The depths of winter and the post-Christmas lull offer the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time in the studio and give your production skills an overhaul. So brush those mince pie crumbs off your desk, wipe the eggnog from synth keys and get ready to make your best tracks ever in 2019.
Future Music’s bumper Make Better Music issue is here to help. From sound design ideas to mixing skills and artist advice, we’ve got plenty of fresh techniques for you to try, with loads of videos, samples and audio demos to help you along.
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Trevor Jackson – A kingpin of the electronic music world for nearly three decades, the UK producer, designer and label boss has helped launch more esteem-worthy careers than some people have had hot dinners
Ectomorph – BMG and Erika let us in on the secrets behind their raw, hardware-powered take on the Detroit techno sound
Clouds – The Scottish duo give us an insight into the dystopian soundscapes of new LP Heavy The Eclipse
The Track: Afrodeutsche – Henrietta Smith-Rolla takes us into her Manchester studio to break down Wasp, a synth-driven cut from her current live set
Classic Album – D&B don Danny Byrd talks us through the making of Supersized
Pig & Dan – The techno titans answer our questions on synths, studio workflow and more
Creative Sound Design – Take your music to the next level with our guide to creating unique, ear-catching sounds
Producer’s Guide – Take a speedy route to pro mixdowns with our guide to better, faster mixing.
Modular Monthly – Retro effects from the FEEDBACK Modules 1BIT Multitap Delay
Explainer – What’s the difference between chorus, phasers and flangers? Find out as we demystify Modulation Effects
Steinberg Cubase 10
Universal Audio Apollo x6
Mutable Instruments Marbles
Mode Machines SEQ12
Fabfilter Pro-Q 3
Broken Piano – We’re kicking off 2019 with a double-bill celebrating the humble piano. First up, a pack of ‘prepared’ and modified loops, multis and FX
Processed Piano – For part two we get creative with the effect units for a bundle of extreme, reworked one-shots dripping in reverb and modulation
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