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Win a Korg Volca Modular

We're giving you the chance to win a Korg Volca Modular. Simply take part in a short survey for a chance to win! It's been over two years since we last ran a survey. As Attack continues to evolve, including podcasts, videos and new books (incoming!), it's important we give you guys, the readers the best possible experience on our platform....

How to program electro like DJ Seinfeld

In our next Beat Dissected video, we show you how to program electro in Ableton Live in the style of DJ Seinfeld. Are you the type of producer that would rather watch instead of reading? In that case, there's good news for you as our YouTube channel now offers our magazine in video format! Our latest video release is a new Beat Dissected...

Moments In Time Vol.2 Various Artists

Released last month, Moments In Time Vol.2 Various Artists, is a stomping compilation of fiery techno. We asked the producers to run us through their tracks. Moments In Time is a Manchester based label run by Mark Bradbury aka Rudosa who we've featured in Attack previously. In March, the label released 005 a compilation from Rudosa, DAHRYL,...

‘80s Post-Disco Funk Synth

We go back to the ‘80s and synthesize some polysynth licks inspired by post-disco heat from Larry Levan and the New York underground. The years between the fall of disco and the rise of house tend to get glossed over when talking about dance music, but there’s a wealth of amazing records just waiting to be rediscovered there. Larry Levan, the...

Mixing Microhouse

In the first installment of a new series, we mix a microhouse beat using Waves plugins in Ableton Live. For most of the history of recorded music, writing and mixing were two different jobs. With the rise of the bedroom producer however, now we're expected to do it all ourselves. Just when you have a handle on making the music you also have to...

“Change The Record” A New Podcast By Attack Mag

Change the Record is the inaugural podcast from Attack Magazine, hosted by Clara Löffler. Over the course of six episodes, we’re going to bring you the stories that we hope open your eyes to what you can achieve when people work together to "Change the Record". We're delighted to announce Episode 1: Future Female Sounds, in our inaugural podcast:...

Understanding Ableton Live 11’s New Spectral Effects

We get to grips with Live 11’s two new spectral effects and use them to process a breakbeat. Ableton Live 11 has plenty of new functionality and improvements, like comping (finally!) and MPE support. It also has a whole host of unique new effects, two of which are spectral-based. Although powerful, spectral processing is still fairly esoteric...

Aphex Twin and ODDsound have released a plugin that “redefines musical tuning”

Designed to be at the centre of a microtonal studio setup, this collaboration between ODDsounds, a UK startup, and Aphex Twin should fire your music into a microtuning odyssey. Bored of the same good old 12 notes that have served us well over the centuries? Yup, us too and it seems Richard D James and ODDsound also. The famed Drukqs producer,...

How to make IDM and Slice Breaks with Output’s Arcade

After a few years away from the platform, Attack is returning to publishing content on YouTube. Our new video runs you through how to slice breaks and produce IDM inspired by the timeless Squarepusher. We're hoping to offer increased more value to you guys, our loyal readers, by producing video content after 6 years away from YouTube! In that...

Basic Channel-Style Dub Techno

In this installment of Beat Dissected we continue our exploration of dub techno and program a beat in the style of Basic Channel, the duo that pioneered the genre. When Basic Channel’s Phylyps Trak album was released in 1993 a new sub-genre of techno was born. The thumping fast Roland TR-909 beats had brought the coveted Detroit sound to Berlin...

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