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Disciples break down Daylight


Take the LESS-IS-MORE approach to massive MIXEs

PLUS FaltyDL, Max Cooper, Francesco Tristano

Issue 313

Making the future since 1992






Synths Drum Machines CONTROLLERS Effects Plug-Ins Monitors



Get your studio ready for 2017 with our ultimate gear annual PLUS 20 pages of HOT new gear reviews

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The best of 2016

Here at FM Towers, we’re lucky enough to have a steady stream of exciting new instruments, effects and studio gear landing on our test bench all year round. Despite this, we still spend months looking forward to the creation of our annual Gear Of The Year issue. There’s something extra exciting about being able to round up all of our favourite pieces of production gear, connect it all up and then take a step back to reconsider it all. Towards the end of each year, we do exactly that – re-examine all the hardware and software that’s impressed us over the previous 12 months, re-visiting our reviews of each and considering how each piece has held up since then. The contents of this issue are the results of that process. From page 25 onwards, you’ll find our selections of 2016’s best synths, drum machines, controllers, software and more. In each case, we’ve collated shortlists and highlighted winners, handing out a few special awards along the way. Whether things have impressed us through sound, workflow, value or innovation, you can be sure that everything is worthy of a place in your studio. We hope you enjoy reading the issue as much as we have making it!

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IN THE STUDIO WITH: Max Cooper London-based producer Max Cooper makes Electronic music inspired by the deep secrets of existence and human nature. We visit him in his studio to find out about his latest audio/visual opus Emergence


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IN THE STUDIO WITH: FaltyDL We meet Drew Lustman and talk gear, opening for Radiohead and the new album



In-depth tests of all the latest gear INCLUDES AUDIOl

86 Roland VP-03 Vocoder INCLUDES AUDIOl

90 DSI OB-6 and Prophet-6 Modules


96 M-Audio CTRL49

Essential production advice and ideas

98 Round-Up: Dynamics Plug-Ins 100 Bastl Kastle 102 Koma Elektronik Poltergeist 104 Group Test: New Guitar Tech 106 Sounds & Samples




REVIEW: Roland VP-03 Vocoder Roland’s latest Boutique promises compact vocoder sounds. We test it out

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Less Is More We show you how a minimal approach can help you to create massive sounds



Modular Monthly We delve into the multi-functional Mordax DATA


Contents The Vault | This YourIssue Bonus Content

FM | online vault

On the FM Vault Future Music has outgrown its covermount DVD! We wanted to bring you more samples, sounds and high-quality video than ever before, so we’re putting it up online for you to download. Simply head to the FM ‘Vault’ at the link above, login/ register, then hit ‘add a magazine’ to register this issue and get all the video, audio and samples.

Sample Packs

Exclusive new sounds with every issue groove criminals present…

Obscure Beats


hits and loops sampled from a selection of unusual and obscure drum machines and grooveboxes.


Hear the gear first with our demos On VIDEO

Audio demos

> Less Is More > Modular Monthly: Mordax DATA > The Track: Disciples

> Roland Boutique VP-03 > DSI Modules

cyclick samples present…

Drums As Melodies


tuned drum hits and percussive samples, used to create basslines, leads and even a few chords!



UPDATED THIS ISSUE! Download the ‘Sample Archive’ packs and get over 8GB of loops, hits and instruments from our back catalogue of high-quality and royalty-free samples. From vintage synths and beats to esoteric sounds and FX – think of it as our best of. All the samples you need to create great music!



THE TRACK: Disciples, Daylight. The Calvin Harris and David Guetta collaborators break down their single

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FEATURE: Gear Of The Year 2016 Get ready to blow a hole in your bank balance – it’s our ultimate guide to all of this year’s most exciting new gear


IN THE STUDIO WITH: Francesco Tristano We chat to the Luxembourg composer about his collaborations with Derrick May on new album, Surface Tension

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Expert tips, techniques and tutorials


16 Classic Album: Deep Dish, George Is On

70 In The Studio With: FaltyDL

22 Album Reviews

78 Modular Monthly

25 Feature: Gear Of The Year 2016

80 In The Studio With: Francesco Tristano

44 In The Studio With: Max Cooper

108 Advice

Feature: Less Is More


Find us online at

Watch our videos futuremusicmagazine

All the latest gear from around the world 12 Modal CRAFT 13 Arturia MiniLab MkII

Follow us on Twitter @futuremusicmag

14 Talking Shop: 2016’s best tips 20 Subscribe to FM

Join us on Facebook futuremusicmagazine 9

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BONUS samples

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Proxima Pres. Neuro Tech Drum & Bass Frontline Producer Soul Funk Variavision Tech House Loopmasters Sample Pack Hard Trap Industrial Strength Samples Xenous Drum And Bass Loopmasters Sample Pack Wideboys Presents Deep House & Garage Monster Sounds Raw Grime Rap Acapellas Organic Loops Present Jazz Lounge Flute

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Filter | The Future Of Music


Modal unveil £79 synth kit Modal Electronics have produced some powerful and expensive synths, but their latest project is a small and affordable one… Or should we say your project, because the CRAFTsynth is something that you need to build yourself. This is a monophonic eight-knob instrument that we’re told can be put together without the need to solder in less than ten minutes. There are two oscillators per voice, though the unison/spread mode enables you to split each oscillator into four separate detunable sub oscillators, effectively giving you eight (got that?). There’s also an LFO with six destinations, a resonant low-pass filter and delay and distortion effects. The instrument can be played from a five-note touch panel, though the CRAFTsynth can also send and receive MIDI over USB. There’s a CRAFTapp in the offing, too, which will enable you to change the state of the filter and get “in-depth” with your synthesis. The CRAFTsynth can be powered by USB or batteries and sports headphone and line outputs. It’s available exclusively from Gear4music and can be ordered now for £79 with delivery expected to be 14th December.

highlights… 14 Talking Shop: 2016’s top tips


16 Classic Album: Deep Dish

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