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How Sound Affects You: Cymatics, An Emerging Science

It's amazing how much we know about sound and waves and yet how we're only on the cusp of understanding how sound vibrations affect us. In this article, Lynda Arnold explores the science of Cymatics.

Getting Started With Odd Meters in Maschine

Electronic Music doesn't need to obey a 4/4 time signature. And the same can be said of music hardware controllers too. Here's how to use non-standard meters with Native Instruments' Maschine.

The Art of Mixing Rock, Part 5: Vocals

In part 5 of 5, veteran rocker and music technologist, Joe Albano, examines how best to treat lead and background vocals when mixing your next rock anthem.

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of the Softube Amps in Reason 8

Getting a great guitar or bass sound is easier than ever, thanks to the new modules in Reason 8. Developed in association with processing experts Softube, they can work their magic on almost anything.

5 Helpful Cubase Productivity Tips

To help you focus on the music and creative side of Cubase, Hollin Jones has come up with five excellent and useful tips to boost your productivity in Steinberg's popular DAW.

5 EDM Mixing Tips for Logic Pro Users

There are few definitive solutions when mixing EDM. Though there's no “magic sound good button,” the 5 tips below should help toward perfecting the sound of your mixes. Open a mix you're working on...

Mastering Music: Achieving Loudness Without Ruining Dynamics

The Loudness Wars continue to rage. Some might say they've been won by the "loud as possible" group. But making your tracks louder need not ruin the dynamics as Joe Albano explains in detail.

How to Pack a DJ Bag

The title may sound odd. Surely we all know how to pack a bag? Why would a DJ bag be any different? Sara Simms seeks to show what it means to pack your bag for your next DJ gig and what to bring.

The Art of Mixing Rock, Part 4: Keys

In this 5-part series, veteran rocker and music technologist, Joe Albano, takes you through the stages for mixing rock music. In part four it's time to bring on the keys and synths.

Create Industrial Style Arps in FL Studio

Creating a complex and involved industrial style bass arpeggiator sound and pattern in FL Studio just got interesting! G. W. Childs shows how using Poizone 2's and LFO and Trance Gate.

Conforming Imported Audio To Session Tempo In Pro Tools

It's easy as pie to automatically match audio to the session tempo in Ableton Live, but it's possible to do this manually in Pro Tools as well. Joe Albano shows how to make it automatic!

Five Pieces of Gear Every Sound Designer Needs

Whether you're primarily a recording sound designer, or an in-studio, behind a computer or synth kind, here's five types of hardware/gear every self-respecting sound designer should be armed with.

Simple Duplication Trick for Better Beats in Ableton Live

Don't get stuck in one repetitive kick and snare groove. Ableton Live's duplicate feature can be a simple way for beginners and veterans alike to help freshen up their beats. Here's how.

Audio & Music Production Concepts: Understanding Phase

You've probably been warned of "phase" when recording with multiple microphones, or discovered phase issues when mixing down. But what is it actually and how can you make use of it when producing?

7 Steps to Help Keep Your Music Sessions Better Organized on a Mac

Staying creative in your DAW is arguably easier if your sessions are well-organised and you understand the file structures. Time to tune your tidying up skills thanks to these tips from Rich Tozzoli.