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It’s not a classic, but Andy Jones wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for the Roland D-20, and besides, it might well be the first synth workstation ever…


Younger readers, look away now – you will not like what I’m about to tell you. Back in our day, at college, we used to get what was called ‘a student grant’. It was a couple of grand a year, paid to us for no good reason other than to study – can you believe that? Back then, that kind of money meant I was actually pretty well off: so much so, that I thought I could afford to blow half of a year’s grant on a synth. I was wrong – I couldn’t afford it at all, but I still went ahead and bought one anyway. But it wasn’t just any old synth, it was a ‘synth workstation’, and arguably (and in my head) the first synth workstation ever made: the Roland D-20.

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In this issue, we’ve amassed the ultimate collection of professional advice on all things music; whether that's creating, recording, mixing, mastering or everything in between. Compiled from our interviews with such luminaries as John Leckie, Tony Visconti and Gary Numan, we’ve also got tips and alternative approaches from our (both pro and amateur) music-making audience. We hope this feature provides some inspiration for your creative studio endeavours. Also this issue, we chat to Catherine J Marks, a producer with some seriously impressive credits to her name and a nominee for this year’s MPG Producer Of The Year. We also spend some time with The Flashbulb, whose beautiful studio in the natural tranquility of Georgia is a thing to behold. We wrap up our A-Z series with Gear4Music, which is chock full of all the key terms and techniques that you need to know. We’ve also got our usual vast array of reviews and hands-on tutorial content, as well as an extensive guide to creating music on the move with an iPhone or iPad. We hope you enjoy the issue…