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    Modular Technique & What's New?

    Getting Wet: Using Effects

    Effects, particularly spatial effects, constitute a relatively modern facet of modular synthesis, but this need not mean they should only be used as enhancement for existing sounds created on other modules.

    Techniques May 2024
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    Modular Technique & What's New?

    External Instruments

    Quick round-up of What's New in the Modular world, plus External Instruments tips.

    Techniques Apr 2024
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    Dune: Hans Zimmer & Friends

    "Unleash The Synthesizers!" Creating A Movie Sound World

    For the Dune movies, Hans Zimmer and his team of extraordinary musicians didn’t just create a score. They created an entire world.

    Techniques Apr 2024
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    Step Up Your Synth Chords

    Polysynth Masterclass

    Do you find yourself reverting to the same familiar chords? Technology can help...

    Techniques Apr 2024
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    Reason Objekt Synthesizer

    Physical Modelling Synthesizer

    Reason’s new Objekt synth takes physical modelling in a new direction.

    Techniques Oct 2023
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    Paul White

    Sound Design Using Guitars | Podcast

    Creating Electronic Music

    Paul White takes us on a sonic journey as he explores the endless possibilities of sound design using a guitar as your sound source.

    Techniques Jun 2023
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    How I Got That Sound: Samuel Dixon

    Meg Washington ‘Switches’

    Grammy-winning Samuel Dixon picks his favourite sound from the records he’s made, focusing on Australian singer‑songwriter Meg Washington’s track ‘Switches’.

    Techniques May 2023
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    Modular: Going Audio-rate

    Synthesis Technique

    We tend instinctively to think of audio‑rate oscillators as sound‑generating circuits and low‑frequency oscillators (...

    Techniques May 2023
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    Sync Outside The Box

    Keeping Synths & Grooveboxes In Time

    Going DAWless presents many challenges — not least keeping all your gear in sync...

    Techniques Jan 2023
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    Cubase: Stranger Things Synths With Retrologue 2

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Create retro sci‑fi soundtracks with Cubase’s Retrologue 2.

    Techniques Dec 2022
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    Cubase: Stranger Things Synths With Retrologue 2 | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself!

    Sound On Sound December 2022

    Cubase Workshop: Stranger Things Synths With Retrologue 2

    Audio Examples...

    Techniques Dec 2022
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    Granular Synthesis: A Practical Introduction

    Hardware & Software Tools

    Once the preserve of academic and experimental music, granular synthesis is more accessible than ever and has a lot to offer in all sorts of genres.

    Techniques Nov 2022
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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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    Controlling Synths With Your Voice

    Opening Up Your Creative Potential

    We’re used to playing and sequencing synth parts in our productions, but why not sing them as well?

    Techniques Sep 2022
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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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    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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    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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