As we continue our collective journey through these unprecedented and surreal times, many of us are lucky enough to be feeling a renewed surge in creativity and rediscovering our love of music-making. But, though we may be bolstering our studio environments and beginning new lockdown projects, right now it’s all too easy to feel lonely as we hole up in isolation – but it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. There are countless ways to collaborate remotely with other musicians.
In this month’s lead feature, Jono Buchanan explores the technical steps you’ll need to undertake to get your studio set up and ready to work with others via the web, and outlines several platforms that were made to foster this kind of long-distance creativity.
Elsewhere in this issue, sonic juggernaut Tycho, AKA Scott Hansen, gives us a fascinating and insightful look inside his studio and explains in detail how he manages to craft his distinctly textured sounds using a blend of hardware, software and an unwillingness to follow conventions.
Of course, we’re also bringing you a vast assortment of tutorials for all the major DAWs, and reviews of the latest products to capture the industry’s attention, not least of which is Universal Audio’s one small step into the world of DAWs: Luna. Also under our spotlight this month are new interfaces from Arturia and Avid, sample libraries courtesy of Spitfire and Sonokinetic, and something special from new kids on the block Ashun Sound Machines. I hope you enjoy this issue.
MusicTech 207 includes:
- Remote Collaboration – We give you the heads-up and the lowdown on how to collaborate remotely from the safety and comfort of your home studio
- Off The Beaten Track – Join us as we go back in time to trace the distinctive history of tracker software, from its humble 8-bit videogame origins to its use by top artists
- Interviews – Tycho invites us into his San Fran studio as we dive into his evolving sound, timeless gear and latest albums; high-flying LA engineer Jesse Ray Ernster talks mixing Burna Boy tracks at 36,000 feet; and Welsh electronic star Kelly Lee Owens on hanging up her stethoscope and picking up a synth
- Tutorials – Using folder tracks in Pro Tools; Bass guitar processing in Logic Pro X; How to enhance your track with effects in Ableton Live, Collaborating with VST Connect in Cubase, How best to record vocals in Studio One and Creating vocal chops in FL Studio
- Reviews – We get hands-on with Universal Audio Luna, Pioneer DJM-V10, Roland A-88MkII, ADAM Audio T8V monitors, Spitfire Ólafur Arnalds Stratus and more
- DVD – 3GB of video tutorials, workshops, software plug-ins and samples including Audiomodern Filterstep (freeware), Undrgrnd Sounds Techno & Rave Pack (samples), Plugin Alliance Deskew Gig Performer 3 (demo), How to Practice Music Production (tutorial), and Reflekt Audio Lo-Lo (freeware)