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GarageBand & the iPad 2 For Live and Studio Musicians

Recently, I picked up an iPad 2 on it's US release day even though I'm up in Canada. Luckily a fellow Apple fan made the trek to Buffalo and got two. Speed is definitely better on these new models and

5 Ways to Create Tension in your Mix

When putting together an arrangement it's always useful to be able to create tension and anticipation. This is doubly important when producing electronic tracks and creating that perfect build is noth

How To Create Interesting Ambient Textures with Melodyne

Melodyne has to be one of the most advanced software applications in regards to time stretching and pitch shifting capabilities. I find that you can take a simple melody or synth line you have created

Programming Drums 1: Recording Fills in your Rock Patterns

With current drum plug-ins, sample-based MIDI instruments and virtual studios, it's very, very easy to emulate having a real drummer. This is especially cool when you're the lone guy with a laptop. Re

Spicing up your Delay Based Effects

Delay is one of the most useful spatial effects at our disposal but often the effect can sound a little generic in nature. To add an extra edge to your delays you can combine different processes and e

Intelligent Listening & Auditioning Tips in Logic Pro

In this Quick Tip we're going to explore how to effectively use Logic's Prelisten channel to preview audio with and without effects. Let's imagine two common scenarios often experienced by Logic users

Creating Quick & Rhythmical Gate Effects in Ableton Live

Gates are the perfect plug-in to remove noise and unwanted signal from our audio but if your gate plug-in supports side chaining you might be able to use it for a whole lot more. By feeding a percussi

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