I write this fresh from MusicTech’s annual sojourn to Anaheim, California where, once again, we were lucky enough to spend some hands-on time with a wealth of brand-new music technology, set for release at various points throughout 2019.
The show was an eye-opening experience for various reasons: aside from the pure, giddy thrill of getting to see and hear what the industry has in store for us this year, it was wonderful to see so much eagerness, across the industry, to empower today’s music maker, whatever their budgets and creative ideas may be. This has always been our own modus operandi and it’s heartening to see the same mindset pervading the music-technology landscape.
That’s not to say there weren’t still those products that cater to the higher, pro-end of the market. For more on these and all the standout products at the NAMM Show that’ll be coming your way this year, head here.
Aside from NAMM, this month, we were able to spend some time at the legendary Rockfield Studios (recently seen on the big screen in last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody). It’s the location where many legendary recordings were made, including those by Queen, The Stone Roses and Oasis.
Elsewhere this month, we have our usual range of reviews, tutorials and interviews with Alice Ivy and Gary Stevenson. Enjoy the issue!
MusicTech 192 includes:
- Kit out your studio – Future trends and must-see music-technology gear from NAMM 2019
- Orchestral Manoeuvres – In the second part of our series on producing and arranging orchestral sounds, we focus on the brass and woodwind sections
- Interviews – We speak to Alice Ivy, a rising Australian solo artist, on her production process and eclectic debut album I’m Dreaming; and Gary Stevensen, one of the 80s’ most influential producers
- Inside The Studio – Take a tour of Rockfield Studios, one of the world’s finest and
most characterful recording environments
- Tutorials – Mark Cousins shows you how to unlock Alchemy’s sampling functionality in Logic; Martin Delaney demystifies the use of return tracks in your Live 10 projects; Adam Crute speeds up your workflow with presets and templates in Cubase; Mike Hillier uses UVI Falcon to explore building your own sample instruments; and more
- Reviews – We review the new Aston Microphones Stealth, Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol 49, Nektar Bolt, Roland TR-8S, CSS Cinematic Studio Brass, and more
- DVD – 4GB of video tutorials, workshops, software plug-ins and samples including Beta Monkey Acoustic Rock Drums, Equinox Sounds Synth & Dreamwave Kits, Voxengo Correlometer, and Nektar Bolt (demo)