Mo Volans

Mo Volans

Mo has been a professional in the music industry for around 15 years. He has released material with the world's leading record labels and also produces music for TV and Film. Mo is also a prolific writer and is a regular contributor to magazines such as Music Tech, Future Music and EQ magazine. There isn't a piece of music software that Mo isn't intimately familiar with and he lives happily on the cutting edge of music technology

Articles by Mo Volans

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Increasing the Impact of a Kick Drum in Logic Pro

There are literally hundreds of techniques for increasing the impact of your drum sounds in any DAW. Having said that, there are a few key methods I use repeatedly...

Using Inline Time Stretching in Cubase 6

Whether you are using Cubase 6 to remix, record bands or simply to create original music it’s highly likely that you’ll see time stretching as an important part of your production tool kit. In this sh

Freezing Delay Effects in Ohmforce’s OhmBoyz Plug-In

I have been a huge fan of the OhmBoyz delay plug-in since the moment it was released. Although it’s now been around for years it’s still a staple in my daily studio diet. It has the uncanny ability of

Creating Reverse Delay and Reverb Effects in Record

One of my favourite methods to create special effects is to use reverse delays and reverbs. It's a great way to produce something a little unusual and enter the world of sound design.

The Mo Volans "Phantom Kick" Side Chaining Technique

There’s no doubt that side chaining in a popular technique but sometimes traditional techniques can create issues in your mix. One of these is creating ducking effects during drops and breakdowns when

The Mo Volans Guide to Mastering in Logic Pro

Mastering is an essential part of the production process but many still remain in the dark about how to produce a professional sounding master at home. The truth is it’s really not that difficult to g

Creating Quick Noise Based Percussion Hits in Reason's Thor

Virtual Analog synths aren’t just great for creating bass patches and pads, they can also be put to work on drum and percussion sounds too. Creating these sorts of patches is...

Creating Dynamic Effects Busses in Logic Pro

Creating Dynamic Effects Busses This tutorial looks at a few different techniques you can use to make your effects returns live and breathe. I’m using Logic Pro here but

Using the Hotswap Function in Ableton Live

With the such huge list of effects plug-ins in Ableton Live it can be a bit of a task keeping track of all the preset patches available. If you need to audition your own patches or just want to quick

Importing and Using Rex Files in Logic Pro

If you have a lot of .Rex files in your library, or are just a fan of the format, you’ll be glad to learn that Logic handles them pretty well.

How To Add Energy and Pace to Sequenced Patterns

When producing sequenced patterns for any style of music, one of the main challenges is introducing perceived pace and energy to your work. Luckily there are a few simple tricks we can use here...

Graphical Editing in the Dr. OctoRex

The Dr.OctoRex is a great update to one of my favorite virtual instruments. Amongst the many updated features is an innovative new graphical editing system. In this quick tip we'll take a look at how

Creating Custom Stereo Drum Hits in Logic

There are a huge amount of drum libraries available now and these feature just about every style of drum hit you could imagine but one thing I find is that they are often lacking in basic stereo width

Using Vocoders to Transform Instruments in Reason

Unsurprisingly Vocoders have always been associated with vocal processing, after all this is what they were originally designed for. This preconception shouldn't affect the way you use your Vocoder as

Producing Saturation Effects in Reason 5

With so many different distortion processors out there offering many different types of effect it's not surprising that some beginners get confused over the jargon used. Here we'll focus on producing