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Get Creative with Logic Pro X Alchemy's Synth Performance Controls (Video)

The super-synth, Alchemy, is the most recent (and BIG) addition to Logic Pro X 10.2. In this video tutorial, David Earl, explores the performance controls, transform pads and snapshots.

How to Revitalise Your DJ Mixes Using External Analog Effects

If you want to stand out from the crowd and help your DJ mixes sound and feel deeper then it can be worth adding external analog effects to your set. And it's a lot easier than you might think...

Performing One Shot Samples & Vocal Stabs in Logic Pro

Making your own playable instrument from single samples need not be a chore. Darren Burgos shows how to make chopped up vocal stabs ideal for Trap, Hip Hop and House in a few clicks in Logic Pro X.

6 Advanced Tips for Working with VST Instruments in Cubase

Steinberg were behind the original VST format, so it makes sense that Cubase has some nifty features when it comes to working with VST Instruments. Hollin Jones highlights 6 of the them.

Create an ’80s Analog Hard-Sync Sound in Logic Pro X Retro Synth

Logic Pro’s Retro Synth emulates the sound of four classic synthesizer types: traditional Analog; analog (Hard) Sync; digital Wavetable; and digital FM. In this tutorial Joe Albano explores Hard Sync.

How to Create EDM Pitched Rises in GarageBand

Never, ever underestimate GarageBand. Logic Pro’s younger sibling is powerful and easy to use with club-ready synths, loops, and drum kits built-right in.

Music Production Techniques, Part 6: Compression

Dynamics are a hugely important part of the mixing process. If you've just started mixing your own projects or have not had any formal training, dynamics processing seem mysterious. Time to demystify!

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.