The return of live music and clubs has been a long time coming. From the point of view of performers, the return of live music is more than just a social thing; it’s the return of a vital source of income, and a way to connect to new fans.
The forced ‘reset’ of Covid does have one potential benefit though, in that it offers an opportunity to take a step back and rethink or refresh your approach to performing. It’s this we’re focusing on this issue – helping you work out what new gear is worthy of adding to your set-up, and getting you ready with a few tips along the way.
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Sunroof – Two storied producers – Mute boss Danile Miller and Depeche Mode producer Gareth Jones – return to the fore to air their modular jam sessions, and the results are off the chart
Elkka – The rising UK artist on her journey from pop songwriting to production, and her dancefloor-ready new EP Euphoric Melodies
Erika de Casier – The Portugese-Danish R&B artist on her DIY approach, go-to production tools and new album Sensational
The Track: BEC – Berlin-based techno producer Rebecca Godfrey breaks down her minimal, bassy club banger, Trusting the Mystery
Classic Album – Sub Focus talks us through the making of his self-titled debut EP
Refresh your live setup – Rediscover your place in the spotlight with this guide to the gear and skills that you may have forgotten this year
Producer’s Guide – Take your Eurorack rig on the road with our guide to live modular performance
Retrospective – Unpicking the muddled origins of trap
Novation Circuit Rhythm
Plugin roundup: Multieffects
Wavefonix 3340 VCO and 1847 VCDO
Austrian Audio Hi-X65
Arturia Pigments 3
’80s Synths – Part 1 – Our celebration of classic synth sounds hits the era of electro pop and early techno, kicking off with a bundle of gorgeous retro basses
Resonance and Feedback – We crank the filters and dial up the delay for a pack of gnarly, ear-catching FX, instruments and oddball loops.
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