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How to Make an Acid House Jam with Roland AIRA TB-3 and the TR-8

The Roland AIRA TR-8 and TB-3 demand to be played, tweaked and performed with. In this tutorial for beginner users, Sara Simms shows how to create an Acid House beat and bassline using these machines.

Six Things to Consider Before Hiring a Recording Studio

When you next rent a recording studio it pays to ask a few questions first so that you can concentrate on the music side of things when you get there and leave the other stuff to the studio.

Setting Up Your Musicians' Monitor Mix For Better Recording Sessions

One of the keys to a successful recording session is an optimized monitor mix for the recording musician. With the right balance you could transform an OK tracking session into something special.

Getting Started With Reaktor Blocks

If you're feeling overwhelmed by Reaktor's plethora of scripting & programming options, then Blocks might be your saviour. Matt Vanacoro presents a quick and easy guide to getting started with Blocks.

Remixing Tips in Ableton Live: Part 4

In Part 4 (the final part) of our remixing tips for Ableton Live series, Noah Pred investigates using the Grove Pool and the extremely useful new features in Live 9.5's Simpler.

Music Theory: Adding Richness To Your Chord Progressions with Non-root Bass Notes

In this music theory tutorial, Jay Asher teaches us how using non-root notes from your chords for the bass part can add complexity and evoke different emotional responses from the listener.

How To: Old School Drum Sequencing In Propellerhead Reason

With hardware getting more popular than ever, we show you how to program beats the old fashioned way in Reason.

6 Mistakes To Avoid When Mixing With Compression

The compressor is perhaps the most used of the dynamics (and other categories of) plug-in types when mixing and producing music for corrective & creative processing. Here's 6 mistakes to avoid.

Create A Custom 3 & 4 Band Filtering System In Ableton Live

In this excellent tutorial, Joshua Casper shows two ways to build customisable multi-staged band-pass filters in Ableton Live. The idea being you can do so, so much more than the included devices.

10 Sound Design Secrets Every Cubase Producer Should Know

Everyone has their own workflow and techniques when it comes to designing sounds... here are 10 that your family might have hidden from you which will help you with sound design in Cubase.

How to Create and Use an XY Pad Controller in FL Studio

FL Studio's XY controller plugin enables you to take control of multiple on-screen parameters at a time... and then you can map this to an external MIDI controller too. Gary Hiebner shows how.

What Every Modern Producer Can Learn From Boxing

This enlightening tutorial for producers and musicians could be titled "Why practice isn't enough". Instead we found similarities between boxing and music production which are fascinating.

11 Inspiring & Iconic Music Scores Every Film & Video Game Composer Should Listen To

Learning from the best, for most composers and soundtrack musicians, means listening to the best. Here's 11 incredible music scores for film and video game which Gary Hiebner recommends we listen to.

Mixing Dance Music Essentials: Compressing The Kick

In this video tutorial dance music mixing and mastering engineer, Daniel Wyatt, shows how to compress a standard EDM kick, the settings to start with, and reasons behind them.

10 Tips for Producing Dutch House

So you want to produce Dutch-style House music? Here's some tips from DJ and producer Sara Simms to get your big room sounds jumping.