7 innovative VST synths for making cutting-edge sounds

It’s possible to get stware versions almost any classic synth. But why go for a vintage sound when there are innovative VST synths being made today? Scott Wilson picks seven the best for making cutting-edge sounds.  We’re currently awash with clones, reissues and emulations vintage synths. It doesn’t matter whether you want a TB-303 replica to make acid house or a cheap Minimoog […]

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Vinyl fantasy: Is the record boom bad for new music?

As we gear up for another Record Store Day this weekend, shelves across the world’s boutique stores will fill with lurid colored vinyl editions nostalgic classics and 180-gram represses sought-after gems. But if the vinyl industry is booming, why is it so hard for labels to sell new music? Oli Warwick investigates. From ham-fisted placement in nostalgic movies to adding […]

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Kara-Lis Coverdale unveils meditative new release for Boomkat Editions, Grafts

A mini electroacoustic odyssey. Drone mesmerist Kara-Lis Coverdale returns with her first new piece work following 2015’s mythically beautiful Sirens LP with LXV. The effect  Grafts, which is out on April 28 and marks the next release for Boomkat Editions, has been compared to “the subtle intoxication micro-dosing on LSD or the clarity afforded by quiet meditation,” in the press release. For this […]

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Kara-Lis Coverdale unveils meditative new release for Boomkat Editions, Grafts

A mini electroacoustic odyssey. Drone mesmerist Kara-Lis Coverdale returns with her first new piece work following 2015’s mythically beautiful Sirens LP with LXV. The effect  Grafts, which is out on April 28 and marks the next release for Boomkat Editions, has been compared to “the subtle intoxication micro-dosing on LSD or the clarity afforded by quiet meditation,” in the press release. For this […]

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Avicii Is Building An Incredible Tuscany Recording Studio

Avicii has gone completely ghost for the past year to the entire world. He’s removed himself from the touring circuit for his own sanity and parted ways with his long time manager. However, we have some good news: Avicii is coming back strong in 2017 with his third studio album, and he’s doing it in style. It looks like his plan is to […]

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7 pieces of gear that helped define Aphex Twin's pioneering sound

Aphex Twin doesn’t talk much, but when he does, he loves talking about gear. Scott Wilson digs through some his most revealing interviews to chronicle the synths, sequencers and other devices that helped define his influential sound. Richard D. James has probably generated more online debate about what gear he uses to make his music than any other producer. He’s notoriously secretive […]

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Aphex Twin's 'Avril 14th': How Drukqs' piano lullaby became a runaway pop culture hit

April 14th is an unficial day celebration for Aphex Twin worshippers, thanks to 2001 album Drukqs. That record spawned an unlikely crossover triumph for the Warp master – ‘Avril 14th’, a dreamy piece piano fantasia that felt removed from his trademark electronic pandemonium and has since become a pop culture staple, seeping into a world mainstream film and TV to which AFX was never expected to belong. Al Horner delves into the story  a […]

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This retro plug-in will help you sound like Boards of Canada

Instant synth nostalgia. SampleScience has released an affordable new plug-in inspired by Boards Canada. Hexagon Sky is a sample-based instrument with 101 presets that are also inspired by the woozy, nostalgic synth sounds artists like Lone, Com Truise and Tycho. As well as analog synth tones, pads, strings and electric piano, Hexagon Sky has the sound acoustic instruments sampled from […]

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My Liberal Ass Spent 5 Nights on Kid Rock's Chillin' the Most Cruise – Digital Music News

“Good morning, motherfuckers” was our greeting every day at around 11am on the ship-wide PA system by a soothing woman’s voice. For the 8th year in a row, Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most cruise brought together the (self-proclaimed) rednecks  America in the most spectacular fashion – 4 days and 5 nights on a cruise ship in the Gulf Mexico with […]

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21 great free sample packs for producers on a budget

You don’t have to buy expensive royalty-free sample packs for making music when there are plenty available for free download on the internet. Scott Wilson picks 21 the best to give you fresh inspiration. Whether you agree with the ethics sampling or not, modern electronic music was largely built on the practice. Digging for old records and finding the perfect loop to cut, […]

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