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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SYNTHESISERS

Welcome to the MusicTech Essential Guide. We’ve looked at the sound signal chain and inside the computer – now to the piece of music technology that’s finding itself at the heart of more music than ever before: the synthesiser…

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PART 7

We’ve concentrated on a lot of what happens with the mechanics of music technology and production in our series of guides so far, discussing the software you need and the signal flow of microphone to monitor for the recording and mixing process. Now, though, we’re going to look at a more fun aspect – gear that just makes some noise… but what noise it makes! This time around, we’re going to focus on one of the most important instruments in the history of music production: the synthesiser.

The synthesiser is a key instrument in music tech for two reasons. Firstly, the sound of the synth is used in so many different types of music production, from fantastical film scores to No. 1 pop tunes.

TPlus, we should think about the technological development of the synth, which has been a topsy-turvy tale of analogue to digital and back again – it’s a development history that very much mirrors that of the recording technology world.

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2017 has been an exciting, innovative year for new music-making technology, from machine-learning plug-ins to laser-guided microphones and from scientifically crafted, point-source monitors to boutique synthesisers, the past 12 months has offered up new variations on classic gear and inventive new creative tools for making and recording music. We pay tribute to the best gear of the year in our roundup, with our winners compiled by a fusion of reader votes and our expert panel. Elsewhere this issue, we have the second part of our new A-Z series with Gear4Music, chat to MPG Award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell and Grammy-winning producer and engineer Mark Rankin, and cast of our eye to the future with tutorial content in the latest iterations of Live and Reason. Additionally, you’ll find all the latest reviews from the likes of Toontrack, Dynaudio, Sonokinetic and more.It's been an excellent year for the music-technology industry, and MusicTech as a magazine. Here’s hoping 2018 will be equally as fruitful… enjoy the issue.