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Guitar Tech is a new bi-annual bookazine from the same team that produces Music Tech Focus Magazine, majoring on practical recording and music production features, software walkthroughs and the latest guitar technology reviews – all based squarely on technology and processes that are specific to guitarists.
Essential EDM is a diverse sound bank of loops and one shot samples inspired by the electronic dance productions heating up the charts right now. The collection comes pre-loaded with Super Fat Bass Lines ranging from Deep Throaty Growls, French Style Electro Pushes and Punchy Percussive Stabs, with long evolving Melodic Loops that sweep from Epic House Leads to Grungy Underground Hooks. The drum loops utilise intelligent Hi Pass filtering on the Kick drums which allow producers to add any of the Fat One Shot Kick samples and tune it to fit the Bass track for maximum harmonic blending, the collection also includes 10 Ready to Drop Native Instruments Massive presets and a host of Tasty One shot and Multi Samples to get creative with.
Replicant is a delay-based effect in the “beat slicer/looper” vein, with some tricks of its own that separate it from the herd. From a simple delay or panning effect, on up to massive random beat mangling, Replicant is a capable plugin well in line with today’s modern electronic music styles. Stuttering buffers and filter drops are easy to program, and the comprehensive randomization features give it a mind of its own, if so desired. If you’re looking to add some chance to your programming, you’ve come to the right place.
What on earth is diffusion chorus? As the name implies, it has diffusion (sort of a red-headed step-child of reverb) and modulating delays (which, as we all know, equals “chorus”). Vapor takes this underused effect, usually only available in high-end hardware boxes, and makes it available to anyone. Vapor’s main purpose is to add top-end shimmer to pads, strings, and rhythm guitar to make those sounds cut through the mix. However, at more extreme settings, unique modulation effects can easily be attained.
Liquid is an analog-style through-zero flanger. Unlike traditional flangers, which are just short delays with a bit of feedback, Liquid models the original flanging method, where two tape machines were used to create artificial double-tracking effects. The difference in sound between this type of flanger and what is commonly available is significant, and Liquid provides a much more usable effect. Perfect for “stereo-izing” monophonic signals like voice and vintage analog synths, Liquid also provides more mind-bending flanging at higher feedback settings.