Us music makers can often get a little hung up on fetishising all things analogue, and not without reason; it’s hard to replicate the grit, depth and spontaneity that comes with running sound through genuine analogue circuitry. But this analogue obsession can sometimes risk us overlooking the importance and appeal of classic digital instruments and effects.
That’s what we’re focussing on in this issue’s Retro Digital cover feature – the sounds, techniques and tools used in the age when DX7s and D-50s ruled supreme. We’ll show you how to capture and replicate those classic synth, effect and sampler sounds, and look at ways to incorporate them into modern productions.
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Chloé – We head into the studio with the French experimental electro queen to find out more about her latest journey into uncharted sonic territory on new LP Endless Revisions
Kiasmos – Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen tell us how their varied careers have influenced their joint project
François X – A leading light of Paris’s underground techno scene, we dig into the creation of his excellent new LP Irregular Passion
The Track: Guy Andrews – The UK producer breaks down Fjell, the lead track from his new LP for Houndstooth
Classic Album – Joey Beltram, break down his floor-focused techno classic Places
Retro Digital – Capture the classic synth sound of the ’80s and ’90s with our celebration of vintage digital hardware
Producer’s Guide to the DSI Rev2 – Exploring Dave Smith’s Prophet ‘08 follow up
Modular Monthly – Dive into 2hp’s range of compact modules
Toolkit – We get creative with cutting-edge delay tools
DSI Prophet Rev2
Blue Cat Audio Late Replies
Polyend Seq Step Sequencer
Round-up: 2017’s best free software instruments
Roland Lightpad Block M
Group test: Push 2 vs Maschine Mk3
Drum Hardware – We break out a few of our favourite hardware beatmakers for a pack stuffed full of drum machine goodness
Synth Impacts – Get a host of dramatic one shots and intense hits, designed to totally change the dynamic of your tracks
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