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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.

Programming Beats Straight into Logic Pro X

Logic users are spoilt with the number of ways to program drums: Ultrabeat's step sequencer, the Piano Roll, Hyper Editor... and also the main window. Darren Burgos explores the path least used.

5 Unusual Things Every Sound Designer Should Try

It's easy to get stuck using the same tools every day. Using new tools and processes can lead to reinvigorating your creations. Here's 5 tools every sound designer should check out.

Traktor DJ Tutorial: Metadata Sync

DJing on the go is a real possibility thanks to Native Instruments' Traktor DJ for iOS. And one of the most convenient features, Metadata Sync, allows you to share info between Traktor Pro & DJ.

Adding Random Chaos to your Tracks in Bitwig Studio

Give your tracks in Bitwig Studio some variety with random chaos. Gary Hiebner shows how to introduce some unexpected nuances using Bitwig's built-in tools.

Unleash Your Beats in FL Studio

C'mon, who doesn't like their beats served big?! If you enjoy slick shuffles, funky flams and crazy note bursts, then this FL Studio beat building tutorial will get your juices flowing.

The Ultimate Guide to Making Music (from Start to Finish) on iPad

The iPad is fast becoming a fully featured platform for audio production. We give you the lowdown on how it could even become your main studio tool…

Accelerated Mixing Tricks In Ableton Live 9

Don't let mixing feel like a chore! Using some of Ableton Live 9's handy commands and features you can cut through the clinical aspects and make your tracks sound great in the process.