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MODAL ELECTRONICS CRAFTsynth v2.0

If you’ve ever wanted a wavetable synth that’ll fit neatly into your laptop bag, you’re in luck – as we get crafty with the latest pint-sized synth from Modal
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It was only a couple of years ago that British company Modal Electronics entered the synthesiser marketplace, with the rather fine PPG-inspired 002. Once I got over the awe factor, things were quickly followed by the all-analogue 008 and, while both of these machines were clear budgetary aspirations, I did wonder if there might be some more affordable releases from the company. As luck would have it, something has duly arrived in the shape of the CRAFTsynth version 1, which was something of a self-assembly affair, but certainly offered potential on a budget. After a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, Modal finds itself with another little crafted monster, but in a manufactured box which feels more robust and portable.

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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.