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    DAWless Jamming

    Making Electronic Music Without A Computer

    We look at the history, the theory and the practice of making electronic music without a computer.

    Techniques Nov 2020
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    Plugin Boutique Scaler 2

    Scale Detection & Generation Plug‑in

    Scaler 2 is just the thing to get you out of a songwriting rut.

    Reviews Sep 2020
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    Nextmidi Divisimate

    Arrangement Software

    Suffering for your orchestral arrangements? Divisimate can help.

    Reviews Aug 2020
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    From DAW To Score

    Modern Orchestration For Film, TV & Games

    What does it take to transform a composer's sample-based demo into a form that real musicians can read and play?

    Techniques Aug 2019
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    Dom Jones: Composing For Dubai's New Year Spectacular

    Wall Of Sound

    Dubai welcomed in 2019 with one of the biggest spectacles ever staged. Dom Jones created the epic soundtrack.

    Techniques Mar 2019
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    Art Of Moog

    Arranging Bach For A Synth Ensemble Performance

    To mark its 50th anniversary, two bands have taken to the stage to pay homage to Wendy Carlos’s classic crossover album Switched-On Bach.

    Techniques Nov 2018
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    Scoring Family Guy

    Video Feature

    One of the defining features of the Family Guy TV show is its use of lush musical arrangements and a musical number. While the show’s writers pen the lyrics, it's down to Walter Murphy to turn these into musical pieces that work. In this video, Walter walks us through two musical cues, from turning a script into a song, to creating demos, right through to recording a live, 60-piece swing band on one of the most famous scoring stages in the world.

    Techniques May 2018
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    MeLo-X: Mobile Music Making

    Video Feature

    How does a platinum-selling producer make music on a mobile device? We sit down with MeLo‑X, who found commercial success co-writing tracks on Beyoncé’s Lemonade, as he talks about the real-world advantages of making music on a phone or tablet.

    Techniques Apr 2018
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    Creating A Music Programme For Ice Dancing

    Rob Colling

    With arbitrary tempo restrictions to contend with and Olympic glory riding on every cut, adapting music for ice dance represents a unique editing challenge.

    Techniques Mar 2018
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 9

    Tutti & Effects

    In this final part of the series, we show how well-chosen instrument combinations and effects will bring your orchestral arrangements to life.

    Techniques Mar 2018
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 8

    Harp, Keyboards & Choir

    A glorious suite of extras bolsters the core orchestral sound.

    Techniques Feb 2018
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 7

    The Kitchen Strikes Back

    Symphonic percussion joins forces with ethnic drums in the modern Hybrid Orchestra.

    Techniques Jan 2018
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 6

    A Blaze Of Trumpets

    Brass and horns ignite the fire at the heart of the orchestra.

    Techniques Dec 2017
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    Hyperballad: Music for Ads

    Video Feature

    Scoring a huge ad campaign in four days is no mean feat, especially when you have to record live musicians.

    Techniques Dec 2017
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 5

    Into The Woods

    Creative woodwind writing is the orchestral arranger’s secret weapon.

    Techniques Nov 2017
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 4

    Basic Woodwind Writing

    This often-overlooked orchestral family holds the key to a wide range of exciting tonal colours.

    Techniques Oct 2017
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 3

    Essential String Playing Styles

    Familiarity with a few common articulations is the key to successful MIDI string arranging.

    Techniques Sep 2017
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 2

    Basic String Writing

    Adding strings to an arrangement is a great way to inject motion into your music.

    Techniques Aug 2017
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    Scoring Horizon Zero Dawn

    Joris de Man • Joe Henson • Lucas Van Tol

    Blockbuster video game Horizon Zero Dawn took six years to make, and required its three composers to invent an entirely new sound world.

    Techniques Jul 2017
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 1

    Getting Started

    Our major new series explains how to harness the power of today’s virtual orchestral instruments.

    Techniques Jul 2017
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    Scoring Stranger Things

    Michael Stein & Kyle Dixon

    Cult TV series Stranger Things has become essential viewing — and essential listening. We talk to the previously unknown composers behind its hit soundtrack.

    Techniques Mar 2017


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