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MT Studio

It’s the MusicTech Beats Special! We focus on computer-beat production in our tutorials elsewhere in this issue, so here are the best hardware beat makers in the world right now! (‘Hype’, you say? Us?)

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BEST Classic beats

After that intro, you might not be surprised to hear that we love a bit of hype and with AIRA, we’ve never known such levels of the stuff. The first products of the AIRA range were the TB-3 bassline (based on the classic TB-303) and this, the TR-8 (based on the TR-808) drum machine. In a way, the AIRA hype overshadowed the resulting products – both were particularly accurate reimaginings of the originals and a lot more besides. The TR-8 does the 808 and 909 like no other, with pumping, ducking, jittering beats and easy programming and sound sculpting (not to mention the fantastic lights). Sounding pretty much identical to the originals and packed full of extra features, we still rate the unit as being right up there with the best beat makers there are.

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The new issue of MusicTech is on sale Thursday, March 17th and this month we’re bringing you a 'Big Beats Special!'; we gathered together as many tutorials (for all levels) to help you provide that all-important backbone to your music productions. Or if you are some kind of ambient maestro, you’ll be pleased with a certain level of synthesis achieved over our 6 Of The Best, DIY Eurorack, Sound Design and Yamaha Montage features. As ever, enjoy the issue and send us some of the resulting beats. We like to Show Off Your Studios and we’ll soon be Showing Off Your Sounds, too, so keep it all coming.