Future Music Autumn 2016 Issue 310

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For this issue we’ve a bit of a new gear overload. It starts with two highly anticipated bits of kit on the cover – and our test bench – in the shape of Native Instruments’ Maschine Jam and PioneerDJ’s standalone Toraiz SP-16 sampler. While they both offer different workflows – and land at very different price points – both claim to bridge the gap between studio creativity and live performance, so we’ve put them head-to-head to help you work out which you should be adding to your wishlist. 

We’ve also a bumper news section, taking stock of the latest new gear announcements from the likes of Korg, Roland, Spectrasonics and more. Plus we’ve reviews of the Dreadbox Hades bass synth, Antelope Audio Zen Tour, a 7-inch monitor group test and loads more. 

That’s all accompanied by this month’s cover feature, The Art Of Modern Sampling, in which we delve into the sampling workflows of Live, Logic, Maschine, Cubase and more. Join us as we explore some cutting-edge takes on classic sampling techniques. This month’s Producer’s Guide, meanwhile, is focussed on sidechain routing techniques, showing you how to go beyond the ubiquitous ‘pumping’ sound and use sidechained effects to bring your mixes to life. 

As ever, we’ve interviewed some seriously exciting artists too. We’ve been between Brooklyn and Brighton to meet up with electronic icons Vince Clarke (Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yazoo) and Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), to see the wealth of synths and studio gear behind their joint LP 2Square. Plus, in LA, Machinedrum talks trackers, samples, bass and the inspiration behind his excellent new album Human Energy. 

Finally, in the latest edition of The Track, rising Synth Pop outfit NZCA Lines talk us through the composition of their gorgeous single Two Hearts.