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6 WAYS TO CHEAT AT MAKING MUSIC

You’re already cheating at making music by using technology – or so proper musicians might tell you. But even with all the tech in the world, there are extra shortcuts to production nirvana…

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Some might say that using technology to make music is already ‘cheating’. We say to those people: “No way, leave us alone and take your chastising elsewhere. Is using a phone cheating at ‘making a conversation’? Of course it isn’t, it’s using technology to benefit ‘chat’, just as music-production gear is benefiting ‘music’. Simple as, Mister.” However, there are tricks, even within those layers of music technology, which make you think ‘it’s almost too easy to do this’. Some are obvious, some are not; some are just plain black magic. All of them fill us with a little unease, but we’ve probably used them and taken the glory, albeit with some quiet, hidden shame. “That’s a great piece of music,” they say. “Thanks,” we reply, and then a little piece of us dies inside as we whisper “I did it all myself…” So – cheating or using your initiative? You decide…

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The new issue of MusicTech is on sale from Thursday 17th August and we’re honoured to be the first magazine to present a feature on the brand new studio facilities at the legendary Abbey Road studios: The Gatehouse and the Penthouse. To mark this occasion we bring you a giant Abbey Road special, featuring a studio tour, a COMPLETE gear list, an interview with iconic producer John Leckie (who begun his career at AR) as well as hands on tutorials designed to show you how to re-create the Abbey Road sound at home! We’ve also got a disc packed with Abbey Road related video content for you to feast your eyes on. Elsewhere this issue we have features looking at the history of the Korg MonoPoly, 6 ways to cheat at making music as well as our usual plethora of reviews including the Pioneer Toraiz AS-1 and Novation Circuit 1.5 and a wide range of tutorial content.
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