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Dubstep Production Tricks: Snare Doubling

Dubstep producer Adam Pollard (Multiplier) shows how to use snare doubling to create a sonically unique snare hit that appears to be moving through the stereo field… but really isn’t.

How To Create Electronic Music Sample Packs

Ukraine-based producer Histibe, shares his personal experience creating a sample pack library for Loopmasters. From initial ideas to advice on finalising and promo, there's lots of useful tips here.

Sound Design: The Chainsmokers Roses Rhythmic Pad in Reason

American DJ/producer duo The Chainsmokers have been taking the music world by storm. We break down their hit, Roses, and show you how to re-create the rhythmic pad and beat in Propellerhead Reason.

Ableton Push 1 Owners: Here's The Awesome Features You Can Take Advantage Of Since Live 9.5

When Push 2 & Ableton Live 9.5 were released you might have thought Push 1 owners would be left in the cold. You'd be wrong! Push 1 has benefited from useful new features as AfroDjMac shows here.

Programming Electronic Drums with Heavyocity DM-307

Heavyocity DM-307 is an impressive Kontakt instrument packed with modular synth drums and analog drum machine sounds perfect for the EDM conscious producer. Here's how to use it when producing beats.

10 Sound Design Tips for Media Composers

Sound, as we know, plays a huge part in turning average visuals into emotional rollercoasters. Gary Hiebner shares 10 sound design tips designed to enhance the visuals and audience experience.

Production Tip: The How & Why of Punchy Drum Compression

Everyone wants punchy drums. This simple tutorial will show you how to get extra punch out of your kicks, or your kicks and snares for you breakbeaters, rockers, junglists, and dubstep badmen!

Using EastWest's Composer Cloud

EastWest is a well-known company in the music industry. So, if you want to get involved with some of the biggest and most important virtual instrument libraries then Composer Cloud is where it's at.

Advanced Mixing Tip: Punchier Kicks With Multiband Saturation

MixMaster Danny Wyatt is back with a new course to follow up on his highly rated Mixing Dance Music 101 course… In this video from the 201 learn how to add punch to the kick with multiband saturation.

Build Your Own Star Wars Lightsaber Style Sound in Propellerhead Reason

If Star Wars fever has gripped you after watching The Force Awakens or you just want to make something cool in Reason, then this Lightsaber sound design tutorial is for you. May the force be with you.

4 Characteristics that Distinguish Sound Designer Legends from The Rest Of Us

As the saying goes, "If you want to learn to be the best, learn from the best." We've discovered 4 traits from 4 legends of the sound design world that we're sharing with you here.

Building a Lead Synth Patch in Cubase Retrologue 2

Retrologue 2 is the latest version of Steinberg’s virtual analogue synthesizer. Hollin Jones shows you how to build your own lead synth patch from scratch.

11 Vintage Synths That Helped Shape Modern Music

Synthesis has come a long way since its humble beginnings and certain vintage synths are still influential on the sounds we listen to today. Here are 11 synths that have stood the test of time.

Processing Audio With NI Reaktor Blocks

Blocks in NI's Reaktor 6 features a tons of creative solutions and uses for synth-heads. But, did you know Blocks can also be used to process audio? It's mind blowing! Toby Pitman gets processing.

4 Powerful Mixing Techniques To Help Take Your Music To The Next Level

Here are a few techniques for aiding mix decisions in poor acoustic environments. It goes without saying your ears have the final say, but a little technological help goes a long way.