Music production can be a subject riddled with vague descriptors – from terms like ‘muddiness’, ‘fizz’ or ‘bloat’ to the elusively obtuse but much sought-after qualities of ‘warmth’ and ‘mix glue’.
It’s these latter two we’re tackling in this issue’s cover feature. We’re on the hunt for that sonic mgic imparted by vintage desks and outboard in order to help the disparate elements of our tracks sit together. It turns out it’s more than simply a case of slapping an emulated effect onto all your busses – if you want to really ‘glue’ your mixes, an understanding of reverb, send effects, saturation and more will help you along.
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Caribou – Five years after the acclaimed Our Love, Dan Snaith is finally back with new album Suddenly. FM checks in…
Wajatta – Reggie Watts and John Tejada on their genre-crossing collaborative project
The Emperor Machine – Former Bizarre Inc. man Andy Meecham invites us into his hardware-packed studio
The Track: Lia Mice – Multidisciplinary artist talks us through the making of Which Memories Will Make It?
Classic Album – Aussie duo The Presets break down the album Apocalypso
Analogue Warmth & Mix Glue – Do you need to scour eBay for relics that imbue your work with their much-extolled ‘warmth’ and ‘glue’? We translate the lingo – and offer some new era solutions
Producer’s Guide – Creating classic synth patches with Behringer’s Pro-1
Retrospective – The controversy-courting origins of tech house
Dreadbox Erebus 3
Teenage Engineering PO 400
Universal Audio Apollo x4
Erica Synths Sample Drum
‘80s Pop Drums – Get the big, brash sound of classic pop tracks with this pack of hard-hitting, arena-ready beat loops and one-shots
Sound From The Ether – Tap into mysterious transmissions with this pack of warped radio signals, electrical noises and otherworldly tones
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