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Future Music 373
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From wavetable to FM, additive to granular; digital synth engines are having a resurgence in both hardware and plugin form. But how do all these complex-sounding setups work, and when should you reach for each variety? 

This issue, let’s explore all that digital synths have to offer... 

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Future Music 373

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Mano Le Tough – The Irish producer-DJ tells us how he dug into his garage band roots for his latest album for Pampa Records 

Japanese Breakfast – Michelle Zauner on refining her studio sound, creating video game soundtracks and excellent new LP, Jubilee

The Track: Rhode & Brown – The Munich duo took a trip back to Italo disco days for their track Wave 200 – and brought us along for the ride 

Classic AlbumHoly Ghost! break down their self-titled DFA classic


Digital synthesis – Granular, FM, wavetable, additive… We break down how digital synths work and when to use each

Producer’s Guide – Build custom effect setups with Native Instruments Guitar Rig Pro 6

Retrospective – We explore the roots of dancehall


Korg Modwave

Bitwig Studio 4

M-Audio Oxygen 49 MkV

Arturia FX Collection 2

Lewitt LCT 140 Air

Audient iD4 Mk2

Tracktion F.’em!

Antelope Audio Zen GO 

& more


’80s Synths – Part 2 – Our jaunt through the history of synthesis continues with this fresh pack of retro pads, arps and leads. 

Digital Nature – We blur the boundaries between artifice and reality with a pack of synthesised natural tones, digitised field recordings and more. 

Access the FM sample archive: Download the ‘Archive’ packs and get over 18GB of loops, hits and instruments from our back catalogue of high-quality and royalty-free samples. From vintage synths and drum machines to esoteric instruments and FX – think of it as our best of. All the samples you need to create great music!

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