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Mastering: How Referencing the Real World Can Make Your Music Stand Out

When it comes down to it, "louder" isn't necessarily the only aspect of mastering you should be concerned with. Joe Albano explains why referencing other similar tracks is so important.

Review: sE Electronics ProMic Laser

Fact: Bad sound can ruin a great video. That's why sE Electronics have created the ProMic Laser. Hollin Jones discovers whether this improves the recorded sound from a DSLR.

New Mackie DL32R Digital Live Sound Mixer Gives Complete Wireless Control

Mackie tell us we can now control everything from anywhere with their Mackie DL32R Digital Live Sound Mixer. It promises complete wireless control of a powerful 32-channel digital mixing platform.

Deciphering Waves New Codex Granular Wavetable Synth

Learn how to make the most out of the new Waves Codex synth with Matt Vanacoro as he uncovers all of its incredible new granular, wavetable features.

How the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine Redefined Music Video Documetary Released

Featuring artists like Damon Albarn, Pahrrell, David Guetta, Diplo, Phil Collins and more, this new documentary looks at the influence and sheer love created by Roland's iconic TR-808 drum machine.

Review: Studiologic Numa Organ 2

If you're lusting after an affordable and portable emulation of your favorite Hammond B3 organ sounds, then StudioLogic's Numa Organ 2 will appeal. Jay Asher discovers whether it's hit or miss.

Create Easy Harmonies, Melodies, and Chord Progressions in Studio One

Whether you're a well-versed composer or new to the game, PreSonus Studio One has some tools to help making harmonies, melodies and chord progressions a cinch. Here's how.

Arturia MicroBrute SE Analog Synthesizer Now in Color

Described by Tara Busch as having "brutal metallic bass to velvety bleepy, bloppy goodness", the popular Arturia MicroBrute analog synth now comes in an array of colors in the Special Edition.

Avid Unleash Pro Tools S3 Control Surface

This Eucon compatible control surface works with Pro Tools and other major DAWs, includes a customisable layout, integrated I/O and pretty screens for feedback. The S3 looks the part.

Review: Sample Logic Cinematic Keys

Is the new Sample Logic Cinematic Keys a box office success for musicians and producers? Lynda Arnold finds out in our in-depth review.

Processing Audio Through Parsec in Reason

Want to give your sounds some extra grit, edge and pure, downright distortion? G.W. Childs shows how Reason's Parsec can be the perfect processing platform for you.

Electronic Music for ALS featuring Richie Hawtin, BT and more

Gravitas records and Jay Smith (founder of Livid Instruments diagnosed with ALS) have teamed up to create an inspirational album featuring BT, Richie Hawtin, Machinedrum and many others.

Gobbler 2.0 Beta Arrives

If you want to focus on the creative side of music making, still stay organised, protect your digital music projects and share and collaborate across the world remotely, Gobbler 2.0 is for you.

Review: Prism Lyra 2 USB Audio Interface

The Lyra 2 is Prism Sounds first offering into the travel friendly USB audio interface market. Bill Burgess runs it through its paces to see how it stacks up.

Creating Layered Instruments in FL Studio

Make your beats bigger, your basses fatter, your pads super-sized and your textures... well, even more textured(!) with this excellent tutorial on layering instruments in FL Studio by Gary Hiebner.