Computer Music

magazine Feb 01 2021 · Computer Music

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Computer Music's goal is to help its readers create great music with a PC or Mac. Each month find easy-to-follow tutorials for all sorts of music software, unbiased reviews of the latest products and answers to technical questions.




Arturia V Collection 8 • New players Jun-6, Emulator II and Vocoder V enter the fray

App watch • We report on the latest developments in phone and tablet music making

Get with the programmers • For Erik Norlander from IK, this issue’s free giveaway – the Syntronix OXa – is more than just another freebie…

10 years back • The fundamental tech misconceptions of life – as issues go by…

Ins & outs

MILD MINDS • Benjamin David’s new LP? As the kids now say: “mood.” It’s also called MOOD. And it all started with eJay and a dream…

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FIX YOUR MIX • The studio pro is an upstanding member of the music community. But there are times when it pays to do a bit of DIY…

Fix your mix room

Starting balance

PHILTH • Philth – aka London DnB polymath Phil Robinson – takes us into the dark world of techstep, via his personal studio, with this in-depth tutorial and track breakdown


Phil’s top 5 plugins

The Philth studio up close • While acknowledging the clean-freak nature of DnB, in recent years, Philth has made room for a little hardware …filth

> Step by step

The cm guide to Easy strings • Last time, Dave Clews showed us how to articulate strings in an authentic way. In Part 2, we put it all together…

Inversions and suspensions

Example pop arrangements • String arrangements on pop records have come a long way from 70s disco. Let’s take a close look at a couple of pop string arrangements from successful pop recordings made decades apart to see exactly what makes them tick

One step ahead…

CLAUDE VONSTROKE • The California-based dance powerhouse and Dirtybird label boss shares a wealth of business, gear and life advice – including his patented (or should be) “find the f*** you moment” songwriting approach. We’ll let him explain…


#8 Modern pop song form • Dave finally gives us the formula for pop stardom! …Well not really, but these tick-boxes for hooking in listeners are a definite start…


Dave Clews

#10 Voltage-controlled amplifiers Pt 2 • Scot takes us even further down the voltage-controlled amplifier (or VCA) rabbithole, this time exploring even more of its creative uses


Scot Solida

#05 Synthesising a bass from scratch • Using Xfer Serum’s frequency modulation capabilities to design a solid bass


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cm/reviews • The latest computer music gear tested and rated!

Steinberg Cubase 11 £499 • Cubase updates typically combine new features, expanded content and tweaks. Does v11 of this flagship DAW do enough to tempt us? Let’s see…


SpectraLayers One

Accusonus ERA 5 Bundle Pro $39/month, $299.88/year, $999 forever • When you’re fixing up compromised audio you want a toolset that’s quick and reliable. This updated package could well be the answer

Audio Clean-Up Assistant

Lo-fi Plugins • Get the vibe and nostalgia behind lo-fi hip-hop, or just add some crust to purely digital projects with these six devices

Valhalla DSP Supermassive £Free • Every now and then a freebie comes along that needs special mention, and this reverb/delay is one such example


cm mini reviews • A rapid-fire round-up of sample libraries, ROMplers and music gear

Soundware round-up

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