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Weekly Round-up: Logic Pro, WaveLab, Ableton Push, EQ Tips, Livid, PianoTeq, Focusrite

At AskAudio Mag we publish lots of tips, reviews, interviews & news stories every week for musicians and producers. To make sure you don't miss out, here's 7 of our favorite reads from this week.

6 Top Tips for Booking Live Shows

Trying to get you or your band booked for a live gig? Rather than approaching it with only your needs in mind, trying an alternative mindset could be the way forward as Keith Crusher explains.

Native Instruments Introduces Magnate Hustle Expansion for Maschine

If you're on the look-out for melodic material covering urban pop, R&B and hip hop for Maschine Studio, Maschine, Mikro or iMaschine, then NI's latest expansion, Magnate Hustle, is worth checking out.

Review: sE X1 USB Microphone

If you haven't heard of sE Microphones before then 1) where have you been the past 15 years? And 2) you need to visit AskAudioMag.com more often! Hollin checks out their USB X1 and is impressed.

Voice Over Recording & Editing in Logic Pro X via AskVideo

AskVideo and macProVideo are back with an excellent course on recording and editing voice overs. If you're doing an vocal work or editing this course by Jonathan Slater is a must-watch.

In the Booth: Essential Tips for DJs

Don't let your next DJ gig go up in flames. Armed with these simple preparation tips from Noah Pred, your next live performance, whether you're using vinyl or digital decks, can go nice and smooth.

Focusrite Releases iTrack Dock Studio Pack

To make it as easy as possible to make professional recordings on your iPad, Focusrite have created the iTrack Dock Studio Pack. See what’s included and check out the video demo below.

Propellerhead Expands A-List Series With Electric Guitarist Power Chords

New Rack Extension instrument for Propellerhead Reason gives musicians a fast, easy way to create inspiring electric guitar tracks. Find out more and watch the video below.

Review: Pianoteq 5

Could this be the most impressive and realistic sounding piano instrument ever... that doesn't require you to buy a new hard drive to fit it all on? Matt Vanacoro puts PianoTeq 5 under the microscope.

5 Quick Bitwig Studio Drum Editing Tips

Want to make your beats or drum parts stand out from the crowd? Then you're in the right place! Gary Hiebner shares 5 tips sure to get your Bitwig drum tracks pumping.

Blue Microphones Ready to Unleash the Future of Headphones

The upcoming MO-Fi headphones from Blue Microphones have been shrouded in secrecy, but here's the latest teaser video and info before the official unveiling on 26, August 2014.

Review: Livid Guitar Wing

Back in January in a small residential house in Anaheim being rented by Livid Instruments we saw an early version of Guitar Wing in action. And today, we're still impressed by this cool controller.

5 Essential Mixing Tips: Achieving Good EQ Tones

Whether you're DJing, mixing a live band, mixing or mastering in the studio, you'll have used EQ to shape and sculpt your sound. Joe Albano lends an ear and 5 tips on how to achieve good EQ tones.

TONE2 Audiosoftware Releases Firebird 2.1 FREE for PC

Looking for a subtractive synth capable of harmonic content morphing synthesis? Think you'll have to pay a lot for it? Tone2 Audiosoftware have other ideas. Firebird 2.1 is now available for free!

Review: Wave Alchemy Deep House and Garage Sample Pack

Want some superbly crafted deep house and garage loops, MIDI patterns and hits? Sara Simms puts Wave Alchemy's impressive sample pack to the test.