The new ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN is a “must have” resource for anyone who makes music, plays music, and shares music. Every issue includes "gig tested" product reviews on music gear, tons of how-to's, and interviews with today's stars revealing the secrets of their songwriting approaches and audio-production concepts.
electronic MUSICIAN • Vol. 36 No. 1 JANUARY 2020
SOFT OPINIONS • In a world flooded with plugins, how do you design one that makes a truly lasting impact?
THIS MONTH IN SOFTWARE • The Falcon flies again, Cableguys offers more custom curvery, WaveLab gets more juice, and there are some Things you should really check out
LOGIC PRO X • Scratch beneath the surface of Apple’s all-conquering application
REASON 11 • Now available in plugin or standalone form, Reason offers plenty of creative tools
BITWIG STUDIO 3 • Get creative with Bitwig’s deep, modular-inspired workstation
FL STUDIO 20 • Get Fruity in Image-Line’s DAW—now on Windows and Mac
ABLETON LIVE 10 • Let’s explore some power moves for version 10 of Ableton’s much-loved DAW
CUBASE 10 • Work smarter in Steinberg’s classic DAW
GARAGEBAND • A budget option, but one with plenty of power!
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO • From Yellow Magic Orchestra to his award-winning soundtrack and solo work, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s impulse to break generic boundaries has never waned. Danny Turner discusses the key moments that have shaped his career
Adding Sonic Variety To Your Synth Solos Part 2—Pitch Possibilities • Exploring pitch manipulation ideas to liven up your solos
Combined scales • Dave’s new two-in-one solution will keep your scales glossy, nourished and full of life—here he lifts the lid on his secret
Moog Modular • It was the instrument that ushered in the modern age of electronic music, setting new standards and giving musicians total control
Matt Johnson • Matt Johnson has played keyboards with the band Jamiroquai for the past 17 years. He is also the band’s main co-writer along with singer Jay Kay, and wrote and produced their last album Automaton. Johnson has also recorded with other artists including Duffy, Tinashe, Nolwenn Leroy, Will Young, Newton Faulkner and more
Summit • With its aftertouch-enabled keyboard, juicy new features and twin Peaks, the new flagship from Novation sounds like a dream
Processing your sounds
Privia PX-S3000 • Casio’s Privia stage piano line has always offered impressive sounds, features and bang for the buck. The company’s latest offering is no exception.
Abbey Road Studio 3 • Monitoring on headphones can be frustratingly different to loudspeakers. This plugin aims to bridge the gap—and throw in a classic mix space, too
Waves Nx—a recap
Chipsynth MD • The Canadian developer known for emulating the sound chips of yore launches a plugin synth built from the circuitry of the Sega Genesis
Reason 11 • Reason comes out of its shell (literally), making its tools available as a VST. Si Truss racks it up…
The Scenic route
MASSIVE X • Following last month’s get-started guide, let’s get to grips with this uber-synth’s mega modulators…
Massive X’s modulators
STEREO WIDTH • Get a widescreen audio panorama by picking up the techniques behind mixing for glorious stereo
Wide Delay Treatments • Keeping source sounds panned centrally but creating effects solutions which are wide can be a great way to add detail and excitement to a mix
How can you make your drums sound wider? • Programming drums from multiple sources is great, just don’t pile them up in the middle of your...