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Dr Octo REX Sound Design Tips for Reason

You may not think of Dr Octo REX as a sound design tool but it actually has some great features you can use to tweak your loops and slices and make your tracks sound more unique and interesting!

How to Record Logic Pro X’s Arpeggiator Notes

Logic Pro X has an impressive Arpeggiator plug-in. It's one limitation? Arpeggiator notes can't be recorded as MIDI in the Piano Roll... or can they? Peter Schwartz shows us how!

Using FL Studio’s Patcher for Layered Instruments and More

For a better sonic flexibility, FL Studio allows you to create your own instrument and effect chains using the Patcher. Gary Hiebner explores the ins and outs in this tutorial.

Using the ES2 Modulation Matrix in Logic Pro

Joe Albano takes an in-depth look at how to make the most of Logic Pro's ES2 modulation matrix in this tutorial. If you're serious about modulation, this tutorial is for you.

Create a Quick Rhythmic Synth Patch In Guitar Rig 5

We're suggesting using Guitar Rig 5 to create a rhythmic synth patch? Oh yes, we are indeed. Toby Pitman shows you how in this excellent quick tutorial.

Creating DJ Filter Effects in Logic Pro X

Want to give your Logic Pro X productions a DJ-style filter sweep effect? Easy! Darren Burgos shows you how in this quick tutorial.

Mastering Tips: The Benefits of Mid Side Processing

You have be aware of mid-side as a stereo mic recording technique, but it is also a mastering process. Joe Albano explores M-S processing can open up new possibilities when mastering a stereo file.

How Sound Affects Us: Sonic Weapons

Having explored emerging areas of "healing" and "wellness" in her 'How Sound Affects Us' series, Lynda Arnold now explores how sound and vibration can be used to create pain with violent ends in mind.

Using Logic Pro Drummer to Create Drum Fills

Wanna create some realistic fills for your drum track… don't have a real drummer? Don't have quick fingers to play patterns live via a keyboard? Logic Pro X's Drummer is here to help.

Programming Drums: 8 Tips for Better Beats

Beats: we all create them—some better than others… Sound Designer, G. W. Childs is here to share 8 tips to help you create better beats for your tracks, whatever DAW you use.

Convolution Reverb: Logic’s Space Designer

Are you curious how convolution reverb works? Ever considered what makes Logic Pro's Space Designer shine? And how about recording your own custom impulse responses for Space Designer? Answers here!

Creating Realistic Drum Sounds With Logic Pro's Drum Kit Designer

In five simple steps, Logic maestro, Matt Vanacoro, shows how to create a realistic sounding drum kit and pattern using Logic Pro X's Drum Kit Designer.

How to Make MIDI Orchestras Sound More Realistic

We've all used samples. And when it comes to using a sample-based MIDI orchestra, there's a number of techniques and tricks we can use to make them sound more realistic. Peter Schwartz to the rescue.

Cultivating Chaos in Electronic Music Production

Looking for some inspiration for your next music track, maybe it's time to cultivate and embrace chaos. Noah Pred explains and shows how to randomise drums in Ableton Live.

Working with Pro Tools’ Xpand!2 Virtual Instrument

There's not many (any?) virtual instruments with an exclamation mark in their name. But that's not the reason Xpand!2 sample playback/synth deserves your attention. Joe Albano takes you deep into it.