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ARTURIA KeyLab Essential 49

KeyLab Essential updates both the hardware and software in Arturia’s control-and-vintage-sound-packed bundle. Andy Jones dons his white coat…

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Controllers are so many and varied these days that companies really need a hook to stand out from the crowd. Some go with great looks (Presonus’ Faderport is coming up next issue – swoon) and some go with ‘the software bundle’. With a history steeped in producing some great software, Arturia has understandably chosen the latter with its latest KeyLab Essential package. Reading back, that sounds like I’m saying it’s ugly – it’s not. What I mean is, if you’ve produced such cracking emulations of vintage synths with titles like Mini V, ARP2600 V, Jupiter-8V, Prophet V, Oberheim SEM V, and CS-80V, why would you not plunder their rich depths and include, say, 5,000 of their presets to help shift some hardware?

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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…