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SLATE + ASH Auras £179

If you find yourself wishing that pads and textures could be more inspiring to use, this new Kontakt-based instrument package could be the answer…

Slate + Ash is the elegant name of the relatively new company from Will Slater and Simon Ashdown. You might not know the company by name, but it’s quite likely that you’ve heard the two composers’ work, thanks to their musical and sound design contributions to film scores such as Arrival, by the much missed Jóhann Jóhannsson, alongside numerous other notable composers such as Ben Salisbury and Daniel Pemberton.

Contained within the overall Auras package are two instruments, which offer a degree of crossover and similarity. Both operate within the full version of Kontakt, as Auras is not NI library compliant, and due to the general makeup of each sound, patches are loaded in a multiinstrument format, so you will only be able to use a single instance in any given Kontakt instance.

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In this issue, we look ahead, and analyse two massively exciting innovations that are already fundamentally affecting the music-making and listening worlds. In our cover feature this month, we explore the history, science and music-production implications of virtual reality. VR headsets are becoming increasingly popular and with a wide range of music-themed VR applications available to buy or in development, we ask whether making music in virtual space will rival the traditional DAW-based method, and how composing with virtual reality in mind requires a whole new approach to mixing. Elsewhere, we explore the astounding new realm of hologram performance, speaking to those companies that have used modern optics technology to, in a sense, resurrect deceased musicians and send them back out to the live arena. We discuss the technology behind – as well as the ethical implications of – holograms. Also in this issue, we speak to the legendary Howard Jones, LA’s genre-defying Battle Tapes as well as video-game sound designer Matt Boch, who explains how, when working on the recent game Ape Out, he approached soundtracking in an incredibly unique way. We review the latest tech from Universal Audio, Elektron, EastWest and Korg and also bring you a buyer’s guide to turntables, should you want to try your hand at a spot of DJ’ing. I hope you enjoy the issue.