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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

SquakAttack for real-time buffer, stutter and glitch

If you've got your ear to the ground, so to speak, in the music software scene, no doubt you've already heard, and have been chomping at the bit for Stutter Edit, new from iZotope and BT. And, yes, so

Loading your own Samples into Logic’s Ultrabeat

Almost all Logic users instinctively reach for the EXS24 at the mere mention of "sample". By all accounts the EXS24 is a great sampler, though not as full featured as 3rd party products like Kontakt,

When to use normalization

There are some basic processes that remain firmly in the "jargon category" to some beginners. Although Normalization is available as a feature in just about every DAW (and Audio Editing software) some

Creative Beat Making: Adding some 'Bounce' to your Hi-Hats in Logic

Your hi-hat patterns can make or break a beat. Well-constructed hat patterns can make a stale beat groove. It can take a stagnant beat and turn it into a groove monster. I have found by adding modulat

The Stutter Edit Revolution in Ableton Live

Few producers garner the attention that BT (Brian Transeau) commands at the helm of studio innovations. Years ago, BT was one of the first producers to make popular the sound of "stutter editing" - a