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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

Using a Compressor to improve your mix

The Compressor: a wonderful device that makes our music "POP", sound full and bring up that detail, open up that track from behind the door. The compressor is one of the most talked about, most used,

Making beats in Reason - Layering kick drums for maximum impact

Reason has always been the perfect environment in which to create your beats but with the arrival of Kong in version 5 the Propellerheads have really upped their game. Now Reason users are armed with

Creating Arpeggiated Patterns in Logic - Part 1

Logic comes with a built-in arpeggiator. It's true! Many new Logic users search for it within the DSP Effects area to no avail - or hope that it may be an option within the included instruments. Inste

Recording vocals in Cubase

Steinberg's Cubase is an immensely powerful DAW that contains just about every tool you'll need to complete your projects from conception to completion. One of the many areas it really shines in is vo

Using Rewire with Logic Pro, Reason 5 and Ableton Live

Rewire is a really valuable tool that's now available to users of just about every DAW out there. It acts as a virtual pipeline sending audio, MIDI and even sync data between any number of application

Assigning external controllers in Ableton Live

It's no secret that Ableton Live is a fantastic piece of software for live performance and real time tweaking. In fact this is arguably it's key strength. One thing that Live is particularly adept at

Steve H Reports back from NAMM

Bill Burgess, Steve H and GW Childs at NAMM 2011 There's a wonderful underside of NAMM that doesn't usually get much press. It's the inventive, entrepreneurial side that I usually seek out when I'm

Synths as effects processors with Reason's Thor

When it comes to processing your sounds there are literally endless lists of plug-ins to choose from. With all this choice it's quite likely that you've overlooked one key device in your collection, t

Managing 3rd Party plug-in presets in Logic 9

Logic is an amazing application. It comes with so many plug-ins and virtual instruments. These all come with a bundle of presets. These presets can be easily accessed via Logic's Media Library. Over t