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Issue 380 of Future Music is out now

Future Music 380
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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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Future Music 380

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Interviews

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 ShopVillager on his influences and production tips

Technique

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

Reviews

VCV Rack Pro 2

Boss RC-505 mkII 

Beyerdynamic DT700 Pro 

PreSonus R80 V2

Boss SY-200

Sennheiser HD 400 Pro

Erica Synths Black K-Phaser

Longterm test: Teenage Engineering OP-1 

& more

Samples

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.

Access the FM sample archive: Download the ‘Archive’ packs and get over 18GB of loops, hits and instruments from our back catalogue of high-quality and royalty-free samples. From vintage synths and drum machines to esoteric instruments and FX – think of it as our best of. All the samples you need to create great music!

Future Music is the number one magazine for today's producers. Packed with technique and technology we'll help you make great new music. All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more. Every marvellous monthly edition features reliable reviews of the latest and greatest hardware and software technology and techniques, unparalleled advice, in-depth interviews, sensational free samples and so much more to improve the experience and outcome of your music-making.

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