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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.

FREE Loops: Super Smooth & High-Res EDM Risers for Logic Pro X

You've heard them lifting the energy of a track to breaking point before the drop. We're talking about Risers. Darren Burgos has created high resolution 14-bit risers in Logic Pro for you to download!

Creating Pitch Risers in Ableton Live

Are you looking for the perfect pitch risers for your electronic tracks? Bill Burgess shows how you can easily make your own in Ableton Live in seven quick steps.

Making Instruments More Expressive in BitWig Studio

In one of the more recent updates to Bitwig Studio you'll find note expression features. Gary Hiebner shows how this can give your synth sounds more detail than you might have imagined possible.

Make Bad Ass Basslines From Boring Pads in Ableton Live

Creating basslines from a pad? Really? Yes, it can be done effectively with a bit of nifty side chaining thrown in to help your Ableton Live basslines stand out from the crowd.

Five Audio Editing Tips for Cubase

You’ll spend a lot of time editing audio parts in Cubase. Here are some useful timesavers and power tips from Hollin Jones to help you along the way!

Effective Warping Tips in Ableton Live 9

If you've used Ableton Live 9's Warp features and don't rate it highly, you might be doing something wrong! Noah Pred shows how to warp audio effectively and error-free in this essential tutorial.

Using the Arpeggiator in Logic Pro X, Part 2

In part 2 in this exploration of Logic Pro X's Arpeggiator MIDI plug-in, Gary Hiebner shows how to export Arp patterns, use the Grid mode, and use more than one arpeggiator together.

Using the Arpeggiator in Logic Pro X, Part 1

Getting past the GUI of Logic Pro X's arpeggiator MIDI effect plug-in can bring about some tasty rewards for your productions. Gary Hiebner takes you on an arpeggiation journey.