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Better Drum Loops with Polar in Reason 6.5

Most Reason users become Reason fanatics, and with good reason (pun intended)! Now that 6.5 has arrived, don't pass by the excellent Polar rack extension by Propellerhead… use it on your drum loops.

Creating Quick Riser FX In Massive

Are you a Native Instruments Massive user? Need some good transitional FX sounds? Got 2 minutes to spare? Follow this sound design tip by Toby Pitman...

Logic Pro Challenge: Writing a Track Using Only One Synth

There's a multitude of plug-ins, loops and instruments begging to be used in your next track. Ever wondered whether you can use one synth only in your next production? Gary Hiebner gets all minimal.

The Special Needs Music Classroom: Mission Control

Mac OS X's Mission Control appeals to many users, from musicians to editors, graphic designers to web developers… and also to Special Needs Music Teachers! Read on to hear how it helps the later.

Super Sizing your Sampled Synths in Ableton Live

Want to breathe more life into your sampled synths in Ableton Live? Do they lack that certain something? G. W. Childs takes you on a super journey where big is better!

Markers: the Ultimate Project Navigation Technique in Logic Pro 9

Navigating complex, or even simple, projects in Logic can be a pain if you use a mouse! With a number of useful workflows at your disposal, Jay Asher demonstrates how Markers can simplify the process.

Pro Tools 10 Commands Keyboard Focus Mode

If you are a Pro Tools user and want to speed up your workflow the Commands Keyboard Focus shortcuts will help you substantially in that department. Rishabh Rajan exercises his digits.

Sound Design Using NI FM8

What's that? FM8 is one of the synths in Native Instruments' Komplete you've not played with yet?!? Drop what you're doing and follow this step-by-step sound design tut with the FM8 by David Earl...

Using an Input Channel Strip in Logic Pro 9 to Record Audio with Software FX

What are the benefits to recording the fx direct to audio recording in Logic or any DAW? Why would you want to do this and how would you set it up? Jay Asher talks the theory and shows you how!

Get Creative With Containers in NI Guitar Rig 5

Toby Pitman explores NI Guitar Rig 5's new container modules. You can use them in all sorts of rack-based ways which, as he discovers, makes them versatile for studio and performance musicians.

Using Dummy Clips to Trigger Effects in Ableton Live

Learn how to use Dummy Clips in Ableton Live's Session View to trigger a variety of mind-bending effects. Then use these triggered clips to build interesting, non-linear, arrangements.

Making A Distorted Synth Bass With Logic Pro's ES2

If you tuned in and downloaded the FREE ES2 patches by Mo Volans back in July 2012 you'll have come across a lovely distorted synth bass. Discover how to program this patch from scratch in Logic Pro!

Using Online Promotion to Build a Music FanBase

You've produced a great song / club track, played to an adoring audience… what next? Well, sit down and learn how to use social media tools to build a healthy music fan base.

MPV Free Stuff: Synths for Logic Pro

There's only one thing better than a free lunch... MPV Free Stuff!! This time we've got a delicious & edgy collection of Logic synth settings for you. Simply log in (or sign-up for free) to download!

NEWS: Livid Instruments 7 Day Block Sale

What do you get when you combine 7 days, a sale, Livid Instruments, a music gear nerd, a Block and your existing DAW? Read on to find out more!