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Six of the best

Welcome to the MusicTech Buyer’s Guide, where we round up some of the best products we’ve recently reviewed. For this first collection we’ve gone soft with a selection of software instruments – from brass, to the evocative gamelan…

Hardware ■ Software ■ Mobile Technology ■ Samples

Una Corda

BEST Piano (like)

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Price £129

Contact via website Web www.nativeinstruments.com

Two entries for Native Instruments in our ‘six’, but the Berliners do like their real instruments. And while we haven’t looked at many pianos of late, we still reckon this is one of the best out there. Una Corda is a little different, and offers up a deeply sampled version of a unique piano, hand-built by David Klavins in collaboration with composer Nils Frahm. It only has one string per note, which gives a much purer sound than your average piano, and allows the user to easily slot in different prepared materials to dampen and affect the way the hammers hit the strings. We said “it’s been created with love and attention, and the results are often breathtaking. It’s an inspiring instrument that oozes class and with very few tweaks, can be morphed from a gentle, upfront piano to a swirling, dissonant and clunking beast.

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Ableton Live can truly become the hub of your music making set-up whatever you use, be it hardware, iOS or software. We have tutorials to help you make the most of it in any situation plus features on freeware, mastering and mobile music making. WORKSHOPS: Making the most of the Sine wave - Create with this versatile wave Integrate Live with your iOS devices - for control and music Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release - what ADSR can do for you INTERVIEWS: Highasakite Stoni Apothek