Probably more so than with any other bit of music making gear, producers can get very tribal about their DAWs. Sure, it’s common to find specific synths or plugins with their ardent fans or detractors, but DAW users are a particularly defensive bunch. Try telling a Live user how much you like Logic’s looping tools, or a Cubase user why Studio One is better for scoring, and you’ll no doubt be met with some defensive diatribe worthy of the depths of Reddit.
While it makes sense to learn one DAW and stick with it, there’s also something to be said for reaching across the divide and exploring a new application – and the fresh ways of working that can come with it. That’s what we’re doing this issue: taking a long look at the DAW market in 2022 and asking if it’s time to rethink a few of your long-held preconceptions.
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Subjective – Goldie and James Davidson’s second album looks back to drum&bass history... from the shores of Thailand
The Crystal Method – Scott Kirkland opens up the doors to his studio for an inside look at the gear behind his new album, The Trip Out
Mike Paradinas – The Planet Mu boss on his favourite plugins and the creative inspiration behind his various aliases
Produce Like… Turno – The UK drum & bass producer on his creative workflow and the creation of his new multi-media collaboration with freeclimber George King, aka The Shard Climber
Classic Album – Addictive TV on the origins of their globe-spanning project Orchestra Of Samples
Talking Shop – Tom VR on his earlier influences, creative workflow and more
Rethink your DAW –Logic lifer? FL fanatic? Get clued up on cool stuff you may have missed from rival steeds...
Producer’s Guide – Learn how to create complete unique sounds using physical modelling synthesis
Retrospective – The origins and influence of cloud rap
Dreadbox effects pedals
SSL BiG SiX
PreSonus AudioBox GO
JZ Mics Vintage V12
Eurorack: ALM Beast’s Chalkboard
Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X
Testbench: Entonal Studio
Longterm test: Behringer Model D
Synth Mallets – We’ll take care of all your chromatic percussion needs with this bundle of synth vibes, glocks, marimbas and more.
Rhythmic Noise – Noise as percussion – from gated white noise patterns to filtered FX riffs, sequenced synth noise and far beyond.
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