FM’s annual Gear Of The Year celebration is on news stands now! It’s that time of year when we take a step back to reconsider, re-evaluate and re-appraise everything that’s crossed our test bench in the past twelve months. As a result of that process, in this issue we bring you our definitive guide to all of 2017’s essential hardware, software and studio gear.
Also this issue, we head into the forests to find Swedish techno experimenter Sebastian Mullaert. Plus, we talk to rising British producer Nabihah Iqbal about ditching her previous moniker, Throwing Shade, and rediscovering a love of ’80s synth pop. Then in the latest edition of The Track we’re in Barcelona to watch producer Pablo Bolivar break down a slice of soulful, melodic techno.
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Sebastian Mullaert – His tranquil-yet-gear-stuffed studio is an obvious source of inspiration, but how does the techno producer get anything done inside it?
Nabihah Iqbal – The artist formerly known as Throwing Shade explains her rise through the ranks, and new LP Weighing of the Heart
Mike Dunn – Get some solid advice from a legend as one of the true godfathers of house music returns with a new release
The Track: Pablo Bolivar – The Spanish artist breaks down his melodic techno cut Encore Une Fois
Classic Album – Dusky break down their killer debut Stick By This
Drum Synthesis – Master the art of creating hard-hitting percussion from scratch
Modular Monthly – Tube drive from Metasonix
Toolkit – Everything you need to know about tape emulation
Roland Boutique D-05
Roland Boutique TR-08
Elektron Analogue Four MkII
Roundup: UAD 9.4 plugins
Group Test: Drone tools
Dexibell Vivo S7 88
Modulation Madness – We get things moving with this pack of loops and lines smothered in plenty of chorus, phase and flange
Glitch Drums – A generous selection of beat loops fed through various creative rhythmic effects for some seriously glitchy results
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