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SYNTHOGY Ivory II Studio Grands

Two incredible pianos recorded in fine detail in the world’s best studios for just a couple of hundred quid? Andy Jones clears his hard drive in anticipation…


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As we all know, virtual instruments are getting bigger, particularly those, such as Synthogy’s, which record every nuance of an incredible instrument so you can recreate it at a fraction of the original’s cost. Sadly, Mac and PC developers don’t seem to be upping the base hard-drive specs of their machines as much as they once did, so as a music producer in the 21st century, a speedy external drive of some capacity is your new best friend. Or, since they’re tumbling in price, why not get a couple?

You’ll certainly require one with Studio Grands, the latest instrument offering in the Ivory II collection from Synthogy. The package weighs in at over 110GB, and that is for just two pianos. But what pianos… as we’ll come on to see and hear, and what meticulous recordings. And at just over 100 quid a piece, they might take up your hard-drive space, but at least they’ll leave you a few quid to buy that drive.

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In this issue, we’ve amassed the ultimate collection of professional advice on all things music; whether that's creating, recording, mixing, mastering or everything in between. Compiled from our interviews with such luminaries as John Leckie, Tony Visconti and Gary Numan, we’ve also got tips and alternative approaches from our (both pro and amateur) music-making audience. We hope this feature provides some inspiration for your creative studio endeavours. Also this issue, we chat to Catherine J Marks, a producer with some seriously impressive credits to her name and a nominee for this year’s MPG Producer Of The Year. We also spend some time with The Flashbulb, whose beautiful studio in the natural tranquility of Georgia is a thing to behold. We wrap up our A-Z series with Gear4Music, which is chock full of all the key terms and techniques that you need to know. We’ve also got our usual vast array of reviews and hands-on tutorial content, as well as an extensive guide to creating music on the move with an iPhone or iPad. We hope you enjoy the issue…