It’s our annual Gear Of The Year celebration!
In this month’s cover feature we revisit all the great synths, beat-makers, software and studio gear that’s graced our review section over the past twelve months. We’ll crown the best of the best and explore the movers, shakers and trends you need to know about.
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Nightmares On Wax – George Evelyn talks 30 years of Warp, new album Shout Out! To Freedom and re-evaluating life’s important stuff
The Black Dog – The Sheffield trio on blending photography and techno for their brutalism-inspire new project
Vitalic – The French dance music stalwart on returning to his post-punk roots
Produce Like… Richard Fearless – We take a trip to the Death In Vegas producer’s riverside lair – and a step into his Future Rave Memory
Classic Album – Claude VonStroke talks us through his debut LP Beware of the Bird
Career In Gear – Techno figurehead Alan Fitzpatrick talks us through the tech that’s shaped his sound
Gear Of The Year 2021 – We crown the year’s best synths, drum machines, studio gear and more
Producer’s Guide – Get more out of Roland’s super-handy TR-6S drum machine
Retrospective – The past, present and future of glitch
Akai MPC Studio
MachineRoom Prodigy Dual VCO
Campfire Audio Honeydew IEM
Fluid Audio Axis 90 Sounds and Samples
Longterm test: Polyend Tracker
Builds and Transitions – Fill your tracks with tension with this pack of expectation-building sounds. From risers and downers to out there, unexpected FX.
Earth-Shaking Beats – Need drum sounds that will make an impact? Look no further than this pack of larger-than-life percussion tones.
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