Can a $20 iPad synth really sound as big and impressive as something costing much more? Matt Vanacoro set out to discover the truth... and was pleasantly surprised.
Here are 3 incredibly useful techniques to use while working inside Ableton Live that will help you make music better, faster, and more efficiently.
So you want a modelled piano instrument for that Freddie Mercury or Adele sound? Waves Audio have you covered with their emulation of the Fazioli F228 with the Grand Rhapsody Piano plugin.
Hooking up computers, audio feeds and even turntables to your MPC Live requires some familiarity with the rear panel. Booker Edwards Jr is here to help you out.
Trust D16 to come out with a multi-tap delay plugin that resembles a step sequencer with 16 delay lines that have independent controls! This is one plugin you should check out.
Sometimes a special kind of reverb is called for to get just the character you want. Rich Tozzoli springs into action with a guide to five of the best, well, springs!
Ableton have launched an interactive website aimed at novice producers and musicians to help them learn music theory fundamentals. AskAudio's music theory courses are the perfect next level tutorials.
Stumped by samplers? Confused by choice? Matt Vanacoro is here to guide you through some of the very best virtual samplers he has ever used.
Many synths are eagerly awaited. That's an understatement when it comes to the Behringer Minimoog Model D clone. The good news is this mini monster is now apparently getting ready to ship!
Say hello to this wonderful, retro-looking synthesizer made using Teensy and a 3D printer. Watch it in action to appreciate how good this polyphonic synthesizer actually sounds.
This collection of macro-enabled patches for NI's Massive will deliver unique sounds - just be sure you put the effort into making them your own.
Notating swing has always been difficult, and various techniques have emerged over the years. Jay Asher explains what they are and how to approach this task.
If you own Reaktor 6, and even if you don't, and want to morph beats together for complex and interesting rhythmic textures, Flintpope's new Drumlines instrument is well worth checking out.
Drum machines and synths are precious and deserve lots of care! If you have a Roland TR-606 or TB-303 you can show them how you feel and give them a sexy exterior with a full metal jacket case.
Playing with the stereo field of your sounds can be a creative mixing technique. But as Joe Albano explains, there are some pitfalls you'll need to avoid.