When it comes to creating drum parts, Ultrabeat provides a ton of suitable sounds for almost any musical style. And for programming the patterns? Mo Volans steps up with a House Beat pattern.
Practically every musical style relies upon transitions and build-ups to maintain listener attention, communicate emotion and ultimately tell a story. Gary Hiebner gets noisy in Ableton SImpler.
The new Echo device in Reason 6 does more than its streamlined appearance suggests. Yes, it's a great delay effect, but G.W. Childs takes its processing capabilities to another level.
Creating a club edit or a radio edit of your finished track inevitably involves some artistic compromise. Gary Hiebner shows some practical steps involved in creating radio edits in Logic Pro.
In this MPV Free Stuff, Peter Schwartz has conjured up a Logic Pro environment to give you unparalleled control over EastWest's Play Instrument. Read on for full instructions and download link.
Once you're done working on your music in Reason 6 it's time to export the song, or even export parts of the project so it can be mixed by someone else. Hollin Jones runs through all the options.
A thin, weak kick drum can single-handedly undermine the impact of a decent mix. GW Childs ditches his diet in a bid to fatten up his kick drum using Ableton's compressor and reverb plugins.
Using keyboard shortcuts can save you lots of time over trawling through menus with your mouse. Cubase 6 takes efficiency to the next level; Macros that combine multiple shortcuts in one keystroke.
Even guitar playing pros can come unstuck when faced with playing a challenging riff or two. Toby Pitman explains how going back to basic practice exercises can get you shredding again in no time.
GarageBand for iPad has some useful additions over its Mac-based sibling. One of these, Smart Instruments, enables anyone, regardless of musical ability, to play an instrument. Hollin Jones explores.
Sculpture's intricate interface means it often gets overlooked as a sound design tool. Richard Lainhart plucks away at this physical modeling instrument and shows how to create a sitar-like sound.
Rumor has it that it's not possible to notate free rhythm in Sibelius. Not true! Tobias Escher shows just how easy it is do it when you know how.
Logic Pro has some flexible techniques when working with Multi Output instruments. Toby Pitman demonstrates how to create simultaneous audio and MIDI multitrack bounces with EZdrummer in Logic.
Logic's EVP88 can create Rhodes pianos, analog basses, Hammond organs and all manner of realistic & eclectic sounds. In this MPV Free Stuff, Toby Pitman shares 10 excellent Rhodes presets for Logic!
G.W. Childs returns with a tutorial on how to get side-chaining in Reaper 4. As well as showing the basics, he shares some time-saving tricks too.