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Digging digital

I’ll probably have my music production licence revoked for admitting this, but most of my favourite synths aren’t pure analogue. Or, more accurately, I’m of the opinion that the best music making gear combines at least some digital wizardry in with its analogue electronics. Sure, it’s hard to beat the grit and unpredictability that comes with good old fashioned circuitry, but for deep sequencing, evolving textures and adventurous processing, digital technology is the way to go. For the best results, combine a little of both. A case in point is this issue’s cover star, the new Minilogue XD. It builds on the solid analogue foundations of the original Minilogue by adding a new digital oscillator and expanded effect section, and it’s all the better for taking this hybrid approach. Need convincing? Head for this issue’s Producer’s Guide on page 59 to see what this latest compact poly can do.

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IN THE STUDIO WITH: Jazzanova In post-wall era Berlin, four self-taught musicians came together to create a DJ collective whose stock-in-trade was their innovative approach to sampling. Future Music met Axel Reinemer to chat about their new album, The Pool


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INTERVIEW: Selling Gold Panda and Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco pool their talent – and their gear – for new album, On Reflection



84 Korg Minilogue XD


In-depth tests of all the latest gear

Essential production advice and ideas

88 Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900


Ultra-Modern Mixing


92 M-Audio M-Track 8X4M


94 Korg Volca Drum

Producer’s Guide Korg Minilogue XD

98 Round-Up: Levelling Plugins 100 Audiaire Zone 102 Group Test: Guitar Tone Hardware 104 Mutable Stages 106 Sounds & Samples




Modular Monthly Creative Limiting

REVIEW: Korg Minilogue XD Can Korg’s follow-up to its popular Minilogue and Prologue live up to its predecessors?

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The Explainer West Coast Synthesis


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THE TRACK: Throwing Snow, Simmer – Follow along as Ross Tones dissects this highlight from his latest album Loma

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FEATURE: Ultra-Modern Mixing Your guide to the latest and most timeeffective mixing tools


INTERVIEW: Enrico Sangiuliano The Italian techno don lets us in on the secret to his creative approach to production and DJing

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Expert tips, techniques and tutorials 22 Talking Shop: Oso Leone 24 Classic Album: Modeselektor, Hello Mom! 31 Album Reviews 34 Ultra-Modern Mixing



The Track: Throwing Snow

61 Producer’s Guide: Korg Minilogue XD 66 Q&A: Selling 78 Explainer: West Coast Synthesis 82 Interview: Nicky Romero 110 Gear Guide


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Korg unleash a bounty of hardware and software The updated Minilogue is joined by new workstations, Gadget version 2 and the most ambitious Volcas to date


he flurry of gear announcements around the annual NAMM trade show in California has cooled off a little in recent years, with many brands choosing to unveil new product lines at other times on their own terms. That said – as this issue’s


bumper news section will attest – January still brings with it a significant slew of new instruments and studio gear, with a lot of brands still using NAMM as a focal point to unleash exciting new hardware and software products. One such brand are Korg, who used the run-up to this

year’s show to unveil a string of exciting new products. Front and centre is this issue’s cover star, the Minilogue XD, which builds on the foundations of the popular analogue poly with some excellent digital additions, such as a customisable oscillator and new

effects. We’ve got a full review (p84) and Producer’s Guide (p59) with everything you need to know. Hot on its tail, however, are two more additions to Korg’s much-loved compact Volca range. These are the Volca Drum, a multilayered digital drum machine (also reviewed this issue, p94), and the Volca Modular. The Modular is especially fascinating, putting West Coast-style analogue synthesis into a battery-power, compact and affordable package. It makes use of micro patch point to allow for semi-modular re-wiring, and replaces the range’s standard MIDI input with a stereo 3.5mm jack for CV/gate. It upgrades the classic Volca sequencer too, with a new scale function as well as Stochastic and Bounce modes, for generating less predictable sequences. We’ve got one, and are already addicted to its oddball tone-shaping capabilities. Drum and Modular are priced at £150 and £170 respectively.

Work it Aside from the Volcas and Minilogue, Korg have also revamped its popular Krome workstation keyboard, putting

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