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Does Reading Music Make you a Better Musician?

Think musician, and you may picture sheet music reading. But, is the ability to read music important? How crucial is it for professionals relying on computer software? Toby Pitman explores.

Review: Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus

With the recent launch of the CDJ-2000nexus, has Pioneer has once again jumped ahead of the DJ industry crowd? Sara Simms puts it to the test in this in-depth review.

Using Reason's CV System for Advanced Modulation

Dig deeper into how to utilize the CV/Gate system in Propellerhead's Reason for advanced modulation mastery. Mo Volans takes you through step by step.

Interview: Hiroshi Watanabe on the Vestax TR-1 Controller

Hiroshi Watanabe is a definitive force in modern Japanese electronic music. Well known for designing the custom Vestax TR-1 controller for Traktor, we tracked him down for this exclusive interview.

Review: Blade by Rob Papen

There's soft synths and there's soft synths... and when Rob Papen releases a virtual instrument you can be sure it'll create cutting edge sounds. GW Childs cuts to the chase in this review of Blade.

Creating Triplet Style Beats with Ableton’s Simple Delay

Get your Ableton beats into the swing (of things) with this fab tip by Gary Hiebner on using Ableton's Simple Delay for loose, triplet-style rhythmic patterns.

Review: UA Apollo Audio Interface

It didn't ned much (read: any) convincing to get Toby Pitman to review the UAD Apollo audio interface. He was expecting big things from this lovely bit of kit... and he wasn't left wanting!

Review: Cubasis: The Definitive DAW for iPad?

Before GarageBand for iOS was introduced, a DAW on a tablet seemed far-fetched. GB for iOS (and Auria) changed all that, though there's still room for more. So, how does Cubasis for iPad fare?

Flip Dem Sounds in Logic Pro

Reversing / flipping / twisting sounds can bring much joy when making beats or designing sound effects. Darren Burgos demonstrates how to do all this and more in Logic Pro.

Review: PreSonus AudioBox 1818 VSL: An Interface for iPad and Mac Musicians

The PreSonus AudioBox 1818 VSL is on 'the' list by Apple as a supported audio interface for iPad and Mac. Mike Watkinson takes it out for a spin to see how well it performs with musicians in mind.

Creating Dynamic Sounds Using Multi-Band FX in Ableton Live

Dust off and shake up your sounds with this excellent tutorial by Noah Pred. Discover how to add some dynamism using multi-band FX in Ableton Live.

Get the Bass and Kick Drum Grooving in Logic Pro

In almost every genre of pop/rock music, a guiding principle is that the bass player and the drummer’s kick drum need to be locked in for the music to groove. Logic Pro makes this task easy to do!

Review: Blamsoft's Viking Rack Extension

Got a hankering for a new Rack Extension from the Propellerhead RE shop? Mo Volans dons his horned helmet and tests out Blamsoft's Viking soft synth in this review.

8 Awesome Free Audio Plug-in Synths for Mac Musicians

It’s that time of year - your wallet rinsed by the holiday season, and nothing inspirational under the tree. So, find yourself a bargain or two, and maybe reinvigorate your inner composer...

Digital Performer 8: The Reinvention of the DAW

Digital Performer 8 has been out for a couple of months now... and is getting kudos from those who know it. So, has the new DP 8 helped reinvent the DAW as we know it? Adam Adhami finds out.