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    Default Magazines - Are they worth it?

    So, as the title says, are there any worth investing in?

    Right now I'm looking into:

    Computer Music Magazine
    Future Music Magazine


    Both seem to have decent production value, and I was just wondering if there were any others that people swear by. For DJing or Production.
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    A lot of these magazines post similar or the exact same information on the site as they do in the magazine. It's worth it if you want every little detail about a product, but if you just want the good stuff, they want to draw people in with the site, so it's probably on the site.
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    computer magazine is pretty good and if you got the change go buy it
    allways comes with a free cd of like 7gb of samples or vsts and stuff so its worth the money

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    I buy Computer Music occasionally, as I have to flick through it to see if this months content is worth my £10. I find that it's hit and miss with what I want from it (mostly Ableton stuff), but as mentioned before, the bundled DVD is always quite good. It gives you around a GB of samples dependant on the months theme, some trial software, some free software and a little section called "CM Studio" which is full of handy little plugins for your DAW.
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    Both are great magazines!

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    I found both useful, especially their little tutorials. The special on Ableton and Reason have really helped me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunford View Post
    On their site, and this is why I think it's legal, it states:

    "Magazinesdownload.com is in compliance with 17 U.S.C. § 512 and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). It is our policy to respond to any infringement notices and take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and other applicable intellectual property laws. "
    they're only putting that on there so you think it's legal. its basically stating that they dont host any of the files themselves, and if there's a copyright ownership claim they'll take the links down.

    its the same legal grey area of all the music blog sites out there.

    (don't be surprised if the mods remove the link eventually)

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    they are okay, but a lot of the tips they give you is redundant as in repeated over and over, plus they dont really get into details into why they do things in the tutorial

    i used to collect them, buying every single issue as i wanted to "build a collection" (heh!) before finding out they cover the same thing again and again most of the time, its good to keep up to date with what's hot and what's new though

    They are not exactly cheap as well, over the time i have probably spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on these magazines (computer music, music tech focus, future music etc) each of these cost SGD $25+ over here (about USD $20, expensive no? must be all the importing) and the freebies they give out is almost always not so good, once in awhile they give out something nice but a lot of the times not really

    a lot of the stuff they cover can be found on youtube or some personal websites found on google

    so yeah if you got the extra money they do give some nice tips every now and then, but i actually much prefer video tutorials to follow on (eg sonic academy, great video tutorials!)
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    All the computer music mags with masterclasses are effin awesome - learnt soooo much watching those videos !

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJZILCH View Post
    they are okay, but a lot of the tips they give you is redundant as in repeated over and over, plus they dont really get into details into why they do things in the tutorial

    i used to collect them, buying every single issue as i wanted to "build a collection" (heh!) before finding out they cover the same thing again and again most of the time, its good to keep up to date with what's hot and what's new though

    They are not exactly cheap as well, over the time i have probably spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on these magazines (computer music, music tech focus, future music etc) each of these cost SGD $25+ over here (about USD $20, expensive no? must be all the importing) and the freebies they give out is almost always not so good, once in awhile they give out something nice but a lot of the times not really

    a lot of the stuff they cover can be found on youtube or some personal websites found on google

    so yeah if you got the extra money they do give some nice tips every now and then, but i actually much prefer video tutorials to follow on (eg sonic academy, great video tutorials!)
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