Creativity can be hard sometimes. For music makers there are no shortage of potential roadblocks on the way to finishing a new project. For some people that might come at the start, as a paralysis of choice sets in when confronted with an empty DAW and a wealth of potential tools and influences. For others, the hardest part comes later, when it’s time to turn those initial ideas into a fully realised arrangement.
Whether you can relate to either of these situations or not, FM’s latest cover feature – the 30 Day EP Workshop – is here to help. Whether you want to start a new project, shake up your workflow or just try out some new ideas, we’ll take you on a step-by-step journey through writing, recording, mixing and releasing a three track electronic music EP. All in the space of a single month.
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Sally Shapiro – The enigmatic Swedish italo-disco/synthpop duo emerge from hiatus for new LP Sad Cities
Hinako Omori – The UK producer talks ambient textures, binaural beats and more
Produce Like… Ploy – The UK producer takes us into his studio and shows us how he made the beguiling tones of Garys and new track Dark Lavis
Classic Album – Drum & bass icon Krust talks us through his influential LP Coded Language
Career In Gear – Synth music stalwart Trentemøller on the instruments and effects that shaped his sound
Talking Shop – Villager on his influences and production tips
30 Day EP Workshop – Trouble getting your tracks finished? Get productive with our step-by-step guide
Producer’s Guide – Discover what makes the Minimoog Model D so special, and learn how to craft classic basses and leads
Retrospective – Exploring the sound and style of hard house
VCV Rack Pro 2
Boss RC-505 mkII
Beyerdynamic DT700 Pro
PreSonus R80 V2
Sennheiser HD 400 Pro
Erica Synths Black K-Phaser
Longterm test: Teenage Engineering OP-1
Digi Bass – We return to our favourite digital synthesisers for a bundle of gloriously rich and varied bass loops, lines and tones.
Casio SK-1 – Cheap, crunchy and lo-fi – we explore the notoriously rough-and- ready sonics of Casio’s classic budget sampler.
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