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Create a Lead Guitar with Reason’s Parsec

Looking to make a great sounding lead guitar from a synth? Bring on Reason, and more to the point, bring on Parsec. G. W. Childs shows how to twist this synth's sounds into convincing lead guitar.

Using Fuzz to Spice Up Your Guitar Parts

Enter the world of creative guitar effects, from distortion and overdrive to outright fuzz. Rich Tozzoli explores how to use these tools to give your guitar tracks a real kick in the right direction.

How to Use Maschine in a DJ Set

Integrating Native Instruments' Maschine into your DJ sets might be a lot easier than you think. Whether you want to use it as a controller for Traktor Pro or to control Ableton Live, here's how!

How to Make Your Guitars Sound Better in the Mix By Chopping the Low-End

Wondering how to get your guitars to cut through the mix better... or even fit in better? Rich Tozzoli shares these tips on how to remove the low end to make everything sound better.

Creating Deep House Chords in Logic Pro X

It's true. Deep house is back with a bang. One of its trademarks are the typical chord stabs. In this Logic Pro X tutorial, Darren Burgos shows how to create hundreds of variations from one preset!

Creating Detuning & Unison Effects in iZotope Iris 2

Iris 2 from iZotope is a synth with a lot of easily accessible features which, if used right, can result in some incredible and organic sounds. G. W. Childs shows you how to create unison effects here

Create a Robin Schulz Style Ducking Pad in FL Studio with Sawer

Image-Line's Sawer synth is a thick, analog-style synth with some serious attitude. In this tutorial, GW Childs shows how to create a Robin Schulz style ducking pad using it in FL Studio.

How to Make a Dutch House Style Lead in Sylenth

Do you use Sylenth? If you'd like to make a Dutch House style lead in the style of producers like Afrojack or Martin Garrix, then this tutorial-article by Sara Simms is for you.

Making Sampled EXS24 Instruments Sound More Realistic in Logic Pro X

Don't read this Logic Pro X tutorial-article if you want your sampled instruments to sound lame, unrealistic and make your tracks sound bad. If you want better results then this is essential reading.

An Overview of iZotope IRIS 2

iZotope's Iris 2 continues to reap the rewards of its spectral processing abilities and now also has a powerful new modulation system, enhanced effects and over 11 GB of content.

Ableton Live: Building Effects with Return Tracks

Return tracks can serve multiple purposes. CPU efficient use of effects, effects for multiple tracks, and more. GW Childs shows how to use return tracks for building effects chains in Ableton Live.

Pro Tools: Bass Sound Design with Vacuum

If you use Pro Tools and are keen on your monophonic synths, then you'll find Vacuum a rather fun virtual-tube style synth. Joe Albano shows how to make an edgy bass sound.

Not Just For Guitarists - Alternative Uses for Distortion to Spice Up Any Mix

Don't imagine for a second that distortion effects belong only in the domain of our guitar wielding friends. Distortion is for everyone! Artists from EDM to Country are embracing it and so can you!

Using iPad Synths in Logic Pro X

There are some meaty and capable synths available for iPad. Don't keep the iOS music platform separate from Logic Pro X. With a little know-how, you can integrate iOS synths directly into Logic.

Maschine 2: Bass Production Tricks (Video)

In this tutorial-video Liam O'Mullane (aka. The Sound Tutor) opens up with Machine 2.0 secret playbook to show how to create bass rhythms that sync perfectly with the kick drum and a lot more too.