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Setting Up and Using VCAs in PreSonus Studio One

VCA (voltage controlled amplifier) channel gain controls have made their way over from analog consoles into PreSonus' Studio One. Here's how to set them up and take advantage of their features.

5 Mindful Practices to Rediscover Your Creative Musical Flow

Creative blocks happen to all musicians at some point in time. So, how do you rediscover that buzz, the inspiration, the musical vibe? Lynda Arnold offers 5 mindful practices to gat back in the flow.

A Guide to Building Synths in Reaktor, Part 4

In this NI Reaktor tutorial mini-series, Rishabh Rajan shows how to build your own synthesizer from scratch. In part 4, we focus on the high pass filter section of the synth.

Producer Tips: Creating Basslines for Beginners

If you're having trouble creating basslines, or want a fresh take, this tutorial explores useful concepts every producer should consider when creating a bassline, regardless of the musical style.

5 Tips for Creating Realistic Piano Performances on a Budget

Getting the sound and feel of a real piano in your tracks doesn’t need to cost the earth. We show you how it’s done with these simple five tips.

Switching Electro Instruments in Real-Time in Logic Pro X

Imagine if you could switch between different samples in real-time in Logic Pro X's EXS24 sampler... you guessed it... you can! Darren Burgos shows how to create eclectic EDM leads using this trick.

A Guide to Building Synths in Reaktor, Part 3

In this mini-series for Native Instruments Reaktor users, Rishabh Rajan shows how to build a synthesizer from scratch. In this tutorial, part 3, we focus on the filter section.

Filter Like Flume’s ‘Never Be Like You’ in Propellerhead Reason

Find out how to create the synths and modulation tricks from Flume's, Never Be Like You, which has been a big hit in 2016 already. GW Childs is using Propellerhead Reason for this tutorial

Exploring Sample Logic CinemorphX for Kontakt

Where sound design meets music is the tag line for Sample Logic, and their massive CinemorphX instrument more than does it justice. Here's a video tutorial exploring how it works and how it can sound.

Roland Boutique JU-06 Synth Step Sequencer In Action

If you’ve been considering the Roland JU-06 synthesizer but don’t know how to use its built-in step sequencer then this video tutorial by Rishabh Rajan on the JU-06 is for you.

How to Add Slide Notes in FL Studio

If you want powerful MIDI editing in a DAW, then you can't go far wrong with FL Studio! In this quick tutorial we take a look at the Slide Note feature: what it does and how to use it.

3 Creative Uses for the Roland VT-3 Voice Transformer

The Roland VT-3 is a portable, accessible vocal processor useful for studio producers and performing DJs. In this tutorial, Lynda Arnold offers three ways to use this box of wonders creatively.

A Guide To Building Synths in Native Instruments Reaktor: Part 2

This mini-series for Native Instruments Reaktor users, Rishabh Rajan shows how to build a synthesizer from scratch. In this tutorial we focus on oscillators.

Vocoding for EDM with Waves Audio Morphoder

Getting that classic vocoder sound is cool, but Morphoder is capable of so much more! Read on to find out how to get the most out of Waves’ vocal processor. 

5 Tips To Help Sound Designers & Sample Makers Become Successful

Histibe is a successful sound designer with credits for projects both big and small. In this article he shares 5 priceless tips from signing tricky contracts to developing your own unique style.