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Summer Tips for Musicians, Producers & DJs

Summer is a great time to get energized and throw yourself into producing and performing music. Here are some top tips to help you refresh your creative juices!

Are You A Microphone Snob? Not Sure Which Studio Vocal Microphone To Choose? Watch This.

The large diaphragm condenser microphone is the most common choice for vocal recording. But do you NEED to spend a fortune? Joe Albano explores the mic choices that won't necessarily bankrupt you.

Ultimate Ableton Live Guide to Saving CPU

If your Live session is making your computer grunt & groan under the workload, then this article from Joshua Casper is for you. Here's a multitude of ways to cut back on the CPU load in Ableton Live.

Cubase: Start to Finish, Part 4: Editing and Arranging Your Track

In parts 1–3 we looked at recording audio and MIDI in Cubase 8.5, but now you need to start putting everything in the right place. It's time to get editing and arranging. We show you how it’s done. 

How To Make a 909 Reverb Techno Kick

In this fab 5-minute video tutorial by Multiplier, from his complete course Dance Music Styles 108: Techno, we learn how to create a classic techno reverb kick, 909 style.

Mixing Concepts: What Is Dynamics & Why You Should Care

If you use a compressor plug-in you're already manipulating the dynamics of a sound or the mix. In this enlightening long-read tutorial, Joe Albano explains exactly what dynamics is and more.

How to Build a Simple DIY USB MIDI Controller Using Teensy

Teensy is similar to Arduino, but perhaps better suited to making a USB MIDI controller. Liam Lacey shows how to make your own DIY MIDI controller using Teensy with 8 retro arcade push buttons.

Composing Techno with Roland AIRA: TR-8, TB-3 and MX-1

The AIRA range of hardware music machines are inspiring to get hands on with. In this tutorial, Sara Simms shows how easy and satisfying it is to create techno tracks using the TR-8, TB-3 & MX-1.

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Mixing Drums & Percussion

A good drum mix can make the difference between a good track and successful track. In this tutorial, Joe Albano shares four timeless tips to help you achieve a better drums and percussion mix.

Logic Pro X Marker Tips & Tricks Video Tutorial

Markers can help organise your project in Logic Pro X. There’s lot of ways they can help when you’re producing. This video tutorial shows you how.

Cubase: Start To Finish, Part 3: Recording and Working with Audio

You will almost certainly be using audio as well as MIDI tracks in your Cubase projects. Here’s how to get it right first time. 

Using Reason 9's Convert Audio To MIDI Feature

One big new feature in Propellerhead Reason 9 is the convert Audio to MIDI feature. In this tutorial, GW Childs demonstrates some interesting ways to make it part of your production workflow.

5 Essential Key Commands for Speedy Workflow in Logic Pro X's Score Editor

We all know key commands and keyboard shortcuts make navigating and working in Logic Pro X quicker. So, here's some essential key commands to help you make light work of the Score Editor.

5 Things to Consider When Building Your Own Digital Hardware Synthesiser

Liam Lacey, winner of the Element14 Open Source Music Tech Design Challenge, for his hardware polyphonic digital synthesizer shares 5 pieces of advice for every aspiring DIY hardware synth maker.

How To Build A Condenser Microphone For Less Than $8

If we told you that you could build your own omnidirectional condenser microphone for less than $8 in under 3 minutes you might not believe me. But you can! And Joshua Casper shows you how.