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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

Using Logic's Group Mode

When it comes to controlling hectic mixes Logic is one of the best DAW's out there. You can easily grab multiple channels with one click and change their level but there is one feature that takes this

Setting up your Vocal Talent to Record in front of a Microphone!

There are literally hundreds of documents out there giving detailed descriptions of how close the mouth should be from the microphone, how close the pop filter should be from the microphone, and what

Javascript meet mp3 : New ways to distribute and market music online

Musicians have documented their compositions on sheet music for possibly thousands of years. In the age that we live in, I feel that the format best suited to modern sheet music is JavaScript. Honestl

Phatten up Vocals in Ableton Live

Not all of us have a Neumann condenser microphone to run home to when the world seems like a cold dark place, and our vocals sound too thin. In fact, some of us have very limited microphone access, pe

Using Envelope Followers and Auto Filters in Logic and Reason

Filtering is a great way to add life and attitude to your audio but sometimes the results can be a little static. Aside from adding time consuming automation to introduce movement you have the option

Liven Up your Tracks: Automation in Propellerhead Record

For many who are new to audio recording with computers, and even some who have worked with them for a while, but are a little timid; automation has appeared as almost a dark art. For some, once they'v

Lightning Quick! Why Thunderbolt will be the I/O of Choice for Digital Musicians and Video Artists.

Hands-up who wants low-latency and high performance multi-track audio recording on their Mac? Me too... as well as almost every Computer musician I've ever met! Until now Firewire and USB 2.0 have bee

Adding Missing Symbols in Logic's Score Editor - Pedal Up/Down Markings

While Logic's Score Editor presents an extremely comprehensive set of music notation symbols which composers need to mark up a Score, certain symbols are conspicuously absent. One such symbol is the "

Create Ambient Background FX in Ableton Live

Need a quick, creepy, psychedelic ambient background? You can create something otherworldly from very worldly sound with very little effort in Ableton Live. GW shares his dark secrets in this article.