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IN THE STUDIO WITH: Roman FlĂźgel German producer/DJ and label owner Roman FlĂźgel is known for his nonconformist approach in the electronic music scene. We visit him in his enviably synth-packed studio to find out what makes him tick
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REVIEW: Elektron Analog Heat Elektronâ€™s first effects processor combines distortion, EQ and filtering. We take it for a drive
New Year Production Workout 12 projects packed with fresh ideas, tips and techniques
Modular Monthly We explore the Happy Nerding MMM multimode filter
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THE TRACK: Keeno, Enigma. The Bristolbased Drum ’n’ Bass producer breaks down the title track from his latest EP
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FEATURE: New Year Production Workout 12 projects packed with fresh ideas, tips and techniques to help you make better music than ever in 2017
INTERVIEW: Vermont Danilo Plessow of Motor City Drum Ensemble and Innervisions boss Marcus Worgull talk analogue synth jams
Expert tips, techniques and tutorials 16 Classic Album: Darude, Before The Storm 22 Album Reviews 25 Feature: New Year Production Workout 52 In The Studio With: Roman Flügel
In The Studio With: Tycho
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14 Tracktion DAW Essentials Collection
15 Talking Shop: ANGLE
16 Classic Album: Darude, Before The Storm