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Get Creative with FX in Ableton Live using Novation Launchpad

Finding "happy accidents" in Ableton Live is useful for generating creative sounds. Tadhg Leonard explores how to use Novation Lanchpad with Live 9's FX to make vocal samples exciting. [Video]

Make Drum Patterns Interesting with Ultrabeat's Step Mode in Logic Pro X

Now we're not saying your drum patterns aren't interesting... but, here's a way to breathe new life into them using Step Mode in Logic Pro's Ultrabeat drum synth/sample plug-in powerhouse.

How to Create a David Guetta Style Synth and Beat in NI Massive

Most everyone has heard of David Guetta—one of the most popular DJs and producers in existence today. In this tutorial, Sara Simms shows how to create a basic synth line and beat in his style.

Make Money From Your Music via Sync

It's probably never been harder to make money from music. Don't rely on album sales (not recommended!) instead Hollin shares how to get your tunes synced, or used in film, TV, games and adverts.

5 Tips for Getting Delay Right when Mixing Guitars

Ever wonder how best to handle delay effects when producing or mixing guitars? Rich Tozzoli has come up with 5 timely tips to help you do just that!

Building Drum Kits in PreSonus Studio One Impact

You can take Impact, in PreSonus Studio One, to another level. Gary Hiebner shows you how to build your own custom kits in this excellent drum machine instrument.

Making Your Tracks Pop in Logic Pro X

Making sounds pop out in stereo can add much needed dimension to flat sounding mixes. In this tutorial, Darren Burgos shows you how using Logic Pro X.

Use FL Studio's Harmor as a Drum Loop Device or Remix Tool

Did you know Image Line's Harmor synth can easily map segments of an audio file to different keys? Learn how to use Harmor as a remix tool or drum loop device in this excellent tutorial.

Creating a 3D Mix with Two Speakers

We often think that more than two speakers or monitors are required in order to create a 3-dimensional music mix. In fact, you can do so with a humble two-speaker system. Paul Wickliffe explains how.

Making the Most of Modulation in Omnisphere

It's no surprise that one of the most impressive software synths ever, Omnisphere, is from Spectrasonics. David Earl delves into its modulation areas and shares some timely tips.

Create Complex Synth Textures in Logic Pro X

When it comes to music production, some little tricks can go a long way. Toby Pitman shows how to use MIDI pressure to add complex textures and motion to your synth sounds in Logic Pro X.

EDM Drum Processing Techniques in Cubase 7.5

Want to know the secret for creating fat, pumping EDM beats? Cubase 7.5 users are somewhat spoilt by the creative tools on offer, and Mo Volans shows you how to use these when processing drums.

Microphones, Part 2: A Guide to Condenser Mics

In part 2 of this guide to microphones, Matt Loel T Hepworth examines the ins and outs of condenser microphones and how and what they are best suited for when recording.

Steal the Queen B’s Lead: Create a Beyonce Style Synth in Logic Pro

In three simple steps you can sound like Beyonce... well, not like her, but a distinctive sawtooth synth sound from her recent song, 'Blue'. G. W. Childs shows you how using Logic Pro's ES2.

7 Top Tips for FXpansion Tremor

Make the most of FXpansion's versatile drum synth, Tremor in these essential tutorial-article. Hollin Jones shows you how to become a beat bad-boy (or girl) with these 7 top tips.