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Erik Norlander

With the release of the UNO, IK Multimedia is delving into the realms of analogue hardware to produce a synth we can all afford. MusicTech has an exclusive chat with UNO’s designer, Erik Norlander, a man who’s no stranger to classic synths.

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Over the last 40 years or so, the history of the synthesizer has been crazy. From the analogue beauties of the 70s and 80s, we’ve seen the world go digital, then go software, and then go modular and analogue again! It has been dramatic, to say the least, with seismic shifts in fashions, sounds, prices and trends. It’s fair to say that, at present anyway, we are living in the ‘anything goes’ era of the synth, where there are perhaps as many people enjoying the new era of hardware analogue synths as there are those using digital soft synths. It’s a time where perhaps hardware and software sit side by side in a kind of synth harmony.

Yet the fact that people love synths in hardware form is still surprising given what software can achieve, and it’s even more surprising when a company known for its software suddenly decides to bring out a hardware instrument like IK Multimedia is doing with its first foray into analogue with UNO Synth. IK is not the first software company to do this, however. Arturia was a company that initially forged a path in software, with recreations of analogue classic synths, but now, of course, has an entire range of ‘Brute synths, and very good they are too. No-one really expected IK Multimedia to follow suit but, at this year’s Superbooth, the company stole the Berlin show by announcing the UNO Synth, a twooscillator analogue with a 27-note touch keyboard, built-in sequencer, arpeggiator and effects. It’s ultra portable and easy to program, but the best bit is the price tag: just €244!

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In our cover feature this month, Alex Holmes guides you through the science and logic behind why it’s necessary to calibrate your studio and equipment, and the steps you’ll need to take to guarantee perfect, balanced sound at all times. Also this issue, Erin Barra simplifies some vital music production concepts that may have long eluded your understanding – to hopefully increase your sonic vocabulary. We speak to Kanye West’s former controllerist and cutting-edge musician Laura Escudé, UNO synth designer Erik Norlander and Emmy-winning Guus Hoevenaars. Additionally, we present our in-depth reviews of Roland Cloud, PreSonus Studio One 4, Loopcloud 2.0, Elektron Analog Four MkII and more, as well as 5 brand new tutorials to broaden your production chops.