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Creating Warm, Retro Sounds in Propellerhead Reason

Not every track needs an ultra-clean feel. Sometimes you want things to sound older and warmer despite having been generated in a computer. Luckily Reason provides ways to add character to your tracks

FM Synthesis Sound Design Tips for Ableton Live Operator

With a little knowledge of FM synthesis you can create sounds you may not have imagined possible. Noah Pred shows how to make huge bass tones, textured pads, rises and more in Ableton Live's Operator.

EQ Tips: Understanding FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Controls

When enhancing your mixes you’ll want access to a truly professional EQ. FabFilter’s Pro-Q 2 is a go-to for many producers and engineers, and in this video you’ll learn what all the controls do.

5 Tips For Working With Heavyocity’s AEON Collection

Heavyocity's AEON has loops and sounds that are ready to roll into your productions. However, should you want to give them a further twist there's plenty of scope using the filters and effects.

Build a Patch with SimSynth in FL Studio 12

SimSynth is a simple but powerful synthesizer that can get you down to the building blocks of how sound is generated. Using it can help you understand patch building for simple and complex synths.

How to Record iPad Synths into Logic Pro X with Audreio

Imagine being able to stream audio from your iPad synth directly into Logic Pro X on your Mac... with low latency. Imagine no longer! Darren Burgos shows how using Audreio as a plug-in inside Logic.

Getting Modular with Tracktions’ Effects Racks

Many DAWs have effects racks these days. Traction's plug-in rack allows you to build complex effects chains and route them in a modular, convenient way. Gary Hiebner shows how.

Making Killer Arp Bass Lines with Korg Volca Keys

You might not reach for the Korg Volca Keys first to make arpeggiated bass lines but, as G.W. Childs demonstrates, it's an excellent choice for the task and is fun and easy to use.

Sound Design: Create a Distorted Clavinet in Native Instruments Massive

This tutorial on making a distorted, funky clavinet is taken from Rishabh Rajan's FREE interactive eBook: NI Massive Sound Design Recipes available for iPad, iPhone, Mac, Android and PC.

How to Layer Guitars to Create a Wall of Distortion

Taken from his Guitar Production 101: Pop Arranging Explored course, in this video Gregg Fine shows how to layer distorted guitars for a bigger, fuller sound in the mix.

How to Use Third-Party Instruments Inside Logic Pro X Drum Machine Designer

Logic Pro X's new Drum Machine Designer is a great plug-in designed to make controlling and creating drum parts easier than ever. Now, Darren Burgos shows how to use 3rd-party instruments inside it.

How to Create Big Layered Leads for EDM Productions

Want to make big, fat layered lead synth sounds? Sara Simms takes you through the process using Sylenth in the DAW of your choice. Perfect for beginners and more intermediate producers and musicians.

Exploring Pro Tools Distortion Effects

Become a master of distortion, and better still, the distortion effects plug-ins you'll find in the box with Avid's Pro Tools! Joe Albano gives you a tour of these with audio examples to boot.

Make Beautiful Pads in Ableton Live Using Analog

If you own Ableton Live don't rummage around 3rd-party plug-ins for beautiful sounding pads. Instead, look inside... Inside Ableton, that is! Using Analog, GW Childs shows how big your pads can be.

8 Essential Tips for New Music Producers

Thanks to the tools available and their affordable price tags, there's never been a better time to produce music. Sara Simms shares 8 tips for new & veteran producers to get the music flowing.