Tutorials

/ 2475 Articles

Hype up your Hip-Hop Hi-Hats in Reason

In some of the recent Hip-Hop tracks I've heard, specifically Waka Flocka Flame, I've been seriously impressed with the hi-hat programming that has been taking place. Instead of regular 8 beats, and 1

Logic Tutorial: Lyric Entry in Logic Pro's Score Editor

Whether you're preparing a lead sheet or a multi-part chorale, Logic's Score editor provides a specialized kind of text entry specifically designed for adding lyrics. Key features of lyric entry in ..

Getting Over Writer’s Block in the Studio (... and in general)

No ghost hound haunts the creative process of writers, poets, musicians, and artists in general more than writer's block. We revel in the moments when those creative spurts visit us, and we stress and

Making beats in Reason: Synthesized vs sampled drums

If you are a Reason user and love to program your own beats then you will need to familiarize yourself with the different sound creation methods the application uses to produce it's drum sounds. There

Exporting your music from Logic to iTunes

If you are a Logic user you may want to audition your finished projects in iTunes, or perhaps you need to make playlists to burn and distribute. Regardless of the reason you will need a streamlined te

Writing & Producing the Perfect Love Song

It's almost that most 'loving' time of the year, and as musicians, we are uniquely poised to make the most of Valentine's day! Why? Because nothing woos the heart of a man, woman, or small animal like

First Steps for creating easy workflows in any DAW

Have you just purchased a new DAW software package like Logic Pro, Reason, etc? Have you had a DAW package for a while, and feel like your workflow could be a little quicker? In this quick tip, I'm go

Logic Tutorial: Discover How to Use Send Returns in Logic 9

Working with effects in Logic is easy! Slap on an insert effect on the track and it's audio signal passes through that effect and gets processed. Well, there's another way which can give you more refi

Mainstage as a FOH Mixer: Using Screen-Sharing

You've probably seen the new digital mixing boards where the band plugs into a patch bay on stage that is controlled via an ethernet cable to a FOH mixing board.

Logic'’s Automation Modes Explained

Automation is literally one of the best things about modern music production software. Hopefully I don't sound old when I say that I can clearly remember using systems that had zero automation or call

Creating Fatter Bass with Logic's SubBass plug-in

Occasionally you might want to use a sound in a mix that just lacks some low end punch. In some cases traditional equalization will do the trick and adding a small amount of low end will get the job d

A Basic Guide to Arpeggiators

When putting together melody laden projects arpeggiators can be an indispensable tool. Before you get stuck into your first arpeggiated patterns it's worth becoming familiar with the basic modes and t

What a Deaf Woman can Teach you about Music

So I've been hanging out at a friend's loft in downtown LA lately. One of the room-mates is Dana King (see title pic). Dana is totally deaf. She lip reads. She's adapted to the world around her by usi

Creating Complex Arpeggiated Patterns in Logic - Part 2

This tutorial continues from where the previous "Creating Arpeggiated Patterns in Logic - Part 1" left off. If you're relatively new to Logic's Environment and haven't already followed that tut, I'd r

My top 5 Cubase plug-ins

If you are new to Cubase and are just getting the hang of production you may be slightly overwhelmed by the myriad of plug-ins you are presented with. Cubase now bundles an impressive array of process