In electronic music making, effects are everything. You can be using the best vintage synths and a ton of killer drum sounds, but without a bit of creative processing your music is going to sound incredibly dry. Whether it’s using reverb to place sounds into space, adding groove with delay or harmonic grit with distortion, having a stock of quality effects – and knowing how to use them – is essential for any modern producer.
Pushed to extremes, creative effects can be the most inspiring thing in your production toolbox. By setting up elaborate chains of processors and getting over-the-top with automation, it’s possible to turn even simple sounds into wild, ear-catching sonics.
This is exactly what we’re exploring in this issue’s Extreme Effects cover feature. Join us down the rabbit hole as we push sounds beyond all recognition and get adventurous with our sound design tricks and tips.
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Joris Voorn – The Dutch techno kingpin invites us into his Amsterdam studio to talk hardware, mixdowns and production advice
Rebekah – Berlin-based techno DJ and producer on creating her hard-edged sound
Jacques Greene – The Canadian artist on the inspiration and techniques behind his ‘ghost rave’ second album
The Track: Bensley – The RAM Records artist invites us into his studio to break down his jazz-inspired DnB roller, featuring Emer Dineen
Classic Album – MSTRKRFT talk us through their hip-hop fuel rave classic Fist Of God
Extreme Effects – Push your processing to the limit with our next level sound design tips, tricks and techniques
Producer’s Guide – Get creative with your hardware and more using Ableton’s CV Tools
Modular Monthly – Unleash the power of Frequency Central’s Product
Creative Inspiration – Low end should always be mono, right? We flip things our guide to stereo bass
Spitfire Audio Orbis
Reason Studios Reason 11
Kilohearts Phase Plant
Novation Launchpad X
Chord Stabs – Inject some melodic energy into your latest track with our pack of punchy, percussive chords – perfect for your next floorfiller!
Jazz Drums – Brushes, swung grooves and ghost notes aplenty – we’ve got everything you need to give your tracks an authentic jazz feel
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