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3 Tricks When Organizing Clips for Every Ableton Live DJ

When Djing with Ableton, it's easy to let all your clips get disorganized. It's great that you can have hundreds of songs, hundreds of beats, stacks of melodies, and movie quotes all on one screen.

Capturing Effect Environments in Reason

Us Reason cats spend a lot of time slinging those cables all over the place and stacking effects to get that unique sound that makes a lead, bass, loop, or whatever you’re working on. But, with all...

Mixing Electric Guitars in Logic-Part 1: EQ

If the aims of mixing a band could be summed up in a few words, they might be clarity, balance and blend. But mixing with these aims in mind can be a frustrating experience. One instrument in...

Working With Multi-Timbral Soft Synths in Logic Pro

Rather than run multiple instances of a virtual instrument to access multiple sounds learn how to use them in multi-timbral mode. Toby Pitman unravels the mystery behind how to set these up in Logic.

EXCLUSIVE Review and Competition: NLogPoly Synth for Mac OS X

TempoRubato is the developer of NLog Synth, which was among the first high-quality performance synthesizers for the iPhone. They've also recently updated their product line with NLog MIDI Synth and...

Seven Quick Steps to Creating a Quick Warm Pad in Thor

What are pads anyway? You probably know them as the droning quarter note, half note, whole note progressions you’ll hear low in the background of slower songs to fill up more space. You may have heard

Using Stutter Edit in Ableton Live Without a MIDI Keyboard

As every touring DJ knows, minimizing the gear you depend on is crucial. Wouldn't it be great to have a Stutter Effect for your live show, without having to bring a keyboard along to trigger it?

How to Quickly Adjust Automation for Selections in Logic Pro and Pro Tools

It is typical for vocalists to perform each phrase and the individual words and syllables within them at a wide range of volumes. They move around and they express what they perform – it's only human!

Sound Design: Re-Creating Daft Punk's "Robot Rock" Synth Sound in Logic

Daft Punk's synth sounds, simply rule (a comment I'd like to make about their music in general). Let's find out how to re-create the sound used in Robot Rock using Logic's ES2 analog synth plugin.

Creating Quick Noise Based Percussion Hits in Reason's Thor

Virtual Analog synths aren’t just great for creating bass patches and pads, they can also be put to work on drum and percussion sounds too. Creating these sorts of patches is...

Creating Dynamic Effects Busses in Logic Pro

Creating Dynamic Effects Busses This tutorial looks at a few different techniques you can use to make your effects returns live and breathe. I’m using Logic Pro here but

Using the Hotswap Function in Ableton Live

With the such huge list of effects plug-ins in Ableton Live it can be a bit of a task keeping track of all the preset patches available. If you need to audition your own patches or just want to quick

Review: iRig Mic and iRig Recorder

IK Multimedia are one of the companies that have stepped up to fill this gap and their iRig Mic has gone on to be a huge hit since it’s release. So I decided to put it through it’s paces...

Importing and Using Rex Files in Logic Pro

If you have a lot of .Rex files in your library, or are just a fan of the format, you’ll be glad to learn that Logic handles them pretty well.

How To Add Energy and Pace to Sequenced Patterns

When producing sequenced patterns for any style of music, one of the main challenges is introducing perceived pace and energy to your work. Luckily there are a few simple tricks we can use here...