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As music styles and tastes cycle around, there will always be the need to produce a vintage sound. Thankfully there are many and varied ways to do just this, from using the original gear right down to some simple recording techniques…

Defining ‘a vintage sound’ is getting more and more difficult. Modern pop music effectively kicked off with the rock of the 1950s so we have seven decades to plunder for that vintage ideal. Really though, we’re probably talking up to the 1980s – a classic period of four decades when studios were incredible sonic laboratories, music production was, through necessity, more experimental and music technology was in its infancy. Thankfully, today’s much-improved technology allows us to capture anything from a psychedelic ’60s vibe to ’80s synth pop and if you add a couple of simple production tricks then you can recreate a vintage vibe and set up in your home studio with relative ease and at a fairly low cost too. We’ll start, though, with the opposite extreme…

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Though it was only a few issues ago that we contemplated the future of music, we came to the realisation that the future is now! With more effects at our disposal than ever before, we tour the modern arsenal of plug-in effects, tools and software that you might not even realise existed! Elsewhere, we speak to the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff about his production and DJing ethos, and join Detroit-based artist Klayton, whose love of 80s electronic and metal bands has borne many fruitful projects, not to mention an amazing studio. We put Hans Zimmer Strings to the test, as well as a slew of new pieces of gear and software in our expanded reviews section. Additionally, there’s 4 new tutorials for Live, Logic, Cubase and Pro Tools, brand-new tips, retrospectives and our Essential Guide series draws to a close with a 101 to recording. We hope you enjoy the issue!