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