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See page 83 to find out how to download this issue’s exclusive content welcome We were pretty much forced to do this month’s cover feature, when four new hardware units claiming to be able to ‘make entire tunes’ turned up at the same time. So, can it really be that after all these years of software taking over from hardware, that computer-based DAWs will be replaced? I mean, really? Well, we’ve seen the comeback of hardware synths, and some might add top- end outboard; heck some even say tape (but those people tend to live in loft apartments listening to cassettes in an ironic way, so let’s discount them). So a

“We’ll be knocking out beats on skulls”

hard return could be ‘a thing’ in this upsidedown world where everyone is looking back with facemasksteamed spectacles. This yearning for the past was getting to me, then, so this weekend I experienced the sheer joy of programming an original analogue synth. Well, I say ‘joy’, because after creating an amazing sound, I had to take a photo of the front panel to ‘save’ the preset. (I used an analogue print camera, before you ask – the prints are getting developed in Boots as we speak.) So I’ve concluded that ditching the tech in favour of the past could take us down a dangerous path; we’ll be in loin clothes knocking out beats on skulls before you know it*. That said, and swerving nicely back to our cover feature, it turns out some of them are ‘not bad at all’. Not that I’m going anywhere near them. I’m upgrading my Mac to the latest OS, so I simply won’t have the time. * Actually that gives me an idea…

Andy Jones Editor andy.jones@futurenet.com

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