Looking back on the past decade of electronic music making, it’s remarkable how much has – and hasn’t – changed. As with anything technology-related, ten years is a long time, and comparing the DAWs, plugins and digital synths we were using in 2009 to their 2010 counterparts, it’s undoubtedly remarkable how much more power producers have at their fingertips.
As much as things have moved forward though, some things never seem to change. ’80s classics still dominate the sound of dance music in 2019 and, thanks to an assortment of reissues, reworks and ‘tributes’, 808 and 909 grooves, M1 pads and DX7 chords are still everywhere.
What is new is how much production has been democratised: analogue gear is cheaper, recording can be done on your phone, quality sounds can be sourced on the cheap. If that makes it easier for more people to create great music, it can only be a good thing.
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Richard Fearless – The man behind Death in Vegas talks soundtracks, waterfront studio vistas and new LP, Deep Rave Memory
Madeon – In the studio with the Gallic wunderkind turned pop mastermind
Fort Romeau – Talking gear with the UK house master
The Track: Jack Boston – We head to Cardiff to watch the talented DnB producer break down the creation of his uplifting track, The Place featuring Vanity Jay
Classic Album – DJ Vadim breaks down 2007’s The Soundcatcher
Gear Of The Decade – Our expert guide to 10 years of electronic music making
Producer’s Guide – Take your track compositions to the next level with our guide to creative chord progressions
Modular Monthly – Exploring the After Later Heritage modules
Dreadbox NYX 2
Apple Macbook Pro 16-inch
iZotope Ozone 9
Roundup – Ambient Kontakt Instruments
Mixed In Key Captain Plugins
Ninja Tune Zen Delay
Ambient Orchestral – We ramp up the reverbs and delays to push classic brass, strings and woodwind sounds into full-on ethereal, atmospheric territory
Dread & Doom – Snares, snares and more snares – from acoustic hits to synthesised sounds. We’ve all the one-shots you need, plus extra fills and flams
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