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Music Production Techniques Part 1: Delay And Echo

Welcome to part 1 in this series on music production techniques. You could think of these as essential audio concepts every self-respecting producer should know! Let's start with Delay & Echo.

Vinyl Sales Up 56%, CDs Fall 4% in 2015

In case you hadn’t already guessed, music streaming is on the rise and most physical music sales (CDs) are on the decline. But would you have guessed Vinyl sales are up 56%?

Plugin Boutique Releasing Carbon Electra 4 Oscillator Synth

The upcoming Carbon Electra subtractive software synth from Plugin Boutique is designed to emulate vintage analog routing with flexible modulation options and a virus-style sound. Check it out.

Focusrite Offers RedNet DAW Native Bundles

RedNet Native Bundle: a soft bundle consisting of RedNet 1 (or RedNet 2), RedNet PCIe card, Sonnet Echo Express SE I Thunderbolt chassis, and for a limited time an Ethernet switch (a $750 value).

Music Studio Essentials: How to Connect Your MIDI Hardware

Ever been confused about how to connect your MIDI hardware? Don’t sit scratching your head, Booker Edwards Jr. shows how to get the physical connections in place for a simple MIDI setup.

Isotonik Unleash DJ Collection for Ableton Live

Attention Ableton DJ's and Performers! Isotonik DJ Collection brings you looper, slicer and hot cues so you can manipulate clips in Live as if you were in Serato or Traktor.

Rediscovering a Vintage Roland XP-50 Synth

Many of us talk about vintage synths. Sometimes without ever having lived, breathed and made music with them. In this article G.W. Childs shares his experience with his aged, but loved, Roland XP-50.

Sound Design: Create a Distorted Clavinet in Native Instruments Massive

This tutorial on making a distorted, funky clavinet is taken from Rishabh Rajan's FREE interactive eBook: NI Massive Sound Design Recipes available for iPad, iPhone, Mac, Android and PC.

Tenorio-on in HTML5 in Your Browser

Remember the excellent Tenori-on? Now you can play it in your browser thanks to this Javascript and HTML5 implementation (with lovely color animations).

Source Audio Vertigo Tremolo Pedal Now Available

Source Audio's Vertigo Tremolo is in stores now! The Vertigo is the first of their new One Series line of pedals. It's easy to use, just plug it in and thumping, rich tremolo effects are a stomp away.

Inside Novation: Launchpad Pro Controller from Concept to Completion

Novation's Launchpad is an iconic music controller for Ableton Live and other hardware and software. We talk to Olly Burke, product manager, on how the Launchpad Pro was created & designed on video.

Music Theory Basics: Sus 4 and Add 2 Chords

It's time for another music theory helper. In this short tutorial-article, Jay Asher takes a beginner's look at how the popular Suspended 4 and Add 2 chords can be used in your productions.

I Dream of Wires: Documentary Film on Modular Synthesis Coming Soon

Good news for synth fans. The documentary, I Dream of Wires, will be released on VOD / DVD this August. Charting the rise, fall and rebirth of modular synthesis this film is worth checking out.

Steinberg Release New Groove Agent 4 "The Songwriter’s" Drum Expansion Pack

Steinberg releases The Songwriter’s, the first expansion pack featuring an entire acoustic drum set for Groove Agent 4 & Groove Agent SE 4. The name gives it away... this is designed for songwriters.

Apple Updates GarageBand to 10.1

If you open up the Mac App Store you’re in for a nice GarageBand update. It includes features from Apple’s flagship DAW, Logic Pro X, and the new Transform Pad Smart Control for morphing synth sounds.