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    The Constance Demby Mystery

    How Was Sanctum Sanctuorum Made?

    We engage in some audio archaeology to discover how a pioneer of electronic music created one of her most important works.

    Techniques . Oct 2022
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    Korg NTS-2 DIY kit and book bundle

    Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-2 kit

    Build your own oscilloscope

    The Nu:Tekt NTS-2 is the latest DIY kit from Korg, bundled with a new Patch & Tweak with Korg book from Bjooks.

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    Ableton Learning Synths update

    Ableton update Learning Synths

    Free interactive synthesis learning tool

    Update allows users to export work from their browser straight to Ableton Live software.

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    Perfect Pads

    Programming Pad Sounds

    Pads are the glue that holds entire genres of music together. We look at how you can improve yours.

    Techniques Apr 2021
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    Modular Interfacing

    CV & The Audio Interface

    Everything you need to know to get your DAW talking to your modular system via your audio interface.

    Techniques Sep 2020
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    Synthesis Techniques For Emulating Vintage Sounds

    Sound Design Workshop

    Any synth can be coaxed into producing vintage-sounding patches...

    Techniques Aug 2020
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    Sound Design For Ambient Music

    Creative Pitch

    You don’t have to play synths or ‘real’ instruments to make music: embrace the experimental, and you could use almost anything...

    Techniques Nov 2018
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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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    Kent Spong: vintage instrument restorer.

    Restoring Analogue Synthesizers

    Kent Spong

    Vintage synths are objects of fascination to musicians and collectors alike. But keeping them alive takes a special kind of expertise...

    Techniques Jun 2013
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    Creating & Using Synth Pad Sounds

    Synthesis Workshop

    Ah, the 80s... Fluorescent socks, marble-wash jeans, and naff-sounding synth pads! You might not want to resurrect the first two, but subtle use of pads can improve even the most contemporary-sounding mix.

    Techniques May 2010
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    Creating & Using Synth Pad Sounds | Audio

    Audio Examples From Pad Sounds May 2010

    These files accompany the Cubase Technique Filter Sweeps workshop for SOS May 2010 (/...

    Techniques May 2010
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    Warmer Sounds From Digital Synths

    Processing Techniques

    If your plug-in synths sound a bit cold and clinical, there are plenty of ways to inject some life...

    Techniques Jan 2010
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    The SOS Guide To Choosing A Modular Synth

    Plug & Play

    No longer the preserve of men in laboratories or capes, the modular synth business is thriving, and i'ts now easier to go modular than ever before. Read on and we will show you how...

    Techniques Apr 2009
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    Granular Synthesis

    How It Works & Ways To Use It

    Granular synthesis is the core technology behind the latest time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms, but it can also be used to generate extraordinary evolving soundscapes. We explain how the process works and show you how to get the best from the software that uses it.

    Techniques Dec 2005
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    Alesis Ion User Tips

    Programming Guide

    Although the Ion is already well-respected for its sound quality, its synthesis architecture is also surprisingly flexible. We show you how to get the best from this little beast in your studio.

    Techniques Oct 2004
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    Access Virus Masterclass

    Synth Programming Techniques

    Although the Access Virus features one of the most knobby control surfaces amongst virtual analogue synths, there's a lot of programming flexibility available which isn't immediately obvious. We show you how to uncover the hidden possibilities?

    Techniques Aug 2004
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    The Secret Of The Big Red Button

    Synth Secrets

    After more than five years, Synth Secrets reaches its conclusion (and conclusions!). Will we ever look at synthesis in quite the same way again?

    Techniques Jul 2004
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    More Creative Synthesis With Delays

    Synth Secrets

    In the penultimate instalment of this long-running series, we delve deeper into what can be achieved with just a few delays and some creative routing...

    Techniques Jun 2004
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    Creative Synthesis With Yamaha XG (Part 3)

    XG Masterclass

    In this final instalment of our series of XG programming tips, we take a look at how the advanced modulation parameters can bring your layered sounds to life.

    Techniques Jun 2004
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    Creative Synthesis With Yamaha XG (Part 2)

    XG Masterclass

    Layering voices is one of the best ways to maximise the potential of your XG sound module, so here are a variety of ingenious ways you can use this technique — you can even turn your synth into a high-spec step sequencer!

    Techniques May 2004
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    Creative Synthesis With Delays

    Synth Secrets

    Effects can play just as important a role in sound creation as the elements in a synth's signal path — provided you have access to their constituent parts. We take a closer look at effects synthesis using simple delays.

    Techniques May 2004

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