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Martin Delaney goes all misty-eyed over his love affair with the Elektron Monomachine. Is it just nostalgia? Nope, he’s still using it

I don’t have any emotional attachment to keyboard-based synths; I don’t play keys, and they look pretty foolish high up on a wall where nobody can play them, acting as glorified sound modules and dust-traps. On the other hand, I love me some groovebox – self-contained devices that provide beats, sequenced patterns, and melodies, with onboard sounds; just add headphones and you’re ready to jam. In 2004, Elektron released their own take on this concept – the Monomachine. For me it was love at first sight, but at the time I was preoccupied with software, and years passed before I obtained a Monomachine SFX-60+ MKII – the final iteration.

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In response to the ever-growing world of sound design, we highlight many of the best tools of the trade to equip you to experiment yourself, step-by-step guides to various processes, plus interviews with those whose careers have been built in the world of professional sound design. Elsewhere, we speak to former Stereophonics drummer Javier Weyler, whose company Breaking Waves facilitate the sonic needs of filmmakers in innovative, creative ways. We also talk to mix engineer Giles Barrett about his boat-based studio and head inside Nottingham's newly-opened Mount Street Studios. Along with our usual range of in-depth reviews we see our tutorial section expand once more as we welcome a brand new Reason series. We hope you enjoy the issue!