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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.

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 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.

Exploring Logic Pro X’s Vintage Opto Modeled Compressor

In this video tutorial, audio expert Joe Albano, explores the Vintage Opto emulation mode in Logic Pro X’s Compressor, including explaining the original Teletronix LA-2A with tips. Well worth a watch!

4 Tips For Mixing With Gate & Expander Plug-Ins

With all the attention lavished on both the technical and creative uses for compression in the studio, we sometimes forget about the other kind of dynamics processor—the Gate/Expander. Here's 4 tips.

Choosing the Right Virtual Piano

What factors do you think about when choosing between the wide variety of virtual pianos out there? Matt Vanacoro recommends taking into account these 4 factors to help choose the right piano for you.

Here’s How to Work With Patterns in Novation Circuit

Novation Circuit is a standalone, groove-based beat box that’ll inspire and delight your electronic musical muse! This video tutorial by awesome Thavius Beck shows how to work with patterns.

Essential Studio Gear For Electronic Producers On A Budget

You don't need to empty your bank account to make good music. With some clever gear choices you can kit out your studio on a budget and still have what you need. Here's how.

Music Theory: Using Parallel Harmony

If you've been advised to avoid parallel harmony in your music compositions, think again. When used carefully, parallel harmony can be a useful tool for every modern composer.

6 Reasons Line 6 Helix Could Become Your Guitar's Best Friend

Find out why and how the Line 6 Helix has become the must-have, go-to gear in Rich Tozzoli's studio for creating guitar sounds and tones.

Watch: Overview of Roland JX-03 Synthesis Architecture

The Roland JX-03 is the offspring of the legendary JX-3P. And this new breed is a compact synth powerhouse as Rishabh Rajan shows in this video tutorial taken from his course on the JX-03.

5 Tips For Novice Sound Designers

Getting started in sound design might seem a bit daunting. There are so many tools, plugins, libraries out there. These 5 tips are designed for the novice sound designers amongst us.

A Guide to Building Synths in Reaktor, Part 5

In this NI Reaktor tutorial mini-series, Rishabh Rajan shows how to build your own synthesizer from scratch. In part 5 (the final part),the focus is on the GUI and master volume.

An Overview Of Logic Pro X's Powerful Synths

Logic Pro X comes with a substantial collection of virtual synths—from basic, traditional analog and digital models, to big, powerful kitchen-sink instruments that employ cutting-edge technologies.

10 FREE House Bass Patches for Logic Pro X

Fancy some Logic Pro X freebies? Here's 10 bass synth patches for House and Deep House made by veteran producer Darren Burgos. Download them exclusively here at AskAudio.