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Making Beats in Live: Using the Drum Rack

Ableton Live represents one of the quickest beat creation tools available. It's ability to manipulate both loops and single hits is extremely impressive. If you prefer working with individual drum sa

How to Set Up Logic's Vocoder

Vocoders have endured as a popular effect in many forms of music, and have been used by artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk.  Originally used in the 1930's to

Using Logic's Group Mode

When it comes to controlling hectic mixes Logic is one of the best DAW's out there. You can easily grab multiple channels with one click and change their level but there is one feature that takes this

Setting up your Vocal Talent to Record in front of a Microphone!

There are literally hundreds of documents out there giving detailed descriptions of how close the mouth should be from the microphone, how close the pop filter should be from the microphone, and what

Javascript meet mp3 : New ways to distribute and market music online

Musicians have documented their compositions on sheet music for possibly thousands of years. In the age that we live in, I feel that the format best suited to modern sheet music is JavaScript. Honestl

Phatten up Vocals in Ableton Live

Not all of us have a Neumann condenser microphone to run home to when the world seems like a cold dark place, and our vocals sound too thin. In fact, some of us have very limited microphone access, pe

Using Envelope Followers and Auto Filters in Logic and Reason

Filtering is a great way to add life and attitude to your audio but sometimes the results can be a little static. Aside from adding time consuming automation to introduce movement you have the option

Liven Up your Tracks: Automation in Propellerhead Record

For many who are new to audio recording with computers, and even some who have worked with them for a while, but are a little timid; automation has appeared as almost a dark art. For some, once they'v

Lightning Quick! Why Thunderbolt will be the I/O of Choice for Digital Musicians and Video Artists.

Hands-up who wants low-latency and high performance multi-track audio recording on their Mac? Me too... as well as almost every Computer musician I've ever met! Until now Firewire and USB 2.0 have bee

Review: Pump Up the Bass with MaxxBass by Waves

I once spoke with John Regan, the bass player for Peter Frampton. I asked how he liked his in-ear monitors and his less than enthusiastic reply stuck with me, "They're ok", and he said, and he went on

Adding Missing Symbols in Logic's Score Editor - Pedal Up/Down Markings

While Logic's Score Editor presents an extremely comprehensive set of music notation symbols which composers need to mark up a Score, certain symbols are conspicuously absent. One such symbol is the "

Create Ambient Background FX in Ableton Live

Need a quick, creepy, psychedelic ambient background? You can create something otherworldly from very worldly sound with very little effort in Ableton Live. GW shares his dark secrets in this article.

Region Editing using Hyper Draw Autodefine in Logic

We're already spoiled for choice regarding the number of methods Logic provides for viewing and editing MIDI data: the event list, score editor, piano roll, and hyper editor. If I were to then say t .

Adding More Instruments to Garageband

Garageband makes it really easy to get in there and easily set up virtual instruments that come built-in. However, if you're going in to Garageband with the intention of using a third-party plug-in, y

Sound-Design Tutorial: Creating Sci-Fi Robot Sounds in Real-Time in Reason 5

During the heat of my video game industry days, I was often asked what I used to make so many Sci-Fi characters sound so authentic. To the surprise of many, I would always respond with simply, "Reason