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Make Music Now!
Member Name: cognition
Date: 05/11/08, updated on 14/06/10 (171 review reads)
Advantages: Wide variety of styles (Techno, Rock, Symphonic, Metal, etc), easy read
Disadvantages: Once you have progressed to a certain level, you might find some of the articles a bit too basic
Computer Music is a monthly magazine aimed at those who are creating music with their computers, or those who wish to do so. The magazine consists of interviews with artists regarding audio production, reviews of the latest audio production software and plug-ins, articles on music theory and technological advances, as well as tips and tricks and tutorials to achieve specific sounds. The magazine covers both PC and MAC based software.
WHO IS IT AIMED AT?
Computer Music has a broad appeal, being relevant both to the very beginners and the more novice music creators and producers. The tutorials are done step by step with accompanying screenshots and instructions. More advanced producers may find the magazine too basic in its approach, but the wide scope of the magazine ensures there is something interesting for almost anyone to learn in all issues. However, more advanced users might deel more at home with Sound on Sound or a similar magazine.
THE COVER DVD
Every month the magazine comes with an accompanying DVD. Sometimes the contents on the DVD are worth the price of the magazine alone. Every month you get the latest version of Computer Muzys, Computer Music Magazine's own free sequencer, as well as several gigabytes of royalty free samples you can use in your music productions. An extensive and ever-growing collection of exclusive VST effects and instruments are included with every issue. All this adds up to an extremely valuable collection of tools. It's possible to do all your music creation with only that you get on this DVD for free, although the VSTs are still of such a high quality that even power users will find something of interest here!
THE PRICE AND WHERE TO BUY
The price is £5.99
I usually buy the magazine in W.H. Smiths or sometimes in corner shops that feature a wider selection of magazines in their shops. Magazines can also be ordered from www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk, where you an also set up a subscription. Failing these alternatives, you may also be able to find the magazines on eBay, although the newer magazines are usually not sold any cheaper than what you would pay in the store.
Summary: For anyone who are creating music with their computers, or who wish to get started
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