Between the generous preset libraries that come with most modern plugins and the abundance of sounds instantly available through services like Splice and Loopcloud, it’s entirely possible to make electronic music without any knowledge of how to program a synth patch.
There’s nothing necessarily wrong with working that way. Still, there are numerous benefits to understanding exactly how your favourite synths work and the fundamentals of how classic sounds come together.
That’s what this issue is all about – whether as a first time guide or a refresher, we’re delving into the principles behind a host of well known, staple sounds. Get stuck in, and we promise it will be a fast track to speedy creativity.
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Neil Cowley – The popstar’s pianist turned electronic jazz maestro embarks on an ambient journey on new LP Battery Life
Snow Ghosts – Forged in a Wiltshire castle, Snow Ghosts’ fifth album, The Fell, explores the region’s dark yet beautiful folklore
Lisel – Classical opera singer by day, electronic artist by night, Eliza Bagg is dissolving boundaries
Classic Album – Om Unit on the influential, bass-heavy Threads
15 synth patches every producer should know – From evolving pads and vintage bass to analogue-style drums and go-to FX. These are the synth patches you should commit to memory
Producer’s Guide – Get up and running with the hybrid beatmaking tools of the new Korg Drumlogue
Masterclass – Everything you need to know about spectral processing
Knowledge – Your need-to-know guide to stereo width
Cherry Audio Synth Stack 3
Casper Bastl Softpop SP2
Roli Seaboard Rise 2
Neat Worker Bee II
Universal Audio Volt 4
Dream Pop – Synthwave and shoegaze collide in this pack of dreamy tones inspired by the likes of Beach House and Cocteau Twins.
Micro Tonal –Venture far and wide beyond the confines of Western 12-tone music with this pack of unusual scales, riffs and progressions.
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