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Creating Dynamic Effects Busses in Logic Pro

Creating Dynamic Effects Busses This tutorial looks at a few different techniques you can use to make your effects returns live and breathe. I’m using Logic Pro here but

Using the Hotswap Function in Ableton Live

With the such huge list of effects plug-ins in Ableton Live it can be a bit of a task keeping track of all the preset patches available. If you need to audition your own patches or just want to quick

Importing and Using Rex Files in Logic Pro

If you have a lot of .Rex files in your library, or are just a fan of the format, you’ll be glad to learn that Logic handles them pretty well.

How To Add Energy and Pace to Sequenced Patterns

When producing sequenced patterns for any style of music, one of the main challenges is introducing perceived pace and energy to your work. Luckily there are a few simple tricks we can use here...

Phase Correction Using Logic's Sample Delay Plug-In

A while back I was wrestling with trying to correct phase for my microphone set up. The microphones all had a different distance between one mic to another. This would not have been such a big deal wi

Graphical Editing in the Dr. OctoRex

The Dr.OctoRex is a great update to one of my favorite virtual instruments. Amongst the many updated features is an innovative new graphical editing system. In this quick tip we'll take a look at how

Solving Hard Drive Hassles When Playing Live (with Live)

I'm at a gig, djing with Ableton Live. Half way through my set, I suddenly can't cue tracks. I push the button on my Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1, nothing. Oh boy. Good thing I know my clips wel

Quantization Tips in Logic - Part 1

Over the coming weeks I'm going to go over some of Logic Pro's quantizing features and hopefully shed some light on some of the more advanced aspects of these powerful time correction tools. Logic's f

Creating Custom Stereo Drum Hits in Logic

There are a huge amount of drum libraries available now and these feature just about every style of drum hit you could imagine but one thing I find is that they are often lacking in basic stereo width

Recording Drums using Garage Band for iPad

After seeing one of THE best live bands (RUSH!) this week with one of THE world's best rock drummers (Neil Peart), it's only fitting to be inspired and do a tutorial on recording drums with Garage Ban

Trash Talk: A Guide To Why, When, and How to Reset Logic's Preference Files

Since its earliest incarnations, one of the most common prescriptions for curing Logic of its occasional ills (read: wonky, strange, or seemingly buggy behavior) has been to trash its preference file.

Add Bottom End to your Kick Drum in Logic Pro & Pro Tools

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

Using Vocoders to Transform Instruments in Reason

Unsurprisingly Vocoders have always been associated with vocal processing, after all this is what they were originally designed for. This preconception shouldn't affect the way you use your Vocoder as

Producing With Folders in Logic 9

When it comes to organizing complex (and even simple) arrangements in Logic, folders can make your life a lot easier. If you've ever found yourself scrolling and zooming around to find "that" track an

Producing Saturation Effects in Reason 5

With so many different distortion processors out there offering many different types of effect it's not surprising that some beginners get confused over the jargon used. Here we'll focus on producing