Many programs exist for creating your own instruments, from Logic's Environment to MAX/MSP. Few, however, are as musically immediate and satisfying as NI's Reaktor. Toby Pitman gets synth building!
If you're aiming to create a gated synth sound, rather than fiddle around with the controls of your chosen instrument, Gary Hiebner demonstrates an alternative workflow with added benefits.
White noise has many creative uses, from snares to kick drums and even lead sounds! Logic expert, David Earl, explores of all these in Logic Pro's ESP instrument.
Mike Watkinson uncovers and explains how to maximize the audio quality when mixing using the new 64-bit floating bus in Pro Tools 10.
What is Reason 6's Pulveriser? Why is it so darn good for Bass modulation? How can you create excellent DubStep wobbles using it? G.W. Childs answers all the above!
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs use hardware synths & guitars to create their brand of pop-rock! Richard Lainhart shows how to re-create the synth line from Heads Will Roll using Logic Pro's built-in instruments.
The Novation Launchpad is well known as being an excellent (and inexpensive) controller for Ableton Live. So, G.W. Childs went on a journey to discover how to make it work well for Reason users, too.
When it comes to looping during the recording process Pro Tools has a wealth of options to hand. Mike Watkinson rounds up all the options for MIDI and audio in this article.
Dubstep is all the rage right now, and one producer that is creating some of the biggest hits is Benga. Gary Hiebner shows how to re-create 'On a Mission' featuring Katy B in Logic Pro.
Logic's Tape Delay is one of the original effects, and still one of the best for emulating that tape-based analog dub feel. Mo Volans uses it for some 'wow' and 'flutter'.
While Soundtrack Pro is only available in the current boxed version of Logic Studio, it is still a useful audio editor to use! David Earl (aka sflogicninja) shows how to use it as a batch processor.
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Load up your DAW, open up Massive and be prepared to make some awesome sounds! Mo Volans show the ins and outs of creating sample and hold effects in this popular synth by Native Instruments.
Toby Pitman shows how the Matrix Pattern Sequencer can be used to control different sound characteristic of a loop. Basically, we're talking audio animation in Reason 6!
With so many ways to make kick drums, many producers ignore Logic Pro's built-in ES1 instrument. However, as Darren Burgos demonstrates, the ES1 can create punchy and deep kicks that rival any source.