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Music Theory Tutorial: ”Ice Cream" Changes-The I-vi-IV-V (or V7) Progression

Ice Cream or I-VI-IV-V is a popular chord progression that can be found in many 1950s and 1960s ballads. In this tutorial Jay Asher explores this early rock n' roll classic progression.

A Brief History of Music, Part 2: Rock

In part 2 of our series exploring musical genres and the influential artists and songs that have characterised and inspired us, Hollin Jones puts rock music in the spotlight.

Recording Bass: A Lesson for Guitarists, Part 1

In the first of this two-part mini series Rich Tozzoli explores how guitar players can approach recording bass parts when your bass player is AWOL or you need to get it done yourself.

Freezing & Flattening For Sound Design In Ableton Live 9

So you've been using Ableton Live's freezing and flattening features when mixing or to save CPU. That's great. But you can also employ these tools for creative sound design as Noah Pred demonstrates.

Bass Line Mixing Tips for Bass House

When it comes to mixing a Bass House track there's one sonic element that should dominate the entire track. The bass line. Multiplier shows some practical tips and examples to ensure your bass is big.

How To Control External MIDI Hardware For Studio & Live Performance In Reason

Reason can be the center piece, the hub of your digital and hardware music studio. In this tutorial Hollin Jones shows how to integrate ext. MIDI in Reason.

Best Practices For Sharing MIDI Files Between DAWs

If you're working between multiple DAWs it's fairly easy to transfer audio. But what about MIDI files? Joe Albano explains the how and why when sharing MIDI.

5 Tips To Help Your Music & Songs Evolve Beyond The Original Idea

Original musical ideas are wonderful things, of course . But what if the initial inspiration is holding your track back from evolving? Here's 5 tips to help your music mature into finished tracks.

A Brief History of Music, Part 1: Hip Hop

Beginning our new series exploring musical genres and the influential artists and songs that have characterised and inspired us, Hollin Jones uncovers the beginnings of Hip Hop.

A Personal Tribute To Don Buchla: Innovating Across The Synthesizer Universe

Publisher of AskAudio Academy, Steve H, shares his personal journey with synthesis, how he came to use Buchla synthesizers and explains the impact Don Buchla has had on the world today and tomorrow.

Creating Arps in Cubase

Cubase gives you 2 MIDI arpeggiator processors, the Arpache 5 and Arpache SX. Each has its own benefits. Let’s take a look at how to use these MIDI effects and explore the differences between them.

5 Processing Plugins To Make Your Vocal Recordings Shine

Getting a great vocal sound can be easier than you think – with a little help from these tools!

Watch How To Create Complex Motion Patterns in Native Instruments FORM Synth

Using the sample section of NI’s excellent new Reaktor synth, FORM, Matt Cellitti shows how to add interest to patches with some cool sound design tips in this video tutorial.

Free MMM Pre-Master Tool Audio Effects Rack For Ableton Live

In an ideal world we'd send mixes to be professionally mastered. If you're looking to master, or pre-master, in Ableton Live this FREE audio effects rack from Manmade Mastering is a must-download.

5 Tips To Speed Up Your Korg Electribe 2 Workflow

So you've got a Korg Electribe 2 (or are thinking about getting one) and you want some workflow tips and tricks? You're in the right place! G.W. Childs is here to help.