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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.

PreSonus Unveils Next-Generation DigiMax DP88 Preamp / Converter

Featuring an analog signal path with 118 dB digital conversion and 8 digitally controlled XMAX mic preamps (amongst other features), the PreSonus DigiMax DP88 looks to reinvent the DigiMax series.

Review: Roland System-1 Plug-Out

We took ROland's System-1 Plug-Out synth VST for a spin to find out if it has that classic Roland sound and how well it integrates with the hardware version of the System-1.

What Every Modern Producer Can Learn From Boxing

This enlightening tutorial for producers and musicians could be titled "Why practice isn't enough". Instead we found similarities between boxing and music production which are fascinating.

Caption Contest: 3 Memes For Music Producers

You may ask "Why?" And believe me, your truly has asked the very same question. But here it is... 3 memes related to three of the most popular DAWs in, um, unexpected places...

New Order Latest Single Released in NI STEMS Format

The Multi-channel STEMS format has been in the wild for 6 months now, and this release from New Order is surely the biggest to date. Is STEMS shaping up to be a major digital release format?

Review: 808 Warfare for Kontakt

Seems like everyone wants the perfect floor-shaking 808 kick these days... and Producers Choice want to help in the form of 808 Warfare, their Kontakt instrument and sample pack also in WAV format.

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.

Review: Komplete Kontrol 1.5

Native Instruments recently added an 88-key model to Komplete Kontrol. Along with that release was Komplete Kontrol 1.5 (software) which adds a slew of tasty new features like 3rd-party VST support.

nOb Is An Intelligent, Hackable, Music knob Controller Producers Dream About

This smart, exquisitely crafted, retro-styled knob controller, called nOb, can do so much more than you might first think, and it could be a great addition to your music studio setup.

Mixing Dance Music Essentials: Compressing The Kick

In this video tutorial dance music mixing and mastering engineer, Daniel Wyatt, shows how to compress a standard EDM kick, the settings to start with, and reasons behind them.

Eventide H3000 Band Delays Plug-In Now Available and On Sale

Eventide's recent Anthology X bundle includes the H3000 Band Delays plug-in... and now it is available outside of the bundle for just $99 until December 31st 2015. Check out the videos for more info.

Cluster Sound Releases ARP DRUMS Live Pack Sampled From Vintage ARP 2600 Synth

Comprising of 700 samples, Cluster Sound's ARP Drums for Ableton Live is a carefully sampled pack of drum sounds created by a vintage ARP 2600 synth with a Moog 4012 ladder filter.

Review: Audient ASP800 8-Channel Mic PreAmp ADC

Getting high quality mic pres & A/D conversion with pristine sound quality from an Audient desk in a rack-based unit is now possible thanks to the ASP800. Hollin Jones gives this an in-depth review.

10 Tips for Producing Dutch House

So you want to produce Dutch-style House music? Here's some tips from DJ and producer Sara Simms to get your big room sounds jumping.