Stock plugin chains on instruments might provide immediate "wow factor", but they're rarely suitable for building a whole mix. Here's why.
Been wondering what Softube's version 2.0 plug-ins can offer you? Well, of course, you'll know they are now AAX 64-bit compatible. Pro Tools 11 users rejoice! But, there's more improvements too.
Curious to know more about Logic Pro X's new Retro Synth? Gary Hiebner puts this vintage synth capable of analog, sync, table and FM synthesis to the test. (Includes audio examples).
Want to get arpeggiating in Logic Pro? There's two main ways to set this up inside Logic... but wait, with an iPad you can get hands-on thanks to StepPolyArp app. Darren Burgos shows how.
Is it desirable, to make your sample-based instruments sound as close to the "real-thing" as possible? Jay Asher suggests an alternative approach when creating orchestral pieces in your DAW.
Audio Damage has built up a reputation of producing audio plug-ins that live up their name (in a good way!) Toby Pitman discovers their latest offering, Bitcom, provides many levels of destruction.
Have you tried adding an edge to your tracks with distortion? It's easy to go over the top... Mo Volans shows how to get an aggressive sound while keeping your mix balanced using Logic Pro.
Got a hankering for creating dubstep synth sounds? Then you really need to check out Cyclops by Sugar Bytes! Gary Hiebner couldn't resist taking this instruments for a spin and tests it to the limit.
We all love guitars! But where do you go to get heavy, full-on metal guitars? Toontrack of course! Toby Pitman gives the Metal Guitar Gods expansion pack for EZ Mix a comprehensive workout.
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...
There seems to be a growing trend by audio plug-in developers to focus on minimal interfaces with quality sound. GW Childs discovers KiloHearts' Faturator is an excellent distortion unit for all!
Layering synths or sampler instruments can make fatter sounds, and also add sonic variations to your songs. In a few simple steps in Logic's Environment, Gary Hiebner creates a huge layered instrument
Not enough bottom end in your mix? Kick drum a bit weedy, thin or disappointingly lightweight? Using Logic Pro's SubBass plug-in is a well documented method for synthesising very low frequencies where
Physical modeling synthesis is arguably the most fascinating form of sound creation at the disposal of the modern music maker today. This technology was once reserved for the elite and was only really