With their retro-inspired hardware sampler Tracker, Polyend are bringing the cult ‘alt-DAW’ format into the modern world. But what even is a tracker and how do they work? We answer these questions and explore Polyend’s fantastically fun new hardware instrument in the latest issue.
Plus, we take a look back at some of the best moments of our video series The Track, go in the studio with a trio of boundary-pushing artists, explore the lesser-known uses of Soundtoys’ Effect Rack plugin, and much more besides.
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Ital Tek – The Planet Mu mainstay talks soundtracking, effects pedals and creating his excellent new album
Hodge – We talk synths, sci-fi and leftfield techno as the Bristol-based artist releases his debut album, Shadows In Blue
Anthony Baldino – From major Hollywood trailers to experimental modular jams
The Best Of The Track – We take a look back at some of the best moments amongst five years of track breakdowns
Classic Album – DJ Fresh on his crossover DnB epic Escape From Planet Monday
Trackers – With the launch of Polyend’s retro-inspired sampler, we delve into the fundamentals of trackers and check out some sequencing tips
Producer’s Guide – Exploring the lesser-known capabilities of Soundtoys Effect Rack
Retrospective – We honour the impact of Andrew Weatherall on the vaguely defined realms of indie dance
Teenage Engineering PO 170
Teenage Engineering PO 16
VoosteQ Material Comp
AMS Neve RMX 16
Roundup: Free Drum Kits
Electro FX – Zaps, lasers, risers and buzzes – we turn to analogue and digital synths of all kinds for this pack of classic electro FX sounds
Granular Drums – Granular synthesis can be great for creating weird and wonderful sounds. We go granular for a pack of unique perc and drum hits
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