For many listeners in the ’70s and ’80s, the first taste of ‘synthesizer music’ didn’t come from an LP or the radio but via the soundtrack to some gritty horror film or sci-fi screen spectacle.
2017 seems like a perfect time to celebrate these soundtrack innovators, with (this issue’s featured artists) SURVIVE paying homage through their Stranger Things soundtrack and a new Blade Runner film just over the horizon. So, in this month’s cover tutorials, we’re diving into the sound design and production approaches behind these iconic sounds. Pick up the issue now to get to work on your own retro cinematic masterpiece!
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SURVIVE – The four-man synth group – behind the Stranger Things soundtrack – show off their enviable gear collection and tell us how they get the best out of it all
Hauschka – The experimental composer on turning the piano into his own audio playground
Bola – After a ten year absence, long-time Skam Records man Darrell Fitton returns to the music industry with a bold new album
The Track: Heist – The drum & bass producer breaks down the creation of his jump-up club track Pillager
Classic Album – Ferry Corsten talks L.E.F. track-by-track
Retro Synth Soundtracks – Get vintage cinematic synth techniques fit for life on the silver screen with our all-star soundtrack workout
Producer’s Guide to the Arturia DrumBrute – Get the most out of this killer analogue drum synth
Modular Monthly – We dive in and explore Bastl’s range of wood-paneled modules
- Akai MPC Live
- Korg Gadget for Mac
- Apogee Element 46
- Nord Piano 3
- Round-up: Reverb plugins
- Audio-Technica ATM230 mic
- Group Test: Delay pedals
- And more...
Toy Noisemakers – Hits, loops and melodies sourced from cheap-and-cheerful home keyboards, starter synths and toy beat-makers.
House & Techno Stabs – Ready-to-drop keyboard hits and synth stabs, with added delay and reverb to inject instant character to your club beats.
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