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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.

Left Field Sound Design in iZotope Stutter Edit

Whether you work in music, television, or film, we all need ‘wooshes’ & ‘swooshes’. Frustratingly, they can be difficult to obtain. Did you know you can use iZotope's Stutter Edit to make these?

EDM Automation Tricks in Reason

Want to learn some neat tricks to help you make the most out of Reason's automation abilities? You've come to the right place. G. W. Childs shares automation tips and tricks great for producing EDM.

Solve the Case of the Missing EXS Instrument Samples in Logic Pro

Fancy yourself as a bit of a Sherlock when it comes to re-connecting missing samples in Logic Pro X's EXS24? Well, take a break from the sleuthing and let Joe Albano show you an easier way!

Create Tape Style Warmth in Your Music with Steinberg Vintage Open Deck

The more we mix digitally, the more we seem to wish for the warm, analogue sound of tape. Hollin Jones shows how the Vintage Open Deck plug-in can bring the two worlds together.

5 Essential Tips for iZotope BreakTweaker

When iZotope & BT get together you can expect something innovative & revolutionary! And BreakTweaker is no exception, it will literally transform your beats. Here's 5 essential tips to blow your mind.