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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.

Programming a Keyboard: The First 5 Steps

A new, or old, synth workstation keyboard can be a little daunting to get your head around... Here's some useful tips on how to program a music keyboard in 5 simple steps.

6 Tips for Getting The Best From Sampled Instruments

The once simple sampled instrument has steadily been evolving and today these instruments are larger and more accurate and expressive than ever. Here's 6 tips for getting the most from them.

Mixing In Logic Pro X: Why Presets & Patches Are Not Necessarily Your Friends

Can you imagine a DAW or a virtual synth without patches or presets? Strange question... but, in this article Jay Asher argues against Logic Pro X's Library when it comes to mixing.

6 DIY Alternative Instrument Makers You Need to Know About

Looking to be inspired? Then you're in the right place. Here are makers of alternative instruments who you need to know about. Whether you use their instruments or not, they are worth checking out.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Arranging Your Next Track

Stepping back and taking a break from your music project during the arrangement process can be priceless. Here's 5 other common mistakes to avoid when arranging your next song or piece of music.

Turn Your Spare MIDI Controller Into a Virtual Hardware Instrument in Logic Pro X

Many of us have a secondary MIDI controller lying around. In this enlightening tutorial, Darren Burgos shows how to use it for one sound only, in true hardware instrument synth-style, in Logic Pro X.

How To Create Complex EDM Sequences By Combining Arpeggiators in Omnisphere 2

In this video tutorial on Ask.Audio Academy, Bill Burgess shows how to create complex, grooving sequences using dual arpeggiators all inside Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere 2.

5 Common Computer Problems Music Producers Can Solve Without Calling The Tech Guy

A computer that behaves badly when you’re trying to make music can be a real pain. Here are five things you can solve without calling in the PC doctors (or the Mac doctors!)...

Experimenting With Musical Ideas Using PreSonus Studio One’s Arranger And Scratch Pad

Studio One v3 continues to entice studio musicians and producers into its fold. Innovative features like the Arranger and Scratch Pad are two prime reasons for this. Gary Hiebner looks at both, here.

Remixing Tips in Ableton Live: Part 3

Part 3 of our remixing tips for Ableton Live users series sees Ableton Certified Trainer, Noah Pred, exploring slicing to MIDI and converting to MIDI to help your remixes stand proud with the best.