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.
Working with limitations
Masterlab DynaQ 2
THE PERFECT KICK DRUM • A good drum track starts with the bass drum – find out here how to make sure yours kicks ass
Sub, punch and honk
THE PERFECT SNARE DRUM • Now let’s get cracking and take a closer look at the kick drum’s constant companion, the snare
Six ways to beef up a snare drum
THE PERFECT HI-HATS AND CYMBALS • So you’ve got your kick and snare – now let’s add some sizzling metalwork to complete the kit
Cymbal programming tips
GET REAL! • You might not be a drummer, but that needn’t prevent you from programming your own totally convincing ‘live’ drum tracks. All it takes is a good set of sounds and a bit of MIDI know-how
Dynamics and timing
Ghost notes, accents and fills
FRASER T. SMITH • Award-winning hit maker Fraser T. Smith is famed for his songwriting/production work with Adele and Stormzy, but now the shoe is on the other foot. Danny Turner discusses his hugely ambitious debut solo project, Future Utopia
Exploring The “Blip” • Adding and controlling a fast transient to the attack of your lead synth sounds.
String articulations • This month’s Easy Guide has strings attached – and using articulations can make them sound more authentic than ever
Doepfer A-100 • Can a synthesizer that’s currently being produced be considered a classic? It can if its production run started 25 years ago and inspired a revolution!
Sequential Pro 3 • Sequential’s Pro 3 may appear to be simply a beefy monosynth but, beneath the surface, there's far more to it than that
Valhalla DSP Supermassive • Every now and then a freebie comes along that deserves special mention…
Steinberg Cubase Pro 11 • Cubase updates typically combine new features, expanded content and tweaks. Does v11 of this flagship DAW do enough to tempt us? Let’s see…
Accusonus ERA 5 Bundle Pro • When you’re fixing up compromised audio you want a toolset that’s quick and reliable. This updated package could well be the answer
AAS Chromaphone 3 • The ‘acoustic object synthesizer’ is back. So what's new with this version of AAS’s physical modeling instrument?
Korg Volca Sample 2 • Korg’s most popular Volca gets an update. Let's sample the new features of version 2…
Conrank Wubbly Jubbly
RACK MASTERCLASS • Combine devices and plugins using your DAW’s tools. Get grouping, routing and making more creative sound design setups
KONTAKT VOCAL INSTRUMENTS • Five virtual voiceboxes for your creative usage… but which vox is the most populi?
We Got The Beat Repeat • Ableton’s percussion modifying plugin is not just for drum loops