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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Sep 2019 > On your DVD…

On your DVD…

Synth Sample Special

In keeping with this month’s synth theme, we’ve rounded up a killer collection of synth-based samples for you to use and abuse in your tracks. There’s over 1.2GB of 24-bit audio including 140 loops, 26 playable multisampled instruments with patches for Kontakt and EXS24, and 48 synth hits. On the subtractive front, we’ve got heavy analogue sub sounds, huge synth bass hits, analogue synth sequences, deep house stabs and evolving, resonant pads. If you like your synthesis a little more spicy, then there are also FM synth and bass loops, granular textures and physical modelling arpeggios.

Size 1.28GB Format 24-bit/44.1kHz WAV, Kontakt, EXS24

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It’s probably not all that contentious to say that everybody, at some stage in their music-making journey, needs a synth. Whether you’re working on deep, intricate soundscapes, creating pounding dance music or concocting chart-climbing pop hits, taking advantage of the myriad textures, pads and leads that the synthesiser provides is a no-brainer. This month, we celebrate this beloved instrument with a series of linked features, highlighting the history, science and ongoing development of the synth. We speak to Georgia, an artist who wowed Glastonbury with her retro synth-pop stylings; take a trip to Bristol to visit UDO and look at the making of the Super 6, a synthesiser that merges the very best of old and new technology; while Andy Jones delves into the synth’s pivotal role in shaping dance music. We also continue Adam Crute’s Sound Synthesis Masterclass series, this time exploring the science and mechanics of sampling and synthesis. Aside from our synth focus, we also have a fantastic interview with The Prodigy engineer and co-producer Neil Mclellan, who tells the inside story of the making of their classic record Music For The Jilted Generation. We also speak to MPG Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year 2019 Dani Bennett Spragg about her incredible career to date and her best-practice advice. Later, we experience the mind- (and ear-) blowing wall of sound that is James Murphy and Soulwax’s Despacio sound system. Our review section this month continues the synthy vibe that runs through this issue, as we get hands-on with Native’s latest iteration of Massive X, have some fun with Modal’s CRAFTsynth 2 and explore the scope of Softube’s Volume 3. I hope you enjoy the issue.