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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When to use normalization

There are some basic processes that remain firmly in the "jargon category" to some beginners. Although Normalization is available as a feature in just about every DAW (and Audio Editing software) some

Side Chaining In Cubase - The Basics

Side Chaining is a popular technique used in a variety of musical genres. Commonly used to duck one signal below another, Mo Volans puts the concept to the test in Cubase 6.

Making beats in Reason: Synthesized vs sampled drums

If you are a Reason user and love to program your own beats then you will need to familiarize yourself with the different sound creation methods the application uses to produce it's drum sounds. There

Exporting your music from Logic to iTunes

If you are a Logic user you may want to audition your finished projects in iTunes, or perhaps you need to make playlists to burn and distribute. Regardless of the reason you will need a streamlined te

Logic'’s Automation Modes Explained

Automation is literally one of the best things about modern music production software. Hopefully I don't sound old when I say that I can clearly remember using systems that had zero automation or call

Creating Fatter Bass with Logic's SubBass plug-in

Occasionally you might want to use a sound in a mix that just lacks some low end punch. In some cases traditional equalization will do the trick and adding a small amount of low end will get the job d

A Basic Guide to Arpeggiators

When putting together melody laden projects arpeggiators can be an indispensable tool. Before you get stuck into your first arpeggiated patterns it's worth becoming familiar with the basic modes and t

My top 5 Cubase plug-ins

If you are new to Cubase and are just getting the hang of production you may be slightly overwhelmed by the myriad of plug-ins you are presented with. Cubase now bundles an impressive array of process

Making beats in Reason - Layering kick drums for maximum impact

Reason has always been the perfect environment in which to create your beats but with the arrival of Kong in version 5 the Propellerheads have really upped their game. Now Reason users are armed with

Recording vocals in Cubase

Steinberg's Cubase is an immensely powerful DAW that contains just about every tool you'll need to complete your projects from conception to completion. One of the many areas it really shines in is vo

Using Rewire with Logic Pro, Reason 5 and Ableton Live

Rewire is a really valuable tool that's now available to users of just about every DAW out there. It acts as a virtual pipeline sending audio, MIDI and even sync data between any number of application

Assigning external controllers in Ableton Live

It's no secret that Ableton Live is a fantastic piece of software for live performance and real time tweaking. In fact this is arguably it's key strength. One thing that Live is particularly adept at

Synths as effects processors with Reason's Thor

When it comes to processing your sounds there are literally endless lists of plug-ins to choose from. With all this choice it's quite likely that you've overlooked one key device in your collection, t

How to use Ableton Live Part 2: Warping, Looping & Editing

Since Ableton Live 1.0 was unleashed, warping, looping and editing audio have become staples for digital musicians. Join Mo Volans as he continues this beginners guide to Ableton Live.

Quick Tip : Subtractive vs additive equalization

When enhancing your sounds with EQ there is a fine line between a light sweetening and an over-colored, or over-hyped end result. Most of the time any negative results are due to too much additive equ