Long Reads

Gear Predictions For 2021

We cast our gaze into the future and predict what hardware releases await us in the coming year.

2020: Our Best-Read Technique Articles Of The Year

We look back at the most popular Attack tutorials and how-tos of the year.

2020: A Year In Dance Music Part 1 – Through The Haunted Mirror

We look back at the year in dance music through the twisted prism of social media.…

2020: The Year In Gear

We look back at a year of music technology and pick our favourite pieces of hardware.

Classic Tracks: Public Enemy – Black Steel in The Hour of Chaos

In this latest excerpt from Classic Tracks, Richard Buskin takes a deeper dive into the Bomb Squad’s production techniques…

Making A Synth From Scratch – Sonicware Liven 8bit warps

Creating a new synthesizer is a long journey full of challenges, deadlines and pressures. We talked with Japanese boutique instrument company Sonicware about the process behind the making of their new synthesizer, Liven 8bit warps.

Sound System Revolution

Marcus K. Dowling takes a look at the influence of West Indian sound system culture on the birth of the…

Do DAWs Really Have Their Own Sound?

We attempt to answer the question that has plagued music production for years: do DAWs sound the same or do they indeed imprint a sonic signature on your music?

From Pedals To Plugins: A History Of Modulation Effects

The history of modulation effects is long and fascinating, stretching from the electromechanical devices of the 1940s up to our ultra-modern digital plugins.

Unlikely Moments In Dance Music History

Dance music and DJ history has been driven by disruptive technologies, revolutionary movements and pioneering people. We look at few…

Respect: How Black Artists Changed The Way We Hear

We pay tribute to the Black Artists who changed the way we hear dance music.

Always Listening: Behind the Scenes at Audio-Technica

We go behind the scenes at Audio-Technica’s Tokyo headquarters to learn more about the company’s dedication to…

How Berliners Are Coping With COVID-19

We spoke to five Berlin-based individuals who work across the music industry as DJs, promoters, event managers and artists…

Wrong-Speeding: A Brief History of Records That Sound Good At The Wrong Speed

We looked into the history of DJs playing records at the wrong speed, with a little help from LTJ Bukem…

What Will DJing Look Like in Ten Years?

Around the turn of the year, it seemed everyone in dance music was looking back at the last ten years…

Back To The Old School, Again (Pt 2)

Following on from part-one of our ‘Back To The Old School, Again’ article, we thought it would be interesting…

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