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There’s no doubt that the whole concept of modular synthesis has had a significant resurgence in recent years. It is, of course, nothing new – Bob Moog was developing modular synthesisers in the mid-1960s. In the past five or so years though, modular rigs have started popping up in studios, at clubnights and on stage more and more.

Part of the reason behind this is probably accessibility – with the rise of Eurorack and increasing volume of brands getting in on the modular game, patchable synths are cheaper and easier to get hold of than they used to be.

With the power of modern computers, software modular setups are a serious reality these days too. Plugins such as Bitwig Studio, Phase Plant and Massive X allow elements to be rearranged and routed in ways that computers simply couldn’t handle ten years ago.

Basically, there’s never been a better time to go modular, and we’ve created a bumper cover feature to help you get going. We hope you enjoy!

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Interviews

Lost Souls Of SaturnSeth Troxler and Phil Moffa talk the sci-fi and synths behind their analogue-powered collaborative project

Stephen Morris – The drummer and programmer behind New Order and Joy Division’s driving rhythms on classic hardware, iconic tracks and modern modular

Efterklang – The genre-bending Scandinavians on reworking Baroque instrumentation on the excellent new LP

The Track: Josh Butler – The UK house producer breaks down groovy tech-inflected track Right Time on video

Classic Album – The master of tongue-in-cheek beats revisits his debut album The Amazing Adventures Of DJ Yoda

Technique

Go modular! – Unleash the power of modular synthesis in hardware and software

Producer’s Guide – Get to grips with NI’s epic new synth Massive X

Explainer – Breaking down the many uses of sidechaining

Modular Monthly – Left field percussion with WMD’s Chimera drum synth

Reviews

IK Multimedia UNO Drum

Korg Volca Nubass

Roundup: Pitchshifter Plugins

SSL SiX mixer

Elektron Digitone Keys

Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Gen

And more!

Samples

Studio Noise – We take ‘unwanted’ studio noise and turn it into something inspirational, from guitar feedback loops to outboard hiss FX.

Clone Wars – Classic sounds via our army of hardware clones, emulations and ‘tributes’. Guaranteed as good (or better) than the real thing!

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