Issue 398 of Future Music is out now

Future Music 398
(Image credit: Future)

It’s easy to get hyperbolic when talking about technology, in a way that can look rather embarrassing later on. 

In 1999, for example, FM ran a feature about the varied ways the Millennium Bug was going to dramatically impact your music making. We can all, surely, remember at least a few products hailed as ‘game changers’ that actually disappeared from view after having very little impact.

At the risk of falling into this trap though, there are a number of emergent technologies kicking about right now that do feel like they could have a significant impact on how we make music in the future. From the expressive capabilities of MPE to AI and machine learning, through to spatial audio, it’s these ideas – and more – that we want to explore in this issue’s cover feature.

All print and digital readers can grab all of this issue’s exclusive download content from our download page!

Buy this issue now via:

Apple Newsstand (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch)

Pocket Mags (iPhone/iPad/Android/PC/Mac)

Zinio (PC/Mac/Android/iOS)

In Print: Find FM on your local news stand or order your copy direct from us!

All print and digital copies include access to 18GB+ of exclusive samples and more! 

Subscribe now and save up to 51%

Future Music 398

(Image credit: Future)


Mandy, Indiana – Recorded in crypts, caves and shopping centres, the UK-based experimental band tell us about the origins of their critically acclaimed new album

Levon Vincent – The Berlin-based underground figurehead on the making of his club-focussed new album, Work in Progress 

Anthony Naples – The genre-hopping US producer on the making of his emotive and escapist new record, orbs

Classic AlbumK-Klass on creating their crossover club classic Universal

Produce Like: Koven – The UK bass duo’s vocalist and DJ Katie Boyle tells us about their working relationship and breaks down what goes into her unique DJ sets


The future of synthesis – We investigate what the future of synth design might look like, with the help of developers and designers working at the cutting-edge

Masterclass: Futuristic synth plugins – We explore the next generation of synthesis power, with MPE, spatial audio, complex sampling and more

Producer’s Guide – Get started quicker with Ableton Push 3

Knowledge – We demystify the complex realm of phase issues


Expressive E Osmose

Apple Logic Pro for iPad

Isla Instruments S2400

Korg ARP Odyssey Kit

Universal Audio Sphere LX

Audiotechnica ATH-M60x

Rhodes V8 Pro

Audiomodern Chordjam 1.5

& more


Liquid Pads & Melodies – Get the classic sound of liquid drum & bass with this pack of jazzy, ambient synths and hooks.

Budget Effects – Who said high-end gear sounds best? We break out the cheap reverbs, budget mixers and more for a pack of lo-fi perfection.

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

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.

All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more. image
All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more.
Get the latest issue now!