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These days 'time-stretching' almost seems like a slightly outdated term. What was once a fiddly and elaborate process requiring specialised gear, is now handled quickly and easily right inside most DAWs, via warp markers and simple tempo adjustments.

Yet the process occupies something of a dual existence these days. On the one hand, with high quality software, it's possible to achieve near-pristine adjustments of almost any kind of source material. On the other hand, the odd sounds and effects of those 'old school' methods are still hugely prevalent throughout modern music - from re-pitched Hip-Hop vocals to the iconic retimed breaks of Drum 'n' Bass. Whatever your stretching needs, we've got it covered, with a whole host of tutorials, a comprehensive gear guide and insight from the artists and developers behind those iconic sounds.

Regular readers will notice we've made a few changes to FM this issue, adding a batch of new features and expanded tutorials. Grab the issue now to check out our new video-led artist feature, The Track, and the first edition of FM's new monthly modular synthesis column. As ever we've a whole host of videos, audio examples, tutorial files and samples waiting for you too.

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Technique

Warp & Stretch - From pristine re-pitching to retro effects; the past, present and future of time-stretching

Noise Techniques - Add texture, excitement and bite to your sounds with a bit of creatively used noise

The Essential Guide To Kick Drums - From layering to tuning, compression, limiting, mixing and more. Everything you need to know about creating kicks

Producer's Guide To... Dave Smith Pro-2 - We show you how to craft vintage bass, analogue-style leads, polyphonic pads and more with Dave Smith's stunning new synth

Interviews

Deetron - We visit the Swiss Techno icon in his Zurich studio to talk influences, synths and the lost art of beat-matching

Soul Clap - We talk gear and production with Boston's modern Funk masters

The Track: Sam Binga - In our brand new feature, we take an in-depth look at the Bristol-based producer's new track TekNuhChat, on video and in the mag

Classic Album - The Irresistible Force aka Mixmaster Morris on the creation of ambient masterpiece Flying High

Reviews

  • Moog Sub 37
  • Korg Volca sample
  • Native Instruments Komplete 10
  • iZotope RX4
  • M-Audio M3-8 monitors
  • Thermionic Culture The Rooster 2
  • JZ HH1 mic
  • And more...

Modular monthly

In the first edition of our brand new modular synthesis column we test out Intellijel's Roland-inspired synth Atlantis and explore the funk-friendly capabilities of the Metropolis sequencer

Samples

Piezo Fun - Contact-mic crazy FX aplenty. Get experimental!

Dub Drums - Classic delays and reverb soaked percussion hits

Trance Tools - All the euphoric pads and leads you need to create timeless Trance

Future Music is the number one magazine for today's producers. Packed with technique and technology we'll help you make great new music.