MusicTech 205: Sound for the screen

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This issue we’re heading to the pictures – or, rather, your music is. The film and television industries have never been as prominent a part of contemporary culture as they are today, and with each new Netflix must-watch and binge-worthy drama comes a need for an equally killer soundtrack. That’s where you come in. There […]

MusicTech 204: The ultimate gear guide for 2020

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Make some space in your studio – because there’s some new gear coming your way very soon! The annual NAMM show is our chance to feast our eyes on a massive range of fresh music-making technology, as well as get the lowdown on what else is coming in the year. 2020’s show was no exception, […]

MusicTech 202: The best gear of the decade

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I know it’s a cliche, but I’m genuinely finding it hard to believe that this decade – that once seemed so fresh, new and unknowable – is nearing its end. At the very start of the decade, the barriers to accessing high-quality, pro studio-worthy tech were still very much in place. One of the best things […]

MusicTech 201: The art of mastering

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Ever since we launched our ‘Show Off Your Studio’ series many moons ago, we’ve been inundated with remarkable, gorgeous and beautiful music-making spaces. We’ve also, of course, been able to spend some time in the creative hubs of many of our interviewees over the years. What I’m trying to say here is that we’ve seen […]

MusicTech 200: The ultimate freeware guide

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It’s pretty much certain that if you’ve bought this magazine, then you will have parted with some of your hard-earned cash on gear for your studio. And let’s be honest, it’s a safe bet you’re not done yet. Unfortunately, our wallets aren’t bottomless, but even though we might think we have to spend ever-increasing fortunes […]

MusicTech 199: The art of songwriting

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The art of writing songs is something that is all too often ascribed to some mythical gift that manifests itself within people at a certain age, with little thought given to the long periods of trial and error, dedication to the craft and persistence to forge a career in the industry that mark out many […]

MusicTech 198: Explore the synth universe

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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 synthesizer provides is a no-brainer. This month, we […]

MusicTech 194: Create classic studio sounds

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Many, many years ago, when pop music was in its infancy, artists would record at multi-purpose recording facilities that were typically designed simply to capture the live performances of the bands and artists. During the 1960s, when pop music had seized the mantle as the dominant entertainment medium in popular culture, bands such as The […]

MusicTech 193: Build your own beats

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Aside from the art of writing a melody, crafting the perfect lyric and finding the most suitable chords for your music, beatmaking (or sculpting the rhythmic elements of your track) is perhaps the most important stage to get right, particularly if you work in the EDM arena. It’s often, however, something that can start to […]