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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

Side Chaining In Cubase - The Basics

Side Chaining is a popular technique used in a variety of musical genres. Commonly used to duck one signal below another, Mo Volans puts the concept to the test in Cubase 6.

Hype up your Hip-Hop Hi-Hats in Reason

In some of the recent Hip-Hop tracks I've heard, specifically Waka Flocka Flame, I've been seriously impressed with the hi-hat programming that has been taking place. Instead of regular 8 beats, and 1

Logic Tutorial: Lyric Entry in Logic Pro's Score Editor

Whether you're preparing a lead sheet or a multi-part chorale, Logic's Score editor provides a specialized kind of text entry specifically designed for adding lyrics. Key features of lyric entry in ..

Getting Over Writer’s Block in the Studio (... and in general)

No ghost hound haunts the creative process of writers, poets, musicians, and artists in general more than writer's block. We revel in the moments when those creative spurts visit us, and we stress and

Making beats in Reason: Synthesized vs sampled drums

If you are a Reason user and love to program your own beats then you will need to familiarize yourself with the different sound creation methods the application uses to produce it's drum sounds. There

Exporting your music from Logic to iTunes

If you are a Logic user you may want to audition your finished projects in iTunes, or perhaps you need to make playlists to burn and distribute. Regardless of the reason you will need a streamlined te