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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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 Album – Holy 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
Bitwig Studio 4
M-Audio Oxygen 49 MkV
Arturia FX Collection 2
Lewitt LCT 140 Air
Audient iD4 Mk2
Antelope Audio Zen GO
’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.
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