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Making Use of Pan Envelopes in Ableton Live

If you're new to Ableton, whether you're a novice music maker or a veteran from other DAWs, knowing how to use pan envelopes can help transform your tracks and add extra interest. Here's how.

Exploring Logic Pro X's Compressor Circuit Types

Logic Pro's built-in compressor has a lot of sound shaping potential below the surface. Joe Albano reveals the ins and outs of its circuit types.

Processing and Manipulating Audio Loops in Adobe Audition

As well as being a multitrack recorder, Adobe's Audition is a very capable audio editor with some useful features to help you edit and manipulate audio loops. Gary Hiebner shows how!

5 Music Production Tricks for Creating EDM Vocal Delays

Listen to some the most well popular EDM tracks out there with vocal parts and you'll likely notice some expertly implemented delay effects. Mo Volans shows how to bring these into your tracks.

Create Super Sounds with Logic Pro X's Patch-Merging Options

If you've ever wanted to combine the best bits of two different patches in Logic Pro X and thought it wasn't possible, think again! Joe Albano shows how.

Sampling Live Audio and Looping with Traktor's Remix Decks

Want to sample audio in real-time while you're DJing using Traktor and then process that sampled audio any which way you want? Sara Simms is on hand to help you out.

How to Morph Sounds with Logic Pro X's Smart Controls

Logic Pro X's Smart Controls don't just allow you to control multiple plugins in one easy to use interface when mixing… you can use them for sound design and performance too. Darren Burgos shows how.

Useful Tips for DJing with Push, Part 2

Continuing with his tips on DJing using Ableton Push, Tadhg Leonard look at how to get looping and implement DJ FX in the second part of this mini-series.

5 Tips for Working with Pro Tools Eleven Guitar Amp Simulator

Grab your guitar, launch Pro Tools and get the Eleven plug-in on screen now! Joe Albano takes us through 5 meaty tips for using this excellent guitar amp simulator from Avid.

Mixing: A Guide to Modulation

What is modulation? How can you make use of it in your musical compositions? The late and great Richard Lainhart wrote this piece for AskAudio Mag which explores modulation in Logic Pro.

Getting That Hollywood Sound for Orchestra…On a Budget?

Is the much talked about "Hollywood sound" attainable in your studio on a budget?Is it even desirable? Joshua Aker blasts this utopian ideal out of the water in this enlightening read.

5 Glitch Tips for Ableton Live

Give your Ableton Live glitch effects that extra something with these five incredibly useful tips from Gary Hiebner.

Better Mixing with Automation Instead of Compression

If you want to take your mixes to the next level and are willing to put in a little time and effort, automation instead of compression is going to give you the edge you’ve been looking for.

Discovering Distortion in Logic Pro X

Originally viewed as a problem, distortion is now one of the most used creative effects in music productions. Joe Albano adds some warmth and crunch to the proceedings in this enlightening tutorial.

5 Reasons to use Native Instruments Giant on Your Next Production

A good piano instrument doesn't depend only on the sound quality of its samples… Lynda Arnold argues that usability is important which is why NI's Giant wins for her every time.