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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.

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.