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Music Theory: Adding Richness To Your Chord Progressions with Non-root Bass Notes

In this music theory tutorial, Jay Asher teaches us how using non-root notes from your chords for the bass part can add complexity and evoke different emotional responses from the listener.

Create A Custom 3 & 4 Band Filtering System In Ableton Live

In this excellent tutorial, Joshua Casper shows two ways to build customisable multi-staged band-pass filters in Ableton Live. The idea being you can do so, so much more than the included devices.

10 Sound Design Secrets Every Cubase Producer Should Know

Everyone has their own workflow and techniques when it comes to designing sounds... here are 10 that your family might have hidden from you which will help you with sound design in Cubase.

What Every Modern Producer Can Learn From Boxing

This enlightening tutorial for producers and musicians could be titled "Why practice isn't enough". Instead we found similarities between boxing and music production which are fascinating.

11 Inspiring & Iconic Music Scores Every Film & Video Game Composer Should Listen To

Learning from the best, for most composers and soundtrack musicians, means listening to the best. Here's 11 incredible music scores for film and video game which Gary Hiebner recommends we listen to.

Mixing Dance Music Essentials: Compressing The Kick

In this video tutorial dance music mixing and mastering engineer, Daniel Wyatt, shows how to compress a standard EDM kick, the settings to start with, and reasons behind them.

10 Tips for Producing Dutch House

So you want to produce Dutch-style House music? Here's some tips from DJ and producer Sara Simms to get your big room sounds jumping.

Programming a Keyboard: The First 5 Steps

A new, or old, synth workstation keyboard can be a little daunting to get your head around... Here's some useful tips on how to program a music keyboard in 5 simple steps.

6 Tips for Getting The Best From Sampled Instruments

The once simple sampled instrument has steadily been evolving and today these instruments are larger and more accurate and expressive than ever. Here's 6 tips for getting the most from them.

6 DIY Alternative Instrument Makers You Need to Know About

Looking to be inspired? Then you're in the right place. Here are makers of alternative instruments who you need to know about. Whether you use their instruments or not, they are worth checking out.

How To Create Complex EDM Sequences By Combining Arpeggiators in Omnisphere 2

In this video tutorial on Ask.Audio Academy, Bill Burgess shows how to create complex, grooving sequences using dual arpeggiators all inside Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere 2.

Remixing Tips in Ableton Live: Part 3

Part 3 of our remixing tips for Ableton Live users series sees Ableton Certified Trainer, Noah Pred, exploring slicing to MIDI and converting to MIDI to help your remixes stand proud with the best.

Watch Video Overview of Roland’s SH-101 Plug-Out

Take a tour of the excellent re-make (in software form) of Roland SH-101... as a plug-out. Rishabh Rajan shows all in this video form the Academy.

8 Ways to Get the DJ Gigs You Want

You have the tracks, you have the skills, now all you need are the right bookings. In a world of thousands of talented DJs, how do you get the gigs you want? Sara Simms is on hand to help.

3 Synth Secrets Every Logic Pro X User Should Know

If getting the most out of Logic Pro X’s excellent built-in synths is the name of the game, then these 3 synth secrets (as video tips) from Mo Volans should be in your playlist.