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The beauty of semi-modular synths is their ability to straddle the divide between accessibility and complexity. With a pre-routed, subtractive synth engine, anybody can create and edit sounds with ease, but the addition of a patchbay opens up the road to more complex, creative and weirder sound design tricks.  

Why not modulate the filter cutoff with an audio rate oscillator? Randomise elements with a little sample and hold? Link up an external instrument as an additional sound source...? The world is your (semi-)oyster.  

In this issue’s cover feature, we’re delving into semi-modulars in both hardware and plugin form, to help you get more creative and design bigger, better sounds.

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Interviews

Maribou State – UK electronic duo show off their impressive live rig and tell us about new album Kingdoms In Colour

Danny Byrd – The UK drum & bass king shows us around his central Bath studio

Thomas Dolby – The new wave icon tells us about his latest tour and the cutting edge technology that brought it about

The Track: OC & Verde – Ben O’Connor and Jon Verde discuss their latest track, Indica

Classic Album – UK reggae legends Steel Pulse talk us through Handsworth Revolution

Technique

Semi-Modular Masterclass – A guide to mastering semi-modular sound design, with hardware and plugin guides and essential techniques explained

Producer’s Guide – All the knowledge you need to start working to picture

Modular Monthly – Creating patterns with the Abstract Data ADE-33 Event Boss

Toolkit – Crafting classic sounds with software samplers

Reviews

Dreadbox & Polyend Medusa

Analogue Solutions Generator

Roland System 500

Yamaha MODX

iZotope RX7

And more...   

Samples

Sub Bass Weight – Add some low-end power with this pack of speaker-shaking loops, hits and multisampled instruments

Radio-Ready Drums – Bright, bold beats processed to perfection, ready to punch through your next pop production

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All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more.
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