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Creating Super Sequenced Lead Patterns in Sugar Bytes Obscurium

Looking for unique ways to come up with new musical ideas? Sugar Bytes' Obsucrium is one plugin you shouldn't pass by. Toby Pitman demonstrates how easy it is to make arpeggiated lead lines with it.

Using Your Own Samples in Logic Pro X Alchemy

Logic Pro X's Alchemy is a powerful synth in its own right. But, with its ability to re-generate user loaded audio samples and to spectrally synthesis images Alchemy becomes something truly unique.

5 Tips For Working With Heavyocity Gravity

Designing sound for film, games or trailers? You've probably used instruments from Heavyocity. Their latest Kontakt player instrument, Gravity, is sonically stunning. Here's five tips to help use it.

Creating the Ultimate Filter Effect Rack in Ableton Live Using Waves Metafilter

Ableton Live user? Stop with the Autofilter. Waves' Metafilter is an excellent, more powerful alternative with built-in delay line and a 16 step sequencer. Noah Pred shows how to make the most of it.

Creating Custom Sound Design Patches in Logic Pro X Alchemy Using EXS24

Logic Pro X 10.2's Alchemy is a super synth. It's deep, powerful and yet easy to get started with. In this tutorial, Logic Pro genius, shows a cool way to use EXS24 instruments inside Alchemy!

11 Synth Mixing & Programming Mistakes Every Producer Should Avoid

Don't commit cardinal sin after cardinal sin when it comes to mixing / programming your hardware or software synthesizer. The following 11 tips are what every self-respecting producer should know.

6 Tips for Logic Pro X Drummer

Logic X Drummer helps songwriters/arrangers who want drum parts that sound like a real drummer’s performance without needing to program patterns themselves. Here's 6 tips for a more flexible Drummer.

5 Tips For Working With FabFilter’s Audio Processors

Whether you're into "traditional" mixing & mastering or "creative" processing, FabFilter have Pro Series EQ, compressors, expander, de-esser, limiter, distortion, filters and delay to help.

Remixing Tips in Ableton Live: Part 2

Following on from Part 1 of our remixing tips for Ableton Live users, Certified Ableton Trainer, Noah Pred, explores some essential strategies and tips to help get the most out of your remix.

Audio Editing & Pitch Correction Using FL Studio’s NewTone

So you're in FL Studio 12. Let's say you want to edit audio, or want to correct or manipulate pitch of an audio file. What effect will you turn to? FL Studio's NewTone of course. Here's why.

Korg volca Multi VCO Tip: Creating 3 Bass Patterns With One volca bass

If you think Korg's volca bass is just, well, a bass... you'd be mistaken. It's a 3-synth-in-one beast and enables you to program three sub-patterns. G.W. Childs shows you how in this tutorial.

5 Tips For Mixing & Mastering With Waves SSL 4000 Bundle

The original SSL consoles were the sound of '80s & '90s pop and rock. The Waves SSL 4000 collection brings the 4000 E & G consoles to software and we've compiled 5 tips to help you get the most from i

6 Simple Alternative Guitar Tunings Every Guitarist Should Try

Want to freshen up your guitar playing or recording? Trying alternative tunings could be just what the doctor ordered. Here's 6 simple, yet alternative, guitar tunings Rich Tozzoli recommends.

Logic Pro X: How to get the Classic Vocoder (singing synth) Effect

The vocoder can be heard on many hit records by artists like ELO, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk. In this comprehensive tutorial, Joe Albano, shows how to create your own vocoder effects in Logic Pro X.

The Mellotron—A Brief History from Analog Beginnings to the Digital Realm

Before the Synth, was the Mellotron. In this engaging article, Lynda Arnold explores its history from its analog beginnings all the way into the digital realm.