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5 Easy Ways to Make Your Own MIDI Controller on a Budget

If you want to custom build your own controller, DIY style, where should you start? Liam Lacey explores 5 budget platforms that will take your MIDI controller idea from zero to hero.

Music Theory: Building Chords Chromatically Instead of Diatonically

If you've been building chords diatonically i.e. building chords relating to scale or key, then this article by Jay Asher will help you explore chromatic alternatives. A must read music theory piece.

Watch This Wearable Music Controller Jacket in Action

Fashoin designer, Ylenia Gortana, has designed a rather nifty jacket that not only keeps you warm and stylish, but can be played as a MIDI controller. Check out the video of this jack in action.

Propellerhead Reason 8.2: Revert Browsing, ReDrum Remote, Soundbank Improvements

The new Reason 8.2 makes it easy to stay up to date and get many of your most requested features automatically. There's also improvements to browsing, soundbanks and Remote support for ReDrum.

Review: Output Signal Synth

Fresh of the back of their unique and successful REV Kontakt instrument, Output have released Signal, an incredible "pulse" synth with an equally impressive GUI and sound palette.

Music Production Tips: Arranging, Virtual Instruments & Your CPU

What's the best computer for music software? How can you run your Mac/PC's CPU more efficiently when recording or mixing music? Matt Vanacoro seeks to answer the most-asked producer question ever...

2 Year Old Guitar Emulation Plug-In Leaves New Ones in the Dust

Phoenix Pro, the guitar plug-in to best all other guitar plug-ins, is back for a limited time only. Resurrect your guitaring ability with this one and don't pay attention to the fake imposters!

Cakewalk Announces New SONAR "Cambridge" Release

SONAR “Cambridge,” is the second major release in SONAR's membership program. Cakewalk tell us it further enhances SONAR with multiple new features and improvements.

Music Controllers: To Map or Not To Map?

Are you distracted by too many choices when it comes to mapping your MIDI controller to your DAW? Exerting too much effort on non-musical tasks? Timo Preece explores auto and manual mapping in-depth.

littleBits and Korg Release Three New Modules for Synth Kit

The new MIDI, CV and USB I/O modules for littleBits Synth Kit allows you to use it as a MIDI controller, sequence your DAW, control an analog synth, send audio to DAW or process audio and plenty more!

Watch Damian Taylor (Bjork, Arcade Fire) Studio Workflow in Action

Damian Taylor has worked with artists such as Bjørk, Arcade Fire and The Killers. This video from his studio shows how he works and what he uses in his setup, focusing on Focusrite's ISA 428 & 828.

Steinberg Blues Essentials Supplements Groove Agent

Blues Essentials is a new preset bank containing blues elements to add to the arsenal of styles available in Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4 drum software instruments.

How to Manage Your Plug-Ins in Logic Pro X

It might not sound like much, but the ability to manage, organize and arrange plug-ins the way you want in Logic Pro X (10.1) is a big feature many pros have been wishing for. Here's how it works.

Native Instruments Unveil “Stems” Open Multi-Track Audio Format for DJs and Producers

NI have been busy innovating. STEMS is a new audio file format that provides DJs, producers, and live performers the ability to mix with a track’s different musical elements individually.

SPL CREON and IRON Revealed Pre MusikeMesse 2015 Launch

SPL are happy to tease us with pics of upcoming gear… In mid-April at Musikmesse we can expect to see the new gear from SPL on show and we’ll make sure to get hands-on with everything we can.