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Create Industrial Style Arps in FL Studio

Creating a complex and involved industrial style bass arpeggiator sound and pattern in FL Studio just got interesting! G. W. Childs shows how using Poizone 2's and LFO and Trance Gate.

Five Pieces of Gear Every Sound Designer Needs

Whether you're primarily a recording sound designer, or an in-studio, behind a computer or synth kind, here's five types of hardware/gear every self-respecting sound designer should be armed with.

5 Useful Tips for NI Komplete Kontrol

The Komplete Kontrol software works well with all hardware but comes into its own when paired with Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards. Here's 5 tips from Hollin Jones on how to get the most from it.

How to Convert Audio to MIDI in FL Studio

While editing audio is much more flexible than ever before, converting audio into MIDI can add another level to our ability to change a recording. Gary Hiebner shows how to do this in FL Studio.

13 Ways to Make Learning Music Software Less Scary

It's Halloween today, and high time we banish the fear and focus on empowerment. Here's 13 quick tips on how to make learning music software less scary than it might be.

The Art of Mixing Rock, Part 2: Bass

In this 5-part series, veteran rocker and music technologist, Joe Albano, takes you through the stages for mixing rock music. Part two focuses on mixing bass.

Create Full-Spectrum Pads Using Multiband Sidechaining In Ableton Live 9

Multiband sidechaining in Ableton doesn't mean your dynamic full-spectrum pads need to lose their texture and mood. Noah Pred shows how to have your cake and eat it and keep the dance floor moving.

Logic Pro X: Creating Beats by Tricking Take Folders

Logic Pro's take folders are great for editing recorded parts of your songs But they can do so much more, especially when it comes to creatively mashing up beats and loops. Bill Burgess shows how.

Create a Classic 808 Style Cowbell in Reason 8

Reason is a sound designers paradise if you know it well. G. W. Childs shows how to conjure up a classic 808 style cowbell in Propellerhead's popular music production platform.

The Art of Mixing Rock, Part 1: Drums

In this 5-part series, veteran rocker and music technologist, Joe Albano, takes you through the stages for mixing rock music. Part one focuses on mixing rock drums and percussion.

How to Hack Logic Pro X’s Drummer to Use with Any Instrument

Logic X's Drummer is excellent at creating realistic drum patterns using the supplied kits. However, Bill Burgess shows how to take it to the next level and use it with any instrument!

Scratching in Ableton Live Using Automated Volume Chops

So, you're already using Ableton Live when DJing or creating DJ mixes. But did you know with a little setup that Live can be used with a DJ controller to create vinyl scratching effects on the fly?

Mastering: How Referencing the Real World Can Make Your Music Stand Out

When it comes down to it, "louder" isn't necessarily the only aspect of mastering you should be concerned with. Joe Albano explains why referencing other similar tracks is so important.

Processing Audio Through Parsec in Reason

Want to give your sounds some extra grit, edge and pure, downright distortion? G.W. Childs shows how Reason's Parsec can be the perfect processing platform for you.

Creating Layered Instruments in FL Studio

Make your beats bigger, your basses fatter, your pads super-sized and your textures... well, even more textured(!) with this excellent tutorial on layering instruments in FL Studio by Gary Hiebner.