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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

Using Randomization in Reason to Create a Bass line

We use technology for many tasks in our daily life. From communication, to basic daily tasks, it can make life much easier. Music is another area that technology has greatly improved. Within every mus

Building an Epic Crash Effect in Logic

From electronica to rock, pop to orchestral, crashes are used to add impact or signal a transition. Mo Volans shows how to transform a simple crash into something much bigger in Logic Pro.

Using Reason’s Built in Sample Editor

Gone are the days when you had to export your audio from Reason to edit it. Let's face it this was always a convoluted task, so the introduction of a Sample Editor built into a few select instruments

Creating Noise Sweeps with Ableton’s ‘Analog’ Synth

Whether you are creating a noise bed, an atmospheric back drop, a fill, a breakdown or a build, the humble noise based sweep can come in extremely handy. It's a staple of the synthesis world and it's

Sibelius Tutorial: Exporting your Score to Audio

When you have finished a piece in Sibelius, chances are high that you will want to create a recording of some sorts of it, either for yourself or for others to listen to. In this tutorial I will show

Making beats in Reason: Using the CV/Gate system to trigger drums

Expanding on this series of quick tips that focus on making beats in Reason this tutorial takes a look at how to make a beat by triggering sounds with Reason's excellent CV/Gate system. I'll be using

Logic 9's Selective Track Import Feature

Logic has some very useful import features; you can import almost anything that is in any of your other Logic projects - Screensets, Hyper Sets, Video settings and Midi settings. But, most of all, I l

How to Create Custom Combinators in Reason 5

Reason 5 has a great collection of instruments and it's routing system is incredibly versatile. The only downside is that once you start get into a busy project things can get a little hectic. Even wi

Convolution Vs Algorithmic Reverbs: The Lowdown

It's highly likely that everyone reading this uses reverb in their mixes and it's also almost certain that you all have a studio quality reverb processor bundled with your favorite DAW software. Altho

Making Beats in Live: Using the Drum Rack

Ableton Live represents one of the quickest beat creation tools available. It's ability to manipulate both loops and single hits is extremely impressive. If you prefer working with individual drum sa

How to Set Up Logic's Vocoder

Vocoders have endured as a popular effect in many forms of music, and have been used by artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk.  Originally used in the 1930's to