Often in FM, we like to go as deep as possible into a subject, exploring the whats, hows and whys and picking a theme apart from start to finish.
That’s not what this issue is all about though. This issue is about Studio Hacks, aka helpful little things – quick tips, ideas and hacks that can help make your music making life better straight away. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite pieces of short, to-the-point advice on matters ranging from sound design to mixing to studio workflow. They might not revolutionise your music making individually, but we hope they’ll have the cumulative effect of making your day-to-day creative process feel instantly improved.
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DJ Seinfeld – The lo-fi house figurehead tells us how he created a more raw and honest sound for new LP, Mirrors
LoneLady – The Warp-signed innovator on relocating to London and sharing synths with Brian Eno
Molchat Doma – The Belarusian post-punk outfit talk TikTok, drum machines and getting lost in translation
The Track: James Hurr – The UK producer shares his production secrets on video
Classic Album – House icon Marshall Jefferson breaks down Ten City’s legendary debut album track-by-track
50 Studio Hacks – From beating creative block to quick ways to fix your mix, we’ll make your music making life better one tip at a time
Producer’s Guide – Combine external gear with your modular setup with our guide to Eurorack Processing
Retrospective – Delve into the roots of the hardcore continuum
Roundup: Free Samplers
ADAC112 VC Looper & Granular Processor
Aiaiai TMA-02 headphones
Testbench: Rhizomatic Plasmonic
Universal Audio UAFX pedals
’90s Synths – Part 1 – Our celebration of classic synth tones hits the 1990s and we reach for our Bass Station and K2600 for a pack of killer basses and leads.
One-Shot Bass – Single-note bass sounds in every possible flavour – from earth shaking subs to digital growls, analogue pulses and fuzzy guitars.
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