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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.

Create Your Own WOW Filter in Reason

Add an organic, throaty feel to your basses and synths by creating a formant filter in Propellerhead Reason's Thor. G. W. Childs shows how to combine Thor and a Combinator for that WOW effect!

Mixing Tips: How to Match EQ in Logic Pro

Logic Pro X has an arsenal of useful tools and plug-ins for mixing and sound design. The Match EQ is perhaps one of the less well-known "fixing" tools that does what it suggests, and does it well!

Build Your Own Impact Drum kits in PreSonus Studio One

Breathe new life into your drum parts by learning how to create your own drum kit presets in PreSonus Studio One's Impact. Gary Hiebner is on hand to show you how.

Create Stunning Rhythmic Sound Effects using Logic Pro’s Delay Designer

Logic Pro is a sound designer's paradise. With so many instruments and potential sounds, one way to make your own evolving patterns, risers and sequence FX is using the awesome Delay Designer plug-in.

Mixing Tips: Applying Compression to Electric Guitar

Certain types of compression can work wonders on most types of electric guitar parts. Armed with Universal Audio's TLA-100 plug-in, Rich Tozzoli is on a mission to make your guitar sound great.

Create House Stabs in Thor for Reason

It's time for some old school synth tips. If you've got a desire to create some house music stabs and you're a Propellerhead Reason user, then this one's for you.