There’s an interesting debate to be had about how important it is, as an electronic musician, to keep up with the latest developments in technology.
On the one hand, it’s obviously not true that owning all the latest plugins and being au fait with the hottest trends is a prerequisite for making good music. Numerous artists are out there making genre-bending music with vintage synths and lo-fi gear, after all. But at the same time, some of the most interesting producers around are those exploring the fresh possibilities opened up by new technologies and ever-more powerful home computers.
Maybe you won’t be hindered by not being up to speed with things like machine learning plugins or spatial audio, but a broad understanding certainly can’t hurt. And that’s what we’re here to help with in this issue’s cover feature.
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Bonobo – More than two decades after his laid back debut, Simon Green takes the plunge into modular for Fragments
MMM – Innovative Berlin producers Errorsmith and Fiedel on creating their ultra-minimal club sound
Daedelus – The American producer on technological innovations and blending beats with poetry for his latest release
Produce Like… David Castellani – Take an in-depth look at the modular-powered workflow of the LA-based techno producer
Classic Album – Prince Fatty on the varied influences of his groove-driven classic Supersize
Career In Gear – US synth-pop duo Sylvan Esso talk us through the instruments that defined their back catalogue
Talking Shop – Nathan Fake
Upgrade Your Mixdown – From AI plugins to Dolby Atmos: 2022’s hot music making trends demystified
Producer’s Guide – Unlock the full potential of Moog’s upgraded Animoog Z
Retrospective – Exploring the hard-edged modern rap sound of drill
Korg ARP 2600 M
IK Multimedia X-Gear pedals
Universal Audio Volt 76 Series
iZotope RX 9
Ocean Way Audio Pro 3
Moog Animoog Z
Longterm test: Moog One
Builds and Transitions – Fill your tracks with tension with this pack of expectation-Digital Pads and Keys – From regal, glassy tones to lush atmospheric chords – we go digital for this pack of ear-catching, ambience-building synth sounds.
Self-Sequenced – Weird rhythms, oddball modulation and unique loops aplenty in this pack of self-powered, groovy synth riffs and patterns.
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