The latest issue of FM is out now, featuring a massive lo-fi masterclass. One of the biggest problems with modern instruments and effects is that they can sound a little too good. It might sound like a bit of a first world problem, but now that modern DAWs have done away with age-old concerns like oscillator pitch drift, analogue circuitry noise and dodgy sequencer timings, modern productions can sound tight and clean to the point of lacking character.
In this issue’s cover feature, we show you how to inject a little lo-fi life into proceedings. Whether you want to create full lo-fi tracks or simply add a little grit to your sounds, we’ve tips and techniques to help. Plus, in the latest edition of Toolkit, we take an in-depth look at the modern end of the imperfection spectrum, casting our eyes towards digital lo-fi and bitcrushing plugins.
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Session Victim – Vinyl-heads Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling go in-depth on their sampling process, using real instruments, and making beats from keychains
Phaeleh – Back in the world of beats and bass, Bristol’s Matt Preston tells us what he learnt in the ambient wilderness
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – We meet the west-coast synthesist backstage to discuss her composition and sound design
The Track: Dapayk & Padberg – The German duo break down their soulful vocal and synth-driven cut Sink This Ship
Classic Album – Francesco Tristano talks groundbreaking Not For Piano track-by-track
Lo-fi Workshop – Get the warmth, the dirt and the sonic appeal of classic gear with our advice
Producer’s Guide to Novation Peak – We show you how to get the most from the UK brand’s new flagship polysynth
Modular Monthly – Crafting patches with the AniModule STD
Toolkit – We explore digital dirt and bitcrushing plugins
M-Audio BX5 D3
Round-up: Free Plugin Effects
Head To Head: Compact FM synths
Contact Mic Madness – Groove Criminals put get creative with the contact mics for this esoteric pack of hits and sounds
Ultimate Percussion – Pep up your productions with this essential peck of perc perennials
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