In a cover feature we did last year on the 10 best softsynths (FM 363), it was noted that the last decade has seen an arms race of sorts in the plugin realm, with so called ‘super synths’ competing to outdo one another to offer the most complex set of tools for sound generation, modulation and performance.
While perhaps a little less prevalent, it’s fair to say something similar is happening in the effects realm too. Recent years have seen the rise of the ‘super effect’; tools that combine a multitude of processing types, and let you apply them to select frequency bands, different parts of the stereo field, or individual steps in a sequence.
Do you really need all that processing power though? Short answer: yes! In this issue, we’ll show you what you can do with these next-level effect tools, as well as how you can craft your own DIY versions in your DAW.
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SG Lewis – The producer and singer-songwriter on the inspirational inclusivity of disco and being mentored by Nile Rodgers…
Steve O’Sullivan – The minimal master talks about the gear and ideas behind his varied career
Rian Treanor – The genre-bending Yorkshireman on Max, digital synthesis and bringing art to the dancefloor
The Track: Document One – The drum & bass duo on creating their floor-shaker Hands Up
Classic Album – Soulwax break down their influential indie/club crossover moment Nite Versions track-by-track
Next-Level Effects – Multi-band processing, sequenced effects, DIY racks and more – master the intricacies of modern effects plugins
Producer’s Guide – Create killer Eurorack drums with our guide to modular rhythm
Retrospective – Tracing the origins of Synthwave
Novation Circuit Tracks
Korg Nautilus 88
Austrian Audio OC818
Make Noise Ø-CRTL
M-Audio Oxygen Pro 49
Expert Sleepers ES-9
Creative Convolution – We push convolution reverb to its creative limits with oddball IRs and approaches for this pack of unique, ear-catching loops and hits
Microloopers – We break out the hardware loopers and stretch, pitch and warp our way to a pack of out-there, glitchy beats, FX and more
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