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.
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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 Album – K-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
Rhodes V8 Pro
Audiomodern Chordjam 1.5
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.
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