Gary Hiebner

Gary Hiebner

Gary Hiebner is an enthusiastic South African Sound Designer and Apple Tech Head! Gary has been involved in the South African music industry for the decade, and in this time has also been involved in the sound design and music production for many advertising agencies and media houses. Gary is a devoted Logic and Ableton user, but he also dabbles in Cubase, FL Studio, Studio One and esoteric sound design tools, such as Max/MSP and CSound.

Articles by Gary Hiebner

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Review: Tracktion 7, Powerful DAW With a Tiny Price Tag

Tracktion is extremely affordable, but don't let the price tag fool you. Tracktion 7 is a very capable and creative DAW for producers and musicians. Gary Hiebner checks out what's new and what's hot.

Review: Waves NX, A Virtual Mix Room For Your Headphones

Waves Audio's NX (virtual mix room for headphones) has caused a bit of a stir since it was released. Gary Hiebner checks it out, and quite frankly finds it very, very impressive.

The Joys of Routing Audio in FL Studio

FL Studio is a unique DAW in terms of how flexible and open it is for anyone to go very deep and route audio in very creative ways. Gary Hiebner shares some of the joys of routing in this tutorial.

Removing Reverb Using iZotope’s De-reverb Plug-In

Everyone knows it's impossible to remove reverb from your audio recordings, right? Wrong. iZotope RX4 is an extremely powerful audio repair suite and includes a very capable de-reverb processor.

Exploring PreSonus Studio One 3's Extended FX Chains

The new Extended FX Chains feature in PreSonus Studio One 3 allows you to route audio effects in serial, in parallel, by channel, or by frequency bands... and it's intuitive to use once you know how.

10 Sound Design Tips for Media Composers

Sound, as we know, plays a huge part in turning average visuals into emotional rollercoasters. Gary Hiebner shares 10 sound design tips designed to enhance the visuals and audience experience.

Producer Challenge: Manual Mastering vs. LANDR Automated Mastering

Mastering decisions used to focus on whether you'd go DIY or send to a mastering engineer. Since LANDR, it's possible to get an automated master of your tracks in seconds. But which sounds better?

8 Essential Tips for Mastering in FL Studio

So you've mixed your latest production and it's time to master it? While mastering engineers are often the best option, if you want to master your own tracks in FL Studio here's 8 essential tips.

Sidechaining in FL Studio

Due to its flexible internal routing, there's more than one way to set up sidechaining in FL Studio 12. In this tutorial Gary Hiebner explores a few different ways to do it effectively.

Review: Reaper 5, The DAW With Big Features & A Small Price Tag

There's more to Reaper than its bargain basement price. Cockos' DAW is fast becoming a well-respected, feature-rich sound production application . Gary Hiebner puts version 5 of Reaper to the test.

7 Audio Editing Tips for Tracktion Users

Tracktion has some great tricks to edit your audio. Knowing how to use these editing shortcuts can speed up you workflow. Let’s take a look at how you can enhance your audio editing in Tracktion.

How to Create and Use an XY Pad Controller in FL Studio

FL Studio's XY controller plugin enables you to take control of multiple on-screen parameters at a time... and then you can map this to an external MIDI controller too. Gary Hiebner shows how.

11 Inspiring & Iconic Music Scores Every Film & Video Game Composer Should Listen To

Learning from the best, for most composers and soundtrack musicians, means listening to the best. Here's 11 incredible music scores for film and video game which Gary Hiebner recommends we listen to.

Experimenting With Musical Ideas Using PreSonus Studio One’s Arranger And Scratch Pad

Studio One v3 continues to entice studio musicians and producers into its fold. Innovative features like the Arranger and Scratch Pad are two prime reasons for this. Gary Hiebner looks at both, here.

11 Hardware MIDI Sequencers Every Producer Should Consider

MIDI Sequencers. The more 'veteran' music producer or musician among us probably has at least one. But with hardware sequencers becoming more popular and accessible, which one is best for your needs?