Computer Music - - Intro / Computer Music -

At the time of writ­ing, I’ve just landed back on UK soil af­ter at­tend­ing the 2017 NAMM Show in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia – and boy, what a show it was! Un­usu­ally rainy weather aside, it was in­cred­i­bly in­spir­ing to see the mu­sic soft­ware world rep­re­sent­ing so strongly, with plenty of new in­stru­ments, ef­fects, con­trollers, au­dio in­ter­faces and more an­nounced for the com­ing year. Cop our news roundup from the show floor from p10.

Of course, although we all love drool­ing over new mu­sic-mak­ing toys, it’s far more ben­e­fi­cial to get to grips with the pow­er­ful tools al­ready sit­ting on your hard drive. Sim­i­larly, mas­ter­ing ev­ery fea­ture of at least one ver­sa­tile syn­the­siser will vastly ex­pand your sonic pal­ette and help de­velop your unique mu­si­cal iden­tity. So to this end, we’ve brought to­gether the ul­ti­mate triple-header: Power Synth Ses­sions (p22), a trio of in-depth tu­to­rial cour­ses break­ing down three of the uni­verse’s most pow­er­ful soft­synths – Xfer Records Serum, u-he Diva and Vengeance-Sound VPS Avenger. Ev­ery tu­to­rial and tech­nique has an ac­com­pa­ny­ing video les­son and pre­set file – and we’re also throw­ing in an ex­tra col­lec­tion of synth pre­sets for Mas­sive, Sy­lenth1 and more!

You also get a talk-tas­tic for­mant fil­ter ef­fect from soft­ware pros Au­dioThing (p56); a fright­en­ingly fu­tur­is­tic Dystopian Drones sam­ple pack (p106); and 70 more VST/AU synths and ef­fects (p108). You’d bet­ter get stuck in!

“Vastly ex­pand your sonic pal­ette…”

Joe Ros­sit­ter Ed­i­tor

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