

Luke Slater – As he prepares to release his new L.B. Corp album, the UK techno hero invites us into his studio to explore his workflow

Prefuse 73 – The underground hip-hop producer explores a new sound and socio-political inspirations

Classic AlbumMr Scruff breaks down his playful classic, Ninja Tuna


Supercharge your studio workflow – Make more from every studio session with our guide to improving your setup. From creativity-aiding tips to connectivity tactics and studio design insight from Sondhus

Masterclass – Brush up on music theory with our quick guide to chords, scales and more

Producer's Guide – Why and how to start exploring DIY modular

Pioneers – How Pharrell Williams became a titan of hip-hop and pop


Arturia AstroLab

Analogue Solutions Ample

Forever 89 Visco

Kali Audio LP6 Second Wave

Noise Labs Wrinkler mk2

Modbap Per4mer

Solid State Logic UC 1

UAD Sound City Studios

& more


Synth Drones – Add texture and movement to your tracks with this pack of rich, modulated synth lines and atmospheric loops

Percs & Pedals – We pair hand percussion with our arsenal of creative effect pedals for a pack of inspirational rhythmic loops and percussive lines

Access the FM sample archive – UPDATED 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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