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Auto-Tune: Advanced Tools For Vocals

Following on from part 1, master musician Matt Vanacoro takes us deeper into Auto-Tune covering advanced views, analysis and graph modes and more.

Modular Synth Patching Basics (with VCV): Setting up a Classic Synth Bass

Modular synthesis patching, whlie complex, can be satisfying on a creative level with the number of possibilities for those open to sound exploration as Joe Albano demonstrates.

6 Fun Tricks With Ableton Live 11’s New Hybrid Reverb

The new Hybrid Reverb in Ableton Live 11 combines the best of convolution and algorithmic reverbs in one device. Noah Pred shares 6 fun tricks with it you probably don't know.

A Music Producer’s Guide To Sampled Instruments

So, you want your samples and loops to bemore expressive and perhaps easier to play? Creating your own sample-based instruments could be the solution.

Four of The Best Drum Replacement Tools

Ever want to swap out the snare or hijack the hihats in your drum tracks? Here's four (well, five actually) drum replacement tools every producer should know about.

5 Ways to Get a Bigger Bass for Your Mixes

Everyone is after a great bass sound for their tracks. Here, Hollin Jones shares 5 of his pro tips for making the bottom end nice and fat.

How To Make Your Mixes Warm & Gritty Using Distortion FX

If you've not been using distortion to give your mixes a bit more bite, get the guitars growling or even adding warmth to the vocals then perhaps you've been missing a trick. Joe Albano shows how.

A Music Producer’s Guide to Modeled Instruments

Not sure on the difference between a sampled instrument and a modeled one? Don't know what the benefits of modeling offer software instruments in your DAW? Joe Albano reveals all this and more.

5 Quick Arrangement Tips For Laptop Producers

Arranging on a laptop can present unique challenges. Hollin Jones shares 5 of his top tips for making laptop life easier.

Creating Lush String Sounds In Cubase

Getting a great string sound doesn’t mean spending a fortune. Hollin Jones shows you some pro tips for processing and mixing strings in Cubase.

Arturia KeyStep Pro: 10 Excellent Features

Providing incredible sequencing features for keyboard players the KeyStep Pro does a great job on many levels. In this video we outline 10 of our favorite KeyStep Pro features.

How To Pitch Edit Like A Pro In Logic

Most DAW nowadays incorporate time-shifting features, but not all include pitch-shifting capabilities. Logic does, with several tools for manipulating pitch for both corrective and creative purposes.

A Music Producer’s Guide To Subtractive Synthesis

Whether you're a music producer or sound designer learning subtractive synthesis can take you a long way using many hardware and software synthesizers.

Saturator: Ableton Live’s Secret Sound Design Weapon

Whether you’re looking to subtly enhance dull sounds, add convincing analog grit or extreme distortion, or even drastically mangle your sounds beyond comprehension, Live’s Saturator has you covered.

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider Upgrading From GarageBand To Logic Pro X

Whle Apple's GarageBand is a very powerful and capable digital audio workstation in its own right, here's seven reasons why you might wish to see it as a stepping stone to Logic Pro X.