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.
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Electronic Musician • Vol. 37 No. 2 FEBRUARY 2021
THIS MONTH IN SOFTWARE • It’s been red letter month for DAW updates, as four significant workstations prepare to go through big changes
Mastering The Mix REFERENCE 2
MINI SYNTH SHOOT-OUT • As prices tumble and specs soar, there’s never been a better time to buy a hardware synth. We line up eight of our favorite budget contenders to decide which is the best cheap synth in the world right now…
The eight synth contenders • We’ve got an incredibly varied pack of budget synths in for this test. Here’s a run down of the lineup…
The synths on test
Come on baby, drive my synth • Having effects on a synth can really add to sonic flexibility, as we can see on many of the contenders in our list
The future of synths: how low can we go?
Kingdom • Ezra Rubin has worked with some of the most-talked about artists of the last five years but as Leo Maymind finds out, he may have saved some of the choicest creative chunks for his own acclaimed work…
THE ART OF SYNTH SOLOING Time To Rock • A few of the most iconic rock sax solos for our study.
Roman numeral notation • Dave illuminates what’s so useful about the notation system that came, saw and conquered the world of music theory
Oberheim Matrix-12 and Xpander • The last of the great analog Oberheims was a big, beautiful beast with a complex signal-routing scheme that changed the way synthesizers were made
Roland TR-6S $400 roland.com • The TR-8S drum machine gets a cut-sized little sibling, but there’s more to this compact beatmaker than first meets the eye…
IK Multimedia T-RackS 5 Space Delay $142 ikmultimedia.com • Classic tape delays add character in weird and wonderful ways. Let’s see how this latest Roland emulation from IK Multimedia shapes up
Akai Professional MPK mini mk3 $120 akaipro.com • If you need a backpack-ready controller keyboard, there’s almost too much choice. Let's size up Akai’s latest release
Eduardo Tarilonte NADA Meditation Sounds $232 bestservice.com • Meditation music uses an eclectic but focused sound set. Will this new sample instrument trigger your inner creative flow? Let’s find out
iZotope RX 8 Advanced $1,199 izotope.com • The audio repair stalwart adds and improves a handful of modules. Can it bring a fresh sheen to your latest tracks?
Denon DJ Prime Go $999 denondj.com • The ever-growing Prime range gets a truly portable, go-anywhere setup. Let's see how it works in the mix…
Klevgrand Skaka $50 klevgrand.se • The Swedish developer’s latest specializes in complex hand percussion patterns. Let's give it a shake…
Antelope Zen Tour Synergy Core $2,350 antelopeaudio.com • Fancy a compact premium interface with onboard DSP? Let's size up Antelope Audio’s latest offering
Audiotent Curve $50
Looptone – Future Analogue Synth $33
Car Sounds – Field & Foley $7.99/mo
Splice – Mystic Soul with The Love Experiment $7.99/mo
Loopmasters – Lowrider Trap $33
How does that work?!
DIY washing machine impulse response • In this example, we’ll show you how quickly you can create an impulse response to add to your mix. With the help of a washing machine…
Impulse response ghost rhythms • One of the joys of working with...