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Music Tech
Welcome to Issue 172 of MusicTech magazine! You may
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Grammy-winning record producer Mike Howlett has received a PhD in music production, become an in-demand lecturer and helped launch the MPG Awards. Oh, and he’s written, produced and played on some iconic music, too. Who better to open up a new MusicTech series on legendary producers?
News
MusicTechwas invited over to London’s Metropolis Studios in May for the unveiling of Genelec’s new product line, The Ones – a family of new speakers which, with Genelec’s award-winning 8351s, form the world’s smallest three-way coaxial monitor lineup
Five new plug-ins – including Auto-Tune Realtime – feature in Universal Audio’s new updated version of UAD
Enter our survey, tell us what you think and what you want – and you could win some great studio kit
Propellerhead finally introduces VST plug-in support for version 9.5 of its much-loved DAW, Reason
Aston releases the Halo Shadow, a moodier-looking version of its reflection filter
STUDIO
Your studios on show! If you want your studio featured, simply upload a shot to the MusicTech Facebook page. This month, we check out an impressive, neat and bespoke facility in Israel…
COVER FEATURE
For 20 years, Marc JB has been mastering mixes for the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Here, he explains the beautiful art of mastering and details the techniques needed to make your own tracks sound as epic as possible…
INTERVIEWS
Young, talented and increasingly popular Spanish bedroom-producer-turned-EDM-superstar Danny Avila has achieved an enviable amount in a short space of time. As fame beckons, Avila speaks to MusicTech…
TECHNIQUE
Eurorack is a many-headed beast, and knowing how to integrate your Eurorack system into your production workflow can be a tricky conundrum. Dave Gale syncs up his system to keep the music flowing…
Ableton Live can enjoy a rich and varied relationship with your iOS devices – by syncing with Link, by using them as hardware controllers, or as sound sources. Here, Martin Delaney explains how…
Making your audio and instruments ‘pulse’ in time with your track adds a new level of sonic interest to your mix. Mark Cousins finds his pulse…
Vocalists can have fragile egos and might only do their best work over shorter sessions. It’s important, then, to get everything right before a session and have everything running as smoothly as possible during it. Here are our top tips for the perfect vocal recording…
REVIEWS
It’s unusual to see a controller transition to standalone hardware, but Akai has done just that – the MPC Touch has spawned the MPC Live. Martin Delaney samples its standalone charms…
Need a valve mic to add to your collection? Mike Hillier warms up to Lauten Audio…
Universal Audio unveils the next generation of its Thunderbolt-powered desktop interface, the Apollo Twin Mk II. Mark Cousins takes a closer look…
The announcement of the Dashboard software for ROLI’s BLOCKS at NAMM has made these intriguing devices an even better prospect for DAW users, as Andy Jones discovers…
ALM Busy Circuits introduces the much-anticipated successor to Pamela’s Workout – but will it be showing off all-new moves, or rehashing the same old routine? Dave Gale limbers up to find out…
In another twist from the norm, orchestral-sampling pioneer Spitfire Audio brings us a library with modernist tendencies. Dave Gale gets contemporary with strings…
Described as ‘a vocal studio in the palm of your hand’
We’re playing catch-up with all the books that Hal
The world of DJ technology has, of course, been moving
SE Electronics has a great rep for bringing high-quality
Now here’s an intriguing plug-in. We’ve seen software
B2B is a new sample-pack concept from Loopmasters and
Vintage Soul is a new release in the Vibes Series from
James Wiltshire explores the many possibilities offered
This unique new course from MusicGurus goes behind
Welcome to the MusicTech Buyer’s Guide, where we round up some of the best products recently reviewed in the magazine. This month, six of the best monitors for all price points, studio sizes and requirements…
Welcome to the all-new MusicTech Beginner’s Section – if you’re new to the world of music production, then this is where you need to be. We open up our first instalment with a guide to the very centre of the music-making universe – the Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW…
There are many, many DAWs on the market and over the
Welcome to our new feature in the MusicTech Beginner’s Guide, where we choose a starter studio for a specific task or budget. We start by detailing some great studio setups for an £800 budget…
Need background atmosphere, or more tension in your music? Read on for MusicTech‘s guide to adding drama, ambience and occasional menace to your productions…
Crafting a track’s low end so it works on both a big