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Kong: Chunk Trigger vs Slice Trigger Mode

There's little doubt in my mind that Kong is one of the most powerful drum machines on the market today. The sheer quality of sound sources available is one of it's main strengths and the Nurse Rex lo

GarageBand & the iPad 2 For Live and Studio Musicians

Recently, I picked up an iPad 2 on it's US release day even though I'm up in Canada. Luckily a fellow Apple fan made the trek to Buffalo and got two. Speed is definitely better on these new models and

Feature Preview: Apogee Duet 2

With the recent slew of exciting hardware announcements from Apogee (Jam and Mike) you might be forgiven for thinking that Christmas has come early! Add to that, their latest product announcement, the

T-RackS Review: Mastering for the Masses

Mastering is the post production phase where a completed mixed down track or CD album is treated through processes performed by a "Mastering Engineer". The Mastering Engineer readies the mix for wide

5 Ways to Create Tension in your Mix

When putting together an arrangement it's always useful to be able to create tension and anticipation. This is doubly important when producing electronic tracks and creating that perfect build is noth

How To Create Interesting Ambient Textures with Melodyne

Melodyne has to be one of the most advanced software applications in regards to time stretching and pitch shifting capabilities. I find that you can take a simple melody or synth line you have created

Programming Drums 1: Recording Fills in your Rock Patterns

With current drum plug-ins, sample-based MIDI instruments and virtual studios, it's very, very easy to emulate having a real drummer. This is especially cool when you're the lone guy with a laptop. Re

Spicing up your Delay Based Effects

Delay is one of the most useful spatial effects at our disposal but often the effect can sound a little generic in nature. To add an extra edge to your delays you can combine different processes and e

Intelligent Listening & Auditioning Tips in Logic Pro

In this Quick Tip we're going to explore how to effectively use Logic's Prelisten channel to preview audio with and without effects. Let's imagine two common scenarios often experienced by Logic users

Creating Quick & Rhythmical Gate Effects in Ableton Live

Gates are the perfect plug-in to remove noise and unwanted signal from our audio but if your gate plug-in supports side chaining you might be able to use it for a whole lot more. By feeding a percussi

News: Create Cutting Edge Sounds with Razor by Native Instruments

Today my head's been turned... by the release of Razor by Native Instruments, a cutting-edge new software synth. It is of the additive variety with the ability to create some truly incredible and inno

A Guide to Buss Processing in Any DAW

If you are not familiar with buss processing it is simply a technique that involves processing an entire group (or buss) of instruments at once. This could be two guitars, fifteen drum parts or an ent

Quickly Create New Beats from Existing Rex Files

It's amazing how many loops of drums, percussion, guitar riffs, and more come with Reason. There are so many, in fact, that it would be really easy to build songs made from the included loops along...

Creating Dubstep wobble-style bass lines in Logic

Dubstep is all the rage with its big wobble sounds. This pseudo style is a mixture of Dub Reggae, 2-Step, Grime with elements of Drum 'n Bass. Join Gary Hiebner as he shakes it up in Logic Pro.

5 Essential Workflow Tips for GarageBand for iPad

When musical inspiration strikes there's nothing worse than needing to navigate a clunky software interface before getting your ideas in place. Fortunately, GarageBand for iPad takes much of the 'inte