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Staying in the zone

Unless you’re a producer on the level of, say, Aphex Twin, you probably don’t have unlimited amounts of time and creative freedom in the studio. [If you are in fact Aphex Twin – hi Richard, thanks for reading!] Whether it’s tight deadlines, the needs of multiple clients, an upcoming gig or simply home/family life getting in the way, time in the studio can be a precious commodity. This issue is all about helping you make the most of that time. Through some smart workflow tips, organisational ideas and creative tricks, we’ll help you be more productive in the studio, with fewer creative blockages. Head to page 30 to begin the process of reclaiming your studio workflow! If inspiration is what you’re after, a little gear lust might help, and we’ve got that more than covered this month. Check out our bumper news section stuffed with new gear from NI, Yamaha, Universal Audio and more, plus our in-depth reviews of a trio of the year’s hottest synths – Waldorf’s epic Quantum, Sequential’s sampling behemoth the Prophet X and Moog’s retro-tinged semi-modular Grandmother. Head to the review section now to see how each fared on our test bench. We hope you enjoy the mag.

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IN THE STUDIO WITH: John Carpenter The celebrated director and composer behind countless iconic synth-heavy soundtracks is back in the studio for this autumn’s Halloween sequel. FM found out more


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INTERVIEW: Mella Dee Yorkshire’s Ryan Aitchison takes time out of his busy DJing schedule to share some insight



82 Waldorf Quantum


In-depth tests of all the latest gear

Essential production advice and ideas

86 Moog Grandmother


Work Smarter In The Studio Manage your projects like a pro to get a better studio life

90 Steinberg UR-44 RT 92 Sequential Prophet X 96 Roundup: LFOs, tremolos and modulators


98 Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX3 100 Native Instruments Crush Pack 102 FXpansion Cypher 2 104 Sounds & Samples



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REVIEW: Waldorf Quantum Is this the future of synth technology? We take a quantum leap to find out

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Modular Monthly Using Eurorack as an effects platform



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NI update Massive, Traktor, Kontakt, Maschine Mikro and more…

Plus, all new entry-level keyboard controllers


ver the past decade or so, Native Instruments have fallen into a bit of a routine when it comes to updating the various strands of their product line. Typically, each year would bring a major update to either the Maschine ecosystem, Komplete software range or Traktor DJ line, alternating which stream took its turn to receive an overhaul. This year, however, the Berlin brand are breaking that habit with a single massive unveiling that brings news of major new additions across their entire range. Dubbed ‘For The Music In You’, NI’s latest announcement bring news of new and updated software, fresh DJ and production hardware, and even a whole new range of entry-level controllers.

Massive news for Komplete Potentially the most noteworthy announcements – at least for longtime NI fans – come from the


Komplete software range. Here, as part of the version 12 bundle, NI have unveiled long-awaited updates to both Massive and Kontakt. The former comes in the form of Massive X, a whole new plugin synth that has been created by the team behind the original more than 10 years ago. As with Massive version 1, X combines wavetable oscillators with subtractive synth elements and powerful modulation for complex sonic results. Unfortunately, there’s not much more in the way of public information about the synth at the time of writing. The UI is still under wraps, although we have seen it and can confirm it has a more modular design than its predecessor, which allows synth elements to be changed and

rearranged a little like Reaktor Blocks, albeit stopping slightly short of fully modular routing. Kontakt 6, meanwhile, builds on the design of the longstanding sampler with some subtle refinements without breaking the existing workflow. From a user perspective, the most interesting aspect of version 6 is the new dual-layer design which will be used for all new official Kontakt instruments. This gives users two main timbral elements to each

sound, with simple controls for blending and modulating the balance of these. The new design is shown off by a trio of new sample instruments, Analog Dreams, Ethereal Earth and Hybrid Keys. Version 6 also brings three new reverbs, including a module based on NI’s excellent Replika plugin. There’s also an intriguing new wavetable engine. For instrument builders, meanwhile, NI have also announced a new standalone app called Creator Tools, which is designed to ease creation of Kontakt instruments via its included Debugger and Instrument Editor elements. The other interesting development on the Komplete front is the news that a variety of Expansion packs will now be included. These sample and preset bundles – previously known as Maschine Expansions but recently expanded – bring an assortment of genre-themed sounds to the included synths and instruments. As usual, Komplete will arrive in different sized bundles, available 1 October. Massive X, however, won’t arrive until February, when it will be made available for free to Komplete 12 owners or at a discounted crossgrade price for owners of version 1.

Mikro moves We were thoroughly impressed with the version Mk3 update to NI’s core

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