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MUSIC IN 2019 Creative sound design // Better, faster mixing // Essential artist tips & more!






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The holiday season is great; a time to get together with your loved ones to eat, drink and be sociable. A time for sharing memories and creating new experiences. A time to be with, and think of others… That’s all behind us now though, and if you’re anything like me, the moment January 1st hits, you’re pretty much done with other people for another year. Time to shut yourself in that windowless basement studio and work on those kick drum transients in peaceful solitude. There’s no better time to give your production skills an overhaul, which is where this bumper Make Better Music issue comes in. From sound design ideas to mixing skills and artist advice, we’ve got plenty of fresh techniques for you to try. Dig in and make 2019 the year you make your best tracks ever.

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IN THE STUDIO WITH: Trevor Jackson A kingpin of the electronic music world for nearly three decades, Trevor Jackson has helped launch more esteem-worthy careers than some people have had hot dinners. FM caught up with him in his London studio


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INTERVIEW: Ectomorph BMG and Erika let us in on the secrets behind their raw, hardware-powered take on the Detroit techno sound



78 Steinberg Cubase 10


In-depth tests of all the latest gear

Essential production advice and ideas

82 Universal Audio Apollo x6


Creative Sound Design Tips

86 Akai Fire 88 Expressive E Touché SE


90 Mutable Instruments Marbles

Producer’s Guide Mix better!

96 Roland AX-Edge


98 Group Test: Fuzz/drive pedals 100 Mode Machines SEQ12 102 Fabfilter Pro-Q 3 104 Sounds & Samples




REVIEW: Steinberg Cubase 10 Pro We find out what’s new in the world of Cubase as the DAW hits version 10

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Modular Monthly FEEDBACK Modules 1BIT Multitap Delay



The Explainer Modulation effects


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THE TRACK: Afrodeutsche, WASP – Henrietta Smith-Rolla takes us into her Manchester studio

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FEATURE: Creative Sound Design Take your music to the next level with our guide to creating ear-catching sounds


INTERVIEW: Clouds The Scottish duo give us an insight into the dystopian soundscapes of new LP Heavy The Eclipse

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Expert tips, techniques and tutorials


20 Classic Album: Danny Byrd, Supersized

55 Producer’s Guide: Mix better!

26 Album Reviews

66 Q&A: Pig & Dan

28 Creative Sound Design Tips

74 Explainer: Modulation effects

40 Trevor Jackson

110 Gear Guide

The Track: Afrodeutsche


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Hands-on with Pigments

Arturia have released their first (mostly) original synth plugin. Let’s find out what it’s got to offer


efore their analogue Brute range was ever released into the wild, French brand Arturia made their name in the realm of software synthesis. With their ever growing – and still excellent – V Collection range, Arturia have turned in emulations of many of the most famous electronic instruments of all time, including the Minimoog Model D, Oberheim Matrix 12, ARP 2600 and tons more. Going into 2019, Arturia have something new on their hands: Pigments, a fully-featured softsynth that (at least for the most part) isn’t an emulation of something that’s come before. With a multi-part synth engine, sequencer and lots of creative tools, there’s a lot going on in this latest synth powerhouse. We’ve been getting hands-on, so let’s take a whistle-stop tour of our favourite elements...



Wavetable synths are everywhere these days – from plugins like Serum to hardware instruments such as the Polyend-powered Medusa, and even in the stock tools of DAWs such as


Live and Logic. Guess what? Pigments is another addition to the wavetable party. In many ways, Pigments’ wavetable capabilities are pretty similar to its powersynth plugin rivals, but there’s plenty of depth here, coupled with sleek implementation. Naturally, users can modulate wavetable position and there’s an impressive set of tools on offer to do so (see below). Pigments has a neat Morph mode too, which affects how smooth or abrupt changes between wavetable positions are. There’s an excellent stock of wavetables onboard as well, with classic synth samples, real-world instruments and esoteric sounds all covered. Users can upload their own wavetables too, to expand the sound set. The wavetable engine is equipped for an assortment of modulation synthesis techniques too, with both linear and exponential FM on offer, as well as phase modulation, phase distortion and wavefolding. Arturia have paired Pigments’ wavetable engine with a threeoscillator virtual analogue. As you’d expect, given their history of emulations, this sounds great, and pairing the two elements together gives Pigments its unique character. There are two synth slots and the two engine types can be used in any

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